SONGS IN THE KEY OF MARK

[B]Mark E Smith[/B] on why he'll have [B]Pomp & Circumstance[/B] played at his funeral...

FIRST RECORD YOU CAN REMEMBER

'Stranger In Paradise' - Tony Bennett

"It goes, 'Look at me/I'm a stranger in paradise...'. I was born when that was playing, on the way to the hospital. Born to the strains of 'Stranger In Paradise'. My mother thinks it's really funny."

RECORD THAT REMINDS YOU OF SCHOOL

'School's Out' - Alice Cooper

"I remember 'School's Out', because that came out at the time I was in school and they were playing it all the time. I never really liked it much, but you can't really get more of a school song than that."

SONG YOU FELL IN LOVE TO

'Station To Station' - David Bowie

"With my mother's cooking? I don't know. Oh, with a . Probably 'Station To Station' by Dave Bowie. (Dissolves into fits of laughter) I always loved Dave Bowie. I think people underestimate Dave Bowie's influence on the British music scene. What would we have done without Dave Bowie? I remember going from station to station and missing a train at one point and it sums it all up for me. I met a at the train station and it brings it all back. I'm lying."

HEARTBREAK TUNE

'Moses Und Aron' - Arnold Schoenberg

"It's a famous avant-garde classical piece. An opera. The beginning, particularly, is quite sad. It starts off quiet, then Moses comes in. I recommend it."

SONG FOR A NIGHT ON THE TILES

'Blitzkrieg Bop' - The Ramones


"Northern soul. Anything. The thing about northern soul is that you never know the names or the titles, because it just doesn't matter. I've got all that stuff but I can't tell you what anything's called. I'll tell you another great record, that 'Nuggets' compilation that Lenny Kaye did with Patti Smith. It was all these American records from the 1960s, pre-punk, like The Seeds. And 'Blitzkrieg Bop' by The Ramones. Yeah, put that one in."

SONG THAT EVOKES THE GREATEST SUMMER OF YOUR LIFE

'White Light/ White Heat' - The Velvet Underground


"I like summer very much, because I never go out in summer. Once April starts, people go out like dogs, so I stay in. Summer is hell. There are a few songs that remind me how horrible summer is. Like 'White Light/White Heat'. It says it all in one minute 30 seconds."

RECORD THAT INSPIRED YOU TO FORM A BAND

None


"None. I wouldn't have formed a band if there was anything out there I wanted to listen to. I saw a photograph of Black Sabbath when I was 14, and that rang a bell somewhere. And then there was Peter Noone out of Herman's Hermits. I liked the look of him."

RECORD GUARANTEED TO CLEAR THE TOURBUS

Nothing


"On my tourbus you have to sit and listen to everything I play. You're not allowed to speak. If I play a cassette or whatever, you sit down, shut up and listen. If you argue, you get kicked out of the bus. I especially like to make a lot of guitarists and drummers listen to stuff like Boney M, because of the discipline of it. And lots of rockabilly. They all laugh and sneer, but they still can't play in time."

NEW YEAR'S EVE, 1999 - WHAT'S ON THE HI-FI?

'Monkey Man' - The Maytals


"I used to play The Maytals' 'Monkey Man' every New Year's Eve, so I guess I'll probably go with them. There's also that Augustus Pablo. You know, decent reggae before it got all that religion."

RECORD YOU WOULD LIKE PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL

'Pomp And Circumstance March No 1' - Elgar
"Me dad had a Dean Martin record played at his funeral. He only had two records. One was Dean Martin, and the other was like 'The Attack Songs Of The Black Watchers' or something. I don't know what I'd have played at mine. I find the idea quite morbid, really. I think it's a very vain thing to do. I'd play something very, very short. Like 'Pomp And Circumstance'. The first bit is only a minute-and-a-half. I've been to a lot of funerals, and I find it very embarrassing because you can tell people have chosen these songs like ten years before. Like 'Anarchy In The UK' or some crap like that. It might have been funny when they thought of it, but it's really horrible when it comes down to it. Actually, I'll just get the bloody church organ player to do his job. Have him hold the note of E. But it has to be on a wind-powered organ. With pedals."

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