PARADISE Lost returned to the fray with their 13th album last month, with the brilliant return to form that is Tragic Idol.
The so-called goth metal leaders have long been a favoured flavour of City Nights, and their 1993 opus Icon was a major soundtrack of ours.
Their sounds shaped us, but which artists shaped them?
Guitarist Aaron Aedy spilled the beans in this weeks Cue and Play...
Tell us about the first record you bought
The first record I ever bought was Hotel California in the 70s with the record token I got for my birthday when I was seven or eight.
The first album I bought with my paper round money was One Step Beyond by Madness, and my first rock record was Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden, thirty years ago this month.
An album you can’t live without, and why
An album has, in the last year or two, walked into my top albums of all time.
I couldn’t be without it – it stops me thinking about flight turbulence, is the soundtrack to the books I read and a reflective background when just looking out the window.
It’s Midlake with The Courage of Others.
An absolute gem and a life keeper for me.
Your favourite cheesy disc...
It has to be In the Lounge with Andy Williams.
I love the crooners, but this is what you’d probably consider cheese.
An album you wish you’d bought, but didn’t
These days with online availability it’s an easy problem to remedy, but I wish I hadn’t lost the sleeve etc of a 1960s pressing of Hendrix’s Axis Bold as Love, due to a flood in my flat (not my fault, from above).
Such a shame. I miss that more than any album I didn’t buy.
What about your favourite artist of all time?
Ennio Morricone has made music that is as important to the films as the script itself – wonderful music that can bring you right into the heart of the story or take you away into a world of your own.
His sixties soundtracks in particular were pioneering!
If we could grant you a wish to meet one musician or band, who would it be, and why?
Ennio Morricone, I would say ‘ Thank you.’
Name a song that never fails to pick you up
ELO with Mister Blue Sky or Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now.
Both perfect for in-flight turbulence stress relief or catching yourself singing along to when drunk in a pub!
And one that chills you out
Midlake – Small Mountain from the fantastic Courage of Others album.
What was the first gig you attended
Metallica, September 11, 1986, the Master of Puppets tour at Bradford’s St George’s Hall.
An awesome show, Cliff Burton rocked!
Tell us about your favourite record shop or online store, and what the appeal is
These days, it’s wherever I can get the album the cheapest.
Growing up in Halifax as a teen, you couldn’t beat the expertise from the people at Groove Records in town.
They had a great selection, would order any album you wanted, (I got The Skull by Trouble on import there) and could chat all day about things and suggest potential albums you might like.
All my top albums came from there, and I would go home on the bus reading the lyric sheets and looking at the artwork on 12”.
Vinyl is something I miss today in the download age.
You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours.
Who do you choose?
As Ennio Morricone, I’d take the latest soundtrack I had just finished composing for the next big movie of the year and request that Aaron Aedy from Paradise Lost be solely involved in the recording somehow.
Is there a new or undiscovered artist you think we need to hear?
On my birthday last year, I went to see a band my wife was keen to see live, a good blues kind of rock n roll band called Saint Jude.
Great musicians, good songs and a singer that has to be heard to be believed.
You can banish one artist to the bargain bin. Who do you choose?
I can’t say I’m a fan of Drum n Bass, I couldn’t name one artist, so it’s hard to say which!