Soundtrack – Adam Fleming


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Guitarist/Songwriter Adam Fleming on the soundtrack to his life




The last song you listened to?


Right now I am listening to ‘Nightmares’ by Modern Nature. They’ve just released their first album, it’s great autumn listening.




What is your earliest musical memory?


My dad playing tapes in the car as we drove down the country for holidays as a kid. Lots of Bowie, Lou Reed, Beatles. A great musical education.




Do you have a favourite song that was featured in a film or tv show?


The Dr. Who theme is amazing. Used to scare me witless as a child.




Is there a song that instantly reminds you of a particular person?


‘Dublin Can Be Heaven’ by Noel Purcell will always remind me of my grandmother.




Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?


Hmmm. There are lots. I like these lines in Elliott Smith’s ‘Say Yes’: ‘situations get fucked up/but turn around/sooner or later’. That”s some useful wisdom there.




The band/musician that you grew up listening to?


The Beatles. They’re the ones I always come back to. There’s whole worlds in those songs.




What song do you wish that you had written and why?


Wichita Lineman. Those chords are incredible. I think everyone swoons a bit when they hear ‘I need you more than want you/and I want for all time’, don’t they?




What song transports you back in time and why?


‘Virginia Plane’ by Roxy Music or ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ by Lou Reed. They were always on in the car when I was a child.




Which song makes you sad when you hear it?


Music doesn’t make me sad, I just love it too much. That said, I haven’t listened to the Purple Mountains album since David Berman’s death. Those songs feel a bit too raw now.




Which song makes you happy when you hear it?


I love the song ‘Candyfloss’ by a band called Jonny. It’s sort of the ultimate pop song.




What was the first gig you went to?


One of Aslan’s matinee shows in Vicar St.




What was the first song that you ever performed?


I think it was ‘Whatever’ by Oasis.




What was the first album/single that you bought?


‘Be Here Now’.




Is there a song that you always listen to whilst travelling in the car or on the bus/train ?


‘Hallogallo’ by Neu! is good travel music, even better running music. Lately though, my commute music is ‘Out of Sight’ by Jake Xerxes Fussell.




Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?


The Beatles and my dad Gerry. He’s a songwriter and because of that it just always seemed to me that the thing to do is make your own music.







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