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Bill Brewster: ‘I like to chuck on a deeply unfashionable 70s pop act like Smokie’

Bill Brewster
‘Sorting the women from the girls…’ Bill Brewster. Photograph: Bella Fenning

The track I’ll be opening my next DJ set with
Graham Central Station: Happ-E-2-C-U-A-Ginn

This song only works if you know the crowd you’re playing for or have played at the club previously. When I was in a post-punk band we used to do a Grimsby a cappella version of this that sounded somewhere between a pub landlord and Sam Cooke.

The track I always play to rescue a dancefloor
Mount Rushmore: You Better (Es Cavalett Mix)

I was working for an MCA Universal subsidiary when this was released. My constant mithering at the A&R department got this signed to MCA. Killer vocal tune.

The track that’s been unfairly slept on this year
Eduardo Muchacho: Intoxicated

A very gloopy, weird vocal track that appears to be about a chap coming home after a night on the razz and trying to get it on with his significant other.

The track I’d play to show off my eclectic tastes
Smokie: We’re Flying High

I like to chuck on a deeply unfashionable 70s pop act just to sort out the women from the girls. No better feeling than seeing a full dancefloor register the horror that they’re dancing furiously to Cliff Richard or Smokie.

The track that should have been a crossover hit
Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra: Too Much Information (Laolu Remix)

In the imaginary world I inhabit, it’s perfectly feasible for a nine-minute track by an obscure Afrobeat artist to make it on to the Wonderful Radio 1 playlist and get in the charts.

The best track by my favourite new artist
Shintaro Sakamoto: Another Planet

I walked into a record store called Serendeepity in Milan a couple of weeks ago and this mad record was playing. I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. He’s like a Japanese Arthur Russell with a pedal steel guitar.

The track I’d play at sunset in Ibiza
Gimmicks: Slipping Into Darkness

A great cover version of the War classic by a 70s Swedish group whose attire frankly makes Abba look like Funkadelic.

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This article titled "Bill Brewster: ‘I like to chuck on a deeply unfashionable 70s pop act like Smokie’" was written by Harriet Gibsone, for The Guardian on Friday 12 January 2018 11.00am


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