CMU Playlists

Playlist: Losers

By | Published on Saturday 11 September 2010

Losers, aka DJ, producer, radio presenter and CMU columnist Eddy Temple-Morris and former Cooper Temple Clause man Tom Bellamy, release their debut album, ‘Beautiful Losers’, next week through Gung-Ho! Recordings.

The duo say that they were aiming to make a classic dance album, with a sound that wouldn’t date. Of course, it’s too early to say if they’ve managed that, but the Prodigy and Soulwax-influenced sounds contained within the record certainly hint that they could have succeeded. Tracks like last single ‘Flush’, with the back-and-forth rhyming of Enzy and Riz MC (and if you’ve not seen the video for that track, you need to stop reading this and watch it now), and the Massive Attack-esque epic of ‘Azan’ really stand out, as does the closing cover of Jane’s Addiction’s ‘Summertime Rolls’, with vocals from Placebo’s Brian Molko. But overall, it’s not just a collection of tracks, it’s a complete album, bringing to mind those big LPs of the 90s from the likes of The Prodigy, Leftfield, and Underworld with a sound that’s still relevant to the 21st century.

Ahead of the release, we asked Tom to put together a Powers Of Ten playlist for us. Not only did he do so, but he provided us with hilarious blurbs for the tracks he chose and applied his own complicated set of rules to the selection. Tom explains: “OK, so back in the Coopers days we used to spend endless hours on the road finding stuff to do. One thing to pass the time was to have a ‘Club Mole’ (named after our roadie at the time), this basically meant a hotel party involving fancy dress and as much alcohol/random strangers as we could get our hands on. DJing would commence and continue in a ‘one on one off’ system. As I remember we actually had laminate passes made up we were that dedicated/bored”.

“Anyway, Club Mole lives on and has found it’s way on to Spotify but has cunningly morphed into a drinking game. The first dude puts on a random band and then picks a band starting with A. When the random song has finished if no one in the room has guessed the band starting with A everyone bar the person whose go it is drinks. Band A is played and then it’s the next person’s go with B. If at any point the band is guessed the song is played, the picker drinks and you move on until you get bored/vomit/start dancing/decide to turn it into the karaoke version. Easy. So here is, what would be the start of me playing against me”.

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

01 And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Mistakes And Regrets
One of the most underrated bands ever. Thoroughly nice chaps, too. Just don’t get in the way of an airborne floor tom.

02 Beck – Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometimes

Best cover ever on one of the greatest films ever (nothing surpasses ‘Back To The Future’). Eddy has a version of this song that’s about 450BPM and nearly made me spontaneously vomit on the dancefloor when he dropped it. Awesome stuff.

03 C + C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

Tuuuuuuuune. I used to dance to this in the living room with my Mum on a Sunday afternoon. Hi Mum.

04 Deftones – Minerva

I’m putting these songs on as I write about them… I just got goosebumps all over. I know this because I am stark bollock naked. TURN IT UP!

05 Elbow – Friends Of Ours

Pete (Elbow’s bass player) told me about eighteen months before this record came out that he was gonna start plumbing with his brother cos it wasn’t looking good. He would have been such a good plumber, too. “Before leaving get to the bar, No one round here makes you pay. Never very good at goodbyes, so a gentle shoulder charge, love you mate”. Big Hands anyone? (The bar in Manchester, I’m not suggesting Guy Garvey has big hands.)

06 Foo Fighters – Walking After You

Everyone associates Foo Fighters with heavy rock, but this song is the complete opposite and absolutely gorgeous. How can anyone not like Dave Grohl? I want to be his best friend so much, I think he would really enjoy my roast dinners.

07 Grandaddy – Everything Beautiful Is Far Away

I’ve always wanted to make a record like this. Turns out I’m making it at the moment, well excited. Watch this space.

08 The Horrors – Mirror’s Image

I wasn’t a fan of The Horrors when they came out. I just thought they were a poor man’s Eighties Matchbox. However when they returned with this, they really cemented themselves as a heavyweight band. Astonishing record, what a great move getting Geoff Barrow from Portishead in to produce it. Awesome live to, and I’m not remotely pissed off that Faris wears the same boots as me. Copycat.

09 Interpol – Unititled

One of the best opening tracks to an album ever. I once saw Carlos D walking to the shower having not combed his hair. It ruined the image I had in my head that even in bed he would be fully clothed, gun holster and all in pristine condition.

10 Jane’s Addiction – Summertime Rolls

The Losers album finishes with our cover of this, featuring Brian Molko on vocals. It seems appropriate that I too should end this little game of mine with the original.