ALL BACK TO MY PLACE

THE STARS RE­VEAL THE SONIC DELIGHTS GUAR­AN­TEED TO GET THEM GO­ING...

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Nana Mousk­ouri, Low and Pete Shelley get up, get down and get over. But who’s Ween-crazy?

Low SLOW IT GOES

What mu­sic are you cur­rently grooving to? Mimi Parker: I mostly skip around on the ra­dio in the car. Any­thing from clas­sic rock to ’70s coun­try to new/ in­die ra­dio. Alan Sparhawk: Alice Coltrane’s Turiya Sings and Hunt­ing­ton Ashram Monastery, EMA, Richard Youngs, Colleen, Ma­grud­er­grind, Peter Tosh.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite al­bum? Mimi: So hard to choose, but I guess I’d pick Linda Ron­stadt’s Heart Like A Wheel. Alan: T.Rex’s Elec­tric War­rior is just so per­fect. The Slider is right there with it. Wait! No! Talk Talk’s Laugh­ing Stock. We both love Neu­tral Milk Ho­tel’s In The Aero­plane Over The Sea. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Mimi: Chicago’s Baby What A Big Sur­prise sin­gle at Dave’s Stereo Shop, Ba­gley, Min­nesota. Alan: The first Cars record. Columbia record club mail or­der. It came with a Su­per­tramp record I never liked and AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap which is hands­down the great­est rock record ever.

Which mu­si­cian, other than your­self, have you ever wanted to be? Mimi: Not even sure I want to be me but I would say David Bowie – the hair, the clothes, the an­drog­yny – love it all. Alan: Is it weird to want to be Santigold? She al­ways looks three notches above it when she per­forms. P.J. Har­vey and Erykah Badu, too. Mick Ron­son if I have to be a dude.

What do you sing in the shower? Mimi: I make up songs in the shower, or some­times Harry Nils­son. Alan: Roy Or­bi­son, Hu­man League – and Roberta Flack if I’m taking my time.

What is your favourite Satur­day night record? Mimi: Ween, Que­bec. Alan: Ween, La Cu­caracha.

And your Sun­day morn­ing record? Mimi: Big Star’s Third. But there would have be a hymn or two, too. Alan: Sta­ple Singers’ Un­cloudy Day. There are a few early Sta­ples records that are great, but this has all my faves. Maybe some Char­lie Parr in­stru­men­tals too.

Low’s Dou­ble Neg­a­tive is re­leased by Sub Pop on Septem­ber 14. They tour Europe in Oc­to­ber.

Pete Shelley BUZZCOCKS’ HOMOSAPIEN

What mu­sic are you cur­rently grooving to? The Amer­i­can min­i­mal­ist com­posers. I first started lis­ten­ing in the late ’70s. I love how sim­ple ideas spawn such com­plex pieces. I pre­fer lis­ten­ing to in­stru­men­tal mu­sic while read­ing as my mind gets too dis­tracted by lyrics. My cur­rent playlists in­clude Terry Ri­ley’s In C, Philip Glass’s Mu­sic In Twelve Parts – Parts 1 & 2 and Steve Re­ich’s Mu­sic For 18 Mu­si­cians.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite al­bum? Com­mer­cial Al­bum by The Res­i­dents. Forty tracks all one minute long. Each one packed with their spe­cial brand of strange­ness but at the same time each one dif­fer­ent.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Hey Jude by The Bea­tles, months be­fore my brother and I got a record player for Christ­mas to play it on. I think I pur­chased it from the record depart­ment in the base­ment of Leigh Co-op.

Which mu­si­cian, other than your­self, have you ever wanted to be? I sup­pose all The Bea­tles ex­cept for Ringo. Even Yoko! Also, Bolan and Bowie were great in­flu­ences. But I’m hap­pier being me.

What do you sing in the shower? I grew up taking baths and so never got into singing in the shower. I like to lis­ten to Chi­nese tra­di­tional guqin mu­sic while I soak – Think­ing Of An Old Friend is a favourite of mine.

What is your favourite Satur­day night record? It would have to be Lust For Life, Iggy Pop. Such an in­fec­tious beat.

And your Sun­day morn­ing record?

One Sun­day in 2005 I went to visit the Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou in Paris and was en­tranced by Al­tai Khairkhan, a Mon­go­lian over­tone singing en­sem­ble per­form­ing out­side. They were sell­ing their CD, Whis­tle In The Wind, and I bought a copy. Per­fect for any Sun­day morn­ing. Pete Shelley’s Col­lected Lyrics book is avail­able from store.eye­wearpub­lish­ing.com.

“I wanted to be all The Bea­tles ex­cept for Ringo. Even Yoko!” PETE SHELLEY

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