When famous music magazine the NME came calling, I was very flattered. They wanted to know my song choices for their 'Soundtrack of My Life' feature, and I was happy to grant the request. For your reading pleasure, Bucketeers, here exclusively for you is the full-length (12-inch) version of my interview. Music please, maestro!
The song I can't get out of my buckethead
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Theme (Paganini Caprice in A-Minor No. 24) and Variations 1-4
“History will see it for the fusion masterpiece it is. Both Lloyd Webber brothers are at the absolute top of their musical game – do not scoff, reader, but instead give it a stream and see for yourself. Please tell Noel Gallagher from me that this is how you put a cello to a rock beat. This track is class.”
The song that makes me want to dance
Falco - The Sound of Musik
“For me, this song encapsulates the euphoric joy of 1980s Earth pop. It’s a pocket symphony of synth strangeness and I love it so much I used it for my victory dance at the Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead, once I’d secured my precious, historic 249 votes in your recent general election.”
The first song I remember hearing
"I suppose it would have to be a nursery rhyme when I was a young space lord growing up. It goes like this: "Twinkle twinkle huge quasar, please don't eat our local star."
The song that makes me cry
See above. That was a bad day for my planet.
The song I'd turn into the national anthem
Genesis - Land of Confusion
“The most important thing is that you change the anthem from the current one. Its melodic and harmonic structures are so primitive it offends my auditory organs. ‘Land Of Confusion’ by Genesis is not only a perfectly apt replacement given Britain’s current predicament, it’s also a cracking tune.”
The song I can no longer listen to
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
“I’ve no quarrel with either the content oft his song or with the husky knight himself Sir Rod. However, its mere title now conjures the twin phantoms of a pair of British Prime Ministers I’ve battled on the general election stage [Lord Buckethead ran against Margaret Thatcher in 1987 and Theresa May in 2017] and hence these days I tend to give it a wide berth.”
The album that changed my life
That would have to be the gold disc on board the Voyager 2 space probe. The Gremloids found it drifting aimlessly on the edge of your solar system and analysed its contents. With its mix of Bach, Kamil Jalilov and Chuck Berry, it taught us about Earthlings' love of Baroque, Azerbaijani folk and compilation albums.
The song I want played at my funeral
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
“I think this is a bit of a morbid question, NME, but if I must answer it then I would suggest something that reflects my lordliness, contains a contemplative tone and involves one of the Fab Four – because in my experience, the idea of any list of favourite Earth songs lacking a Beatle is unconscionable. I also like ‘He’s So Fine’ by The Chiffons, but this is entirely unconnected.”
The first album I bought
Simply Red - Stars
“When I visited Earth in 1992 I confess I was a little bit homesick for Hyperspace. I wanted something to remind me of home, so I purchased a copy of ‘Stars’ by Simply Red. I felt more homesick after that.”
The first gig I went to
“On Earth, I suppose my first would have to be Sleaford Mods, who I introduced at Glastonbury 2017. I was impressed by their pulsing rhythms and by the way Jason and Andrew don’t mince their words about the state of your nation. The crowd and the Park Stage setting were also spot on.”
The song I listen to before a political rally
Stan Bush - The Touch
Why you Earthlings didn't put this on the Voyager gold disc is beyond me. It is the quintessence of 1980s power rock from your solar system and I like to listen to it before any keynote speech or rally. If you have an important event coming up in your life I suggest you do the same. It will make you feel 7 foot tall. (Having a bucket for a head also has this effect.)
The song I do at karaoke
Stan Ridgway - Camouflage
“I’m a recent convert to the ways of karaoke because we don’t have this in Hyperspace, but I like it so much I’ve installed a system on my mothership. Anyone found to be tone deaf is blasted out of the airlock, so it’s tremendous fun. I remember ‘Camouflage’ from my visit to Earth in 1987 and it combines a fascinating lyric with a stonking chorus. What’s more, it’s a long song, so I get to hog the machine.”
The NME interview (7-inch version) is available on their website here.