There’s something extraordinary about the coolly detached electro mash-up of Fujiya & Miyagi. Perhaps it’s in the pop melodies, which entwine themselves around glitchy drumbeats. Or maybe it’s just that the band, which sounds like a couple of sumo wrestlers, is actually made up of four scruffy lads from Brighton. Go figure! These are the songs that inspire David Best.
Leonard Cohen / Who By Fire
We recently saw him at a festival that we were playing at and it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. My favourite album of his is I’m Your Man, but I’d forgotten how much I liked Who By Fire from the New Skin for Old Ceremony album until he played it that night.
Gnarls Barkley / Whose Gonna Save My Soul
This song could have been written at any point since 1962. It’s a classic in my eyes, already. His voice and lyrics are great and seem genuine. Dangermouse’s production, like on the Beck record, never gets in the way of the song.
Chuck Wilder / The Clown
‘Pull the curtains, dim the lights; I am the star of the show tonight. Now as I walk onto stage, there will be paint all over my face’. That’s how it begins, and it just gets better and better every time I hear it. I managed to get the 7″ single at the last record fair in Brighton, which made me very happy indeed.
Kenny Carter / Showdown
This is from Dave Godin’s deep Soul Treasures series on Kent Records. It’s a slow soul song which builds in intensity as it canters to its glorious finale. It’s great to listen to while walking around town. It makes everything seem very dramatic. Even going into the co-op.
The Kinks / I Go To Sleep (demo)
The Kinks are about the only British group from the 60s, apart from The Zombies, that I really like. I could have chosen a lot of their songs, but this is the one that I’ve been listening to over and over again recently. This version of it is really sparse and all the better for it.
Zoobar / Project Jenny Project Jan
These are our friends from Brooklyn. I think this song is about what would happen if animals had access to a free bar. Even if you don’t like us, I’d recommend people come to the shows just to see them. You could always leave before we come on.
Serge Gainsbourg / Variations Sur Marilou
If I had to choose, this would be my favourite song of all time. It name-checks T-Rex and Lou Reed, but is apparently about female self-pleasure. It’s off his record, L’homme a Tete de Chou, which translates as ‘the man with the cabbage head’.
Brian Eno / Discreet Music
I like Here Come The Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain and Another Green World, the best of all his records, but I thought this one would be a good last song as it lasts for thirty minutes and you find yourself dipping in and out of it. It’s not distracting, but at the same time it’s not bland either.