Stars of the Madchester boom of the late 80s and early 90s, the Inspiral Carpets are back with their first studio album in twenty years. The new album – entitled simply Inspiral Carpets – will be released on Cherry Red Records on 29 September 2014, and is available to order here.
The album will include recently unveiled song ‘Spitfire’, the video for which was shot at Gorton Monastery, one of Manchester’s most notable, historic landmarks.
‘Let You Down’, also appearing on the LP, features a unique collaboration with legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke.
To celebrate this momentous release, keyboard player and allround music maestro Clint Boon has created the following playlist exclusively for Fred Perry Subculture, describing his choice as '10 songs to listen to in your fave Fred Perry shirt before you go out.' So next time you're getting dressed ready to head out on the town in your finest attire, pop these tunes on the stereo. Enjoy!
1. Question Mark & the Mysterians '96 Tears’
A record which the Inspirals have covered many times over the last 28 years. It was in our live set in 1986 and it’s in there right now, 2014. A record which i feel helped shape the sound of our band.
2. The Seeds ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’
Another American band from the Sixties who’s sound I’ve plundered many times. As with Question Mark & The Mysterians, the entire back catalogue of The Seeds can be described in just a few key words. Simple, sexy, exciting, dirty psychedelic music, made in the garage.
3. Pink Floyd ‘Arnold Layne’
Pink Floyd were probably the first band to have hit records using the Farfisa Compact Duo electric organ. It features on most of their early recordings including this ode to a man who got off on stealing underwear from people’s washing lines. One of the tunes which made me choose the Farfisa as my instrument.
4. The Small Faces ‘Grow Your Own’
One of my favourite organ instrumentals ever. It features often in my dj sets.If this record doesn’t grab you by the nuts within 10 seconds of starting, you need to visit the doc.
5. Frankie Valli ‘The Night’
I love the way this record builds from the deep dark pulse of the bass intro, through the shimmering whisper of the opening lyrics and on into one of the most uplifting choruses ever to grace a pop record. True perfection.
6. Max Romeo ‘Wet Dream’
Quite simply, one of the rudest records ever made. Don’t hold back Max, just tell us what it is you’re thinking. It’s also a brilliant reggae record.
7. Prince Buster “The Ten Commandments of Man’
Prince Buster’s work predates some of today’s Reggae, R&B and Rap records by 40 years and, as such, it makes him something of a pioneer. His songs were frequently of a sexual nature (check out Big Five)and he would occasionally flirt with aspects of misogyny and sexism in his songs. Particularly on this record. Whilst not wanting to condone such ideologies, it makes for a fascinating listen. This track is a great introduction to his work.
8. The Upsetters “Live Injection’
Another regular fixture in my dj set, Lee Perry and co giving us this amazing piece of reggae music. It’s shambolic and at times feels on the verge of falling apart. But it just keeps on pumping and driving. Reggae music in it’s purest form.
9. The Go! Team ‘Junior Kickstart’
Seeing these guys live was a revelation. Like no other band I’d ever seen. A cacophony of samples and live sounds thrown into a melting pot to create an amazing fusion of Hip Hop, Northern Soul and retro science fiction TV theme tune vibes. I miss this band.
10. Paul Weller ‘From the Floorboards Up’
I love Weller me. For his music. For his style. For the fact that he’s remained a grounded, passionate, warm human being regardless of his monumental success. And, not many contemporary artists have done what he’s done. Remained exciting, relevant and influential across four decades or more. Bowie, Dylan…..Weller.
Enjoy this playlist. - Clint Boon, Manchester, September 2014