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Mark Wells’ Desert 5

The title should actually read – Mark Wells’ Desert 6, because try as he might, Wellsy just couldn’t bring himself to narrow the selection of albums he couldn’t live without down to 5. 

For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, Mark Wells is a local singer/songwriter with an emphasis on writing memorable tunes and delivering energetic performances. He’s earned a swag of awards, has received radio airplay and has amassed a legion of dedicated supporters. His desert 5 list includes some surprises and showcases the vast array of inspiration he draws from.

Achtung Baby – U2 | The first album I ever bought at a record store. And it’s the album that’s most under my skin. Could be number 1. It’s there somewhere in everything I do musically.

What’s the Story Morning Glory – Oasis | This is the album that hooked me… I couldn’t put the guitar down after I heard this one. It sounds magnificent to me still, from beginning to end.

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 – Midnight Oil | Power, passion, boundless energy, and anthemic songs with a message. One of the most unique sounding albums ever.

Talking to the Taxman About Poetry – Billy Bragg | This guy is my hero. He makes you laugh, he makes you cry… all with one electric guitar and a few extras. His unique take on the world didn’t come together any better than on this album in my opinion.

Revolver – The Beatles | Their best in my opinion. I reckon it’s their sharpest, most together collection, often overlooked in favour of another album you may have heard of, Sgt Peppers. The song Tomorrow Never Knows changed my life.

AM – Arctic Monkeys | I’d need to take something from this decade, and it would have to be this one. Every post a winner. Fat riffy rock with the catchiest hooks you’ve heard, and a ever-so-subtle simmering hip hop influence.

You can find out more about Mark by visiting his website at or download his music from iTunes at