Six Songs of Me: Kele Okereke

The Bloc Party frontman picks the songs that mean the most to him as part of our Six Songs of Me project

1. What was the first song you ever bought?

No Need to Argue – The Cranberries

I bought it for my sister one Christmas. It was a bit embarrassing, though, as she bought me the whole album. They were the first band I saw in concert. It was at Wembley Arena and I went with my best friend and our mums.

2. What song always gets you dancing?

Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads

It's got a really infectious rhythm that always makes me want to move. The last time I heard it was in New York, where I've been living, at a minimal techno dance party; it shouldn't have really worked but it did.

3. What song takes you back to your childhood?

Everlong – Foo Fighters

It reminds me of summer holidays during my A-levels. At sixth form college I fell in with kids who were really into music. We would sit in Woodford Green, near our school, getting drunk, and my friend Matt would play Everlong on his acoustic guitar. There is something so yearning about the initial chord sequence. It still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

4. What is your perfect love song?

God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

The admission that however intense the feeling of love you're experiencing might not last, but at this moment it is all that is keeping you going – that's a beautiful idea. The tone, his voice, the arrangement: it's a perfect pop moment. Nothing is superfluous.

5. What song would you want at your funeral?

Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story) – !!!

I saw !!! at 93 Feet East and I'll never forget the way the room responded to that song. I would want people's last memory of me to be something that makes them smile, but more than making them laugh, I'd want to make them dance.

6. Time for the encore. One last song that makes you, you

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Hounds of Love – Kate Bush

The first time I heard it I was sitting in a reclining sofa. As the beat started I was transported somewhere else. Her voice, the imagery, the huge drum sound: it seemed to capture everything for me. As a songwriter you're constantly chasing that feeling. I learned that recording should be about capturing drama as succinctly as possible so it can be translated to other people.

• Listen to Kele's six songs and join in the project by telling us which songs mean the to most to you at

• Bloc Party's new album Four is released 20 August


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