Download: Exclusive Eugene McGuinness Rockfeedback Mixtape
30 Aug 2012
"The tape serves as an insight into the rediscovery Eugene has been through as a musician, from acoustic troubador to full blown indie pop star with the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Marvin Gaye and Primal Scream all appearing alongside the likes of Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, The La's, The Who and a whole load more..."
Eugene McGuinness sent us this lovely mixtape just moments ago featuring some of his favourite artists of all time with a few words on why he's chosen them. The tape serves as an insight into the rediscovery Eugene has been through as a musician, from acoustic troubador to full blown indie pop star with the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Marvin Gaye and Primal Scream all appearing alongside the likes of Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, The La's, The Who and a whole load more.
1. The Who - Emminence Front
I came across this recently, listening to it in a car through the city. I felt like Tony Soprano.
2. Franki Valli and the Four Seasons- The Night
The rhythm is unbelievable and the singing and harmonies are gigantic. It’s all about the space between the massive moments.
3. The La's- I Cant Sleep
The whole album is incredible, that Mersey song writing, and you can hear where Liam Gallagher got his pipes.
4. Iggy Pop- Nightclubbling
Just dead sleazy, the production on the idiot is something else. It comes from a different planet also check out 'Mass Production'
5. Harry Nilsson- Jump Into the Fire
The singing is so wild, he's a songwriter that went in every direction. The voice is so raw on this tune it just turns heads
6. Neil Young- After the Goldrush
"I was lying in a burnt out basement, with the full moon in my eyes.." one of my favourite albums too.
7. Marvin Gaye OR Creedence Clearwater Revival- I Heard It Through The Grapevine
I grew up listening to Marvin Gaye but the Creedence version of this song is brilliant in a totally different way – meaty, like an angry barbeque
8. Van Morrison- Ballerina
Astral Weeks makes me miss Ireland which is what I devote a large portion of my time doing.
9. Hawkwind- Motorhead
Just relentless, Motorhead is one of the best band names too – it’s up there with sex pistols. Another one for the car.
10. Primal Scream- Shoot Kill/Speed Light
When each instrument comes in, bass in the intro, guitar in the outro - it goes to dizzy heights. Boxers should listen to it.
11. Bill Withers- Who is he and what is he to you
Purely for that lyric "You're too much for one man, but not enough for two".
12. Sam Cooke- Bring it on home (Live at Harlem Square Club)
When I was a kid I went to see Ali at the cinema, this soundtracks the opening scene and blew my head.
13.Beach Boys- In My Room
I think its one of my favourite melodies, it’s perfect. Every songwriter should hear it.
14. Ella Fitzgerald- Love For Sale
The Cole Porter songbook album is another one that I remember growing up with. It's so dark and the chords are incredible, I keep quoting lyrics but "old love, new love, every love but true love"
15. David Bowie- Five Years
Its easily my favourite Bowie song, it carries you through all these images and then explodes at the end, but its straight from the heart - even though I don't really know what its about. It’s what I love about him and all of Lennon's songs, lyrically there imagination is so wild but it's so sincere even if they're not trying to tell you anything.