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.

SONG OF THE WEEK: The Jam | That’s Entertainment

Every week we’ll be posting our favourite song of the week. This won’t necessarily be a new release but rather a song we’ve heard that has stuck in our head and refused to leave.

This week we’ve chosen The Jam’s That’s Entertainment as our Song of the Week. Originally appearing on their 1980 album Sound Affects, it was never officially released as a single at the time, only being issued in 1983 (and again in 1991) after the trio had split up. Regardless, it has arguably become their best known track. Featuring acoustic guitar, bass and minimal percussion the song has a classic, timeless quality and highlights the brilliant melodic style of bassist Bruce Foxton. Paul Weller’s vocals are also key to the greatness of the song with his barked street poetry verses painting a picture of the UK at the turn of the decade, contrasting with the melodic hook heavy chorus. It was The Jam at their most simple, raw and effective.

A police car and a screaming siren
Pneumatic drill and ripped up concrete
A baby wailing, a stray dog howling
The screech of brakes and lamplights blinking

That’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

A smash of glass and the rumble of boots
An electric train and a ripped up phone booth
Paint splattered walls and the cry of a tom cat
Lights going out and a kick in the balls 

I say that’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Days of speed and slow time Mondays
Pissing down with rain on a boring Wednesday
Watching the news and not eating your tea
A freezing cold flat and damp on the walls

I say that’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Waking up at 6 a.m. on a cool warm morning
Opening the windows and breathing in petrol
An amateur band rehearse in a nearby yard
Watching the telly and thinking ’bout your holidays

That’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Waking up from bad dreams and smoking cigarettes
Cuddling a warm girl and smelling stale perfume
A hot summers day and sticky black tarmac
Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were far away

That’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Two lovers kissing amongst the scream of midnight
Two lovers missing the tranquillity of solitude
Getting a cab and travelling on buses
Reading the graffiti about slashed seat affairs

I say that’s entertainment, that’s entertainment