“Most embarrassing record in my collection? Music to Strip to...”

David Rotheray - making a Stables visit on Saturday
David Rotheray - making a Stables visit on Saturday

THE Life of Birds tour stops off in Milton Keynes this Saturday evening,

David Rotheray founded The Beautiful South, and he founded this project too, which has garnered praise a-plenty.

Dave is a self-confessed music hound: “Ever since I started getting pocket money, I’ve spent all my money on music – I buy records for the cover, for just one song. I buy them just because I like the bass drum sound.

If I find an artist I really like, I immediately buy everything they’ve ever done, and everything by all the band members.

Sometimes I even buy everything that’s on the same label.”

So what lurks within his CD cases and among the vinyl pile?

Read on for the answers...

Tell us about the first record you bought...

Teenage Rampage by The Sweet. It was the era of glam rock, long hair and platform shoes. Thankfully, no pictures of me from this period survive.

An album you can’t live without

Harvest, by Neil Young.

I loved it when it came out, and all through the years since I’ve always loved it, despite (or perhaps because of) all the bewildering changes in musical fashion going on around me.

Most embarrassing record in your collection

Music To Strip To is a pretty good one.

It’s a compilation and the title says it all really.

I don’t play it very often.

Your favourite cheesy disc

Anne Robinson Requests, a CD on Anne’s favourite songs from her Radio 2 show.

It’s surprisingly good with some real classics, including Blanket on the Ground, Ode To Billie Jo and Crystal Chandeliers.

I still play it reguarly.

What about your favourite artist of all time?

The incredible String Band – 1960s psychedelic folk/rock craziness.

No-one ever sounded like them, before or since, and they wrote fantastic songs into the bargain.

Their albums from between 1968 and 1974 are simply untouchable.

Name a song that never fails to pick you up

Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys,

A teenage symphony that still sounds great whatever age you may be.

And one that chills you out?

All Things Must Pass, George Harrison’s first solo album. By far the best album made by any of The Beatles, in my opinion.

What was the first gig you attended?

Van Morrison, at Hull City Hall. I didn’t like him. The first gig I remember really loving was The Specials, at Hull Welly Club.

You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours.

Who do you choose?

Definitely someone who plays the trumpet. It’s an instrument I’ve always wanted to play, so Miles Davis, I guess.

And, assuming I’m in his body, I’d smoke for 24 hours as well.

Is there a new or undiscovered talent that you think we need to hear?

Mary Hampton, a wonderful English folk-singer and a very gifted songwriter. Check out her song Because You’re Young.

You can banish one artist to the bargain bin. Who do you choose?

I don’t like to be unkind to anyone, but Michael Jackson , aged 13 and over. I liked him when he was 12.

>David Rotheray plays at The Stables on Saturday night.

Book tickets on MK 280800.

>New single The Puffin and The Squirrel is released on March 28.