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, Ritzy from The Joy Formidable.
I was obsessed with Pet Sounds as a kid and I'm still in love with it. All the layers that come and go & the simplicity of this song, is it a lovers tiff or are they comforting each other?
One of the first songs I learnt to play on guitar. Full of energy and sneer, and it sounded like he was taking the piss out of Cliff Richard.
I got fired as school DJ for playing this at the end of year dance. It was worth it.
Memories of sitting in my bedroom in North Wales and playing this over and over and dissecting every inch of it & then hating them when they never played it live! Oh, the teenage angst.
I got lost at Glastonbury one year when I was a little whippersnapper, and I couldn't find my tent at all. I remember dancing to this track on my own as the sun was coming up, think it took me about three hours to find the fucking thing.
I wore this vinyl record down to the grooves, playing it over and over and probably playing some really bad air guitar at the same time.
My favourite track on Holy Bible at the time. I don't know if I appreciated the meaning and the gravity of this track when I was younger, but I was definitely drawn to Richie's lyrics and the atmosphere on this record.
I saw the Pretenders in concert when I was just starting to play guitar and I'd not really seen a female frontwoman like Chrissie before. She got me ticking.
There was a lot of music in my household growing up and Christy Moore was one of my favourite folk singers. This track is a really pretty example of a traditional structure with some lovely fantastical lyrics.
Taken from the September issue of Upset. The Joy Formidable's album 'AAARTH' is due 28th September.
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