“I feel like we’re the underdogs,” Brix Smith Start says of her new band, Brix & The Extricated. Their album, Part 2, is out now and they’re gearing up to spend the second half of 2018 touring, but there’s always time for some crate digging… “These are all songs that have inspired me to write,” Brix explains. “My ‘go to’ or ‘how to’ list…”

Jonny Cash – Hurt


“Cash’s version is even more moving than Trent Reznor’s original, which shows just how well the song was written. Cash was able to tap into the despair, which resonated with his own suffering and life experience.”



The Clash – The Guns Of Brixton


“I picked Guns Of Brixton as it is this song that gave me my name. I consider The Clash to be a punk band, but it was their use of reggae, ska and rockabilly that excited me as a teenager.”



Beck – Loser 


“Beck’s Loser helped me to experiment in my own songwriting. It gave me the courage to do so, and broke a stranglehold of my preordained, dogmatic thought processes.”


The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations 


“It addresses spirituality in a nondenominational way, that’s palatable to the masses. It feels good to listen to because, well, its sound vibrations are so good… and that’s no accident.”



N.W.A – Fuck Tha Police


“Quite simply, N.W.A get me in the mood… for the studio, that is. I listen to Straight Outta Compton on repeat before I go into the studio to record. Fuck Tha Police says it like it is.”



The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog


“Possibly one of the best riffs ever written. So good, it carries the entirety of the song on a head-banging, filthy tidal wave of groove.”



Crosby, Stills & Nash – Suite: Judy Blue Eyes


“My mother had great taste in music. I pillaged her record collection. As a child, this was my favourite song. I learned to sing three-part harmonies from CSN.”



Eagles – Hotel California


“The listener is completely immersed in the story of the song and is taken on a six-and-a-half-minute journey into alternate reality, similar to being engrossed in a great book.”



Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit


“A masterclass in chorus writing. This is how to do it, and this song is my benchmark. When the chorus comes in, it’s so uplifting, I feel as if I might explode. This song just smashes it in every way.”



The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps


“George Harrison’s guitar becomes both the vehicle and the metaphorical subject matter of the song. He creates an atmosphere of beautiful sadness, coupled with longing and veiled hope.”