St. Vincent's Space Oddities Playlist

Annie Clark picks 10 tracks she'd play at a "dinner party on the moon"

May 13, 2014 3:35 PM ET
St. Vincent, RS 1209
St. Vincent
Illustration by Jody Hewgill with Balvis Rubess

"I'm always trying to reach through the time-space continuum and bring something from the future to the present," says singer-guitarist Annie Clark. "These are the songs I would play if I was invited to a dinner party on the moon. I'm imagining all the artists floating a little bit."

How St. Vincent turned naked walks and Ambien trips into her new album

1. "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" (Nina Simone, 1969)
This is such a great, funny, poignant song. She sounds like she's on Percocet and acid or something. Once in a while I'll get this song in my head, and I love it.

2. "In the Fog (I, II, III)" (Tim Hecker, 2011)
Tim Hecker makes music that feels like how the universe behaves. I've been opening my shows with his music. This would make a good soundtrack to the cosmos.

3. "Nomus Et Phusis" (Stereolab, 2000)
This song is from an EP that was the first Stereolab music I bought – probably because I had just enough money for an EP at the time. It was made around 2000, but it sounds like French space music from the Sixties.

4. "Here Come the Warm Jets" (Brian Eno, 1974)
The opening melody always makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It's like I can feel the rush of an airplane taking off overhead. It's so beautiful and sad.

5. "Pick Up" (Solex, 1999)
Solex is a Dutch artist who makes very alien pop. She owned a record shop, and she'd take records home and make these sound collages.

6. "Afro-Harping" (Dorothy Ashby, 1968 ) This is such a vibe-y song. It's a record to listen to with candles lit, lying on a fuzzy, cozy carpet.

7. "New Slaves" (Kanye West, 2013) This song definitely sounds like it's from the future and the past – just the texture and the color of it, and the spaces in it.

8. "Age of Adz" (Sufjan Stevens, 2010) Such a brilliant, colorful, alive, futuristic record. When Suf wrote it, he was inspired by this outsider artist named Royal Robertson, who was obsessed with fire-and-brimstone Christianity and spaceships.

9. "Space Oddity" (David Bowie, 1969) The obvious choice. The thing about all Bowie records is that they're melodic enough for a little kid to like them, but then they age with you. They grow in intimate complexity as time goes by.

10. "Yaylalar" (Selda, 1976) So psychedelic! It's an old Turkish folk song that this singer made really funky.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

My Favorite Music Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

More Song Stories entries »