Teignmouth in Devon is not the most rock and roll town in Britain but 18 years ago that is where Matt, Chris and Dominic formed a band which went onto become one of the most influential and celebrated bands in British music – Muse.
With their sixth album The 2nd Law out on Monday (October 1) what better excuse is there to celebrate one of the UKs ultimate stadium performers than by asking you to up us pick two hours of music which reflects the breadth and significance of the band.
From the days they were known as Gothic Plague then Fixed Penalty followed by Rocket Baby Dolls to penning tracks for the Olympics there’s so much material to pick from as well as influences of the band, people they’ve inspired the show could be much longer than two hours – so we need your suggestions to be good ones.
* From Uno to Madness there’s a ridiculous amount of Muse singles, as well as B-sides, album tracks and rarities you could pick
* How about some of the band’s influences? Nirvana, U2, Jeff Buckley, Queen etc etc
* And what about Radiohead. Bellamy has gone on record saying “they don’t do much for him” but can you hear a bit of the Oxford band in their material?
* People Muse have sampled in their tracks such as Air, Billy Idol and Rage Against the Machine
* Or do you fancy one of the Vitamin String Quartet covers of Muse?
These are just some ideas – the power is actually in your hands so we want your suggestions with your reasons ahead of Sunday’s show which you can send us by leaving a comment on this blog, commenting on our Facebook page, Tweeting us using #Muse6Music, sending us an e-mail or adding a track to our collaborative Spotify playlist.
This Sunday we have none other than Ben Folds taking control of Now Playing via Twitter - and he needs your help to pick the music.
There was a collective cheer when Ben Folds Five announced that were regrouping to make their first album together in 12 years. The result is The Sounds Of The Life Of The Mind which has been released this week and if you haven’t heard it in full yet, you will have certainly seen the amazing video for Do it Anyway featuring the Fraggles.
So Between 6-8pm on Sunday night on BBC Radio 6 Music, Ben Folds will be on Twitter controlling the station for two hours. He’s going to pick a few tracks which he loves to get the ball rolling but after that he wants your suggestions of what to play. You’ll be able to interact with him in real time on the night about what music he should play using #BenFolds56Music.
It could be:
* Your favourite Ben Folds or Ben Folds Five tracks
* People he’s collaborated from Regina Spektor to Ben Kweller or even William Shatner!
* The music he listened to when growing up – Elton John, Billy Joel etc
* Artists he’s covered like The Cure, Snoop Dogg or The Divine Comedy
*Other piano maestros
It’s up to you (and Ben) so let him know what you think he’ll like by leaving a comment on this blog or our Facebook page, drop us e-mail us, add a track to our collaborative Spotify playlist or Tweet using #BenFolds56Music.
If you a Ben Folds Five fan make sure you're listen to 6 Music at 6pm UK time on Sunday!
Next Monday The xx release their sophomore album Coexist, the eagerly awaited follow up to their game changing debut LP.
It’s been a crazy 24 months for the band since their eponymous debut won the Mercury Music Prize in September 2010. Their music has become ubiquitous, sound tracking films, TV shows, smokey late-night clubbing sessions and much, much more. In addition Jamie xx has become one of the world’s hottest producers, working with Drake and reworking the whole of Gil Scott Heron’s final LP.
To celebrate the release of Coexist - which you can stream in full at the xx website - the band have recorded an exclusive session and interview with Steve Lamacq which will be broadcast on Monday September 10. So to get you in the mood, this Sunday on Now Playing @6Music we’re asking what would you put on the ultimate xx playlist?
It could be:
* B-sides, rarities or your favourite tracks from the band’s debut
* Remixes and samples of xx tracks
* Fellow Elliott School alumni, such Hot Chip, Burial and Four Tet
* Your favourite We’re New Here reworks, or indeed Gil-Scott Heron originals
* Non Gil-related Jamie xx remixes, such as Florence and The Machine’s You Got The Love or Adele’s Rolling in the Deep
* Acts they’ve inspired, including SBTRKT
* Acts they’ve toured with, such as Friendly Fires, The Big Pink, and Micachu and The Shapes
As usual you can shape the playlist by leaving a comment on this blog or on Facebook, Tweet us using #xx6Music, e-mail us or drag a track into our collaborative Spotify playlist.