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James Dean Bradfield: Soundtrack Of My Life - NME, 7th February 2015

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Title: James Dean Bradfield: Soundtrack Of My Life
Publication: NME
Date: Saturday 7th February 2015
Writer: Emily Mackay
Photos: Alex Lake



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THE SONG YOU CAN NO LONGER LISTEN TO

‘God Save The Queen’ - Sex Pistols
“Being confronted by its perfection makes you feel inadequate in every sense. It crushes you. It crushes your ambition, it crushes your reality, it crushes your future, it crushes your past, it just immobilises you with fear of failure. I can’t listen to it any more, because no one will ever get there again.”

A SONG THAT MAKES ME WANT TO DANCE
‘Under The Influence Of Love’ - Love Unlimited Orchestra
“When Heavenly had their Sunday Social at Great Portland Street, they were my grand pisshead days, ’93, ’94. The Chemical Brothers played this at the end of every night. It always made me feel that I was at a very high-end, cerebral wedding.”

THE SONG I DO AT KARAOKE
‘Still Of The Night’ - Whitesnake
“I’ve only ever done karaoke once, after Joe Calzaghe had beaten Bernard Hopkins and was unbeaten champion of the world. Kind of vaguely knowing him, we got invited to his homecoming party up in Oakdale, back in the Valleys. I remember his dad grabbing me by the scruff of the neck and forcing me on stage with Joe. There’s a bit of footage of it, apparently.”

THE SONG I CAN’T OUT OF MY HEAD
‘Limelight’ - Rush
“It’d be a Rush song at the moment, because I’ve been practising to Rush to get my fingers going again. I’m trying to think which one would be vaguely acceptable to an NME readership. None whatsoever, so fuck it, I’m gonna go for ‘Limelight’.”

THE SONG I WISH I’D WRITTEN
‘Lost In The Supermarket’ - The Clash
“Underneath the punk exterior, they were born to be songwriters. ‘Lost In The Supermarket’ deals with not feeling a sense of place in the time that you’re in, and feeling kind of sad about it.”

THE SONG THAT TAUGHT ME HOW TO MIX POLITICS AND POP
‘Fight The Power’ - Public Enemy
“Chuck D had the right mixture of everything. He was vitriolic, he had humour in it, he had pathos in it. You could hear the breath in his voice, you could hear the spittle, you could hear everything. He never strayed far away from politics, but made it seem glamorous.”

THE SONG THAT REMINDS ME OF WALES
‘Hometown Unicorn’ - Super Furry Animals
It’s on ‘Fuzzy Logic’. I’ve seen some people go, ‘I hated it when we got tagged with ‘Cool Cymru’ [the Welsh-specific ‘Cool Britannia’]’. I just though, ‘Why? We’re selling loads of records! Don’t be such a dick!’”

THE SONG I WANT PLAYED AT MY FUNERAL
A sad old Welsh song
“Something really fucking gloomy and Welsh. I don’t want any celebration, I don’t want any happy faces. I don’t want any concessions to modernity. I want it to be dour and densely tragic.”