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James Dean Bradfield - Manic With A Firm Handshake - MOJO, November 2011

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Title: James Dean Bradfield - Manic With A Firm Handshake
Publication: MOJO
Date: November 2011


What music are you currently grooving to?
Kurt Vile’s Smoke Ring For My Halo is my favourite record in a long time. It’s like slack rock with amazing clarity. My Morning Jacket’s Circuital shows a band finally peaking. The Middle East’s Jesus Came To My Birthday Party is my song of the year. I’ve also been getting back into Simple Mind’s Real To Real Cacophony and Empires And Dance. There’s no one to touch them, in my view. I’d love to do the liner notes is they’re reissued.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite record?
The Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks. It’s immovable, a towering achievement. John Lydon’s the most original rock singer of all time: unique, intelligent, so working class.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?
ELO’s Out Of The Blue was my first LP and the single was My Old Piano by Diana Ross. I got them at Martin Luther Records in Blackwood. On the bus on the way home this AC/DC fan ripped the bag from my hand, looked at My Old Piano and said, “You puff”. I had to convince people I liked Whitesnake as well. And ELO- I heard them before The Beatles. Very Partridge-like Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be? Jack Ashford, the tambourine player and percussionist from The Funk Brothers. Imagine it.

What do you sing in the shower?
Summer Wind or What Now My Love by Sinatra. They got played a lot when I was younger and eventually you have to remember.

What is your favourite Saturday night record?

Tough this - it used to be The Light Pours Out Of Me by Magazine. Screamager by Therapy? Was another good one to vibe yourself up to go into battle. I don’t really have Saturday nights now, but I’ll say Du Hast by Rammstein

And your Sunday morning record?
A Beautiful Morning by The Rascals. Brimming with petals of gold, like seeing your first perfect gold or your first perfect try. I’ll be basting a chicken, and that’s not a euphemism.