Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Tom McFaull - The Bar Stool Preachers Print
Written by Tom McFaull   
Sunday, 15 May 2016 03:20

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When Nev Brooks reviewed ‘Blatant Propaganda’ the PledgeMusic funded debut album by The Bar Stool Preachers back in March, he called it “the perfect soundtrack to your next party.” So with the summer sun finally overhead we asked Tom McFaull lead singer with the Brighton based ska punk outfit to put together his very own party soundtrack via the medium of the mixtape. Here are his thirteen, but typical Tom he has to set the scene first....

 

“This is about as late as I expected it to be! I slept for 3 days after the recent tour and then this took me longer than I thought it would (said every bastard ever), but here it is. Just to make it clear though, these songs aren't my definitive favourite 13 songs ever, because that'd just be stupid innit? These are 13 songs however that I bloody love.”

 

1.) ‘Hate And War’ - The Clash (from the self titled album)

 

This could've been 1 of 20 Clash songs. The Clash fucking rule. Still!!!! They were instrumental in shaping nearly every punk I know in some way. They have to make the list so we might as well get them out the way first. This song is a standout example of one of the greatest bands of all time combining both top musicianship and a proper message. Joe was right. And we should all listen to The Clash more.

 

2.) ‘What Went Wrong’ - The Slackers (from the album ‘Peculiar’)

 

Modern day Godfathers of ska, these guys are some of the best in the world, at annoyingly, everything. We were lucky enough to share a stage for a few dates with them back in September and as a young band learning the trade it was hard not to stare at them 24/7. They're incredible, and it got creepy. Not creepy enough that they didn't ask us back for their UK and EU tour in November! We'll try harder. Seriously though, the level these guys work on and communicate musically is frankly, offensive. Ha! This song punched me in the gut every night on tour with Glen's delivery.

 

3.) ‘Up The Junction’ - Squeeze (from the album ‘Cool For Cats’)

 

In my opinion, one of the top narrative songwriting bands of all time. Squeeze was always a staple soundtrack when I was growing up. Songs can be stories and these guys painted pictures in my head as a kid. Car trips, hours of forced child labour around the house... Squeeze was always playing.

 

4.) ‘Ramble On’ & ‘Going To California’ - Led Zeppelin (from the albums ‘Led Zeppelin II’ and Led Zeppelin IV’)

 

Can I do that? You're gonna say. No, but bugger you, I’m doing it anyway. Both of these songs are 'itchy feet' songs to me, (I’ve been a massive Led Zep fan since Dad played me 'The 4' at the age of 8 or so) and every time I’ve left a country these are up top of a playlist. Zeppelin were one of the bands that made me want to play guitar, the way they structure songs just makes you want to join in.

 

5.) Up Against The Wall - The Skints (from the album ‘Part & Parcel’)

 

A more recent influence, but these guys are right where they deserve to be. Top musicians and they've made some of the best albums in the subculture's recent history. This is a banging tune from ‘Part & Parcel’, the groove throughout the whole record is uncanny.

 

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6.) ‘If You Got The Money’ - Jamie T (from the album ‘Panic Prevention’)

 

Jamie T is a brilliant wordsmith and pretty much made the whole of his ‘Panic Prevention’ album himself, playing all sorts of crazy instruments and samples. As well as showing that a kid from London could do whatever the fuck he wanted in whatever the time's musical status quo was, you also get this mental little insight into his frantic world. His lyrics always resonated with me, especially his social commentary and the energy and rawness in delivering his particular brand of social rebellion.

 

7.) ‘Here Comes A Regular’ - The Replacements (from the album ‘Tim’)

 

I was late to the game on The Replacements, but they are a band that now makes every fucking playlist ever. The beauty of the band is in the simplicity and again for me, that raw edge. The voice breaks, the guitar is on the edges a lot, things are always threatening to pierce your head... but everything's sonically got its own space, and it is all nailing it.

 

8.) ‘Liberty And Freedom’ - Rancid (from the album ‘Let The Dominoes Fall’)

 

Broken record time, but this could've been any from a huge number of Rancid songs. With its politically driven message and catchy melody lines this song again always stuck with me. Rancid have never been afraid to use their well earned soapbox, and right now we all need to be shouting that shit is broken in the world. Making revolution catchy is half the battle.

 

9.) ‘Black Sheep Boy’ - Tim Hardin (from the album ‘Tim Hardin 2’)

 

This made the list simply because it is a beautiful song. It's a song packed with heart that celebrates being different, it’s punk without the punk. It’s one guy and his acoustic but it still gives me the same “yeah fuck you too” feeling that I get when I listen to GG Allin.

 

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10.) ‘Rougher Yet’ - Slim Smith (from the album ‘Born To Love’)

 

I remember discovering the ‘Studio One’ set by Soul Jazz Records about 5 years ago when I was in Amoeba in San Francisco, until then, for years, I had been listening to original Island reggae in a piecemeal way. Those collections are like a who’s who of Jamaican Reggae, and as soon as you have one you need the rest. For me it was an education. I heard one tune and I had to learn as much as I could about the story behind this music. This song in particular was a gateway drug into Reggae for me.

 

11.) ‘The Sideboard Song’ - Chas & Dave (from the album ‘Don't Give a Monkey's’)

 

Two of the most underrated musicians of all time (and the drummer even more so... imagine being the '&' in Chas & Dave), I’ve always loved Chas & Dave. It's in the blood, I love a knees up, but the biggest reason I love it is that it makes me smile.

 

12.) ‘You Can't Hurry Love’ - The Supremes (from the album ‘The Supremes A' Go-Go’)

 

A huge section of my musical taste that I couldn't leave off the final list. I could make you a 13 track playlist of my favourite Tamla Motown and Stax favourites mind, but that's not what you Welsh music Nazis over there wanted now is it? Ha! So this one is a timeless classic. It's infallible. Go on, try. It's perfect, so shut your mouths.

 

12.) ‘Run For Cover’ - Cock Sparrer (from the album ‘The Decca Years’)

 

I love how young they are here. I could've said any one of a lot of people's favourites, hell this isn't even my favourite, but it's a hidden little gem in the middle of their Decca years, and it's endearing as fuck. The production cuts in and out like it's been recorded on really shit tape, they all sound about 12, but it's a brilliant reminder where they came from. It's nowhere near their best song, but it's one that I’ve always loved. Mainly for the silly noises Dad makes at the end.

 

 

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