Soundtrack – Charlie From Dirt Royal


Image : Ian Bourn [Used with permission]





Charlie from Brighton-based Punk Rock and roll band Dirt Royal on the soundtrack to his life





The last song you listened to? 


Somebody’s Baby – Jackson Brown



What is your earliest musical memory? 


The Batman animated series opening theme



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


Good enough – Cindy Lauper (Goonies)



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


What becomes of the broken hearted – Jimmy Ruffin

(Reminds me of my Mother)



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


Promised Land – Bruce Springsteen

It reminds me of growing up in a small town full of ignorant people with ignorant views who will try their best to drag you down to that judgemental approach to life, to me in this song Bruce is saying ‘fuck all of you I’m off for an adventure’



The band/musician that you grew up listening to?


The Ronettes – Be my baby



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


The Kinks – Waterloo sunset. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything so beautifully vanrable not just in the lyrics but the sound too, and the guitar is perfect, Ray Davies earned the right to have his picture next to Charles Dickens in the Great English writers hall of fame in that first opening line.



What song transports you back in time and why? 


Beg Steal or Borrow by Babyshambles. It takes me back to learning guitar and trying to learn how to write, I would sneak out at night to practice it so I wouldn’t wake my family.



Which song makes you sad when you hear it? 


The closing song in the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest for obvious reasons.



Which song makes you happy when you hear it? 


Everybody plays the fool – The Main Ingredient



What was the first gig you went to? 


The Damned – New rose



What was the first song that you ever performed? 


The Sex Pistols – God save the queen



What was the first album/single that you bought? 


Dookie – Green Day



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


Real Hero – Electric Youth



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


Joe Strummer from The Clash and the song ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palis’





Dirt Royal’s album “Great Expectations” is out now, listen here


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