Wanna know more about the track list for This Beats Perfect? It’s a mix of music I love, music that moves me or has inspired my story. Keep checking back for updates!
HEAVENLY POP HIT – THE CHILLS
An absolutely class track from an amazing kiwi band. When I wrote about Maxx trying to come up with the perfect pop tune, I couldn’t think of a track that better represented that chase.
Dum de dum dum
Its a heavenly pop hit
If anyone wants it.
GOOD VIBRATIONS – THE BEACH BOYS
The Beach Boys are one of my favourite bands of all time, and the album Pet Sounds one of my favourite albums of all time, so no surprise it features heavily in #thisbeatsperfect. Although not from that seminal album, Good Vibrations was a production masterpiece in its time taking 7 months to record across 6 different studios. It constantly makes top 10 best records of all time lists, one listen and you know why:
NO DIGGITY – BLACKSTREET feat. DR DRE, QUEEN PEN
This is one of my favourite tracks OF ALL TIME. It is a perfect example of nineties R&B. It’s awesome. It has Bill Withers samples for goddsake! It’s perfection. It was also number 1 in NZ for what felt like forever so it’s basically part of my DNA now. Hey Yo Hey Yo Hey Yo Hey Yo!
PLEASE WAKE ME UP – TOM WAITS
Nothing makes me happier than songwriters who are theatrical and flamboyant storytellers and therefore I heart Tom Waits. As an artist, he is the *real deal* my friends – and there no one I’d rather see live right now. Preferably in a dark, dingy wine bar in Berlin or Paris.
RED EYED and BLUE – WILCO
My godson s called Wilco and he’s AMAZING. Is that enough? It should be!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE (LET ME GET WHAT I WANT) – THE SMITHS
Look, full disclosure, I didn’t even really know the Smiths beyond a few tracks until I met a rabid Morrissey fan in around 2003. But there’s something so awesome about discovering a band/singer/album later in life (okay, I was early twenties, but still.). The more you learn about Morrissey, the more his music takes on depth and heart. An absolutely astounding track; short, poignant & aching.
RUDDERLESS – THE LEMONHEADS
Loved the Lemonheads. Their album It’s a Shame About Ray was a sunny happy classic 90’s New Folk album – utterly inoffensive – with lots of great tracks including a obligatory Simon and Garfunkel cover. Love this track about feeling lost in love.
Waiting for some thin’ to break.
Left my heart out to bake.
Nothing there in my glass.
Wasn’t air meant to last.
THE CONSEQUENCE OF SOUNDS – REGINA SPEKTOR
If there was ever an artist that made me want to start writing, Regina Spektor was the one. When I saw her play in a pokey little place off Tottenham Court Road over 10 years ago, she sat at a piano and sang/told these brilliant, eccentric stories that were just so mind-blowingly creative. After a decade of guitar rock I felt like someone blew open a door to a whole new room. Do yourself a favour and dig out some of her early stuff.
I THINK I SMELL A RAT – THE WHITE STRIPES
I met Jack White in Japan at Fuji Rocks festival – set high up in the mountains next to a place not unlike the Overlook Hotel. He was playing with The Raconteurs at the time, and we got to interview him. He was just as ridiculously handsome in real life, and I can’t remember a word he said. 🙂
FALLIN’ – DE LA SOUL & TEENAGE FANCLUB
In the nineties it was perfectly acceptable to be as into hip hop as grunge – and the Judgement Night soundtrack was full of huge collaborations like this, which was my absolutely favourite.
HOLE – CELEBRITY SKIN
Courtney Love is still a bit of a mystery to me. She has been a victim of some pretty misogynistic shit since the death of Kurt Cobain, including being accused of actually murdering him (woman-haters know no bounds, I swear to fucking god). That said, I always felt she was inauthentic. That whole dress-up fallen princess junkie shit sat uncomfortably next to the real stuff that was happening in the riot grrrl scene. And she actually punched Kathleen Hannah, so….
ARCADE FIRE – EMPTY ROOM
Honestly, I don’t really love or even probably ‘get’ Arcade Fire. I went to see them once, given tickets by a friend who worked with them and was lucky enough to be ushered in side of stage and plonked in the side stalls to Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams. I spend more of the night gazing at Michelle than I did watching the gig, but you know, it’s Arcade Fire – so they’re on my track list.
THE CLEAN – TALLY HO
NZ band, and legends of the ‘Dunedin Sound’ a hugely influential band signed the legendary Flying Nun label. Important, because I lived in Dunedin when I was 17, and music like The Clean, The Dead C, Bailterspace, Straightjacket Fits and the 3D’s was the essential fabric of that once ferocious music scene.
L7 – THE MASSES ARE ASSES
This song worked perfectly for the moment that Amelie first encountered Instafame. L7 are just a band that were so integral to 3rd wave feminism, Riot Grrrl and everything about DIY women in rock.
MARIKA HACKMAN – BEFORE I SLEEP
Haunting and beautiful. If you don’t know Marika Hackman, you’re missing one of the very big up and coming talents in the UK. Read more about her here.
SUFJAN STEVENS – FUTILE DEVICES
I love Sufjan Stevens. He is one of my favourite artists on the planet right now, and although he abandoned his amazing plans to write an album for every state of America, I’m so glad that he did or we wouldn’t have got Age of Adz. This song is so beautiful!
But you are life I needed all along
I think of you as my brother
Although that sounds dumb
And words are futile devices
ALABAMA SHAKES – GOING TO THE PARTY
I have such a crush on Brittany Howard. She’s awesome. Her voice is brilliant and this track just sums up my wild teen year parties. ‘I’m going to a party and by the end of tonight, there’s going to be dancing and there’s going to be a fight.’ If you don’t know this band, do your self a favour and go buy Boys & Girls now.
BLUR – CHARMLESS MAN
Admitedly this is not one of Blur’s finest, but it suited the moment in the book so perfectly. Amelie meets the most conceited member of the band, and he behaves like a spoiled buffoon.
Janelle Monáe – Tightrope
I love this track. When we meet Max, he is strung out, tired and sick of his celebrity life, and Tightrope felt like the perfect expression of where he was at.
Monáe told Artist Direct the story behind this song: “Tightrope deals with balance,” she said. “Early on in my career, and even now, it’s a daily struggle to stay balanced and not get too high or too low.’
Edward Gains – I Am Rock n Roll
This song is by one of the dearest people in the world to me. Edward is not only a totally awesome song writer, but he records his own music and creates all his art work himself.
He’s one of the world’s true artists and as Amelie begins her own journey to becoming an one, it seemed fitting to start her off with a loud, gritty and self assured tune like this. Buy here. Or buy the whole album Don’t Take It Personally, here.