Quickfire Questions #95: Edward Ibbotson of Life in Film

By on Friday, 21st August 2015 at 11:00 am

London-based indie rockers Life in Film are currently touring America on their first headline tour of the country. Guitarist Edward Ibbotson took some time out from touring to answer our Quickfire Questions.

What song is your earliest musical memory?
When I was a kid we used to go visit my family up north and we only ever seemed to have these three tapes, the Beatles Red and Blue albums and Mozart’s Requiem.

Dad would put the Beatles on until the kids finally fell asleep then Mozart when he got the chance. My mum used to try and slip Phil Collins in every now and again but my dad got wise to her and put a stop to it….much to my later regret.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Phil Collins – ‘Something Happened on the Way to Heaven’. [Ed and I are clearly kindred spirits. – Ed.]

What song makes you laugh?
John Shuttleworth – ‘Two Margarines On The Go’. It’s a band favourite. It brings up all life’s big questions.

What song makes you cry?
Neil Young – ‘Philadelphia’… like a child with a grazed knee.

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…?
Chaka Demus and Pliers – ‘Tease Me’. It was Carly Hockley’s 12th birthday party. There were a lot of rewinds going on for this one. Me and Carly were dancing close, similar to Baby and Johnny in Dirty Dancing.

We were too young to fully understand what it all meant. For ‘Carly’, it would later turn out to mean lesbianism. For me, a deep seated love of light reggae pop.

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.)
Chaka Demus and Pliers – ‘Tease Me’. My childhood was robbed that night.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Jonathan Richman – ‘That Summer Feeling’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Stephen Merritt.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Phil Collins.

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.)
John Betjeman – ‘Banana Blush’.

Thanks to Ed from Life in Film for answering our Quickfire Questions, and best of luck for the rest of the American tour!

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