California based Liam Wade has an extremely successful back catalogue. Starting off as a live session guitarist for the one and only Courtney Love, LT formed FURS in 2013 alongside Duke Spirit’s Olly Betts and sister Elle Wade. After the release of their debut album in 2016, LT moved to San Francisco and his solo project was born.
Earlier this year he released the summer luvin’ “Hard To Know”, a captivating glimpse of the sunshine coast, full of effortless vocals and psychedelic guitar. To celebrate the incredible track, he whipped us up a list of the songs that he loves and that have influenced him. So get yourself a cuppa, stick your headphones in, and dive into the musical mind of LT Wade.
Foxygen – “San Francisco”
I thought I’d start my playlist with the Foxygen song “San Francisco” because since I moved out to San Francisco this song has that same laid back West Coast vibe that seems to wash over the Bay Area. It’s a city full of the weird and wonderful…..just like the song.
The All Night Workers – “Why Don’t You Smile?”
I loved this song from the very moment I heard it. It had a familiar sound that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I later found out that It was one of the first songs Lou Reed and John Cale wrote together before forming the exhilarating Velvet Underground.
Mazzy Star – “Fade Into You”
This song has a special place in my heart. The slow burning energy of the music and lyrics just takes me away to better place. Hope Sandoval has the most beautiful dark and brooding voice.
The Nerves – “When You Find Out”
I first heard this song speeding down the freeway in Los Angeles on one of those glorious sunny days. The sound is a perfect mix of punk and Motown melodies which stuck with me and was really the basis of my song writing with FURS. The Detroit rockers penned one of the all time classics “Hanging on the Telephone” made famous by Blondie a few years later.
CAN – “I’m So Green”
Some bands just have a sound that can not be imitated. CAN for me are one of the greatest and most original bands ever to grace us with their presence. I could not tell you what the song is about but sometimes you don’t need to know. This song draws you in with it’s hypnotic beat and groove and it won’t let go.
Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsborg – “Ballade de Melody Nelson”
A very short song coming in at 2:07s. This song is part of a eccentric and very original concept album. It’s hard to put a finger on a genre but this album has influenced so many of my favourite artists like Air or Beck. It’s a beautiful combination of Jazz, Pop and gorgeous string arrangements.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Love Letter”
Not many songs bring a tear to my eye. This is one of the ones that can. Nick Cave is one of the all time great poets. It’s a story of regret, love, hope that tugs at the heart strings and it gets me every single time.
Michael Jackson – “Thriller”
Now this may seem like an obvious choice but it has a very cool story behind it. “Thriller” is part one of the biggest selling albums and most recognised songs of all time. The cool thing for me is that it was written by Rod Temperton. A guy from Cleethorpes, the same small town where I grew up. It always inspires me that a guy from a little town in Northern England can become one of the greatest song writers of all time.
Lesley Miller – “He Quit Me”
A song I first came across on one of my fave movies Midnight Cowboy. This whole soundtrack is fantastic and lends it self beautifully to the energy of the movie. A great voice and a great groove.