BIGkids, aka Mr Hudson and singer Rosie Bones, made their low-key debut last year with the video for ‘Drum In Your Chest’. Just under twelve months later, this week they release their debut album, ‘Never Grown Up’. On Thursday they also head out on a UK tour, which will make its way to London’s Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on 17 Oct.
To mark all these goings on, we asked Mr Hudson to put together a playlist for us, which he did in fine style. Here’s what he had to say about his selections: “It’s been a summer of industry chez Hudson. The main focus has been finishing the debut BIGkids album ‘Never Grow Up’. It’s essentially an album of boy/girl-duets, so here’s what we’ve been listening to for inspiration. Duets can be heartbreaking and amusing at the same time. They’re mostly golden oldies, because duets don’t seem to be that common these days. Maybe that’s one of the reasons we wanted to make a whole album of them. But let me know @mrhudson on Twitter if you have some good examples of newer duets”.
MR HUDSON’S TEN
Click here to listen to Mr Hudson’s playlist in Spotify or listen via multiple sources on Tomahawk, and then read on to find out more about his choices.
01 Bobby Womack & Lana Del Rey – Dayglo Reflection
The production here drew me in first (I believe it’s Albarn on the buttons). This track is beautiful and Bobby’s still got it. And Lana does her Hollywood starlet thing. This ticks so many boxes.
02 Frank & Nancy Sinatra – Something Stupid
There have been other versions but this is the one. Sweet and cool.
03 Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – Islands In The Stream
A massive reference for us. We might have to dress up as these two for the next video.
04 Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up
It just sounds amazing. Theatrical and yet so simple. She manages to smash it in her first three words.
05 David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street
The best thing about this is the video. Two peacocks trying to push each other out of the frame. It also looks like they’re about to snog at one point. It’s brilliant and a bit embarrassing at the same time.
06 Bing Crosby & David Bowie – Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy
Again the video makes this with its intro dialogue, but it’s up there with our favourite Xmas songs. Such an unlikely pair.
07 Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé – Barcelona
Massive. Imagine if Freddie had done more operatic stuff. He was immense. I wasn’t a fan as a kid but I’m starting to realise that he was in a category of his own. The kind of talent that would dismantle a modern TV talent show. Everyone else would pack up and go home.
08 Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave – Where The Wild Roses Grow
Always been a Nick Cave fan (particularly ‘The Boatman’s Call’) and this gives Kylie an interesting darker moment. Not a bad tune either. Love the restrained production. And the video is class.
09 Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
This feels like a duet. Really catchy. I’m looking forward to learning more about these.
10 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
Two greats. I could happily have done a playlist of just jazz standards or showtunes, but this one will have to for now!