SONIC KICKS: Suzy Connolly

Suzy Connolly’s highly recommended debut album Night Larks that came out near the start of the year is still one of the best releases of 2012 so we wanted to delve into her musical history to find out what influenced her and which albums were landmarks at various points of her life.

The first album I bought…

The Police | Regatta De Blanc. I come from a large musical family. My older brothers and sisters would always buy me albums they wanted for themselves for my birthday but lucky for me they had good taste. I think I’d been given Outlandos d’Amour and I flipped out over it and went out and bought Regatta De Blanc with my hard earned pocket money!

The album that soundtracked a relationship…

Ed Harcourt | Here Be Monsters. Some albums just take you back to a certain place and time in your life and this one does just that. It always brings on a huge wave of melancholia!

The album that inspired me to be a musician…

The Beatles | A Hard Day’s Night. I was six years old and learned how to sing harmony listening to this album. It was the first Beatles I’d heard and completely blew my mind. It just sold me to the idea of making music.

The album that reminds me of my high school years…

The Jam | Sound Affects. I would listen to this album on my Sony Walkman coming home from school on the 440 bus to my Dad’s…”Reading the graffiti about slashed seat affairs”. One of my fave lyrics in a song.

The album I’d love to hear played in full live…

U2 | The Joshua Tree but I’d want to see it performed circa 1987, when it was still fresh.

My favourite album cover…

Bob Dylan | The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. So much heart in this image that just epitomises Greenwich Village in the 1960s but on par with The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo because I love graphic album covers and particularly this one.

My guilty pleasure album…

Biilly Joel | Greatest Hits. It’s like sensory overload listening to Billy Joel. The range of feelings he can inspire in just three minutes- He is a brilliant songwriter yet the cheese factor is just off the richter scale. A true love/hate relationship. Allentown is a fucking amazing song!

An album I loved but have no idea now why I bought it…

Alice in Chains | Dirt. I have no idea what I was thinking. Probably had more to do with a love interest.

The last album I bought…

Daniel Rossen | Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP. I’m a huge Grizzly Bear fan.The last full album I bought was Graham Nash | Songs For Beginners. I lost my CD so I bought it digitally. A great break up album, many of the songs inspired by an affair with Joni Mitchell.

Suzy Connolly’s Night Larks is out now via Laughing Outlaw Records and all good record shops.

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