James Ford – My Music

Pick up this week’s NME to read more about James Ford’s favourite records.


My first record…
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
“The first record I remember really connecting with was ‘Purple Haze’. I remember being blown away by its wild and unhinged energy. It was also the first thing I ever tried to work out on a guitar. Needless to say, I didn’t get very far at that age.”


Right now I’m loving…
Robert Wyatt – Rock Bottom
“It’s a pretty weird album and probably one of Robert Wyatt’s best known. I’ve recently had it on my iPod again, and it’s perfect aeroplane music.”


Everyone should hear…

Bill Wyman – ‘Nuclear Reactions’
“Bill Wyman did quite a few solo records outside of The Rolling Stones. Maybe the most famous is ‘(Si Si) Je Suis Un Rockstar’, which has a really dodgy lyric about taking a young groupie to the south of France and everyone thinking they are father and daughter. This song is from the same album, but it’s a Kraftwerk-inspired electronic number with lyrics about nuclear reactions and outer space.”

My karaoke song…
R Kelly – ‘Ignition’
“This song is a modern classic in my book. His lyrics are astounding. Anyone who can get away with lyrics like ‘I’m about to take my key and stick it in the ignition‘ is doing something right!”


A tearjerker…
Scott Walker – Such A Small Love
“His influence has cropped up in loads of places from Bowie to Jarvis, and of course The Last Shadow Puppets [who Ford produced and played drums for], but no-one can pull of the widescreen drama like Scott Walker.”

A big influence…
Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets
“Anyone who has ever tried to make a record probably knows about Eno and some of his brilliant ideas about the creative process. He has pretty much written the Ten Commandments of producing.”