While I was writing Untidy Towns I put together this playlist for inspiration and prompts and all that fantastic getting-into-the-heads-of-characters stuff. Available as a playlist on Spotify, if you’re keen. (Except Frankie’s Gun!, which doesn’t exist over there, but you can listen to here.)

Untidy Towns, The Lucksmiths (You can watch Beyond the Bathroom Choir perform a version of this song at the Untidy Towns launch.)

Little Bit of Something, Little Red

Home, Darren Hanlon

Fear of Flying, Dan Sultan

The Ostracism of Vinny Lalor, Darren Hanlon

Penn Station, The Felice Brothers

Shirtless Sky, The Guild League

Heartbeat Song, The Futureheads

Silvery Sleds, Army Navy

Animals, The Guild League (It was the first line of this one I needed: “Clouds of feathers, fleece and foam/Halfway to my childhood home…”)

She moves in her own way, The Kooks

A New England, Billy Bragg (Have you heard this duet with Billy and Kirsty MacColl?)

One Horse Town, The Thrills

17 Summer, The Guild League

She Cuts Hair, Darren Hanlon (This is how I imagined Addie’s parents probably met … but of course they actually get together.)

Hesitating Beauty, Billy Bragg & Wilco

Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again, Bob Dylan (The Cat Power version from I’m Not Here is amazing.)

Atlantic City, Bruce Springsteen

Summer Towns, The Lucksmiths

Tmrw vs Y’day, The Lucksmiths (“And on your left/Is all that’s left of the bowling green/A town without a football team…”)

A Sobering Thought (Just When One Was Needed), The Lucksmiths

The Winter Proper, The Lucksmiths

River, Joni Mitchell

Katie Dear, The Felice Brothers

All When We Were Young, The Felice Brothers

Steeps and Hollows, Sodastream

Who’s Never Seen the Sun, The Smallgoods

Gold Canary, Cloud Control

Slideshow, Rufus Wainwright

King of the World, First Aid Kit

Frankie’s Gun!, The Felice Brothers

Angry Anymore, Ani DiFranco

The Swimming Song, Loudon Wainwright

The Loaf, Darren Hanlon (Perfect if you’re after a poetic Christmas murder ballad, because who isn’t)

How to Make Gravy, Paul Kelly

Fairytale of New York, The Pogues

T-Shirt Weather, The Lucksmiths

Nightswimming, REM

Constructive Summer, The Hold Steady

Me and Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin