Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Paul Banks' Ultimate Playlist

PaulBanks3.jpg
PaulBanks2.jpg
PaulBanks1.jpg

It's been 12 years since Interpol's first release, but they're still going strong, with their fifth album, El Pintor, emerging last month to critical acclaim.

Firmly established as one of New York's most-loved bands, they've taken their post-punk sound and developed it over the years, whilst building a huge live following.

We caught up with singer, guitarist and (for the latest album, at least) bassist Paul Banks to talk music and put together his Ultimate Playlist. Read on to discover his selections and the stories behind them.

Listen to the whole playlist on Spotify

El Pintor is out now, they tour the UK in February (dates sold out). For more info, head to interpolnyc.com


Favourite Movie Soundtrack Song

"This is very tricky, but I'm gonna go with the first one that comes to me: You Belong To Me as performed by Bob Dylan on the Natural Born Killers Soundtrack. Just a great example of his incredible guitar playing and a testament to "later" Dylan's vocal texture - fucking grizzled. OR, Jenny's Theme from Kids by Lou Barlow."


Favourite Sad Song

"Expecting To Fly - Buffalo Springfield. Deeply sad tone to this song, and very atmospheric. Incredible mood piece, hard to describe but to me it sounds like the afterlife."


Favourite Song From Your childhood

"Hrmm... Maybe Golden Earring's Twilight Zone. This was my first favorite song, like when I was 5 years old. Used to love love love when this came on the radio, and it really stretched my brain as a little kid trying to figure out what the hell they were talking about."


Favourite Club Anthem

"I don't really go to clubs... so I don't know. But a mixer buddy just played me a track Ronson did recently with Mystikal which is going to shatter the world."

Ronson Mystikal

Favourite Song Nobody Else Has Heard Of

"Motel Room - Vigilantes of Love. My buddy had this on a mixtape when we drove across the US when I was 17. He didn't know who it was by. And it wasn't until years later when the internet really showed up that I was able to find out who wrote it. My favorite lyric is, "the decorator oughta get two consecutive life terms for stuff like this"."


Favourite Lyric from a Song

"Every lyric in the song, Thieves in the Night by Black Star. I don't think it gets any better than this. In hip hop or any genre, this is about as strong as lyrics get.

Here's an excerpt: "This life is only temporary but the soul is eternal/separate the real from the lie, let me learn ya/Not strong, only aggressive cuz the power ain't directed/that's why we is subjected to the will of the oppressor/Not free, we only licensed/Not live, we just exciting/Cause the captors own the masters to what we writing/Not compassionate, only polite - we well trained/Our sincerity's rehearsed at this stage, it's just a game/Not good, but well behaved/Cause the cameras survey most of the things that we think do or say/We chasing after death just to call ourselves brave/When every day next man meet with the grave/I give a damn if any fan recall my legacy/I'm trying to live life in the sight for God's memory/Like that y'all.../Hiding like thieves in the night from life/Illusions of oasis making you look twice"."


Favourite Current Song

"Bof. Current current? How about Worst Behavior by Drake? That's not current anymore. I'm the worst person to ask about current music."


Favourite One Hit Wonder

"Funkytown by Lipps Inc. I had to just google "one-hit wonders" because I don't really know any off the top of my head. I do love Funkytown, so you know, that counts. Although, I used to love Too Much Love by Bros. Maybe they aren't one hit wonders. Did you know one of the dudes from Bros is now an actor who plays a total badass in Hellboy II? I shit you not. He's great."


Favourite Song From Your Own Music

"I'm gonna guess we're talking Interpol and not my solo work. So, I'd say The New from our first album. Always been one of my favorite songs, and just represents a real freedom that existed in our early writing - It came from a place somewhere between not knowing what we were doing, and knowing EXACTLY what we were doing. It's pure, and I love that track."


(Images: Rex)

Related

nile1.jpg

Nile Rodgers' Ultimate Playlist

615x330_JoyDivHERO.jpg

The Ultimate Joy Division Quiz

jessiehero3.jpg

Jessie Ware's Ultimate Playlist

hero1.jpg

20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Unknown Pleasures

bastillle3.jpg

Bastille's Ultimate Playlist

NO __ Cover.jpg

The Ultimate New Order Quiz

chester4.jpg

Chester Bennington’s Ultimate Playlist

techniquehero2a.jpg

12 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Technique

patti3.jpg

Patti Smith's Ultimate Playlist

skulls1.jpg

Band of Skulls Ultimate Playlist

foster4.jpg

Foster The People's Ultimate Playlist

hero2.jpg

Metronomy's Ultimate Playlist

Comments

More

Gorillaz return after 6 years with spectacular Trump-baiting track

'Hallelujah Money' also features Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine

by Emily Badiozzaman
19 Jan 2017

Moby's new politically charged song takes aim at Trump

"We don't need ruin and lies, your touch is death"

by Jamie Carson
19 Jan 2017

Who is performing at Donald Trump's Inauguration Day 2017?

It's not exactly Live Aid

by Dave Fawbert
19 Jan 2017

Check out the exclusive euphoric new video from Tom Chaplin

Here's the promo for 'Still Waiting'

16 Jan 2017

David Bowie's most glorious rejections

Highly selective, and all the better for it

10 Jan 2017

The 17 albums you need in hear in 2017

Get your ears ready for these

by Dave Fawbert
09 Jan 2017

Can You Name 99 Songs From The 90s By A Single Video Screenshot?

09 Jan 2017

The KLF are coming back and this is why you should be excited

‘Transcentral, eternity, sheep’

by Dave Fawbert
05 Jan 2017

The biggest selling UK debut album of 2016 is pretty depressing

Even BRIT Award winner Jack Garratt couldn't top it

by Dave Fawbert
04 Jan 2017

This is the story behind that Bowie mugshot (and what happened next)

by Joe Ellison
01 Jan 2017