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3:AM Top 5 [redux]: Julian Gough


Julian Gough is an Irish novelist living in Berlin. He is the author of Juno & Juliet and Jude: Level 1, one of the novels of the last decade, a “brilliant satire of modern Ireland which mixed the comic sensibility of The Simpsons with Flann O’ Brien, Joyce and Beckett.” His story, ‘The Orphan and the Mob’, represents Ireland in Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction 2010. A book of Julian’s poetry, including lyrics from his band Toasted Heretic, will be published by Salmon this year. In the meantime, here are the last 14 tracks Julian listened to (though not necessarily in the right order). Julian writes: “I won’t tell you whether or not they were my own choice, whether or not I liked them, or whether or not I was bound and gagged and hanging upside down in a dungeon at the time, someone else’s iPod playing softly as they melted the wax. A girl needs to maintain a certain mystique.”

1. ‘Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes’ – Modest Mouse
2. ‘Woodcat’ – Tunng
3. ‘I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl’ – Nina Simone
4. ‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ – The Kinks
5. ‘Warsawa’ – David Bowie
6. ‘O Superman’ – Laurie Anderson
7. ‘Jazzman’ – Carole King
8. ‘Holes’ – Mercury Rev
9. ‘Scriptures’ – B12
10. ‘The Card Sharp’- The Clash
11. ‘Sonata XVI’ – John Cage
12. ‘This Is the Life’ – Amy MacDonald
13. ‘Buffalo Ballet’ – John Cale
14. ‘Sing Swan Song’ – Can

First posted: Wednesday, January 27th, 2010.

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