Take a wander through Pamela Connolly from Pillow Queens' formative years.
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, Pamela Connolly from Pillow Queens.Metric - The Police and The Private
Metric's 'Live it Out' album was a constant companion for me in my teens and this song is an amazing example of Emily Haine's ability to transport you right into a film noir. I would listen to it over and over trying to decipher its meaning but without you learn to just let great songs wash over you, and this is one of them.
Elliott Smith - Between the Bars
This was probably the first Elliott Smith song I ever heard. It was certainly one I liked to wallow in when my hormones got a little too much. The song is a short but gorgeous taster that leads you into the rabbit hole that is Elliott Smith's discography.
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - New Year's Kiss
This song was constantly being played on guitar when I was with my group of friends, and their versions were so lovely I thought I should really listen to the original. I adore this song so much. The calamity of the premise is so heart-wrenchingly beautiful, and it's a testament to Owen Ashworth's songwriting that he can tell these stories so convincingly.
Rufus Wainwright - 14th Street
The Want 1 and 2 albums were given to me by a dear friend after we had come out to each other. I guess we began sharing the little things that helped us before we said anything aloud. This song, in particular, gets me with each listen. Rufus sang so nonchalantly about queer love, and that was huge for me at the time, especially when I was going through other artists songs with a fine-tooth comb to find any references to it. The song feels like it comes right out of a Broadway musical and you find yourself soaring with it as it climbs.
Tegan and Sara - Living Room
Tegan and Sara were a staple for me in my teens and onwards, and this was the song that reeled me in. It meant so much too because the meaning my teenage self projected onto it at the time, but I still think this is one of the best T&S tunes.
CSS - Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex
This song comes from a time in my teens when NME magazines were buttressing the walls of my room. I adored this debut from CSS, and I remember when they played this song when myself and a few friends went to see them live in the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin, supported but none other than Tilly and the Wall. What a time to be alive. We were far too young to be there, but that made it all the better that we'd even got in AND got to meet Adriano from the band.
Be Your Own PET - October, First Account
This song was perhaps the only point in which to breathe on a very high octane debut from this ferocious band. They were the epitome of a bored Americana which I think always resulted in such good music, especially this song. I very much wanted to be Jemina Pearl as a teen, and I still think I do actually.
Heathers - Fire Ants
I don't think I've ever seen a band perform in such a variety of different places, from a theatre to an abandoned tea room on the seafront. This band was one of the highlights of a particular time in the Irish music scene, and I think their existence may have changed it for the better. The lyrics and pace of this song are in perfect simpatico, just like Ellie and Louise's beautiful harmonies. This song reminds me so much of that time where this wee community of music lovers bolstered each other and thrived while the recession was burning everything around us.
Taken from the November issue of Upset. Pillow Queens' debut 'In Waiting' is out now.