When you load up Spotify, a great big chunk of the time you can’t think what to play, right? You default back to your old favourites, those albums and songs you played on repeat when you first discovered you could make them yours.
This isn’t about guilty pleasures; it’s about those songs you’ll still be listening to when you’re old and in your rocking chair. So, enter Teenage Kicks - a playlist series that sees bands running through the music they listened to in their formative years.
Next up, Izzy from Black Honey.
When I was a depressed, I loved to dance around at railway stations drunk to this in a kinda Billy Elliot ballet way.
I remember being so flawed by the rawness of this one felt like it was existential.
My dad gave me his twelve-string guitar, and this song is basically the textbook twelve-string tune. The line “we're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl year after year” spoke to me even in my young teens.
I was so in love with this song cause it felt like such a reaction to all the boring RnB style songs that were exploring sexuality at the time. Once I realised it was a Soft Cell cover my mind was blown once more.
Jack White is my favourite guitarist to this day. I have him to thank for introducing me to Robert Johnson and all the old delta blues musicians.
This was my ultimate bedroom trashing song I remember singing into my hairbrush doing ninja dancing in the mirror to this song.
I mean, what a classic. Blondie is probably the most important blueprint for the creation of Black Honey.
Taken from the October issue of Upset. Black Honey's self-titled debut album is out now.
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