Spilt Milk by Dead Frank’s Supersonic Milkfloat
One of the songs featured in Waiting for Gonzo. Dead Frank’s Supersonic Milkfloat are Oz’s favourite band, and sometimes their music is all that keeps him going through the tough times!
Boneyard by Cyclops Dog
Another song from the Waiting for Gonzo soundtrack. Dogs play an important part in the story and this is my favourite Cyclops Dog track.
Cigarette UFO by Cigarette UFO
The first song recorded for Waiting for Gonzo—a slice of sci-fi, pop-punk about alien abduction. Check out the video featuring tin-foil spaceships and dancing aliens!
Love Me Like You Kill Me by Prayer for Halo
A gothic anthem from Waiting for Gonzo by another one of Oz’s favourite bands. Get out the dry-ice and eye-liner for this one …
Talk Show Host by Radiohead
This became a bit of a theme song for 15 Days Without a Head. I think it echoes the mood and some of the ideas in the book.
Fortunately Gone by The Breeders
I wrote Magpie Soup, a short story for World Book Day 2013, inspired by this song. The story was a prequel of sorts to 15 Days Without a Head, about Laurence’s friend Mina hijacking her mum’s funeral!
Say Yes by Elliott Smith
I couldn’t have a playlist without some Elliott Smith! He was a genius, and this beautiful track is one I listened to a lot while writing 15 Days Without a Head.
Dissolving Clouds by Biosphere
I love music, but find it impossible to write while listening to songs with words. Over time I’ve compiled a playlist of instrumental tracks to keep me going through long editing sessions. This one always makes me picture Laurence on a bus travelling through a rainy Hardacre at dawn in 15 Days Without a Head.
Stand Up by The Prodigy
Writing is a lot of fun, but it can also be hard work. I put this on LOUD before I start work to get me geared up for a long writing session!
Humectez La Mouture by Stars of the Lid
Finally, another favourite from my ‘Wordless Writing Playlist’. A good friend introduced me to Stars of the Lid while I was writing 15 Days Without a Head and they have featured heavily on my playlist ever since.
Uprooted from his friends and former life, Oz finds himself stranded in the sleepy village of Slowleigh. When a joke backfires on the first day at his new school, Oz attracts the attention of Isobel Skinner, the school psycho – but that’s just the beginning.
After causing an accident that puts his mum in hospital, Oz isn’t exactly popular at home either. His older sister’s no help, but then she’s got a problem of her own . . . one that’s growing bigger by the day.
Oz knows he’s got to put things right, but life isn’t that simple, especially when the only people still talking to you are a hobbit-obsessed kid and a voice in your own head!
Packed with action, heart and humour, Waiting for Gonzo takes you for a white-knuckle ride on the Wheel of Destiny as it careers out of control down the Hillside of Inevitability. The question is, do you go down laughing? Or grit your teeth and jump off?