Category Archives: Music

A soundtrack for Dark Season?

I got an email the other day from someone who wanted to know what music I listen to while I’m writing. The truth is, I intentionally write in silence. I just find music too distracting, possibly because I always wanted to be in a band but never got beyond Grade 3 clarinet lessons. Anyway, I was asked about songs that I might associate with Dark Season, and the truth is… I’d never thought about it before!

But in an attempt to answer the question, I thought I’d post a list of the songs that kept me sane while I was writing recently. I write in silence, but when I go through to the kitchen to make a cup of tea, I always have music playing. And these are the songs I play most often…

P.S. I don’t mind admitting that my taste in music is pretty unfashionable…

Natalie Merchant – Life is Sweet (my all-time favourite song ever!)

Vivian Stanshall & Eric Clapton – Labio-Dental Fricative

Electric Six – I Buy the Drugs

Electric Eel Shock – Rock’n’Roll Can Rescue the World (saw them live once years ago, supporting Dwarves in Brixton)

Thea Gilmore – Saviours and All (saw her live once, she was 8 months pregnant at the time, she had to leave the stage for a pee every 20 minutes but inbetween she rocked)

Personal Jesus – Johnny Cash version

In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus) – Zager and Evans

Let’s Go Out 2Nite – Alabama 3 (best live band I’ve ever seen)

Blue – R.E.M. (love this, and so sad that I’ll never get to see them alive again)

Going Home – Leonard Cohen (currently loving his new album)


Gwar’s Corey Smoot has died!

Corey Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus from rock band Gwar, has sadly died. You can read a little Corey Smoot obituary. It’s not know if they’re going to reschedule shows yet. Hope they’re still coming over in the near year, I have a ticket! But understandable if they’re not…