Drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins during the band’s set at New Orleans Jazz Festival, after replacing the Foo Fighters headline slot.
“This Song…” with Opus Kink
1. This song I remember from my childhood:
‘Je Ne Regrette Rien’ by Edith Piaf. It was on a homemade compilation tape. The next song on the side was a tune from Disney’s ‘Hercules’. I subconsciously attached the image of Megara from said film to Piaf’s voice and so came my sexual awakening.
2. This song inspired me to be a musician:
‘Hey Joe’ by Jimi Hendrix, same as everyone else.
3. This song brings up a significant memory:
‘Bailando’ by Enrique Iglesias, the festival of St Anthony, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017.
4. This song I can play on repeat and not get sick of:
‘Opposite People’ by Fela Kuti & Africa 70.
5. This song I discovered in the past week:
‘Boys, You’re Welcome’ by Mississippi John Hurt.
6. This song I think everyone should listen to:
‘Tezeta’ by Mulatu Astatke for inner peace and rectal relaxation.
7: This song has influenced my own sound:
‘No Me Llores Mas’, particularly the Marc Ribot version.
8: This song makes me cry:
‘June Carter Cash’ by The Finches every single time without fail.
9: This song I have seen played live:
My mate’s parents had a spare ticket to Leonard Cohen at the O2 in 2013 and they heard I was a fan so I got to see him live before he died for which I am eternally grateful. ‘Alexandra Leaving’ with Sharon Robinson on vocals, proper stunning.
10: If I could only pick one Opus Kink song to play to people, it would be this one:
At the moment either our new single ‘Wild Bill’ or the next one coming up which you can bloody wait and see about. Em diante!
Finally, after two years of us all sitting around our computers, watching live streams, desperately trying to recreate that festival feeling, The Great Escape is back and ready to take over Brighton. For 4 days in May, music lovers, industry experts, and artists from all around the world will decent on the seaside town, ready to explore the 30+ walkable venues and discover some incredible new bands.
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