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People always stop me in the street and ask me what the best music to write to is.

Normally I’m like, ‘Get the fuck out of my face’, but today the person interrupting my day was golf legend Taylor Drake.

Taylor’s got a temper, but for my money his 4 year stint in Sing Sing (on a trumped-up GTA charge) truly has rehabilitated him.  I was a little surprised to bump into him at the ‘Planet of the Grapes’ Wine and Cheese eatery in Maryhill, Glasgow.  A lot of people have the wrong impression of Maryhill, bottom line is that if you’re on the right side of that moat, it’s basically just Bearsden east.

We got the waitress to put out tables together and we got down to it.

I sometimes feel all I’m remembered for in my career was the two back to back hole in ones I hit that day at the old course.  But when you like at my career as a whole I really think…

Listen buddy, can we hurry this up mate, and cut the all our yesterday’s routine.  What did you want to ask me?

Sorry mate.  What is the best music to write to?

Difficult.  It has to be sad, sad ish… a bit melancholy… You can’t write to KC and the sunshine band, you just can’t.

So my choices are:

Portishead: Glory Box

And for the more weird parts of your book, how bout a little ‘time to pretend’

And a little more upbeat again, ‘Plug in baby’:

I’m sure there a hundreds more, but tired of writing now, so stopping for the moment.


Just sooooo good:

The highways jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
Everybodys out on the run tonight but there’s no place left to hide
Together wendy well live with the sadness
Ill love you with all the madness in my soul
Someday girl I don’t know when were gonna get to that place
Where we really want to go and well walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us baby we were born to run

No one does sad quite like the Eels.  They’ve got the market cornered in melancholic music, anyway… this is from “I need some sleep” and is mucho sad:

I need some sleep
It can’t go on like this
I tried counting sheep
But there’s one I always miss
Everyone says I’m getting down too low
Everyone says you just gotta let it go
You just gotta let it go… You just gotta let it go

From Cosmic Love, by Florence and the machine:

I took the stars from my eyes and then I made a map
I knew that somehow I could find my way back
Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
So I stayed in the darkness with you

I think that’s very pretty indeed.  Here is the tune:

I love crazy old Bjork.  She’s awesome.

My favourite part of the lyrics:

We live on a mountain
Right at the top
There’s a beautiful view
From the top of the mountain
Every morning I walk towards the edge
And throw little things off
Car parts, bottles and cutlery
Or whatever I find lying around

It’s become a habit
A way
To start the day

I go through all this
Before you wake up
So I can feel happier
To be safe up here with you

What a lovely lovely song, my favourite by him I think.

My favourite Lyric in it:

I’ve nothing much to offer
There’s nothing much to take
I’m an absolute beginner
And I’m absolutely sane
As long as we’re together
The rest can go to hell

What a tune:


Muse used to be good you know.  No honestly, listen, before they got all wanky they had 2 really solid albums, their debut and the follow-up ‘Origins of Symmetry’.  Well this classic little lyric appears on the latter album, on the track Citizen Erased.

It’s a genius song that starts off so heavy, but then turns very melodic, and even ends with a beautiful piano outro (Seeing that done live was a musical highlight in my life at T in the Park).

Here is my fav lyric in the song:

Wash me away
Clean your body of me
Erase all the memories
They will only bring us pain
And I’ve seen all I’ll ever need

Here is the tune: