8track: Rod Jones

Picture the scene: you've just stepped out of the Hercules Moments DeLorean and you find yourself in the 90s. MC Hammer pants and Walkmen are all the rage. Deciding to ignore the fashion of the day, you pick up a Walkman and head home to 2012...

Over the past few months, we've been getting in touch with bands, celebrities and more to ask them to create eight-song-long mixtapes for YOU. So crack out your Walkman and enjoy...

I'm sure you've all heard of Rod Jones. If not, you'll have heard of The Birthday Suit, the band he is lead vocalist and guitarist of. If not, you'll have definitely heard of Idlewild, the brilliant band he was guitarist and backing vocalist for. Let's see what the talented musician likes to listen to in his own time.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - We No Who U R
This new album by Mr Cave and friends is a real breath of fresh air I think.  Its also so encouraging to hear a musician like Nick Cave still making new and interesting music after so many years and great records.

Toy - Motoring
One of my few contemporary pleasures.  I love the way this record sounds.  Its a good mix of modern and nostalgic sounds.

Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense and Peppermints
A good slice of psychedelic pop. Super catchy and just the right amount of weird.

Canned Heat - Going Up The Country
There's something about this song that just puts me in a good mood immediately. Perfect road trip music.

R.E.M. - Find The River
Happy memories of an R.E.M. Tour we did with my old band Idlewild and great harmonies by the fantastic Mike Mills.  An old favourite, and it has a river in it.

Teenage Fanclub - The Concept
One of my favourite bands and this is a real classic showing off their harmonies and some great guitar playing.

Bruce Springsteen - The River
Everything that is right about the boss, and it has a river in it.

David Bowie - Sound and Vision
I just love the production on this record and the fact that the intro almost out lasts the song.  Pop done the right way.

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