Sort of like Peckham’s very own Liquid Liquid, Beaty Heart make experimental pop that blends Afro polyrhythms, psychedelic loops and lo-fi production with a whole lot of drumming. And I mean a whole lot of drumming: three of them drum, and when they play live they hand out drums so that members of the audience can join in with the drumming too.
I asked Charlie from the band to put down the drums for just one second and tell us which tracks (drum-based or otherwise) have a special place in their collective heart.
A song you can’t get out of your head right now?
Blondie – ‘The Tide Is High’. I heard it on the radio a few weeks back and it’s been stuck ever since. There is nothing in this song that anyone should really like but it’s so fucking more-ish. I don’t know why. I wish I had something cool stuck in my head but cool songs usually aren’t that good.
The song that inspired Beaty Heart into existence?
Kocani Orkestar – ‘Siki Siki BaBa’. Rambunctious chanting, repetitive trumpet licks with a wild chaotic chorus. Once heard it’s very difficult to stop shaking your BaBa!
The first song you ever bought?
Lou Bega – ‘Mambo Number 5’. I lost my shit to this when I heard it on Top Of The Pops back in ‘99. The pencil moustache, the zoot suit and the trumpets, it’s got everything.
The greatest ever song?
The Tornadoes – ‘Telstar’. One of the most luscious rounds I have ever come across – probably explains why it was number one for so long in the ’60s. Oh and the killer key change(s)!
A song to calm the savage beast?
At the Drive-in – ‘One Armed Scissor’. It might not tame the beast but it will snap its neck and eats its children.
This article originally appeared on Spoonfed on 22 September 2011