Welcome to the brand new Cheese on Toast featurette – it’s called A Personal Selection.
Each time we’ll ask a different musician to tell us about five songs that mean something particularly special to them. They tell us, we tell you, and, by reading their responses you get a little bit of insight into what makes the artist/musician in question tick. Perhaps.
We’re kicking off with our pal Ivy Rossiter from LUCKLESS.
LUCKLESS’ new album Vindication Blues is out 11 of July and they’ll be on tour to support.
THE FIRST SONG I EVER FELL IN LOVE WITH
Unity by Operation Ivy
Year 2000, at an all girl’s school and surrounded by Savage Garden, Macy Gray and Destiny’s Child, music was fast receding into the background as something I couldn’t really relate to… Then somebody responded to my name with ‘oh, you must know the band Operation Ivy’… I was clueless and confused, so they gave me a tape of Knowledge, the album that would set my political leaning music loving self back on the right track. Music could be about SOMETHING rather than nothing! How incredible.
SONG THAT INSPIRED ME TO BECOME A MUSICIAN
Napoleon – Ani Difranco
Back in the high school days of listening to punk rock and plastering my backpack with patches, my friend Astra loaned me a lurid-green-coloured album covered with a woman in long long braids… and began an obsession with angry feminist folk that lasted several earnest years. My paralysing fear of blank pages kept me from jumping into the abyss of creative endeavour and actually trying to write for a while after that, but once I did eventually try my hand at it, as my buddies from music school could attest, heavy strains of Difranco definitely coloured (tainted?) my early efforts…
SONG THAT I JUST CAN’T GET OUT OF MY HEAD RIGHT NOW
Pink Slips – Okkervil River
I’ve always fallen in love with great lyric writers, and there’s something about Will Sheff’s words that just sweep you along on a wave of romantic cadence… I wait the whole song for the last verse…
‘ and I showered my corvette in moët for years / now I’m standing in the rain drinking the champagne of beers
they say ‘who’s that shadow sneaking off behind the peer / he was rushed and he was rattled now he’s finally in the clear
to be a refugee from the rat race / with his white tuxedo and a sad face / a music group that your dad plays’…
SONG THAT MAKES ME CRY
To Leave Someone – Great North
The first tiny little tour I ever undertook was with the wonderful Hayden and Rachel of Great North a few years back. There were all kinds of crazy things going on back in the real world, but every night I got to hear them sing their beautiful harmonies and Hayden’s scalpel sharp lyrics, and this song made me wince back tears every night. Still does.
SONG THAT MAKES ME DANCE
Waterfountain by Tune-Yards
The drums! The bass line! The seamless changes from one part to the next, the glorious polyphonic vocals in the last chorus! Merril Garbus is a genius.
Luckless Tour Dates:
Friday 11 July – The Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch with support from Salad Boys
Saturday 12 July – Chick’s Hotel, Port Chalmers, Dunedin with support from Shifting Sands
Friday 18 July – San Fran, Wellington with support TBC
Saturday 19 July – The Wine Cellar, Auckland with support from Grand Rapids & Tourettes (spoken word set)