Ben Urdang

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A low-brow populist at heart, the first single he ever bought was by Bananarama. The second single he bought was also by Bananarama. However when he realised that his favourite chart on The Chart Show was the Indie Chart, he started to discover bands like The Sugarcubes, Happy Mondays and Momus. Growing up in the Britpop '90s he was drawn towards girl-fronted spiky guitar pop. His favourite single of that era was Elastica's Stutter. His favourite video was also Elastica's Stutter purely for guitarist Donna Matthews's constant startled bunny look. In fact, having developed a small crush on her, his most memorable gig moment was standing behind Matthews at the bar at a gig at the Electric Ballroom in Camden and positioning his foot under hers as she leant forward. As she stepped back onto his foot, she had no option but to turn around, apologise and unwittingly engage in conversation with her stalker. Music making the grade last time we asked him: LCD Soundsystem, Beirut, Metric, TV On The Radio and Arcade Fire. Albums he never seems to tire of include Bloc Party's Silent Alarm, The Cardigans' Long Gone Before Daylight and Lush's Split. He's worried that if he doesn't start liking Interpol soon, he'll be banished from musicOMH for good. Ben is on Twitter: @BenUrdang
Ben Urdang

Articles by Ben Urdang

Rufus Wainwright: “How many recording artists will put on an opera and put out a solo album at the same time?” – Interview (Music Interviews)
Festival Review: Field Day 2011 (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Main Square Festival 2011 @ Citadel, Arras, France (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
MEN @ Bush Hall, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Festival Preview: Primavera Sound 2011 (Previews)
Adele @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
London Gigs Diary: 18 – 24 April 2011 (Blog)
London Gigs Diary: 11 – 17 April 2011 (Blog)
Dazed Live @ Various Venues in Shoreditch and Hoxton, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
London Gigs Diary: 4 – 10 April 2011 (Blog)
London Gigs Diary: 28 March – 3 April 2011 (Blog)
Rumer @ Royal Festival Hall, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, Solange Knowles and Twin Shadow team up for charity single (Blog)
London Gigs Diary: 14 – 20 March 2011 (Blog)
London Gigs Diary: 7 – 13 March 2011 (Blog)
Glasvegas @ Heaven, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
London Gigs Diary: 28 February – 6 March 2011 (Blog)
Sea Of Bees @ Westminster Reference Library, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Jamie Woon @ Scala, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
London Gigs Diary: 21 – 27 February 2011 (Blog)
London Gigs Diary: 21 – 27 February 2011 (Blog)