CMU Playlists

Playlist: Ash

By | Published on Saturday 30 January 2010

Formed in 1992, Ash have sold more than eight million albums worldwide. However, in 2007 the band revealed that ‘Twilight Of The Innocents’ would be their last LP, as they embraced the growing digital music market and vowed to only release singles in the future. Staying true to their word, last year they launched the ‘A-Z series’, which sees them release 26 new singles, one every two weeks for a year. Currently they’re at H with ‘Space Shot’.

The band are also set to head out on a UK tour, starting on 19 Apr in Southampton and ending on 4 May at the Electric Ballroom in London. Full dates can be found at Tickets for these things sell fast, so you should get online and book yours now.

Ahead of all that, we asked bassist Mark Hamilton to put together a Powers Of Ten playlist for us. Says Mark: “Artist and celebrity iPod playlists seem to be all the rage these days… do people really want to know who’s listening to what? I’m not so sure… but since I’ve been asked kindly, here’s my ten cents, sorry ten songs, that I’ve been listening to recently on my portable entertainment media device. Check back next week for ten species of flower I’ve recently planted”.

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

01 Depeche Mode – It’s No Good
DM produce amazing sex music… enough said.

02 Marmaduke Duke – Je Suis Un Funky Homme

This song by Simon from Biffy Clyro’s solo project is an awesome dancefloor pick-me-up with a tinge of comedy that could easily fit into an episode of ‘Flight Of The Conchords’.

03 Rihanna – Russian Roulette

Rihanna is a superstar and this song is awesome, but how long before someone actually pulls a trigger and she finds herself in court with charges of inciting suicide/death? It’s quite a brave and bold move for a major label to release this song, as they’re usually so paranoid with such a taboo subject. Our 2001 hit ‘Burn Baby Burn’ was renamed because Mushroom wouldn’t release it with its original title, ‘Slow Suicide’. During that recording session Rick (our drummer) and I actually did play ‘Russian Roulette’ and I literally ended up shooting myself in foot. Luckily it was only a CO² Beretta.

04 The Cardigans – You’re The Storm

Nina is my favourite female vocalist and this song was criminally overlooked on the excellent ‘Lone Gone Before Daylight’. It’s one of the few songs I’ve actually listened to on repeat. We once pissed her off at a party in Bristol when we were young drunken upstarts. At least we made an impression…

05 Brand New – Sowing Season

You won’t catch Brand New in the UK charts, so you may well be surprised to hear that they’ll soon be headlining Wembley Arena. If you know Brand New then you’ll probably love them passionately. If you don’t then that’s your problem.

06 Ride – Leave Them All Behind

Tim and I were big Ride fans way back when ‘Going Blank Again’ was released and shoegazing was in vogue… We were also guilty of participating in the curtains haircuts, baggy t-shirts, and mopey teenage attitude. This came on my iPod last week and I hadn’t heard it for years. I love it but they really did need to turn the bass up.

07 Weezer – The Good Life

Not so sure of some of their more recent offerings but ‘Pinkerton’ is one of the best rock albums ever. We had the honour of supporting them across the US on the Pinkerton tour and I even ran their lights for them.

08 MGMT – Kids

Overplayed to death but you can’t deny this monster of a song. I remember sitting in a bar in New York when I first heard it and having to go ask the barman what it was. Genius. Could be a contender for song of the decade?

09 Cobra Starship – The Kids Are All Fucked Up

A perfect blend of melodic synth pop with punk rock attitude. Pet Shop Boys for a new generation?

10 Sia – Breathe Me

As the soundtrack to the closing sequence on the last episode of ‘Six Feet Under’, this was a perfect piece of synching. I’d be happy for it to be played at my final send off, hopefully no time soon though…