CMU Playlists

Playlist: Andy Malt from CMU

By | Published on Saturday 9 January 2010

Each week from now until the end of time (or thereabouts) we’ll be asking a different guest to put together a playlist of ten songs they love, which you can then use to soundtrack your perusal of the rest of CMU Weekly. To get things rolling, we kicked CMU Editor Andy Malt under the desk and asked him to put something together.

Says Andy: “I was hoping my first week back at work after Christmas would be stress free, but then I was told I had to pick ten songs that I like – the most stressful task known to man. From a first attempt that was several hours too long, I have whittled it down to this final list. I love every single song on this list dearly, like a good friend or a particularly nice biscuit, so take a listen”.

Click here to listen to Andy’s playlist in Spotify, and then read on to find out more about his selections.

01 Scott Walker – It’s Raining Today
This is the first track on what, I would argue, is Scott Walker’s best album. The strings just hint at the darker turn his music would eventually take.

02 Latyrx – Latyrx

I actually wanted to include the alternative version of this track, ‘Latyrx (Last Chance To Comprehend)’, which is stripped back to almost nothing but the two vocal lines. The way they work against each other is amazing. Unfortunately Spotify doesn’t have it. This album version is still excellent, and it’s longer, so that’s a bonus.

03 Mommy And Daddy – Confection

I never tire of hearing this song, and every time I do a little buzz of excitement shoots through me. It’s amazing what you can do with a bass guitar and a drum machine.

04 Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone

I was going to stick some hardcore or metal in here, but it broke up the flow of the playlist too much. So, instead, I went with something that will be equally offensive to a large number of listeners. It’s a bloody brilliant song, though.

05 Faith No More – Midlife Crisis

I’m sure Faith No More were wasted on me as a teenager, but they acted as a gateway to all kinds of other great music. The first time I bought Metal Hammer was because it came with an FNM special. They continue to be one of my favourite bands.

06 Mew – Am I Wry? No

I once interviewed Martin Grech, before a gig in Northampton in 2002. After speaking to him I sat down to watch the support band soundcheck. I’d never heard of them, but the two songs they played completely floored me. They were Mew, and this was one of those songs.

07 MC 900 Ft Jesus – Adventures In Failure

The lyrics on this track are just brilliant; man dissatisfied with his life goes on a drunken rampage and then considers holding himself to ransom so that he doesn’t have to explain to his wife how he came to destroy her car.

08 Busdriver – Sphinx’s Coonery

The whole of Busdriver’s ‘Fear Of A Black Tangent’ album is brilliant, but this track has always stood out for me. More psychedelic guitar on hip hop tracks, I say.

09 Arab Strap – Love Detective

There’s something about dark lyrics delivered in a Glaswegian accent that I’ve always really liked.

10 Plans & Apologies – The Paperclip Key

Plans & Apologies are one of my all time favourite bands. This song was written after the computer containing the original recordings for their ‘Tree Dee Pee’ EP was stolen. I love how angry it gets before nonchalantly dismissing the thieves and ending in an upbeat fashion.