MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Josh Diamond, Gang Gang Dance
Named after the patron saint of outsiders, taboo subject matter, and general disorder, Gang Gang Dance’s 2009 album, Saint Dymphna, is our favourite of their recordings to date. It was a stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed, God’s Money, with cinematic production characterised by 1970s Brian Eno intricacy and 2000s Timbaland immediacy. These are the songs that have inspired Gang Gang Dance’s Josh Diamond.
Ryuichi Sakamoto / Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
From the soundtrack with the same name as this. It’s just an amazing piece of music: serene, austere (in a heavy, beautiful way), emotional, a great mix of electronic sounds, patient, and a wonderful melody, with a quality of yearning for a better place. Every time I listen to this song, it puts me in a trance.
Fritz Kreisler / Gypsy Andante
Simply one of the most perfect live performances ever captured.
The Heptones / How Can I Leave
A beautiful track of painfully desperate love. I have an old 12″ with the dub version on the same side. The regular one kind of morphs into it, which, of course, is the norm with old reggae 12 inches. The dub is deep and subtle at the same time.
Esther Phillips / Unforgettable
The song we all know but not the way she does it. And the guitar is insane! My bandmate says it makes him feel like he’s on the Love Boat.
Theo Parrish / Shadow Dancing
It could be any song from him, really, because I listen to him a lot. Theo Parrish really knows how to build tracks from the smallest ingredients. He is so patient, it might drive some people nuts, but I love him.
The Alan Parsons Project / Eye in the Sky
A very paranoid song delivered in a very serene way; a Phillip Dick book; and a song that Gang Gang is always talking about covering. I like the guitar solo and one day will get around to learning it.
Stella Chiweshe / Njuzu
A song by Zimbabwe’s Queen of the Mbira, according to the record jacket. The back cover also notes that Njuzu means ‘mythical water creature with human head and torso’. And you ask why I like it!