Artist Playlist – Roddy Frame’s “songs with a sense of place”

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“Since the album is called Seven Dials I thought I’d do a playlist of favourite songs which evoke a sense of place,” explains Roddy Frame of his Playlist selections for Q. Get our new issue, Q335 out now, as the Aztec Camera man talks to Pete Paphides about his latest record (out 5 May), but for now here’s his selections.

Joe Strummer – Willesden To Cricklewood
“Only someone who really loved London could write this…”

The Clash – The Prisoner
“…And Mick perfectly captures the flip side. The sweltering tube-train claustrophobia of the place.”

Arcangel – Calle Sanlucar
“Otherworldly flamenco, presumably about his native Huelva. Arcangel’s beautiful arrangements always have unexpected twists and the female vocal melody is so haunting.”

Fairport Convention – Chelsea Morning
“Originally about New York’s primo-boho neighbourhood, this trippy, Anglified cover conjures pictures of the actual real Chelsea, here in London.”

Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas
“Weirdly reminds me of Twickenham, the Cocteaus’ old manor. Happy days.”


NB Bob’s Positively 4th Street is currently unavailable… strangely the Stereophonics’ version is thought (?!)

Grace Jones – The Apple Stretching
“My favourite New York song. “No, it ain’t Judgement Day. No it ain’t Armegeddon…”

Louis Armstrong – When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
“Sounds like a sepia photograph of a summer night in New Orleans.”

Roxy Music – Prairie Rose
“Reputedly about his then Southern squeeze Jerry Hall, this is a love song to Texas.”

Bob Dylan – Positively 4th Street
“Bob at his bitter best.”

Love – Maybe The People Would Be The Times or Between Clark And Hilldale
“Arthur Lee’s playful paean to the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. I love the way he saves the last word of each verse to start the next.”

For more head to Roddyframe.com, plus get Q335 now for the interview.