Mon 17th August

ELEVEN Tracks According to JORDANLUCA

Text   Dino Bonacic

Merging their dual backgrounds, the Italo-British fashion duo shares the ultimate playlist that represents their eclectic designs with equally eclectic sounds.

If you had to trace some of the most challenging experiences of sharing a living space with someone during lockdown, what would be on the top of that list? Maybe it’s the fact that you have to look at the other person every day? Or perhaps you were forced to discover their horrendous cleaning habits? It might also be the fact that neither of you had access to your favourite Pret and instead had to make your own tuna melt toasties? For fashion collaborators and partners Jordan Bowen and Luca Marchetto, the most trouble was caused by having to share the sound system in their abode.

One Brit, one Italian buth both absolutely definitive about their taste – how else could it have gone? Luckily for all of us, their lockdown music battle didn’t end up with the break-up of Jordanluca but the birth of a playlist that represents the duality of their world, exclusively shared with Agency ELEVEN Studio. Five songs each plus a collaborative choice rounding things off. Hit it boys! 

Prisecolinensinainciusol by Adriano Celentano 

LUCA: “Adriano Celentano is a stature of classic Italian music, but this song is beyond genius. In Italy in the 1970s there was an explosion of Anglomania and people started listening to English and American music as it became ‘cooler’ than actual Italian music. Adriano Celentano came from a very poor family and didn’t have the education to understand or speak English so in order to sound “cool” he wrote this song which means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Every single word of this song as well as the title is purely invented to just sound English with a few “alright” thrown in between – the only English word he knew. This song is not any language and it doesn’t mean a thing.”

Pale Green Ghosts by John Grant

JORDAN: “Calming and deeply unnerving.” 

Io Sto Bene by CCCP Fedeli alla linea (“I’m fine”)

LUCA: “I love this song because it seems completely out of place. This is not a sound nor a rhythm that exists in Italy – it’s a form of strange Italian punk that somehow managed to work. Once and only once.”

Special Needs by Placebo

JORDAN: “I met my first boyfriend when I was 16 in the London Astoria club (which is now a train station) and Placebo always reminds me of him. We met in the middle of a sweaty dance floor and I remember him and his friends all draped in black, refusing to dance to Kylie in this sea of hyped up homos. They took me back to his house and when we got inside there were lyrics to the whole Placebo back catalogue written all over the walls and furniture. The next morning, he wouldn’t let me leave the house until I was dressed in black and had eyeliner on.”

Lamette by Donatella Rettore (“blades”)

LUCA: “Donatella Rettore is one of the first women who brought punk into the Italian music scene. She was our female version of David Bowie or the Artemisia Gentileschi of Italian punk-rock music. In the song, she sings about being fed up of asking you to give her a blade so she can snip her veins, and, if you want, she can snip yours after. Her character is not the only reason why I love her but because I discovered I was gay thanks to her.”

Why’d Ya Do It by Marianne Faithfull

JORDAN: “The lyrics are legendary and were written by Heathcote Williams in the late 1970s just after Marianne’s voice severely dropped after she took loads of drugs. Post dealing depression and attempted suicides, she hit heroin hard and eventually ended up homeless and destitute but she reclaimed herself with her 1979 album Broken English in the most vitriolic comeback ever. The song is a salacious spew of abuse to raspy reggae and one of my favourite songs ever.”

Un Giudice by Fabrizio De André (“a judge”)

LUCA: “Fabrizio De André, I can just stop here. He was a genius, a master of Italian words who always spoke about simple people and their stories. Un Giudice tells the story of a little person and is a song of dark revenge. De André died of throat cancer in his late fifties in 1999 and the whole country stopped in silence. A photo of him without a cigarette is a rarity…”

It Seemed the Better Way by Leonard Cohen

JORDAN: “I find a lot of his music really self-indulgent but this would be the perfect track for my biopic.”

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel

LUCA: “Let’s start by saying that Handel is my favourite composer. He created this piece for the Solomon libretto. I mean, if you have to arrive somewhere, isn’t this the best piece they can play for you? It’s just triumphant.”

Corporate Cannibal by Grace Jones

JORDAN: “Another legendary comeback – as if Grace ever really went away. This whole album is genius and Tricky on production is fire.”

Common People by Pulp

“We both love this one and have a special affinity for the lyrics too as we’re commoners living in council flat grandiosity. We dance, we drink, we screw – because there’s nothing else to do!”

Top image: UGLY/BOYS III X Jordanluca by Ed Little & Nick Offord