Stand Atlantic’s Bonnie Fraser: The 10 songs that changed my life

From the first song she ever heard to the track she’d like played at her funeral, this is Bonnie Fraser’s life in music.

Stand Atlantic’s Bonnie Fraser: The 10 songs that changed my life
Jennyfer J. Walker
Esmé Surfleet

Stand Atlantic singer/guitarist Bonnie Fraser strolls down her musical memory lane – a path strewn with lots to cringe and laugh about…

The first song I remember hearing…Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (1998)

“It was a song on this little tape we had lying around. I can still remember all the lyrics. When I hear it now it takes me back to being in my mum’s car, her driving and me thinking about all the stuff I used to think about when I was a young kid. I remember thinking about the woman’s life and imagining the song as her story.”

The song that reminds me of my teen years…The Offspring – Spare Me The Details (2003)

“I was in my first band. Those were the best times – we barely practised, really, we just hung out. The others played World Of Warcraft while I sat on my phone doing something else, and Spare Me The Details would be on repeat every day.”

The first song I learned to play…Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water (1972)

“I’m gonna have to say Smoke On The Water. Ugh! I’m cringing at myself. My dad taught me, and I remember sitting in our old kitchen as he was trying to show it to me – no chords obviously, just notes on one string! And it was that one riff that I’d play over and over. After that I got lessons and taught myself.”

The song that inspired me to be in a band…Good Charlotte – The Little Things (2000)

“This takes me back to our band practices again, and watching Good Charlotte’s Video Collection DVD. I remember bright red pants in the video, but I don’t remember who was wearing them. I was, like, ‘That’s pretty cool.’ It’s a really hooky song. I literally haven’t listened to it in years, but I can still remember how it goes. It’s such a classic pop song for little emos (laughs).”

The first of our songs I heard on the radio…Stand Atlantic – Coffee At Midnight (2017)

“It premiered on Australian station Triple J and we all got together at Jonno’s [Panichi, drummer] house to listen in. I remember the hosts praising it afterwards and it felt nice to know people were connecting with it.”

The song that reminds me of my first love…Angels & Airwaves – The Adventure (2006)

“I listened to it on the bus home from school one day and I thought I was so in love with this guy I was dating. Even though that’s so cringe. I think I was, like, 15 (laughs).”

The first song I moshed to…New Found Glory – My Friends Over You (2002)

“The first song I got in a mosh-pit for was New Found Glory, My Friends Over You, at Soundwave. My friend dragged me in, but I have no regrets because it was the best thing ever. I was definitely not prepared for the amount of pushing that would happen. I recall my friend’s head got stuck between two people’s armpits – that was weird. I haven’t crowd-surfed yet (laughs). I have a fear of it. I’m worried that no-one’s gonna catch me, or I’ll drop something, so I’ve never done it.”

The song that makes me want to cry…(Anyone) – Hallelujah

“This song makes me feel so emotional, no matter who sings it. It was played at a friend’s funeral when I was a kid – and he passed away really young, so it takes me right back there. It’s the meanest song to play at a funeral (laughs). No matter where I am, or what’s going on, it gets me – any version completely annihilates me.”

The song I’d like played at my funeral…Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow (1990)

“Maybe I should go for something happy? I have actually thought about this before, but I’ve never managed to settle on anything… until now. So, I’m gonna go for this cover of Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. He’s this Maoli guy who plays it on a ukulele. It’s so nice. And the video has a lot of views. Why would I pick that? Well, because now I finally have my funeral song sorted. It’s really cute, and I don’t think it’s that morbid. Or maybe it is… (laughs).”

This interview originally appeared in issue K!1733

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