Ideal is, by far, the best comedy on TV at the moment, surreal, inventive and genuinely unhinged it stars Johnny Vegas as an out of sorts, small time drug dealer in a role that is as manic as it is plain odd.

A cast of bizarro characters flits by in his fucked up life and the seedy, down at heel oddness is classic British comedy that stretches from Steptoe and Son to Father Ted.

Creator Graham Duff who plays Brian in the series also has a music taste that is as off the wall and brilliant as his comic creation.

‘I get asked for these a lot and it changes on a weekly basis – all time favourites versus biggest buzzes of the moment versus stuff with emotional attachment..Anyway, if I were leaving for Mars tomorrow, here’s the ten I’d take ”“ in no particular order”¦’

Wire ”“ ”˜A Mutual Friend’
One of the highlights of the post punk fallout, Wire still sound like the future.

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band ”“ ”˜Big Eyed Beans From Venus’
Few people in music deserve to be called a genius but Beefheart reinvented everything…

The Anti Group ”“ ”˜Big Sex II’
Sketchy online information, all we could find was this.

The Factory ”“ ”˜Try A Little Sunshine’
Great british psyche beat from 1968

Tim Tetlow ”“ ”˜Mind Is Moving’

Coil ”“ ”˜An Unearthly Red’
Stark soundscapes with industrial tinge- finding beauty in the machine…

The Slits ”“ ”˜Vindictive’

The Footage ”“ ”˜Alright Now’

CarterTutti ”“ ”˜Woven Cloud’

The Fall ”“ ”˜Blindness’ (Peel Session Version)

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