Britt Daniel Of Spoon’s Fave Artists

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Straight out of Austin, Spoon has been quietly reshaping the alternative music scene over the past two decades-plus, while flying under the radar of most casual music fans. In the meantime, Britt Daniel and company have pulled together a string of seminal records with a sound that echoes hints of Pixies, Pavement, The Kinks and The Modern Lovers. On the band’s latest Hot Thoughts, Spoon reunites with studio whiz David Fridmann (Flaming Lips/Sleater-Kinney) for another batch of songs that continues to find the Texas foursome redefining pop.

Still very much a music fan as he is a working musician, Daniel shares three of his favorite artists here:

Prince

“He’s the greatest that ever was. I would say that you rarely get to see someone who’s an expert at so many things at once and that wouldn’t exactly be true because I don’t think you ever get to see anyone that’s as expert as he was at so many things—making his own clothes, choreography, writing the songs, recording it—he’s number one.”

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival circa 1968

“It’s a true American band. I like the spirit that you feel in [John Fogerty’s] vocal performances and those songs. And they were just one of those bands that were on a roll and they could do no wrong for about five albums or so in a matter of two years. It’s sort of a lesson as to why you never want to get off of that roll because they could never really get back to it once they took a break. {CCR} is so quintessentially American.”

The Cure

“I like The Cure quite a bit. They could do no wrong for their first four albums. I think the sixth album is pretty amazing too. They just seem to carve out a sound world that no one before them had exactly occupied. And they did it with such great songs and such a unique voice. I remember when I first started listening to The Cure, I didn’t really get the voice. And what I mean is the sound quality of [Robert Smith’s] vocals. I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. It seemed a little squirrelly to me. But now I absolutely love it. It took a second to get used to what he was doing, which is really unique. If it takes you a second to get used to something and then you absolutely love it, I think that’s a good sign.”

Spoon will be appearing on Nov. 28 & 29 at Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost St. Brooklyn. To find our more information, visit www.bowerypresents.com/brooklyn-steel or call 888-929-7849.

Read LIW’s full interview with Britt Daniel of Spoon:

Spoon: Pop’s Best Kept Secret

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In addition to being editor of Garden City Life and Syosset-Jericho Tribune, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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