A Good Read A Good Listen and a Good Drink, Ben Cook, Wild Smiles

It’s a simple yet sublime pleasure, and just thinking about it can make you feel a little calmer, a little more content. Imagine: You bring out one of the good rocks glasses (or your favorite mug or a special occasion tea cup) and pour a couple fingers of amber liquid (or something dark and strong or just some whole milk). You drop the needle on the jazz platter (or pull up a blues album on your mp3 player or dig out that mixtape from college). Ensconcing yourself in the coziest seat in the house, you crack the spine on a classic (or find your place in that sci-fi paperback or pull up a biography on your e-book reader). And then, you go away for a while. Ah, bliss.

In this series, some of NTSIB’s friends share beloved albums, books and drinks to recommend or inspire.


Wild Smiles are from Southampton, England; this is the video for Fool For You, which is a perfect song for a summer crush and/or driving around in a convertible with the top down, and will probably get stuck in your head like it got stuck in mine.

And now, I’ll turn the floor over to Ben Cook (drums; on the right, in the picture below) of Wild Smiles, who joins us today to share a favorite book, record and drink.


Photo by Steve Gullick

Photo by Steve Gullick


A Good Read

As I’ve tried to avoid reading as much as possible since Literature A level, the book I’ve most enjoyed is Life, by Keith Richards. Seemingly an honest and surprisingly well remembered account of Richards’ and the bands’ road to success through to present day, close and not-so close shaves with the law, writing and recording and telling John Lennon the bathroom tiles are in fact not spinning. A recommended read for anyone interested in music not just Stones fans.

A Good Listen

Ty Segall -- Melted (2010) -- Skull-fucking San Francisco garage rock with catchy choruses, one of the first albums collectively loved by the band and a regular soundtrack in the van. Opening track Finger is a firm favourite.

Ty Segall Band - 'Finger'

A Good Drink

Wild Smiles are fuelled by Diet Coke.

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