Cherry Red Records

Label Operations Manager — Manchester

What is your name? Where are you from?
John Reed. I work for Cherry Red Records in West London and live in Manchester.

What do you do?
I’m Operations Manager for Cherry Red, a many and varied role which includes helping to devise and curate some of our box sets.

Describe your style in three words?
Middle-aged ex-Mod. Is that four words?!

How should your music be listened to?
With an open mind and a big heart.

What do you miss about home when you’re on tour?
Well, I don’t tour but I do stay in London three days a week. I miss my family and Manchester’s down-to-earth charm.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
In terms of our Indie compilations, I guess the landmark icons are The Smiths, Orange Juice, the whole Post-Punk thing and 60s bands such as the Velvet Underground and The Byrds.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
‘Son Of A Gun’ by The Vaselines

A song from your favourite album?
‘Real Animal’ by the House Of Love

A Song you wish you had written?
‘Pristine Christine’ by the Sea Urchins

A song lyric that has inspired you?
‘My Favourite Dress’ by The Wedding Present

Four bands you are listening to now, and why?

Radio Tokyo - Hookworms
Shoegaze for the future.

The Contessa - DC Fontana
Nouveau Mod at its best.

Planet Sizes Steve Mason
Ex-Beta Band genius.

On Fire - Sebadoh 
Still amazing after all these years.

What is your name? Where are you from?
John Reed. I work for Cherry Red Records in West London and live in Manchester.

What do you do?
I’m Operations Manager for Cherry Red, a many and varied role which includes helping to devise and curate some of our box sets.

Describe your style in three words?
Middle-aged ex-Mod. Is that four words?!

How should your music be listened to?
With an open mind and a big heart.

What do you miss about home when you’re on tour?
Well, I don’t tour but I do stay in London three days a week. I miss my family and Manchester’s down-to-earth charm.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
In terms of our Indie compilations, I guess the landmark icons are The Smiths, Orange Juice, the whole Post-Punk thing and 60s bands such as the Velvet Underground and The Byrds.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
‘Son Of A Gun’ by The Vaselines

A song from your favourite album?
‘Real Animal’ by the House Of Love

A Song you wish you had written?
‘Pristine Christine’ by the Sea Urchins

A song lyric that has inspired you?
‘My Favourite Dress’ by The Wedding Present

Four bands you are listening to now, and why?

Radio Tokyo - Hookworms
Shoegaze for the future.

The Contessa - DC Fontana
Nouveau Mod at its best.

Planet Sizes Steve Mason
Ex-Beta Band genius.

On Fire - Sebadoh 
Still amazing after all these years.

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