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Kris from post-punk / electronic act Odd Morris on the soundtrack to his life
What was the first album/single that you ever bought?
I’d say the first album I can remember actually going out, looking for and buying with my pocket money was a Louis Armstrong collection. A three C.D. boxset kind of job. The playschool I used to go to had a jazz album that they would always play at lunch time and I loved it and became a little bit obsessed with jazz for a while. I still have the box itself but all the discs are missing unfortunately.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
A Rainy Night in Soho by The Pogues is one of the first ones that comes to mind. I’ve always thought the ending line “You’re the measure of my dreams” was excellent. It describes the idea of sharing your ambitions and failures with somebody else so perfectly and so simply.
I’ve also always loved a lot of Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics. When you strip back the whole wall of sound production on most of his stuff and read some of the lyrics by themselves they take on whole a life of their own, even away from the music.
Ewan MacColl too. He wrote a lot of songs that were made famous by people like Luke Kelly but his lyrics are fantastic. The Shoals of Herring is probably my favourite. Lovely lyrical storytelling, takes you on a journey of sorts as opposed to just passively listening to lyrics that sound cool.
Birdland by Patti Smith is great too.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
I’d say it was a Louis Armstrong song that made me want to be a musician. No idea which one though. Basin Street Blues probably.
Is there a song/band that you love that was introduced to you by someone else?
Since joining the band I think we’ve all been on a sort of merry-go-round of recommending different tunes and bands to each other. Bands like Girlband and Just Mustard that I listen to the whole time now only came onto my radar following recommendations from the lads.
Having said that one of my good friends Conor introduced me to the Beatles years and years ago, so I’d say at some point or another a lot of the music I listen to was recommended to me. In fairness though I’m sure I would have come across the Beatles eventually…
What is your earliest musical memory?
Jiving along to the Guinness ad with that song Guaglione by Perez Prado in it and the guy dancing about in front of the pint. There’s probably a video of it somewhere but I’d prefer to never have to suffer through watching it, even though I was only about three years old though so it’s kind of forgivable.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
Probably Louis Armstrong, or George Michael since my mam always had his music blaring in the house.
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
This must be the place by Talking Heads. I’ve always thought that music should either make you feel something or make you move and This must be the place usually makes most people want to do both. Even though it’s a very famous song and not the most unique choice, it’s a good place to start. Three chords, beautiful melody. As well as that, the swooping synth hook at the start always reminds me of drinking and chatting with my friends on summer evenings, loving life.
What song transports you back in time and why?
There are loads I could put in here, but maybe the JXL remix of A Little Less Conversation deserves the nod. The soundtrack to watching the 2002 World Cup with my family, Roy Keane vs. Mick McCarthy, the whole deal.
Which song makes you dance when you hear it?
Get Innocuous by LCD Soundsystem, 100%.
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
I wouldn’t say it makes me sad but there is a song called The Whippoorwill Dance which was written in the 1920’s I think, by a man named Joe Jordan, but there is a beautiful version by a pianist called Rick Benjamin that always makes me a little melancholic whenever I listen to it.
What was the first gig you went to?
Honestly no idea about that one.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
I think I sang Molly Malone on New Year’s Eve when I was about four in my nana’s house in Drumcondra. Vague memory of that.
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