#MIXTAPEMONDAY – Sam Horton of The Hurriers picks his 90 minutes

The Hurriers © Mark Tighe

The Hurriers © Mark Tighe

We are proud to present the first of a series of artist compiled mixtapes For our first edition, Sam Horton, the guitarist in Barnsley’s very socialist punk band The Hurriers, puts down his selection of favourite music, spread out over two 45 minutes sides – like the good old days.
Sam actually went well over on Side A, by nearly ten minutes. Sterling effort though. Two cracking sides. As a treat, you get a bonus track from The Hurriers’ debut album From Acorns, Mighty Oaks.

1. Bridewell Taxis – Honesty (4:12)
2. Jesus and Mary Chain – My Little Underground (2:31)
3. Sugar – If I Can’t Change Your Mind (3:19)
4. My Bloody Valentine – Come In Alone (3:59)
5. Flowered Up – It’s On (4:40)
6. The Charlatans – Sprotson Green (5:10)
7. Butthole Surfers – Sweat Loaf (6:09)
8. Patti Smith – Gloria (5:54)
9. Rage Against The Machine – Testify (3:30)
10. Sonic Youth – Total Trash (7:33)
11. Ride – Ox4 (7:03)

1. Grateful Dead – Sugar Magnolia (3:17)
2. Frank Zappa – St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast (1:50)
3. Beat Happening – What’s Important (2:02)
4. Big Black – Kerosene (6:05)
5. The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms (6:12)
6. The Specials – Do The Dog (2:12)
7. Inner Terrestrials – Earth Must (4:54)
8. The Pogues – Billy’s Bones (2:03)
9. The Stone Roses – Elephant Stone (4:53)
10. Elliot Smith – Say Yes (2:18)
11. Fugazi – Bad Mouth (2:36)
12. Husker Du – Celebrated Summer (4:03)
13. The Clash – Lost In A Supermarket (3:47)
14. The Hurriers – Spectemur Agendo (5:03)

Sam Horton © Ian Parker

Sam Horton © Ian Parker

My Bloody Valentine – Come In Alone
Loveless changed my life. The whole album was so intense but melancholy at the same time; I’d never heard anything like it. It made me happy when listening to it but also depressed. I went through a period when ‘Sometimes’ always made me cry. When I listen to Loveless, it’s like when I read a book, I picture scenes set by the music through each song, interpreting personal memories and stories.
I love the art work, the hazy appearance fits perfectly with the record. The distorted picture reflects the sonic noise assault given from the guitars, deteriorating the photograph. Every time I listen to this record it always surprises me with something I haven’t noticed before. Come In Alone’s mighty climb on the opening of the song always gives me shivers. Blinda’s sweet mellow vocals lifted by Kevin Shield’s tremolo swings, there’s too much to focus on in this song, but it’s all compiled into a uplifting journey. Loveless is my favourite album.

The Charlatans – Sproston Green
I was brought up the Charlatans. They’ve always stood out to me more than any other band from that era, especially from Rob Collins blistering hammond organ swirls, and possibly the best drummer of all time, Jon Brookes .Every time I’ve been to see them with my dad, it’s a tradition to get right to the front during the encore for this song. I can remember one time, we saw The Charlatans at Haydock Races. I was about 13 and was stood right on the front row with my dad and Ian Whitby, and was invited up on the stage to stand with the band. A surreal experience!

Patti Smith – Gloria
‘Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine’. I can still remember this first time I ever heard this song. I was walking back from a party and it came on my headphones. The whole song took me on a journey, building up to the climax chants G.L.O.R.I.A. I still listen to this song at least five times a week.

Rage Against The Machine – Testify
‘Who controls the past now controls the future’. I first heard Rage, their debut album, when I was about 14/15. I always wondered what they where singing about so after reading the lyrics in the inlays I began to realise. When they played Finsbury Park in 2010 after overtaking the X-Factor in the charts, I dragged my dad down to see them with me and still to this day, that was one of the greatest live performances I’ve ever seen. This record really educated me and raised my own awareness of the issues being portrayed in RATM’s music, still relevant to this day. I began to see things from different perspectives, Rage opened the door for me to be politically aware, and to understand the cruelty of modern capitalism. Zack De La Rocha said “I’m interested in spreading those ideas through art, because music has the power to cross borders, to break military sieges and to establish real dialogue”. Very influential for myself and The Hurriers.

Grateful Dead – Sugar Magnolia
‘Sold my baby down by the river’. The most beautiful line in any song, ever. Probably one of my all time favourite songs. It’s like an anthem at parties. I’ve got so many good memories of this song – sat on Ellis Smith’s roof in the summer has to be the best. The perfect feel-good song, always brings a smile to my face whenever I listen to it.

The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms
This song taught me how to harmonize chords on the guitar. It only has two chords for the whole duration, so when it breaks down I used to hit notes to see if it sounded right. The Feelies proved to me that no song has to have Van Halen riffs or expensive guitar pedals to make music; it’s about making the most of what you’ve got.

The Pogues – Billy’s Bones
I can remember my friend Josh Hill showing me this song when I was about 16, when we used to go down to Elsecar woods drinking on weekends. Me, Harry Pickard and Josh would always try to sing Shane’s words, and still to this day I can’t do it!


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