5 Songs… Josh Mckenzie (Apologies, I Have None)
In der Rubrik „5 Songs” erzählen uns Musiker von Songs, die einen großen Einfluss auf ihr musikalisches Schaffen hatten bzw. haben. Nach Beach Slang- und Weston-Sänger James Alex und der überaus bezaubernden Julie Doiron (ex-Eric´s Trip) haben wir diesmal Apologies, I Have None-Sänger und Gitarrist Josh Mckenzie nach seinen fünf Lieblingsliedern gefragt.
Nirvana – Lithium
Along with Guns & Roses, Nirvana were the first band I truly loved. They were the band that took me through that progression from listening to whatever your parents listen to, to having your ‚own‘ music and being stuck to your Walkman 24/7. Definitely a big turning point for me. Lithium in particular is the biggest reminder of that time for me, not too sure why. Probably because of the simple but amazing Yeah’s in the chorus. Later, I had one of those long sleeved t-shirts with Kurt Cobain’s face and years of life on it and my mum would ask me why I was wearing a shirt with a dead guys picture on it. Weird.
Chris Rea – The Road To Hell (Pt.2)
I wouldn’t say this was necessarily one of my favourite songs but I’ve included it as I think it’s the first song I can really remember having an actual opinion on. The first song I remember really liking, sort of a precursor to the Nirvana period I mentioned above.
Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
When I was at school I did work experience at a recording studio which was owned by Radiohead’s management. I didn’t really do much other than make tea for the engineers who also didn’t do much but smoke and drink tea. This was in the time between The Bends and OK Computer and I hadn’t really ever listened to Radiohead but I got given all their stuff and told to start. This song instantly got me, the lyrics are so weird and the vocals are just incredible. It was not long after hearing this that I first got a guitar.
Alkaline Trio – ’97
Way back before we started Apologies, Dan was mostly into rap and hip hop and I would only really listen to Rage Against The Machine. Alkaline Trio were one of the first bands that we were both into, and ’97 was the key song.
Nina Simone – Take Me To The Water
I got into Nina Simone after I borrowed some albums from my mum as I was bored of everything I was listening to at the time. I think she has the greatest voice of all singers of all genres, ever. Take Me To The Water is her best song. I listen to it whenever I have a knot in my stomach or am raging. Just listen to it on repeat. She is singing about baptism and there is a feeling of total calmness and peace, it seeps into you. I’m not religious at all but in a weird way jealous of people who are.