The Paisley Buddhist

Skateboarder. Film Student. Avid Film Fan. Musical Novice. Vinyl Enthusiast. Rhymer. Part Time Photo Taker. Returning Blogger.
  1. Harry Nilsson - Cuddly Toy
    The loud, fast, clashing piano sounds at the beginning of this song are pretty perfect for the start of a list if you ask me. Before the summer just gone, I’d never made a conscious decision to listen to Harry Nilsson, and boy was I missing out. Cuddly Toy, is one of his songs that stands out for me personally. The continuous loop of that clashing piano plays strong, and the low orchestral sounds of the brass and woodwind contrast nicely. As far as Nilsson’s vocals are concerned - the occasional chuckle or odd gesture, as well as his unique take on the end to the song give this Monkees classic the kind of Nilsson feel it needs to put itself in place for the very first of my BreakfastBangers.
  2. Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon Two words sum this one up: Donnie Darko. Those two words provide about all the context needed for the reasons why this one made the list. Having not watched the film in years, it was around Day 2 that I decided to watch it again. The soundtrack is filled with banger after banger, but few of them can compare to this one. I must admit that the music of a film really has an effect on me, and I tip my cap to Michael Andrews for the entirety of that belonging to Donnie Darko. It was around this time that I also decided to learn to play the opening riff on guitar, and there was something so special about this one song. Its western-feel, combined with this eerie magic that makes me imagine myself on a boat, floating over a lake on a night with clear skies, as a gentle breeze blows me over the smooth waves.
  3. Ciccone Youth - Burning Up

    Sonic Youth, one of the biggest post-punk bands of the 80s releasing an entire album filled with covers of songs by Madonna - one of the eras biggest female solo artists. I’m not a massive Madonna fan, but I could rattle off song name after song name of hers (thanks to my brother’s obsession with her), but this, the dreary tones of Thurston Moore’s voice meeting her incredibly catchy songs. This song was put up for my mum’s birthday, it was her that introduced me to this song. She didn’t really know she had, it’s much more of a subconscious thing. She’d play it around the house in a playlist of songs that I’ve since gone on to find out what the good ones are - and this is one of the “good ones”. Perhaps not exactly a morning song, but a banger worthy of making the list nonetheless.
  4. Wu-Tang Clan - Da Mystery of Chessboxin’

    Taken from Wu’s biggest album 36 Chambers, this track is a sleeper. Bring Da Ruckus, Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin Ta Fuck Wit, Protect Ya Neck - the list of songs from this album that anyone interested in hip-hop in the slightest would be able to rattle of is quite a big one. I mean, don’t get me wrong, this track is HUGE, but its not up there with those. But there is a lot about this one song that sticks out for me. The sample, cleverly used in true Wu fashion. The instrumental, the group mentality, the double entendres - everything about this song demonstrates exactly what was so brilliant about this era of hip-hop and the mentality of the rap collectives. That said, it’s something completely different that does it for me on this one track, it’s one line - the opening line in fact. The grizzle to U-God’s voice and the rugged line - I come away feeling the need to have a shower to get myself clean and long think about what everyone else is doing wrong in hip-hop nowadays.
  5. Justice - On’n’on

    France has seen its fair share of huge electronic duos, Air and Daft Punk are two other notable examples - but these pair, Justice, are certainly contenders for the best of them. I can hand on heart say that I’m not hugely into electronic music, I do dabble, but my heart lies elsewhere - this song however hits the spot for my electronic needs. I first heard it sampled on a Lupe Fiasco mixtape, and then again in Sean Malto’s part from Pretty Sweet. This song is a future classic undoubtedly, as are many other of their songs, and unfortunately I really don’t have much more to say about this one making the list other than: released through Ed Banger Records, upbeat, it only made sense for this one to go down as a BreakfastBanger.
  6. Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning

    This band. You know that shiver down your spine you get when you listen to a song that is just so good - that is the majority of stuff The Velvet Underground ever released. Lou Reed’s voice is just unrivaled as far as telling a story is concerned. His voice has the effect like that of your teacher’s - when he sings, you sure as anything listen. The delicate sounds of the celesta ring clear in this song, just adds a cheer to your day. The backing vocals courtesy of Nico give this additional cheer and its just really quite a happy song from a band that were often something other than that. The context for putting this song on only really made sense - it was a Sunday morning. For me, this song is made for walking through a park or down a rive, the winter sun almost blinding you, at a time of year when it is just a little too cold for simply a t-shirt and hoodie - so the coat comes out, and the hands go into pockets. This is a song for a Sunday morning in the autumn - and that’s exactly where it placed in the list.
  7. Danny Mahon - Eric The King

