Danger Mouse and James Mercer – My Music

See the new issue of NME for more on DM and James’, aka Broken Bells’, choices

A record by a hero…
Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express
Danger Mouse: “For me these guys are the most influential band of the last 30 years.”


To make me dance…
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – ‘The Tears Of A Clown’
James Mercer: “I love this song because it’s got this great riff that drives the whole thing. It became a favourite of mine way back in the 90s but it still gets me dancing every time.”

A tearjerker…
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
Danger Mouse: “The first time I heard it was in some movie in 1987 and I just thought it was super sad.”


My karaoke song…

The Platters – Only You
James Mercer: “The one song I do love singing on karaoke is this… it’s a cool song to cover but the backing track always sounds awful because it makes it sound like it was made in the 80s (instead of the 50s).”

Sunday morning song…
Lou Reed – Satellite Of Love
Danger Mouse: “I recently made a mixtape, which I often do for when I’m going for a drive somewhere, and this is the first song I put on there.”

Most underrated record…
Peter Ivers – Terminal Love
Danger Mouse: “I first heard of this guy in the (David Lynch) movie Eraserhead after I watched it a couple of years ago.”

Right now I’m loving…
Midlake – The Courage Of Others
Danger Mouse: “It took a listen or two to grow on me at first but once it did I really got into it.”