CHIN OF BRITAIN – Lucky 7

LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask bands to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…

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Today it’s a man called Chin Keeler who I met in the Hope & Anchor in the late 90s when he was the drummer for Mark 2 of the happy drone pop maestros Quickspace – the band formed by Tom Cullinan of Th’Faith Healers and my old friend and once five a side team mate Sean Newsham. These days Chin is making some remarkable records under the name Chin of Britain.

 The latest, a second under this moniker is called “The Weasel Is At The Bridge” and its part concept album part Brothers Grimm fairytale, all brilliant. Sounding like a mixture between Faith Healers and Moon Duo, Chin plays it all, and has a winsome voice that wisps like a scirroco over the top of the driving rhythm. It’s an album that makes me happy. But I wanted to know what tunes made Chin happy and it’s a pleasingly eclectic and sonic batch…so here we go with the Chin of Britain Lucky 7…

1. “Best Batch Yet” by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. From “Doc at the Radar Station” 1980.
Don Van Vliet still wipes the floor with everyone else even though he’s dead, an irreplaceable genius. DATRS still holds up as one of the most inventive, original records ever made and unlike TMR is very listenable. When i first heard this in about 1985, it punched me in my musical guts, winding me, from which I have never fully recovered. I also love the photo on the back, the band all dressed in suits and ties, they look like ordinary guys but there’s an undercurrent air of menace.
 

2. “Paperhouse” by Can. From Tago Mago 1971.
I’d love to be in a position to write and record music the way Can did, sitting around jamming for days on end, honing grooves down to perfection but still embracing the unexpected. Why don’t people seem this passionate about music anymore?
3. “When You Sleep” by My Bloody Valentine. From “Loveless” 1991.
A sumptuous heady brew and a meaty temazepam soaked lollypop of a song, it’s layers smother your faculties and fill up your earlungs until you are defenceless.
4. “Angel of Death” by Slayer. From “Reign in Blood” 1986.
“Reign in Blood” is the sound of Slayer leaving Metallica in the dust.

5. “Teen Age Riot” by Sonic Youth. From “Daydream Nation” 1988.
I asked this song to help me down from a vicious spike of mushroom induced psychosis at a Camden squat party in the early 90’s. The album just sort of went in me and stayed there.

6. “Runnin’ Away” by Sly and the Family Stone. From “There’s a Riot Goin’ On” 1971.
This song makes me feel funny, in places like the backs of my knees etc which i’ve always believed to be a good thing.
This tune is from the latest record:
“DWMT” by Chin of Britain. From “The Weasel is at the Bridge” 2016.

THANKS TO CHIN AND TO SEAN NEWSHAM

Chin of Britain album “The Weasel Is At The Bridge” is out now and available here