Kerry McCarthy MP’s Top 10 Songs: Part One

Proving that not all MP’s have record collections that probably match Jeremy Clarksons, vegan Labour MP and recently appointed shadow secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs in Jeremy Corbyn’s new cabinet Kerry McCarthy MP has written a few things for Louder Than War.

A passionate music fan and great writer on music, she not only grew up in Luton hanging out with UK Decay but knows her music inside out and this is one of my favourite top 10’s on the site.

Part two of Kerry’s top ten is here.

(Also read Kerry Mccarthy’s top 10 industrial dance songs.)

Kerry McCarthy’s website is here:


You Trip Me Up – Jesus and Mary Chain.

A perfect pop song with a shed load of noise bunged on top. You think it’s about as noisy as any piece of music could possibly be, then it gets even noisier – and then it gets even louder still. But it’s still a great tune. If I’ve had a stressful day in Parliament I stick this on at full volume as I’m leaving the office late at night, walking through a dark and almost deserted Palace of Westminster in all its gothic splendour – it just completely blasts everything away.

Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke.

I’ve never been interested in the Beatles or the Stones. To me the Sixties was all about the evolution of soul music and its links with the civil rights movement, and some of the brilliant records that were produced as black political consciousness grew. Having said that, Sam Cooke’s epic A Change is Gonna Come is probably just pipped at the post by this track, which isn’t political at all. I love the rough edge to Sam Cooke’s voice, and the way Lou Rawls echoes his vocals. It’s also one of Simon Cowell’s favourite records, but we shouldn’t hold that against it.

Different Drum – the Lemonheads

Take a rather twee song by the Monkees’ Mike Nesmith (and a hit for Linda Ronstadt), add some noise and grunge and screeching guitars, and you have a brilliant pop record. Evan Dando has a great voice too. He can do the pure country stuff but I prefer it when it’s offset with a load of noise. It adds that edge that makes it interesting.

Everything Flows – Teenage Fanclub

Like Evan Dando, another act that were at their best when they had a bit of noise thrown into the mix. This is a kind of comfort blanket of a song. There’s just something very reassuring about the way it churns away and plods along.

High Water – Uncle Tupelo

I like a lot of country music, from the cheesy classic kind to low fi/ alt country. This is a truly depressing song, as country songs should be, about a relationship that has long passed its sell-by date… but the pedal steel is absolutely beautiful, the lyrics are poignant and Jay Farrar has a classic country voice. It also reminds me of my closest friends, who are into this sort of music in a big way. I don’t get to see them enough these days.

Part 2 of kerry’s top 10 songs is here.


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