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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:58 UK time, Wednesday, 9 January 2013


This week Stuart Maconie welcome the mercurial talent that is Scott Walker onto the Freak Zone for an hour long chat about his new album Bish Bosh. To celebrate this rare interview, we thought why not warm up by asking you to pick the Ultimate Scott Walker Playlist?

Celebrating his 70th birthday this week, Scott unique voice has seen him take a fascinating career path from sixties pop star to acclaimed experimental musician, via producer and soundtrack composer. Whilst some of his later work certainly errs on the challenging (lest we forget that on 2006’s The Drift he used slapped sides of meat as percussion), Walker remains a fascinating and unique talent, revered by a whole generation of contemporary musicians.

This Sunday we want you to fill the playlist between 7-8pm with Scott Walker related material. It could be:
* Your favourite tracks of his either as The Walker Brothers or solo work
* Some his 60s contemporaries, maybe Andy Williams, The Everly Brothers or The Standells?
* People he’s worked with from Pulp to Nick Cave and Bat for Lashes
* Or acts who have been directly influenced by him like The Last Shadow Puppets, David Bowie, Radiohead and The Divine Comedy

We’ve also asked The Quietus to pick half-an-hour of music between 6.30-7pm – you can read their interview with Scott here.

As usual you can shape the playlist by leaving a comment on this blog or on Facebook, Tweet us using #Scott6Music, e-mail us or drag a track into our collaborative Spotify playlist.


  • Comment number 1.

    Surely Jacky should be the first tune on? Driving beats and trumpets with as fast a delivery as you could want. Happy birthday Scott!

  • Comment number 2.

    Amsterdam please

  • Comment number 3.

    I'd like to hear Jolson & Jones, terrifying but brilliant, and a perfect demonstration of just how far ahead of the pack Scott is creatively. Happy Birthday!

  • Comment number 4.

    You could play The Day The Conducator Died from Bish Bosch because this 'Xmas song' is a brilliant highlight of Scott's modern work.

  • Comment number 5.

    1. Favourite Scott song: 'My Way Home' flip of 1971 single 'I Still See Someone'

    2. For a Scott Walker contemporary how about Gene McDaniels who recorded 'Another Tear Falls' in 1962. The Walker Bros covered it in 1966 (check out this great footage of Gene McDaniels performing Another Tear Falls fom the UK movie 'It's Trad, Dad'...which also featured Gene Vincent! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhyVoX1GPHM)

    And (3) finally to hear Scott's influence one need look no further than my near neighbour Simon Warner who's album 'Waiting Rooms' was cruelly ignored on release in 1997. You could do a lot worse that play it's title track.

  • Comment number 6.

    Top of the Pops:
    Montague Terrace in Blue
    Plastic Palace People
    Boy Child
    It's Raining Today
    The Bridge

  • Comment number 7.

    From the Scott era; The Bridge, Rosemary, Come Next Spring, Rhymes of Goodbye and maybe World's Strongest Man.

    From the 'avant-garde' era; Bolivia '95, The Electrician, Psoriatic, Bouncer See Bouncer, Track 3, Sleepwalker's Woman and Epizootics!

  • Comment number 8.

    Such a small love
    Angels of ashes
    No regrets
    Funeral tango
    Farmer in the city
    Jean the machine is pretty damned funny
    I could, like most of you, go on and on...

    Influences - contemporaries?
    Marc Almond comes to mind
    I agree with the Gene McDaniels post. Great song.

  • Comment number 9.

    Favorite: worlds strongest man
    60s contemporaries: Dusty: if you go away.
    People he’s worked with: John walker (as he produced his solo single).
    directly influenced by him: Julian Cope

  • Comment number 10.

    JP says to y'all = c'mon boys lets face it, its us "in love with love" chappies that really get Mr Walker and as such there is only one song that reeeeeally satisfies. "ON YOUR OWN AGAIN" aaaaaaaaah me ickle 'eart pops a pickle to that thar number

  • Comment number 11.

    Its Raining today
    The Amorous Humphrey Plugg
    The Rhymes of Goodbye

    All the above songs i consider as Scott's best for painting pictures with words,

    other notable tracks:
    The old man's back again
    The Windows of the world
    If you go away

    Must admit, Scott's modern stuff doesn't really do it for me, but i do respect his originality.

  • Comment number 12.

    I agree with Testify. I bought Simon Warner's Waiting Rooms without having heard it, I believe from a review (maybe the Guardian?).

    One gem from 'til the band comes in that often seems to get missed is Cowbells Shakin'. The track is only 1 minute 6 seconds long - but in that short time Scott paints a vivid picture of the travails of a migrant who is struggling to succeed.

  • Comment number 13.

    I wrote an article here that has 10 of the best Scott Walker influenced tracks including My Life Story, Simon Warner and more https://www.brandish.tv/2013/01/09/ten-of-the-best-scott-walker-influenced-tracks-julian-cope-my-life-story-jens-lekman-and-more.html

  • Comment number 14.

