Cat Clarke, debut author of the brilliant Entangled (y'know, that new book with the *stunning* cover), is a huge music fan just like me. When I was asked to join her blog tour and interview her about something - anything I wanted - I immediately thought of music. We've had some great conversations about songs and bands in the past, as this lady has some seriously good taste. So, without further ado, here's Cat Clarke talking about all things music-related!
What was the first album or single you ever bought?
Scoundrel Days - A-Ha. Pure quality.
Do you have an all-time favourite song?
ARGH! Impossible question. After much (MUCH!) thought, I’m going to go with California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas. An absolute classic.
What's the best musical discovery you made in 2010?
There have been a few – some of them thanks to you, Jenny! Bat for Lashes, Brand New, Civil Twilight and Motion City Soundtrack...
I know you listen to music a lot while you write. Is that because it helps you focus, or is it just to fill the silence?
It helps me get into the right mood to work on the story. A lot of the music I listen to while writing isn’t exactly happy, shiny music because the books I write aren’t exactly happy, shiny books!
Did you create a playlist for Entangled? If so, can you tell us some of the songs on it?
I did create a playlist, but not till I’d nearly finished the first draft. The playlist helped me write the end of the book and got me through the dark days of editing. Here are a few of the tracks:
- Thnks fr th mmrs – Fall Out Boy
- Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
- Fall at Your Feet – Crowded House
- Navigate Me – Cute is What We Aim For
- Thank you for the Venom – My Chemical Romance
- Can’t Take it – The All-American Rejects
- The Mixed Tape – Jack’s Mannequin
- In the End – Linkin Park
- Suicide is Painless – The Manic Street Preachers
- Learning how to smile – Everclear
Papa Roach at the HMV Forum in London, 2009. It blew me away – a perfect combo of awesome venue, awesome music and awesome crowd. That was a whole lot of awesome, I can tell you!
If you were stranded on a desert island with only 3 albums, what would they be and why?
The Very Best of Nina Simone – Nina Simone (because I can’t get enough of her voice)
Greatest Hits – Queen (so I could dance around like a maniac to Don’t Stop Me Now)
The third choice is tricky... maybe something classical? A bit of Chopin perhaps?
I know this is a tough one, but can you name your top 5 bands/artists?
You are too cruel for words. Fall Out Boy, Nina Simone, The All-American Rejects, They Might Be Giants, Prince. (Please bear in mind that I’ve changed my mind approximately 342 times while attempting to answer this question.)
What are your thoughts on reality TV music shows like X-Factor and American Idol?
I don’t mind them! I’m not an avid fan or anything, but I am quite partial to a bit of Kelly Clarkson – the original American Idol, so I can’t really complain, can I? I do wish they hadn’t forced Matt Cardle to change the name of that Biffy Clyro song though!
Lastly, recommend us some music we *have* to listen to!
Anything by Imogen Heap (you can’t go wrong with these songs: Hide and Seek and Speeding Cars)
Dimanche a Bamako – Amadou & Mariam (an utterly joyful album - guaranteed to make you smile)
And last, but by no means least, my lovely friend Dan (the mastermind behind the Entangled trailer soundtrack) is the lead singer and bass player of See You Next Wednesday. You can check them out and download their EP here: http://www.myspace.com/seeyounextwednesday
Thanks, Jenny! And thanks for being my music guru of 2010!
- UK publisher's site: Quercus Books