Listen – Parquet Courts’ ‘History Of The British Empire’ Playlist

New York’s stoner kings Parquet Courts aren’t just our Radar Band Of The Week, they’re also expert playlist compilers. We asked the band’s Andrew Savage to put together a mix of the band’s influences and favourites, and he came back with this selection of alternative intercontinental anthems. Here’s what he had to say: “Follow the path of British imperialism and its musical influence on its empire. Who did it the best? Who refined it? Decide for thyself.”


Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the tracks as a Spotify playlist, or hit the YouTube videos to check out the band’s more esoteric picks.

Roxy Music – ‘Mother of Pearl’
The Fall – ‘New Face in Hell’
Crass – ‘Banned From the Roxy’
Television Personalities – ’14th Floor’


Tyvek – ‘Building Burning’
Lydia Lunch – ‘Main Kelly and Me On a Bender’
Butthole Surfers – ‘Creep in the Cellar’
Dead Moon – ‘Kicked Out, Kicked In’


Total Control – ‘One More Tonight’
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – ‘Tuning Out’
The Saints – ‘Messin’ With The Kid’
Circle Pit – ‘Another Trick’

Listen to Parquet Courts’ History Of The British Empire Playlist on Spotify here: