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Baker's Dozen

These Vibrated Me: Josh T. Pearson's Favourite Music
Nick Hutchings , May 23rd, 2018 09:03

Josh T. Pearson guides Nick Hutchings through the personally sacred songs of his Baker's Dozen, from the Bad Seeds to Gorecki, Spiritualized to MBV and why Texas ranchers were no fan of Morrissey's work ethic


The Smiths – Louder Than Bombs
Guitar-wise, Johnny Marr is awesome. He's just carrying the whole thing melodically, just super cool. Great guitar playing, almost like a country twang but he's just really playing the heck out of it melodically, all these notes around, single note picking not just chords. It's super cool to define a sound.

...and then Morrissey this asshole singing, such arrogant British Anglophile crap - this struck us again in the suburbs of Texas surrounded by cow pastures. That record specifically, "I was looking for a job, and then I found a job / And heaven knows I'm miserable now", when you're with the cowboys with a protestant work ethic and you think huh, yeah, I can see yeah I can see where you're going…

He was a lettered man, and I was not surrounded by that, the only letters I read were St. Paul's letters to the churches in the New Testament. They were the letters that I knew and this just blew my mind, the sentiment where you're white, male and entitled – that's not where I was coming from. Totally alien. The Cure, The Smiths, they were aliens to me.