Belle & Sebastian have had a remarkable career over the nearly 20 years that they've been together. Over nine studio albums - and some equally revered EPs - they've developed an enormous and dedicated audience, attained an iconic status within indie music, and earned a place in history as one of Scotland's biggest musical exports.
The strong relationship that they have with their fans probably comes down to the fact that Belle & Sebastian are themselves fans of music - they understand how their audiences think, because they think that way themselves. Take, for example, The Bowlie Weekender, the festival they curated in 1999, which saw the group invite a mixture of influences and contemporaries (including The Pastels, Sleater-Kinney, The Flaming Lips, The Divine Comedy, Broadcast, and cult punk legend Vic Godard) to perform at Pontins Holiday Camp. The event was a precursor to another totemic indie festival, the All Tomorrow's Parties weekenders.
As such, we're happy to have the band on board to curate a selection for our popular 'The 10 best' series. Following the release of their latest album 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' earlier this year, and before the band perform at Spanish alternative music festival Primavera Sound, founding member Chris Geddes has contributed a guide to some of his favourite dance 45s.
"My favourite style of music to play while DJing is a mixture of '60s garage and psych, Northern soul, and gritty early funk," explains Geddes over email, "Here's 10 top tunes from my current DJing box."
Chris Geddes: "The record I've waited longest to find an original copy of. I became obsessed by the combination of New Orleans second-line breakbeat drums and fuzz and wah-wah guitar on hearing it back in the mid-'90s on a bootleg compilation."