Malarky – A William Potter Exclusive Playlist

We were chatting about our favourite music, bands and songs with the boys from CUD a few days ago. It turns out that William Potter, their bouncing bass player, has exceptional and exceptionally wide ranging musical tastes from hip hop pioneers Eric B & Rakim to the queen of folk rock Sandy Denny via the Monkees and Peanuts!

You can listen to William’s playlist on Spotify below

And here’s William to talk us through his choices…
Mick Ronson – Only After Dark
I knew this first as a Human League cover (Travelogue) but here’s the non synth only original from the Ziggy Stardust guitarist who defined the sound of glam.

The Monkees – Circle Sky
Relentless and slightly mental song from The Monkees suicidal, freakout movie Head. When Michael Nesmith took the reins he came up with some country-rock classics

Fleet Foxes – Lorelei
And relax. Been trying to get my fingers round the guitar cycle on this lovely piece from the Seattle folksters. Helplessness Blues was my favourite album of the year, whenever it came out.

Simon and Garfunkel – The Only Living Boy In New York
Nu folk led me back to Paul and Art amongst others. Now I live in an idyll of orchards and fairies sweet harmonies and strumming. Till the next tour

Milagres – Glowing Mouth
And from New York… Something more recent, grabbed from a 6Music playlist as is most everything new I get to hear. Less keen on the rest of the album this came from, but this track charms me

Vince Guaraldi – Peppermint Patty
Jaunty electric piano jazz noodles from the Charlie Brown cartoons. I love how it starts a repetitive cycle midway through. A joy. Draws a smile on Chuck’s face

LiliPUT – Split
Nonsense lyrics but tonnes of spirit from this Swiss all-female punk band. They were called Kleenex till the tissue makers called time. Nothing to sneeze at

Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – Lust For Death
Extreme surf music from one-man band Jim Thirlwell whose crucifixion poster ‘If you want to get down, get down and pray’ used to adorn my student lodgings. Also know as You’ve Got Foetus on Your Breath. Cuddly

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band – Dropout Boogie
It all starts here. Inventive song structure, abstract lyrics, immaculate playing, a wealth of inspiration from Mr Don Van Vliet

The Castaways – Liar, Liar
Every home should have the Nuggets compilation Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era. ‘Nuff said

Alan Vega – Every 1’s A Winner
The second-best Hot Chocolate cover, this a pounding electro version from the Suicide vocalist. Saw Vega live at Leeds Uni Riley Smith Hall yonks ago. Mumbling the words as a career choice

Caetono Veloso – Tropicalia
I love a bit of Brazilian Tropicalismo and getting my fingers round those time-signatures. This tune is from one of the founders who, like Gilberto Gil, was exiled from Brazil by the right-wing military government of the time for their views and ‘avant-garde’ music

Mr Bloe – Groovin’ With Mr Bloe
A northern soul classic put together by session musicians, apparently including the harmonica player who later recorded the theme from Last of the Summer Wine

Emerson. Lake and Palmer – Fanfare For The Common Man
I’d never heard the full-length version till I added this to the playlist. I am happy to stick with the edited single version of this pomp romp for sanity’s sake

Eric B and Rakim – Follow The Leader
I prefer my rap old-school, when trousers were worn above the knees and traffic violations were the worst crimes bragged about. Listened to a lot of Def Jam in the early CUD days

Cashier No.9 – Oh Pity
Something else more recent. Vocals remind me of Laurence from Felt/Denim but otherwise a catchy 5 minutes from this Belfast band

Sandy Denny – Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Back in the land of mandolins and cider, I feel myself withdrawing into the pub snug to weep into my pint. Lovely. No excuses

Dennis Wilson – It’s Not Too Late
I’m very fond of The Beach Boys at their most twisted. This is from the overlooked croaky Lothario Dennis, backed by angel-voiced Carl Wilson. Sublime.

Sublime indeed. Thanks William





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