Chris Gordon is lead singer of Scottish rock band Baby Chaos, who returned from a lengthy hiatus in 2015 with third album Skulls Skulls Skulls, Show Me The Glory. Gordon was also lead singer in Deckard (who were basically Baby Chaos too really) and Union Of Knives. You can buy Skulls Skulls Skulls here.
This is his music…
What is your favourite song of all time?
Jeez what an opening question. I can’t say I really have one as it’s such a moment to moment thing. I have always loved Jackie Wilson’s “(Your love keeps lifting me) Higher and Higher”, (not written by Wilson himself but a Motown team I believe). It does what it says on the tin.
Can you remember when you fell in love with it?
Not exactly, I suppose I became aware of it during a re-release in the 80’s but I have found my affection for it has only grown over time.
Has a song or album ever changed your life?
Too many to mention I am sure, though mostly in subtle ways by means of influencing the music I have been a part of making.
There have been a few times that the right record brought me round from some fairly intolerable places if you catch my drift. Going way back, the Screaming Trees album “Sweet Oblivion” hit the spot on a grey night of the soul.
And the Sigur Ros album “( )” had me teary eyed on a wander through some suburb of Sunderland during a bleak tour moment. Both just shook my spirit enough at the right moment to reassure me that there is something pretty incredible going on here.
If you could only listen to five albums for the rest of time, what would they be?
Arggh these questions I am not much of a lister hehehe. I fell in love with the music of Queen (maybe even music itself as I hadn’t been that fussed before this) and the voice of Freddy Mercury through their “Greatest Hits” as a 9 year old, I still listen to, and never tire of Sigur Ros “( )” and “Takk”, I have a deep affection for “Sea Change” by Beck. Number 5 maybe “Funeral” by Arcade Fire that I listened to spellbound in a hungover daze long without a clue who they were or how incredonormous they would become.
How much of your day do you spend listening to music?
I work with music all the time so maybe 8 hours a day but to be honest I don’t listen to much music outside of that. I try to catch up on reccomendations if I am on a long journey but in the car the kids rule the playlist so I am pumped there, though to be fair their taste is not so bad, just incredibly repetitive.
What’s your ideal time and place for listening to music?
On a plane high above the world on some disgustingly expensive headphones.
What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to?
When I was 15 the first 10 minutes of a Zodiac Mindwarp gig at the Barrowlands in Glasgow was probably the most exhilarated I had ever been. I had seen a few big gigs before that and by some heavy hitters but this just took the biscuit. Of course it was Zodiac Mindwarp so after 10 or 15 mins things got a bit samey hehehe. More recently a Laura Marling show left me grinning ear to ear, she is such a natural talent and though I am not hugely familiar with her albums I found her live show totally engaging.
Approximately how big is your music collection? And in what format?
I am not really fussed over these things. I had an ipod full of music and when I realised I didn’t bother with CD’s anymore I ditched them all. Then the ipod and the computer it was backed up on got stolen and that was that. I got a new ipod and filled it up from someone elses collection. I did however keep the vinyl that I had when I was teenager and that lurks in the attic ready to be rediscovered someday, though possibly not by me.
What does music mean to you?
It’s what I do. I have loved it and fallen out with it, it’s annoyed the crap out of me, then wormed its wily way back into my heart. It makes sense to me more than many other aspects of our existense and I think a lot of people feel the same way.
What song should we all go and listen to right now to make our day better?
“Little Bear” by Guillemots, an absolute gem.