(10 for 2013!) Quickfire Questions #41: Oscar Manthorpe of Theme Park

By on Thursday, 20th December 2012 at 1:00 pm

On Monday we posted a q&a with Oscar Manthorpe of Theme Park, the band you voted to the #4 spot on the 10 for 2013 TGTF readers’ poll. Oscar also was so kind to answer the TGTF Quickfire Questions as well. What song does he raise a cup of tea to when he needs to calm his nerves? Keep reading…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Stumblin’ In’ by Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman. My family used to dance to it around the table every Sunday morning.

What was your favourite song as a child?
I remember always loving ‘In My Arms’ by Nick Cave. Still do, in fact.

What song makes you laugh?
Frankie Valli, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’. A guy did the single most bizarre rendition of it in the bar of an Indonesian hotel, and since then we’ve developed a little dance to remember the moment.

What song makes you cry?
Probably ‘Hallelujah’ by Jeff Buckley. Manly tears for Buckley.

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.)
Something like ‘Wake Up’ by Arcade Fire. Euphoric in a kind of adolescent way, but also fairly exhausting and a little bit ridiculous.

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.)
‘The Lark Ascending’ by Vaughan Williams. That and a cup of tea is very calming.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Across 110th Street’, Bobby Womack. It just doesn’t make sense – I don’t understand how you could write something that good.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Maybe Capote for books and Thom Yorke for music.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Probably trying to scrape together some kind of career in film.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Neil Young, ‘After the Goldrush’. His voice might end up driving me insane, but wherever that record is feels like home.

Thank you Oscar for your help answering these questions. And thanks also to Adam for making this possible.

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