    New songs for Scott's playlist would be 'Epizootics', 'The Day The Conductor Died', 'Sleepwalker's Woman', 'Rosary'.
    Older songs would be 'Archangel' a really brilliant song (please ask Scott if he got his 'angel' at christmas', 'Turn Out The Moon', 'I Will Wait For You' 'A Young Man Cried' and 'Tell Me (Your Coming Back To Me). Also 'No Regrets' the bathroom version lol.
    Please wish Scott a belated Happy Birthday and I hope he got his card and to keep on with his dream as he is a brilliant singer, songwriter and to always go with his gut instinct'.Thank you for everything.

  • Comment number 15.

    From the 60's: Rosemary, Angels of Ashes, Amsterdam, In My Room, Let It Be Me (duet with Dusty Springfield)
    Post 60's: The Electrician, Only Myself To Blame, Tilt, Cossacks Are
    Influenced/collaborative artists: Peter Broderick's 'Duchess' cover (or, alternatively, Neko Case's version), Pulp's 'The Trees', Bat For Lashes' 'The Big Sleep'

  • Comment number 16.

    The World's Strongest Man.......

    followed by Such a Small Love, Duchess, Farmer in the City, Let it Be Me (duet with Dusty Springfield), Living Above Your Head, It's Raining Today

  • Comment number 17.

    Many suggestions already listed, so will add:
    Where's The Girl
    Mrs. Murphy
    Such A Small Love (had to second this)
    Time Operator (you MUST play something from 'Til The Band Comes In, but not Long About Now, please)
    Dreaming As One
    The Cockfighter, or Patriot

    Thanks, I will be tuning in from San Diego, California!

  • Comment number 18.


    Always coming back to you
    Big Louise
    Boy Child
    Plastic Palace People
    The Bridge
    Montague Terrace (in blue)
    Such a small love

    Influenced: PULP

  • Comment number 19.

    Thanks For Chicago Mr James
    Get Behind Me
    It's Raining Today
    Montague Terrace
    The World's Strongest Man

  • Comment number 20.

    The worlds strongest man

  • Comment number 21.

    - Montague Terrace (funny imagery, beautiful gothic vibes...)
    - Time Operator (gloom, groove and that dark humor)
    - If You Go Away (zero irony, full melodrama and heart)
    - Mathilde (just grand theatrical Brel stuff)
    - Jackie (same as above)
    - Plastic Palace People (inventive, lyrical, beautiful)
    - Rawhide (painfully ignored track from his ignored gem album Climate of Hunter)
    - 30 Century Man (brief, witty and dreamy)
    - Angels of Ashes (one of those utterly beautiful songs about angels Mr Scott Engel (get it?) Walker wrote. Just painfully beautiful.
    - Archangel (another angel riff from Scott and the Walker Bros. The powerful organ hints at the darkness that was to come in Nite Flights. An essential song in understanding the full arch of Scott's musical journey)
    - Boy Child (simply, my favourite of his songs)
    - The Old Man's Back Again (his finest bass line. Utterly groovy. Utterly, wonderfully dark)
    - It's Raining Today (the strings, the resonance...)
    - Nite Flights (the beginning of the Scott we know today)
    - Two Ragged Soldiers (sad, tragic, rich in imagery)
    - Farmer in the City (anthem grandeur, ghostly vocals)
    - Cossacks Are (only for the fearless music explorer)
    - The Electrician (his masterpiece)

  • Comment number 22.

    The old man's back again
    Farmer in the city
    The electrician
    New song from Bish Bosch "Dimple" bring great comfort to me.
    Scott's song sound like Haiku or Tanka.
    Thank you Scott!

  • Comment number 23.

    The Journey that Scotts career and music as traveled is insperational.
    His beautiful voice while he was still so young can be heard on What Do You Say, Which was recorded in 1962
    I also Love his Voice, In Archangel,,and particularly on the Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti from the album The Moviegoer.
    On The soundtrack from Pola X, I love the gentleness of Meadow and Light,. I love how his work is evolving, . How I would love to hear Bish Bosh in a theatrical setting. It has so much atmosphere.
    All I can say is a big thankyou to Scott for being so insperational in my life,and for bringing me in touch with so many good friends. I look forward to whatever his future work may bring. My very best wishes to Scott.

  • Comment number 24.

    Nite Flights by Bowie!

  • Comment number 25.

    Regarding the Scott Walker playlist for this evening, a couple of my favourites would be 'Thanks for Chicago Mr.James' (from Till The Band Comes In) and Sleepwalkers Woman from Climate of Hunter, would be good to hear these two which I don't think I have ever heard played on the radio.

  • Comment number 26.

    Would love to hear Montague terrace in blue
    Nite flights
    The Electrician
    Boy child
    Raining today

  • Comment number 27.

    Not the most well knowledgeable fan of Scot Walker's work but my favourite tracks of his would be

    Time Operator

    Farmer in the City

    The Ballad of Sacco & Vanzetti (admittedly it's a cover but in my opinion his version is much better than Joan Baez')

    Duchess (I actually like everything on Scott 4, but that would take up the whole hour)

    And being horribly obvious

    The Walker Brothers- Make It Easy on yourself

  • Comment number 28.

    Being a fan since the 60s I've seen Scotts music change so much, from the 60s my favourite song is Just say Goodbye...his voice on here is just great! From now his 'futuristic' music I like The day the conductor Died.

    Scott is definitely a 30th Century musician!!!!

  • Comment number 29.

    We Had It All has to be the best album he recorded!!


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