Will Oldham: “I listened to The Cranberries’ No Need To Argue for a year”

Will Oldham reveals eight of the records that have soundtracked his life in the new issue of Uncut, dated December 2014 and out now.

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Will Oldham reveals eight of the records that have soundtracked his life in the new issue of Uncut, dated December 2014 and out now.

The singer-songwriter, also known as Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, picks songs and albums by artists including The Fall, Don Williams and The Cranberries.

“In ’96, I went to a disco in Guadalajara, where they played The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’,” says Oldham. “Seeing these Mexican youths dancing to an Irish, quasi-political folk-rock song… I liked it! I bought the album and listened to it for a year!

“[Singer] Dolores O’Riordan had a sense of self-importance that the producer, Stephen Street, was able to use to strong effect, a beautiful combination of naïvety and overconfidence. It helped me understand what a producer’s role could be.”

The new issue of Uncut is out now.


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