Mercury Music: Your Friday playlist with... Alex Lipinski

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 March 2017

Alex Lipinski (Picture: Tess Parks).

Alex Lipinski (Picture: Tess Parks).

Sub with credit Tess Parks

Every Friday we are inviting musicians, sportsmen, politicians, business owners and other well-known Weston-super-Mare figures to share their top 10 songs. Think of it as Desert Island Discs, based on Flat Holm island, with 10 songs on a Spotify playlist. For the first week, we have invited musician Alex Lipinski to share his top 10 tunes.

Singer-songwriter Alex has performed across the South West, Krakow, Los Angeles, New York and beyond. He said: “It’s impossible to narrow down my favourite songs to 10 as there’s far too many and it changes on a daily basis. However here’s a selection which would be up there.”

Elvis Presley – Mystery Train

Captures the rawness and rockabilly sound of earliest Elvis. The King’s vocals right in the front combined with Scotty Moore’s slapback guitar and Bill Black’s bass.

The Beatles – A Day in The Life

Any song from the Fab Four could have made the list but I’ve gone with this. Lennon’s haunting vocal, George Martin’s orchestration; the greatest band to grace this planet at the height of their powers.

U2 – Bad

One of the many highlights when they perform this live. Bono’s vocal is phenomenal.

Bruce Springsteen – Jungleland

A sprawling 10 minute epic; the lyrical imagery and of course Clarence Clemons’ immortal saxophone solo. The perfect ending to the Born To Run album.

Richard Hawley – Open Up Your Door

The way the song builds and climaxes; the strings, the sound of the guitar and of course Richard’s deep crooning vocal, it sweeps over you.

Bob Dylan – It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

The words jump right out of the speakers and cut like a saw blade. As lyrically relevant as when it was written.

Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

Arguably as dangerous as rock ‘n’ roll has ever sounded.

The Doors – LA Woman

The band are on fire and combined with Jim Morrison’s vocals this song would get anyone out of bed.

The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

One of the most perfect songs ever written.

Wilco – Impossible Germany

One of my favourite bands, taken from the Sky Blue Sky album. I love how the electric guitars intertwine as the song builds to a crescendo.

* Alex’s latest single Lonely Kid is available now on all major digital download and streaming platforms. An album is due to be released this summer.

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