May 21, 2012

Sticking to the favourite things theme this excerpt from  a 2006 article shows that David has, for the most part, great taste in music.  Beverly Craven - YIKES!

"In fact, it would take the Dr Who star to admit that he owns an album by, oohh, Beverley Craven, say, the gobsmackingly tedious singer-songwriter of whom the best that can be said is she is not Dido.  

'Actually, I have two Beverley albums,' blushes Tennant, his facial hair partially concealing his red cheeks. 'I have the eponymous one that I fall back on if I'm in a bad way, and I also have the album that came out after that. Love Scenes, I think it's called.' He hangs his head in shame. 'Now that is too Radio 2 even for me.'

Reborn, Tennant spent his teenage years in Paisley, where he was energised by Scotland's 'white boy soul groups', chief among them Love and Money and Hipsway. Later, he fell for fellow Scots Simple Minds' bloke-rock, which led him to, first, U2 then, strangely, the Housemartins. Crucially, Hull's finest were, like Tennant, socialists.

'That certainly helped, yeah,' he nods. 'But what particularly appealed to me about them was their punk sensibility. That and the fact that, you know, they made great tunes.'

Tunes are everything in Tennant's universe. Tunes are why he prefers Hard-Fi to the White Stripes; why Coldplay's album X&Y is far superior to Radiohead's recklessly adventurous Kid A; why Avril Lavigne is great and R&B is rubbish.

He has little reason to feel downcast today, having earlier received in the post the new albums by Morrissey, the Flaming Lips and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The Morrissey one, particularly, he has high hopes for, convinced as he is that the great man's solo sets are, by and large, better than his efforts with the Smiths. His favourite album, though, isn't Mozzer's Viva Hate but Sunshine on Leith by folk-pop pair the Proclaimers, the slightest mention of whom prompts superlatives galore. 

 'I proselytise about them whenever I can because they're a great band who are ignored by too many people,' he says. '[Little Britain's] Matt Lucas is a big fan, actually. It was very liberating finding someone who I could talk about them with because it was like a secret.'

As for Beverley Craven, Tennant's search for a fellow fan goes on.

'Now she is more of a guilty pleasure,' he concedes. 'But,' he adds, desperately trying to distance himself from her, belatedly aware that he has divulged too much, 'I haven't had a Beverley moment in some time, you know.'" - Paul Mardles - Observer Music Monthly - June 17, 2006