My Top 10 Albums – Tommy Scott
Tommy Scott is the renowned frontman of Liverpudlian pop eccentrics Space; he initially formed the band in 1993 and they released their first single ‘Money’ in 1995. The single ‘Neighbourhood’ followed in 1996, however the release of ‘Female of the Species’ later that year saw the band rapidly rise to popular acclaim; they went on to score multiple chart hits and worked with both Tom Jones in 1999 and Cerys Matthews.
In 2001, Space left their then record label due to differences surrounding the release of their third album ‘Love You More than Football’ – these differences were also within the band and the group began to fracture, as such Space decided to retreat from the public eye and took to self-releasing their music via their website. These recordings were known as ‘Music for Aliens’
After a three-year break, Space returned in 2004 to release ‘Suburban Rock ‘N’ Roll’ – due to the fickle nature of the public the album did not fare well and so in 2005, Space announced their decision to split.
Tommy and Phil Hartley formed The Drellas who released the rather wonderful ‘Orchestra of Tears/Violence is Art’ 7” (Antipop Records) before morphing into The Red Scare.
In November 2011 Space announced they would reunite for a one off Liverpool Christmas gig – The line-up reunited original members Scott, Murphy and Griffiths as well as Phil Hartley, Allan Jones, and Ryan Clark…the gig was a sell-out.
Since then they have toured and are set to release a new album, entitled ‘Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab’ in September 2013.
We took the opportunity to ask Tommy which artists and albums inspired him, to tell us about the albums that have made a difference to his life…
“I have many great memories of going to Eric’s in Liverpool to see bands play, and another club called Brady’s which shouldn’t be overlooked as many great bands played there as well. It was great in them days because these clubs would put on matinee shows for the younger kids.
I can recall seeing Gang of Four with The Au Pairs supporting, right down the front I was-my ears felt like they were bleeding! I remember waiting outside another time to get autographs off Spizz Energi and being so chuffed Because they gave us a free ‘Where’s Captain Kirk?’ sticker (their single out at the time)!
A special Christmas show was put on Eric’s which had The Teardrops and The Bunnymen – what a bill! A funny memory I have is going to see The Mo-dettes who I thought were a punk band, only to get chased down the road by a load of punk hating mods! Stupid of me really-the clue was in the name!
One time I was walking past either Eric’s or Brady’s and getting asked (Because of my punk attire) to be in the crowd as Stiff Little Fingers were filming a video. I got in there sharpish as they were one of my fave bands! At Brady’s I saw a young Mick Hucknall fronting The Frantic Elevators (who I loved) who even then was getting abuse for being ginger! Serves him right for ending up in Simply Red!
My Top Ten albums – Tommy Scott
The Slits ‘Cut’ (Island Records September 1979)
This totally influenced me writing ‘Attack Of The Mutant 50 Ft Kebab’. I love all their angular and jerky rhythms and attitude.
(LTW; Cut is the debut album by The Slits. Originally released in September 1979 on the Island Record label. Although it only made a brief impact on the UK Top 30 at the time, in 2004 it was voted at # 58 in the Observer’s list, The 100 Greatest British Albums.)
Elvis Presley ‘The Sun Sessions’ (RCA Records 1976)
What else is there to say about this man other than where would we all be without him?
Frank Sinatra ‘In The Wee Small Hours’ (Capitol Records 1955)
This to me is Sinatra’s best ever album – his voice just blows me away!
Mad Monster Party Soundtrack (Percepto Records 1998)
This album really influenced Space-it was the first time I’d heard horror mixed with easy listening=Female Of The Species.
(LTW; Mad Monster Party (the onscreen title includes a question mark, i.e. Mad Monster Party?) is a 1967 American made animated comedy film; the plot involved Baron von Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) who achieves his ultimate ambition, the secret of total destruction. Having achieved this, he sends out bats with messages to summon all monsters to his island to inform them of this discovery, and to inform them as well that he is retiring as the head of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters.
A commercially-released soundtrack was never produced in any format. In September 1998, Percepto released an OST CD.
Crass ‘Stations Of The Crass’ (Small Wonder Records 1979)
These were my fave band when I was 17. I totally believed in everything they said and stood for – I had every slogan on my motorbike jacket!
(LTW; The album was originally released as a double 12″, and included live tracks from a gig recorded at the Pied Bull pub in Islington, London on August 7, 1979. The first three sides contain the studio tracks and play at 45 rpm, while the final side, the live recording played at 33 rpm.
The album was rereleased as part of the ‘Crassical Collection’ in October 2010 via Southern Records.)
B-52s ‘The B-52s’ (Island/Warners Records July 1979)
Another big influence on Space with their quirky B movie soundscape.
Spizz Energy ‘Do A Runner’ (A&M Records 1980) Was actually released under the guise Athletico Spizz 80)
Listening to John Peel got me into these. Love the way they changed their name all the time! I had every record up until The Spizzles.
(LTW; Spizzenergi was formed and led by vocalist / guitarist Spizz (real name Kenneth Spiers). The band changed its name several times during its existence, at one point they altered the name to mark each new year; alternate names including Athletico Spizz 80, Spizzoil and The Spizzles, and solo as SpizzOrwell, Spizz and the Astronauties. Best known for the 7” ‘Where’s Captain Kirk?’ which was eventually included in Mojo’s list of the best punk rock singles of all time.)
Ennio Morricone ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly OST’ (EMI Records 1966)
Fuck John Wayne – this made westerns cool again!
The Pop Group ‘Y’ (Radar Records April 1979)
This album to me is what post-punk was all about, twisting all the boundaries like a barrel full of rattlesnakes!
(LTW; Highly influential Bristol based band formed by Mark Stewart (lyrics, vocals), Jon Waddington (guitar), Gareth Sager (guitar), Simon Underwood (bass) and Bruce Smith (drums, percussion), they issued their debut single, “She is Beyond Good and Evil” on Radar Records in March 1979.
The band have been cited as an important influence in the development of alternative music in the 1980s; Mike Watt, of the Minutemen and, more recently, Nick Cave, have cited the Pop Group as an important source of inspiration on their own work.)
Cypress Hill ‘Black Sunday’ (Ruffhouse Records July 1993)
Our first album Spiders was greatly influenced by this-it was the soundtrack to our tour bus in the early days.
Space are scheduled to release ‘Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab’ in September / October 2013 – Tommy has kindly showed us a rough mock-up of the albums front cover.
In addition they are scheduled to appear at a number of festivals over the summer;
Saturday, May 25 LeeStock Music Festival, Suffolk
Friday, June 21 Willowman Festival, Yorkshire
Sunday, July 21 Penn Festival, Buckinghamshire
Friday, August 09 Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
Saturday, August 17 Forever Sun Festival, Dorset
Official music video for Fortune Teller from Space’s forthcoming album Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab. Directed by Mark McNulty, edited by Brainface and filmed at Camp & Furnace in Liverpool.