Quickfire Questions #36: Matthew Healy of the 1975

By on Friday, 19th October 2012 at 5:00 pm

We sent our Quickfire Questions over to Matthew Healy, the frontman for up and coming Manchester band the 1975, and I have to say, I’m starting to see a trend here with young bands. For one, a lot of them have fond memories of Michael Jackson. But Matthew also has fond memories of the ’80s, as you shall read…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
I dunno what the actual first one is. I was busy just being a kid I reckon and hadn’t quite acquired my knack of immediately embracing such moments. But listening to ‘Love Man’ by Otis Redding in my dad’s car – that was pretty important. I just remember, when I heard the “co co co co cos I’m a LOVE MAN!!” I just thought, “what the fuck is that!?!” He was like Elvis to me.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Man in the Mirror’ – Michael Jackson. I had a video of him live on the ‘Bad’ tour. That song, live in Bucharest, is still my favourite.

3. What song makes you laugh?
Our whole first record we put together when we were 15. That’s pretty funny. It’s ridiculously heavy. But also pretty cool retrospectively.

4. What song makes you cry?
‘I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You’ – Colin Hay.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Oingo Boingo – ‘Weird Science’. If you haven’t heard it – it’s the soundtrack to the movie of the same name. Every time I hear it it takes me back to the first time I saw Kelly LeBrock. She was my first love I reckon. Proper fit she was.


6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘Siberian Kiss’ by Glassjaw. I was one of them kids who used to say they found hardcore music ‘beautiful’ as opposed to it being simply aggressive. But that’s daft because I listen to it now and it just makes want to get in a scrap.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Oh, that’s too hard. Probably ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ by Bonnie Raitt. But that answer will change by the hour.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I would like to say Kerouac. On The Road was a big influence on me at the time, as I imagine it is on a lot of impressionable 19-year olds. The whole air of decadence and ‘blazing about’ really inspired me as a person. But I’ve grown up a bit to find it all a tad serious and self aware. Nowadays I’d say it was between Roald Dahl and Mike Skinner.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d probably be one of them blokes selling roses on Brent Cross roundabout.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
Our debut album. It is sounding pretty good to be fair.

Many thanks to Matthew for answering our questions and Joel for sorting this for us.

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5:12 pm
22nd October 2012

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