    My love for Danny Mahon started when I watched Ben Grove’s section from Keep Keen, where AK47 provides a rightfully heavy music bed for an equally mega video part. This song is probably my favourite of his, although there is some competition for that top spot. But this version is more than just a song. I mean I already had a love for the wit in his “too fat to be a mod” remarks, and again in a backhanded compliment when he sings about how he “would never write no stupid fucking love song, so this is the best you’re gonna get”, but this version provides something Danny’s lyricism and Manc charm can’t provide when in the studio. His determination to finish his set despite the snapped string, and his improvised addition of a line in honour of the “stupid snapped string” prove why Danny Mahon, in my eyes at least, is one to watch for the future (still), and might someday find his name attached to the phrase Godlike Genius.
  8. Belle and Sebastian - I’m a Cuckoo

    I’ll throw my hands up and say that if you sing a song about being a bit mental, then for some (perhaps worrying) reason, I can associate to said song and I enjoy it. Upon realising that the catchy instrumental that played soundtrack to the Crail Couch was entitled I’m a Cuckoo - I just knew I was going to like it. A song so upbeat that somewhat tackles the topic of mental health, with Alan Wells coaching Stuart Murdoch in the video - this just has everything to offer doesn’t it really. Catchy in every way possible, if you listen to this first thing in the morning it will follow what the band did with Juno and the Crail Couch, and provide a definite soundtrack to your day. I mean speaking from experience, I ran a half marathon with this going round my head, and can say I enjoyed those two hours all the more because of it. Well, that and the fact that I didn’t know that Leicester had lost to Watford in the Playoffs yet, but another story for another time.
  9. Old Canes - One Day

    Half measures, something that Old Canes certainly didn’t use when making this song. This song is big, but not only big, but big in all the right places. The rhythmic beginnings of just the guitar, then the introduction of vocals. The song comes in instrument by instrument, before building up to a point where a musical explosion (similar to the one going off in my trousers when listening to this song) occurs. They don’t settle for a mere attempt at something wonderful, they don’t settle for anything less than BreakfastBanger material. The brass and woodwind contrasting with the drumming, but all coming together in such an amazing way. And as ever - this was brought into my life through a skate video, Gatorade’s Go All Day series featuring Sean Malto and Chaz Ortiz to be specific. I used this song as the soundtrack to a cinematic edit I did a few years ago, and the gentle tones of the introduction acted perfectly as the music bed - something that for me separates a good song from a great song.
  10. John Murphy - In the House, In a Heartbeat

    If you’ll just excuse me a minute while I congratulate myself for that completely unintentional bridge between two bangers there. This song is beyond perfect as a music bad, this is truly a masterpiece as far as soundtracking, or music composition as a whole is concerned. Nevermind turning good to great, this song really is as close to perfection as music can get. Originally used in 28 Days Later, the anxiety and suspense of the repetitive, siren-like piano combines with the aggression of the guitar riff to create as good of a soundtrack as it gets. This is a soundtrack so good that not only the film it was made for used it, but it’s also been used anywhere from Kick Ass to a Strongbow advert since. A true masterpiece as far as music is concerned, and I somewhat doubt this track will ever truly fade out. I, however, will be doing just that as I reach my final BreakfastBanger from the first of my ten posts. And there’s no better way to peak your playlist than with something as orchestral and emotive as this Banger.

II’ll be carrying on my postings in the near future, but for the mean time, enjoy these ten - each with their own reason.

Much love x

The BreakfastBanger, a concept explained in my last post has reached the end of its 100 day journey. Some obvious repetition of artists it must be said, but that’s just the nature of how something like this goes. Here is the list in the order of when they were posted as the BreakfastBanger, enjoy!

