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Hear Andrew Spinoza's top ten tunes

Andrew Spinoza on why you should never like the same music as your parents

Published on March 19th 2009.


Hear Andrew Spinoza's top ten tunes

Tell us about yourself
I run PR and online marketing agency SKV Communications. When I was a journalist for City Life and then the MEN, I generally got about the city a bit writing for them about music, and also for the NME and The Face.

What types of music do you like?
My music varies from Northern Soul to Blues and Soul, from U2 and Springsteen to classic electro, and from punk and reggae to hi-gloss disco. I suppose I'm not really into jazz. I have been known to put on Radio 3's classical output when I need to get off to sleep.

I remember a time when you could tell what music people were into from what clothes they wore, but thankfully that's all gone. You also get teenagers liking the same music as their parents these days, which to me is weird, because in the seventies you took up your music as a generational statement. The fact your parents hated it was the whole point.

What is the song that means the most to you and why?
What a daft question. Depends on the day, the hour and the mood. I don't really play music sat in a room, settled down with a fine wine. I like to hear it in the car, in a bar, or with other people at least.

But, now you've asked, a few special songs are:

1 'Marquee Moon' by Television
Hot spiky guitar and intense vocals from my jumping-round-the-bedroom days.

2 'Holiday' by Madonna
A pure pop fizz delight.

3 'Golden Years' by David Bowie
'Bowie.' It speaks for itself. If I have to explain, there's no hope for you...

4 'Trans-Europe Express' by Kraftwerk
(From the acclaimed re-mix album.)

5 'Last Chance Texaco' by Rickie Lee Jones
Off the eponymous début album.

6 'Lucky Town' by Springsteen
(Could be any one of dozens by Bruce, but this is one that's on the player this week.)

7 'A Day in the Life' by The Beatles
If only people realised just how revolutionary The Fab Four were in their day...

8 'Baby I Need Your Lovin'' by The Four Tops
Motown's finest three minutes for me.

9 'Complete Control' by The Clash
The greatest ever band at the top of their game. Anyone curious about The Clash should check out some truly ace old stuff on You Tube.

10 'Long Gone Before Daylight' by The Cardigans
I think it's the most underrated album of the past few years, and so does Nicky Wire from the Manics – I heard him say so on the radio. The singer Nina Persson should be much better known.

Is that 10 already? Oh well, no time to mention Elvis Costello or The Smiths then?Read Andy Spinoza’s blog at skvcommunications.co.uk/andrew-spinoza/

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Get Your Ears OutMarch 19th 2009.

Anonymous...Trans Europe Express is a totally different song to Tour De France - the one your thinking about! Which is one of THE most influential pieces of electronic music ever made. Philistine.

AnonymousMarch 19th 2009.

Not so sure about 'Trans-Europe Express' by Kraftwerk, if it is the one I think it is...blurr! Sounds like a bloke out of breath while cycling!!!

AnonymousMarch 19th 2009.

Andy spins all over

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