CMU Playlists

Playlist: Everything Everything

By | Published on Saturday 30 October 2010

Formed in Manchester in 2007, Everything Everything released their debut single, ‘Suffragette Suffragette’, in 2008, leading to wild enthusiasm over in CMU Daily. Over the next eighteen months, two more singles crept out into the world, showcasing the band’s blend of rock, pop-punk, pop, R&B and anything else that happened to be lying around, before they released their acclaimed debut album, ‘Man Alive’, in August this year through Geffen, breaking into the top 20 in the UK album chart.

Next month, on 11 Nov, the band will play a charity show at Fabric to raise awareness of the most common genetic form of inherited mental impairment, Fragile X Syndrome, while in December they are due to perform two shows in Manchester and London, where they will play ‘Man Alive’ in full with the accompaniment of a thirteen-piece classical ensemble made up of musicians from the Royal Northern College Of Music.

But last night the band played closer to home, for us anyway, at Shoreditch Town Hall just down the road from CMU HQ, performing at the first Now Playing event, which has been put together by Spotify and mobile operator Three. Also on the bill were White Lies and I Am Arrows, while CMU columnist and Xfm presenter Eddy Temple-Morris DJed. The next Now Playing show, with Tinchy Stryder, I Blame Coco, Kid Adrift and Eddy (again), takes place at The Monastery in Manchester on 18 Nov – more info from

With the band so close, we asked bassist Jeremy Pritchard to swing by the office and take us through a few of his favourite songs for this week’s Powers Of Ten playlist.

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

01 They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul
In many ways I think this might be the greatest pop song ever. An absolute masterclass of crazily inventive structure, without any cost to the melody or sheer pop appeal.

02 Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place

For me this is the moment Radiohead turned a massive corner and forgot everything that had come before, by stripping themselves back to virtually nothing, very brave and very rare.

03 Bjork – Army Of Me

This is only inches away from out and out metal. Totally feminine and totally terrifying.

04 Foals – Total Life Forever

The title track from their second LP. I love the percussion overdubs in the second verse. Some great sounds and some great playing.

05 En Vogue – Don’t Let Go

We love this. If I could be in any girl group it’d be En Vogue. Or Destiny’s Child. Anyway, you can taste all the sumptuous drama. It also always reminds me of dark Sunday evenings doing homework in the 90s!

06 Cocteau Twins – Carolyn’s Fingers

Bewitching. No one else sounds like this.

07 The Smiths – Ask

Possibly my favourite Smiths track, which is no mean feat. We just had the pleasure of meeting Steve Lillywhite who produced this.

08 The Bad Plus – Knows The Difference

Six or seven minutes of madness with a readily discernible method – before settling on a sublime ‘antidote’ groove.

09 Brian Eno – Ascent (An Ending)

Originally part of a score written to accompany NASA’s moon landings footage. It’s still probably the most well-known piece of so-called ambient music. We saw this played live alongside the original images in London the other night and loved it. Utterly disarmingly beautiful.

10 Vampire Weekend – Taxi Cab

Their most poignant song to date, it’s barely pop music really. This sounds like Handel.