Guest DJ: Hear an Exclusive Playlist From MisterWives

MisterWives was one of 2014’s biggest breakout acts, and with good reason. Lead singer Mandy Lee and fellow bandmates Etienne Bowler (drums), William Hehir (bass) Marc Campbell (guitar), and Jesse Blum (a bit of everything) come across as more of a family of friends than a band, creating a fan base that desperate wants to be a part of the team, but will likely have to settle for playing hits like “Reflections” and “Hurricane” on repeat.

After reaching nearly 40 million streams on Spotify, the band has finally released their debut album, Our Own House, which is full of the type of upbeat pop gems that made us fall for them in the first place. To celebrate the release of their first full length, we asked Lee and her man band to send us some of the songs that inspired the album, which you can check out below.

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01. No Doubt – “ Just A Girl”

This song played a big part in writing “Not Your Way” a gender equality anthem about going against stereotypes.

02. No Doubt – “Different People”

It’s a wacky song that jams a bunch of genres into it. Its full of energy and has a ska/reggae influence that you hear in “Our Own House.”

03. Helen Reddy – “I Am Woman”

That is a childhood favorite, my mom used to play that record all the time. I think it’s a very powerful and empowering song of women for all walks of life. It was also an inspiration for “Not Your Way” and an inspiration to my life (Mandy).

04. Fleetwood Mac –“Landslide”

The lyrics are very raw and meaningful which is important to capture in writing. They are also a band we look up to!

05. Jimmy Cliff – “Many Rivers To Cross”

I don’t think there’s a song in this world more real than this song. It makes me cry every time I listen to it. When writing “Queens” I was listening to that a lot and helped telling my story. (Mandy)

06. The Beatles –“All You Need Is Love”

The message of the song really influenced us and The Beatles is a band that each of us looks up to. The style of the song helped us create the big band New Orleans-style breakdown during the bridge of “Not Your Way”.

07. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “My Lovely Man”

It’s the grooviest song there is. Its also our soundcheck song, a good uptempo guitar and drums, just good rock.

08. Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back”

The groove definitely inspired us – funky dance, soulful vibe. Also the lyrics are really similar to “Reflections”, an upbeat sad song.

09. Michael Jackson – “PYT”

A great dance groove reference and it also helped with the style in which all the vocals were sang – the call and response that was put in the album and a live show.

10. Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”

Super funky, super groovy, excellent horns and bass lines. Classic.

11. LCD Soundsystem – “Dance Yrself Clean”

The message of the song for sure, we are about dancing. The instrumentation of the song is also really fun. There are no guideline and its not in a box; it goes beyond what people hear on the radio. We try to make songs that continuously evolve like this one does.

12. Daft Punk – “Give Life Back to Music”

Very disco/funk. The lyrics and title say it all. And their helmets.

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