  1. Harry Nilsson - Cuddly Toy
  2. Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
  3. Ciccone Youth - Burning Up
  4. Wu-Tang Clan - Da Mystery of Chessboxin’
  5. Justice - On’n’on
  6. Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning
  7. Danny Mahon - Eric The King
  8. Belle and Sebastian - I’m a Cuckoo
  9. Old Canes - One Day
  10. John Murphy - In the House, In a Heartbeat
  11. The Stone Roses - Waterfall
  12. Arthur Brown - Fire
  13. Ian Brown - F.E.A.R.
  14. Happy Mondays - 24 Hour Party People
  15. Tim Burgess - The Doors of Then
  16. Rolf Harris - Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport
  17. Fitz and the Tantrums - MoneyGrabber
  18. Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
  19. Otis Redding - Cigarettes and Coffee
  20. The Walkmen - Angela Surf City
  21. David Bowie - Five Years
  22. The Specials - Ghost Town
  23. Rainbow Arabia - Without You
  24. The Doors - Touch Me
  25. Strategy - LifeOnTheCostaDelSalford
  26. Kasabian - Switchblade Smiles
  27. Heart - Barracuda
  28. Haddaway - What Is Love?
  29. Snap! - Rhythm Is a Dancer
  30. A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray
  31. Van Halen - Jump
  32. INXS - Tear Us Apart
  33. Curtis Mayfield - P.S. I Love You
  34. P.P. Arnold - The First Cut Is The Deepest
  35. Lissie - Pursuit of Happines
  36. Joy Division - Disorder
  37. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
  38. The King Blues - Out of Luck
  39. Noah and the Whale - 5 Years Time
  40. Danny Mahon - Salford Skyline
  41. Vampire Weekend - Bryn
  42. Kanye West - Runaway
  43. The Rolling Stones - Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  44. Glasvegas - Daddy’s Gone
  45. Rick Ross - 100 Black Coffins
  46. DJ Yoda feat. Scroobius Pip - SEGA RIP
  47. KISS - Love Gun
  48. Tavares - Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
  49. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Heat Wave
  50. The Four Seasons - December 1963
  51. Q Lazzarus - Goodbye Horses
  52. Patti Smith - Because The Night
  53. McFadden and Whitehead - Ain’t No Stopping Us Now
  54. Neil Diamond - Cracklin’ Rosie
  55. College & Electric Youth - A Real Hero
  56. Nico - These Days
  57. The Watson Twins - Just Like Heaven
  58. Peggy Honeywell - Sing Sung Saing
  59. Edo G - Saying Something
  60. Air - All I Need
  61. Survivor - The Eye of the Tiger
  62. Frank Sinatra - This Charming Man
  63. Harry Nilsson - Lullaby in Ragtime
  64. Mariachi el Bronx - Oh My Love
  65. Tim Burgess - The Economy
  66. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.
  67. Wham! - Last Christmas
  68. Greg Lake - I Believe in Father Christmas
  69. Band Aid - Do The Know It’s Christmas?
  70. John Mayer - All I Want For Christmas
  71. Frank Sinatra - Let It Snow
  72. Otis Redding - Merry Christmas Baby
  73. Train - Shake Up Christmas
  74. I, Said The Spy - Fairytale of New York
  75. Blink-182 - Josie
  76. Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
  77. Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
  78. Harry Nilsson - Everybody’s Talking
  79. Josh T. Pearson - Country Dumb
  80. Ian Brown - Northern Lights
  81. Whitney Houston - Million Dollar Bill
  82. James Brown - Get Up Offa That Thing
  83. Sly & The Family Stone - Underdog
  84. Max Romero - Chase The Devil
  85. New Order - Blue Monday
  86. Junior Senior - Rhythm Bandits
  87. +44 - When Your Heart Stops Beating
  88. Sister Sledge - We Are Family
  89. The Charlatans - One To Another
  90. Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line
  91. Pink Floyd - Breathe
  92. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
  93. Florence & The Machine - The Dog Days Are Over
  94. The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
  95. The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize?
  96. The Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo
  97. Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill
  98. A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It?
  99. Tame Impala - Elephant
  100. The Charlatans - North Country Boy

There you have it, the full list of 100 days of the BreakfastBanger. What’s next for the BreakfastBanger? Well I’ll be posting the list in groups of 10 songs, each accompanied by the video and an explanation of why the song made the list. And as for the mornings, of course the BreakfastBanger will carry on - we all need a song to get the day started, and there’s no better way for me personally to do that than with a good old BreakfastBanger.

Much love x

I’d be lying if I said music wasn’t one of the biggest influences on my life - up there competing with family, close friends, and skateboarding for the top spot. And in this fact I am not alone, whether you like it or not music is the soundtrack to everything you ever do or watch. From the orchestral sounds of a movie score, to the sounds of Friday by Rebecca Black providing music to go with your madness: everything has a soundtrack.

The Breakfast Banger (the name of which may be inspired by a certain Mr. Tim Burgess) is something that never really had any meaning at first. It was just a song that I’d post on Facebook every morning that was either stuck in my head or I thought would provide a relevant soundtrack for the day ahead.

I was posting one for 17th December when it came to me: 100 Days of the Breakfast Banger. Finally I have an answer for the question “why do you do it?” that is a bit more committed than “I want to”. I had a bit of counting to do to figure out how many days had done already, and just needed a few more days to top me up to 100 Days of the BreakfastBanger.

So there you have it, come the 100fh day of my Breakfast Banger - I will be posting 10 sets of 10 songs each accompanied by a little bit of boring old me explaining why it made my list of Breakfast Bangers.


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