On my iPod: Paul Heaton

When songwriting legend Paul Heaton told us what was on his iPod we were surprised by some of his choices...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 11 Oct 2012
  • min read
Following our recent interview with the key Beautiful South and Housemartins songsmith, we asked for his latest Top 10 and were surprised by the results…

1. Father John Misty: Fun Times in Babylon
Despite his rather sexualised videos and being yet another musician with beard, I find J. Tillman fascinating. The words are beautifully sarcastic too.

2. Crybaby: Misery of Love
Beautifully sung song, somewhere between Morrissey and The Big O. Bristol may shine again.

3. JD McPherson: North Side Gal
I've rediscovered my love of rockabilly after last year’s Hillbilly Moon Explosion CD, and JD McPherson is pushing my first ever flat-top haircut even closer!

4. Angel Haze: New York
Found this trawling through Amazing Tunes. Any female rapper who sings 'I run New York' deserves a second listen and I'm just deciphering what half of these great words are/mean.

5. Jake Bugg: Lightning Bolt
I was a bit late onto Jake as I've been away on tour for most of this year but I'm really glad I caught him. Best thing to come out of Nottingham since Bent.

6. Standard Fare: Half Sister
'It must be 20 years since I last saw you now, throwing up Cherryade in my father's car'. Someone in Sheffield's own Standard Fare is a very good lyricist and a full-wit.

7. The Silver Seas: What's the Drawback?
There's a great crop of North American MOR bands making fantastic records from Dawes to Electric Guest. Nashville's Silver Seas are just the latest on this ELO inspired track.

8. San Cisco: Rocket Ship
I'm going to Australia and in particular Fremantle for the first time in my life. If all the local music is as jolly as this I'm going to have a ball!

9. Angus Stone: The Wolf and the Butler
Whilst we're over there I may as well drop in on Angus Stone too. I've previously been a little passé when it comes to Australian music.

10. Babies Three: I Think the Answers Yes
Without doubt the only way to cover a Beautiful South song. Brilliantly destructive.