Following the success of the last playlist on Tyneside band, Little Comets, it seemed to be a good idea to follow-up the playlist series with a few more bands in mind now.
This time it is the turn of a band that had close ties with my previous choice, The 1975.
From Manchester, U.K.,The 1975 are a four-piece band who despite the pop and zealous boy band image these days, started most of their releases with black and white photos and explored a plethora of themes of youthful discretion in sex, love, dark thoughts of those around them.
According to frontman Matt Healy, the influences of their music are acts like Prince and Michael Jackson, which if not evident in their self-titled first album, certainly is in their second “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.”
2012 was their breakthrough year, releasing both the “Facedown” and “Sex” EPs on UK label Dirty Hit, thus putting them on the map with tracks like “The City” gathering radio airplay.
Their third EP “Music for Cars” brought their most popular single ‘Chocolate’ to the music critics’ attention. Their self-titled debut long player arrived soon after and catapulted the band even further with a 2 year long World tour.
For now, the band are out on the road in the US promoting their second album, which gave them a number 1 in both the UK and US charts. Their previous tours were usually two sets of venues ranging 800-1500 in capacity. But The 1975 have world domination in their sights and the arena shows on this tour are a vision of what they hope to achieve.
The playlist below represents tracks from all EPs and albums, but the EPs have been included on the deluxe version of the debut album, so do not fear, the mix is all-inclusive and should truly reflect essential tracks of The 1975.