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Tracks Of My Teens: #12 – Lisa Redford

17 Sep

Tracks Of My Teens

More fun for you this week in our occasional series, Tracks of my Teens, as Alphabet Bands (and Whispering Bob Harris) favourite Lisa Redford delves deep into memory bank to share three tracks she loved and was inspired by in her teenage years. Enjoy.

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Morrissey – “Suedehead”

The Smiths and Morrissey have been a soundtrack to my life ever since I heard The Smiths’ eponymous debut and Hatful of Hollow. There are so many songs to choose from that have resonated with me but “Suedehead” has always been a favourite and reminds me of my first trip alone to the US to visit friends who were living in San Francisco. They’re also huge Morrissey fans and I have fond memories of travelling along the freeways in the California sunshine singing along to that equally summery guitar riff. I also have a soft spot for some of his B-sides and “I Know Very Well How I Got My Name” is a gem which appears on the 7″ vinyl and 4 track CD. I liked that one so much I ended up recording an acoustic version.

I love Morrissey’s unique lyrics and humour and those early solo singles like “Everyday is Like Sunday” and “The Last of The Famous International Playboys” with Stephen Street are excellent. I also really like the poignant video for “Suedehead” where he is in the US on a pilgrimage for one of his heroes James Dean.

It was during the release of my favourite of his solo albums, Vauxhall & I that I first saw him live at Brixton Academy. I’ll never forget the intensity and energy of a live gig and in the heightened excitement I even endured being trampled on by a crowd of ardent fans much bigger than me eager to attain a small piece of his shirt that he’d thrown into the adoring audience desperate to have something of his to treasure.

Kate Bush – “This Woman’s Work”

I’ve had to include a Kate Bush track as listening to her music was also very much part of my formative years. Her music is so unique and has this really magical quality. It was unlike anything I’d ever heard before. As a young teenager I wore out my parents’ copies of the albums The Kick Inside and Hounds of Love in the days when you actually listened to a whole album from beginning to end and I would love listening intently to each track and enter Kate’s ethereal world. “This Woman’s Work” is one of her very best songs and is just so moving, definitely a song to give goosebumps.

The Supremes – “Someday We’ll Be Together”

I’m lucky that my parents are such huge music lovers as that gave me an eclectic taste. As well as growing up listening to a lot of classic songwriters like Neil Young and Simon & Garfunkel, electronic music, indie and punk, I also heard a lot of soul and Motown. I remember this song being the last track on a Best of Supremes album and it was definitely the one that moved me the most. It’s such a beautiful song with a really heartfelt sentiment. Another soulful emotional track I love is “Abraham, Martin and John” which Marvin Gaye recorded.

I was struck by the lovely melody of the song and the effortless emotion of Diana Ross’s sweet soulful voice. The song has stayed with me and I was recently filmed doing a ukulele cover. The video is filmed in a cafe in Norfolk by local photographer and film maker Claudia Taveria Photography.

Lisa’s latest track, a cover of OMD’s “So In Love”, is available as a free download (below) and you can catch her live at the Norwich Sound And Vision Festival at the Bicycle Shop on Thursday 11 October.
Entry is £5 on the door or FREE with a festival wristband

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