The Soundtrack of My Life

I was ‘nominated’ on one of those Facebook things to name my 20 favourite tunes and whilst I normally avoid such things like the plague, I figured I’d roll with this one being as music is so important to me. Of course, 20 songs was a tight limit so I gave it a little more thought and have come up with a list of 50 tunes that, if you took all my other music away, I could survive on.

It also provides a reasonably accurate soundtrack to my 41 years so far. Starting with The Clancys & Dubliners when I was just a few years old right through to more recent stuff like Volbeat & Mastodon.

There are two indulgences in terms of the purity of the list. Butterflies by my bro Ben Perry is the song I wrote the lyrics for so gets included because it means so much to me. Free World is rightly credited to Neil Young and I’d be happy to have that version on my definitive 50 but Pearl Jam play it true to the original and I almost burst with joy when I saw them play it at Manchester so I’d prefer that version if I may please?

Enough waffle. Heres the list. Give me a lifetime’s supply of Brugal, a decent penknife and these 50 tunes and ship me off to that desert island and I’ll never trouble you again…

Anthrax – Indians
Metallica – One
Wildhearts – My Baby is a Headfuck
Levellers – Riverflow
BonJovi – Living on a Prayer
Pearl Jam – Release
Dogs D’amour – Debauchery
Pantera – Fucking Hostile
Janes Addiction – Whores
AcDc – Thunderstruck
Slipknot – Duality
Counting Crows – A Murder of One
Foo Fighters – This is a Call
Skindred – Bruises
Faith No More – Midlife Crises
Frank Turner – Four Simple Words
Alice in Chains – Would
Green Day – Basket Case
Audioslave – Cochise
Blink 182 – All The Small Things
James – Sometimes
Lemonheads – Mrs Robinson
Black Crowes – My Morning Song
Ash – Girl From Mars
Bad Religion – Sorrow
Gaslight Anthem – Meet Me By The Rivers Edge
Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies
Korn – Lets Do This Now
Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff
Linkin Park – In The End
Mastodon – All The Heavy Lifting
Red Fang – Prehistoric Dog
Muse – Starlight
My Chemical Romance – I’m Not Okay
Neil Young / Pearl Jam – Rocking In The Free World
Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
Therapy? – Screamager
Serj Tankian – Honking Antelope
Volbeat – Lola Montez
Soundgarden – Jesus Christ Pose
Soul Asylum – Somebody to Shove
Manic Street Preachers – Motown Junk
Faces – Stay With Me
Billy Joel – An Innocent Man
Clancy Brothers – The Whistling Gypsy
Dubliners – Patriot Game
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Higher Ground
Spandau Ballet – Gold
Ben and Mike Perry – Butterflies
Black Sabbath – War Pigs