Graham Duff- creator of the wonderful ‘Ideal’- top 10 songsIdeal 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 ”“ ”ËœA Mutual Friend’
One of the highlights of the post punk fallout, Wire still sound like the future.

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

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

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

Tim Tetlow ”“ ”ËœMind Is Moving’

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

The Slits ”“ ”ËœVindictive’

The Footage ”“ ”ËœAlright Now’

CarterTutti ”“ ”ËœWoven Cloud’

The Fall ”“ ”ËœBlindness’ (Peel Session Version)

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