Top 5 and why they influence me
I only got into Morrissey’s lyrics and Johnnie Marr’s guitar rifts long after they had been popular. As I was born in 1982 by the time I was 5, The Smiths were no more. I moved in with my grandparents at 14 and there I was really fortunate was that my dad’s youngest brother Tom was a massive Smiths fan. To the extreme, Moz quaff and all. Tom had everything The Smiths had every done, not only that he was keen to tell me just how good they were. It is down to him that I found The Smiths when I did, it’s the greatest gift he has ever given me…
When I was a teenager Oasis and Blur were massive. You could only be one or the other. I was an Oasis fan. Mainly again influenced by family members this time as well as Tom, I had two older females cousins Nadine and Kirsty. They were all into Oasis in the really early stages, I so naturally I cottoned on. Borrowed their CD’s and away I went. I have seen and met the Gallagher’s many times (I played for the team they supported!) and have always been a massive fan. Not quite at Morrissey’s level but who is…
Obviously being born and raised in Liverpool. The fab four are a massive part of our heritage and culture. Liverpool is really proud of the four “scallys” that shook the world. Nobody needs reminding how good The Beatles are, their back catalogue speaks for itself. Everybody has a favorite Beatle and mine is George. I just love how cool he was. He was so happy being in the background, knowing all the while just how cool he was. There is something about people who just know they are cool. I like that in a rock star.
The band that sings about my life to me. The Monkeys are northern lads, the same age as me, from a similar background and their lyrics just reverberate around me and my close friends. The sing about getting into the sorts of scraps we got into, about getting knocked back from nightclubs like us and like longing for girls like we did. Whenever I hear any of their early music, it reminds my of making my first team debut and those early seasons of my career, when the world was there for the taking. I have also named a lot of racehorses ive owned down the years after tracks on their albums. I have known the lads from the band for years, since they started gigging really and they are really humble down to earth lads.
Again another Liverpool band. More specifically form Huyton, where I am from. Although the band has only released one full album to date. That album is unbelievable. Known to have been a massive influence on Noel Gallagher, in his younger days. Morrissey is also been on record praising some of the bands songs. I have no doubt this band would of gone on to have been a household name in this country had they not had ,much publicized problems in and away form the studio. Songs like “There she goes” is a classic but add into that my favorites “Timeless Melody” and “Feelin’” and you have a top, top album. John Power from the band went on to form another top band in Cast. I was also a big fan of these when I was an florescent adolescent…