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The Soundtrack to My Life

Paul Kirkham
 
The Understanding
The Understanding
"When you get in from a night out and are alone, but don't want to go to sleep, this is perfect. I can just stick this on my iPod and stare at the ceiling knowing that everything's ok."
Tokyo Project: The Collection
Tokyo Project: The Collection
"Mark Doyle does it again. Slam it on, put the bass on max and get ready for a night out!"
Funeral
Funeral
"A little bit different, and completely haunting. I dare you to listen to Wake Up and not feel a tingle as your hairs stand on end!"
Definitely Maybe
Definitely Maybe
"As a 13 year old kid, this made me realise that music actually meant something. The sound of 1994, and it's one of the only CDs from then that I still listen to now!"
Daniel Powter (U.S. Release)
Daniel Powter (U.S. Release)
"More a description of where I was physically at the time. Backpacking round Thailand having not heard new music for a while, then we bought this and danced around like idiots!"
In Between Dreams
In Between Dreams
"When I hear this all I can think of is Australia. The Whitsundays, Fraser Island, Airlie Beach. Sunsoaked accoustic numbers to chill out to on the beach!"
Hot Fuss
Hot Fuss
"It's Vegas, it's 3am, we're leaving for San Fran early tomorrow, but we're in a Jacuzzi in a little hostel in a bad part of town. What's on the speakers? It's Indie Rock 'n' Roll for me!!"
Films About Ghosts (The Best Of Counting Crows)
Films About Ghosts (The Best Of Counting Crows)
"Classic rock, it was on all the time when we were in San Francisco, and chilling out in Union Square would've been cool without it, but with it, the scene was complete."
Back To Bedlam
Back To Bedlam
"The first album we played on our trip, before he was big, before he was uncool. I don't care what the papers and mags say, this is fantastic, ignore the hype, listen to the music."
Morning View
Morning View
"This helped me through my last year at uni. I don't know why, but revising for my finals with this on seemed to make things a whole lot easier."
The Gift of Game
The Gift of Game
"If you're breaking up with your first love and going on a pulling spree, this is what you need in your ears. What can I say? I was hurting!!! ;-)"
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine
"2nd year at uni and I'm in a bad mood. It's raining, the government are idiots, and my shoulder hurts from the football at the weekend as I broke it. I'm an angry young man, and I'm listening to Rage!"
Performance And Cocktails
Performance And Cocktails
"As 17 year old lads, me and 5 mates were away on a lads holiday for the first time. This was the soundtrack. Her name was Lucy and the song in the background was T-shirt Suntan!"
Contraband
Contraband
"Winding our way down the spectacular back roads of South Island, New Zealand, half asleep, but still able to appreciate the incredible scenery. The memories will stay with me forever."
Sublime
Sublime
"It wasn't playing at the time, but it was in the conversation. Santeria will always remind me of the nervous hour we spent playing basketball in Taupo before jumping out of a plane at 12,000ft!"
Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits
Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits
"Wellington, NZ. We're sat in our hostel drinking cheap Bundy, getting ready to go out, and Good 'ol Slimer sticks this on. Perfect!"
Gasoline
Gasoline
"Recommended to me by an insanely cute Canadian girl who knows who she is, Santa Monica is lyrical perfection, simple, but genius. And it still makes me think of her!"
Permission To Land
Permission To Land
"Uluru, in the Red Centre of Oz. We're sat round drinking a hell of a lot of beer, and Emilie, the French girl pipes up, as she usually does! What does she want on? I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE!!!"
Tourist
Tourist
"We're in Sydney, I'm reading Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. Me, Ryan, Jim and Emma are feeling like cr*p, it's 6pm and we're still not up. Whenever I hear Half Light it takes me back to that moment."
White Ladder
White Ladder
"2000 was a tough year for me. This helped me through it, and it can still make me smile."
Stay What You Are
Stay What You Are
"It's my 21st, and me and Paul are on our way up to Newcastle to visit some old mates. Paul sticks track one on repeat and it doesn't get tiresome!"
Luciano Pavarotti - The Best
Luciano Pavarotti - The Best
"Me, Ryan and Jim are on the Whitsundays on an old sailing boat with a cool italian captain/chef with a taste for opera. We were sitting, drinking beer, watching the sun set singing Nessum Dorma!"
Shawshank Redemption
Shawshank Redemption
"Still on our opera hangover from the Whitsundays, this will always remind me of the hostel room with Jim and Ryan, the Marriage of Figaro was played as we drank yet more Bundy! Small things..."
Back In Black
Back In Black
"Me and Ryan are in Bali, drinking ridiculously cheap beer, and chilling on our balcony. This is playing. Loud. And we're in a fantastic mood!"
The Beach
The Beach
"The day before our last night out on our travels. The day of the Full Moon Party, we're chilling at Top Hill in Pha Gnan, drinking beer and eating Thai curry, and we're watching The Beach. Amazing."