There’s more to life than music. In our Show & Tell series, artists talk us through some of their other interests. Solo producer and one half of Bent, Neil ‘Nail’ Tolliday explains his love of space noises and guinea pigs.

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NASA Voyager Space Sounds – ‘Jupiter’

These are obviously not the exact sounds you’d hear if you were stood next to Jupiter (where to start about what’s wrong with that scenario), but the electro-magnetic recordings of the magnetic field. Fascinating and terrifying in equal measure.

Guinea Pig noises

I love guinea pigs. I have two at the moment (Hilary and Belinda), but I’ve had nearly 20 at various times over the last six or seven years. I love cats as well – in fact I’m pretty soft with all animals really. I kinda prefer them to most humans.

Ren & Stimpy – ‘Insomniac Ren’

Probably my favourite cartoon series ever? I can identify with both Ren and Stimpy‘s struggles in their respective lives. I chose this episode as it’s one of the darker ones, and I’m a bit “happy helmet”-ed out.

Watoo Watoo – ‘ep1’

Along with hearing Jean-Michel Jarre’s ‘Oxygène Part IV’ on the radio and the soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange which my dad used to scare the shit out of me with, Watoo Watoo was also where I first developed a taste for the sound of synthetic strings through a phaser pedal. And the cartoon’s mental as well.

Brian Clough

I support Nottingham Forest and Brian Clough is a football genius. End.

Tim Vine – ‘Flag Hippo’

Hard to really explain this, just watch it. Tim Vine is a one-liner god, but this is just strange.


Nail’s U-Dubs album is out now via Bandcamp. Find him on Facebook and SoundCloud.

31st July, 2015

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