Digger’s Island Discs explores the collections of Leeds’ most prolific vinyl slingers and groove bringers to present us with the records they could not live without. This time David Birkinshaw, DJ at Parkside Tavern, The Wardrobe and more, chooses 5 songs that he always gets drawn to again and again…
The Clash – Train In Vain
It’s a popular record and one that I cannot ever get bored of hearing. It’s upbeat, has all the funky riffs and vocals, and it’s just an uplifting number that never ever fails to put a smile on people’s faces in the room. The song was also written apparently to mimic the sound of a train. Interesting.
The Strokes – You Only Live Twice
Whilst they have many great songs, this one for me is a firm favourite, and seems to be for many others too. From the opening beat and guitar hook, it just clicks, and is often a staple song in my sets.
Pulp – Babies
Perhaps their finest song, or certainly one of their finest amongst many. Featuring fascinating lyrics about young love and sex. It’s certainly a song that people like to get a groove on to.
Foals – Olympic Airways
This is a band I’ve seen get bigger and bigger in the past 10 years and I seem to always return to their first album ‘Antidotes’ periodically. The melodies still sound as fresh now as they did then, and this song just always seems to get feet tapping and heads nodding. In a low key fashion, it always goes down well.
The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
One of my favourite ever songs and one of the coolest rock and roll records. The story behind the female soul vocalist Merry Clayton’s parts on the track is compelling too, about how she was awoken during the night as the band needed a soul singer to record. Then later on in the track you can audibly hear Mick Jagger hollering in amazement as her voice cracks in the background of the track, and the producer then chose to leave it in the final master. It’s a song that just gets better with age.