Kevin Parker Reveals His Top Five Favorite Songs

Earlier in the year, Kevin Parker had a conversation with Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson to promote his new album The Slow Rush. During the interview revealed his top five favorite songs. Check them out below.

1. “Da Funk” - Daft Punk

What Kevin had to say:

“I don’t know if it hit me straight away,” Parker reveals of the song that he first heard the song on an Australian music television program called Rage when he was about only 10 years old.

“I was definitely intrigued by the dog-man video clip,” he then adds, “I was like, ‘wow this is a really different thing. I think it really sunk into me later in life how great it was… It’s a classic, it’s amazing!”

2. "L’Hotel Particulier” - Serge Gainsbourg

What Kevin had to say:

“It’s one of the great concept albums,” Parker relates. “I think just the mood that it paints and everything about it – the sounds, his voice, the instruments, the rhythms, the grooves – everything! It’s just like palpable.”

3. “I Am A God” - Kanye West

What Kevin had to say:

“Yeezus was the album were I fully clicked on Kayne West,” Parker says. 

“I guess I learnt that hip hop can be minimal, and I just love his sentiment on this song,” he continues. “It makes me think he’s serious but he’s not. I love it.”

4. “Good Times Bad Times” - Led Zeppelin

What Kevin Had To Say:

“Track one of their first album,” Parker revisits the Led Zeppelin opener. “It was a watershed moment. They were the missing piece for me between rock from the Sixties and rock from the Eighties. I never knew where they joined up. [Then hearing the song I thought to myself,] ‘Oh I get it, it’s Led Zeppelin! ‘” 

“[The drums] are amazing,” he states, “it’s the gold standard for drum playing, for drum sound, for everything.”

5.  “Machine Gun” - Portishead

What Kevin had to say:

“This song is just so inventive despite being so minimal,” Kevin says. “It’s one of those things that if I ever hear it I just have to stop what I’m doing and sit down. I just have such a reverence for this song”   

 

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