- 24 Jun 02
From Nirvana to Low to Papa M and back again: Night On My Side creator Gemma Hayes on something old and something new
Gosh, there are so many! I only got into Neil Young’s music recently and he’s just bowled me over. I think everyone found him at different stages of their lives and then they push him on you, saying “you gotta listen to Neil Young”. I just never listened to him. I had a little time on my hands a while back and I started getting into him, and he is what everybody says he is. So I would say Neil Young and Van Morrison.
When got into music first it was all about Nirvana and wearing their T-shirts, Pearl Jam, My Bloody Valentine. I went through phases, The Pixies, The Frames! That was my introduction. Then I started to get into music and look around and I got into songwriters like Nick Drake and John Martyn. I used to play Revolver by The Beatles in the shop where I worked all the time and bop around the place. And when I was younger, it was all tapes. I was never part of the record generation. It was all tapes and CDs for me.
Then I started listening to bands like the Red House Painters and American Music Club. I was listening to them when all that Britpop stuff took off in England. I didn’t really like that so I started to look on the other side. When I met up with David [Odlum] he introduced me to the Palace Brothers. I loved the fact that everything was so simple and so sleepy. You could picture the guy falling over while playing! They, and Low, were a revelation.