Nik Kershaw gig ‘was greatest night of my life’

Catch The Bluetones at the Roadmender this week
Catch The Bluetones at the Roadmender this week
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THE Bluetones released their sixth studio album in the spring of this year, and A New Athens attracted a ripe supply of critical acclaim.

Now they are back with the new single Golden Soul, which hit the racks a couple of weeks back.

The band is touring their sounds too, and tomorrow night call in at Northampton Roadmender, call for tickets on 01604 604222.

But before they give the ‘fampton a set of melody, bassist Scott Morriss gives City Nights readers peek into the tunes and artists that rock his world, in this weeks’ Cue and Play...

Tell us about the first record you bought

The first single was Joboxers Just Got Lucky on 7inch vinyl. I was 10 at the time, so you can forgive me. My first album was Jean Michel Jarre’s Zoolook on stereo cassette in 1984 and it began a life of synth sounds.

It is with deep regret that to this day I still couldn’t play the keyboards if my life depended upon it.”

An album you can’t live without

There are so many – Phoenix’s It’s Never Been Like That Before has to be one of them, the best album from one of my favourite bands.

I love every song and I love that it took them only nine days to make. Effortless genius.

I could so easily have said Weezer’s Pinkerton, also Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks with Pig Lib, the list goes on and on. I could live without these albums and without music, but it would be a colourless and bleak existence.”

Your favourite cheesy disc...

I do like a bit of Cliff at Xmas time.

For the rest of the year it would have to be Barry Manilow who provides the cheese platter

Tell us about your favourite artist of all time – what is the attraction?

It could well be The Beastie Boys; funny, innovative, energetic.

They’ve managed to span three decades and are still fresh and genuinely exciting.

Gruff Rhys is up there too; equally innovative and so prolific. Ditto Stephen Malkmus

If we could grant you a wish to meet one musician or band, who would it be and why?

What question would you ask them?

Aerosmith. ..the last question would be ‘Can I join your band please?’

Name a song that never fails to pick you up

The Birth of the Odyssey – Monkey Magic by Godiego is guaranteed to get my attention. It never fails to bring a sense that something new and exciting is about to happen...usually another episode of Monkey

And one that chills you out

Gandhara, also by Godiego. It always fills me with the sad feeling that something truly wonderful is about to end. Usually another episode of Monkey

What was the first gig you attended

Nik Kershaw, Hammersmith Odeon in 1984 and I was 11. It was briefly the greatest night of my life

Tell us about your favourite record shop

Mono, a small independent record shop in Glasgow city centre.

There is a great Vegan cafe attached which becomes a venue in the evening,

I saw Magnolia Electric Co. play there a few years ago and this surpassed Nik Kershaw as the greatest night in my life

You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours. Who do you choose?

I don’t have an idol, but it would be fun to be a fly on the wall in the 50 Cent household for an hour. I imagine.

You can banish one artist to the bargain bin. Who is it?

I think Shane Ward already resides there, so I’ll choose Scouting For Girls instead