100 influences and inspirations. 14 March 2016 From Pina Bausch to Kim Kardashian

We like to think of ourselves as an inspired bunch here at The Corner Shop. So after reading Sleepwalk Collective’s top 100 influences on their work, we couldn't resist putting together our own list(s). It was an intentionally broad brief and our entries range from films to books to tiny moments in everyday life which are idiosyncratic to each person. Let the eclectisim commence.


  • Almost Famous
  • Robert Lepage (esp Tectonic Plates)
  • Pina Bausch (esp Rite of Spring)
  • Britten’s Sea Interludes
  • Cy Twombly (esp Quattro Stagioni)
  • Bjork (even the unlistenable stuff)
  • Four Quartets
  • Crowlink
  • Ben and Frank
  • Lunch on the terrace at La Colombe d’Or


  • Patti Smith
  • Rock climbing
  • My mum
  • Frida Kahlo
  • The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel
  • Marina Keegan
  • Lemn Sissay
  • Lena Dunham’s tattoos
  • Avocados
  • California


  • The view from Waterloo Bridge
  • Elle Woods
  • Dario Marinelli’s soundtrack for Pride and Prejudice
  • Rachel Khoo, and specifically her Little Paris Kitchen cookbook
  • Daffodils
  • The final harmony in ‘One Day More’ from Les Miserables
  • All the Pre Raphaelite red heads
  • Vincent Van Gogh’s use of blue
  • The Boboli Gardens in Florence, especially right at the top of the hill as you look down
  • The way Parisian girls wear red nail varnish


  • My ancestors
  • Pubs in the summer
  • Food
  • Conan the Barbarian (the Arnold Schwarzenegger version)
  • MA Fine Art at Edinburgh University
  • Nature
  • Wishbone Ash
  • The Grizzly Bears
  • Tim Burton’s Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure
  • Lazy weekends


  • My Granddad
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • ‘Wrong Song’ - Nashville
  • Khloe Kardashian’s ‘K’ tattoo
  • ‘Love Will Stand’ – Memphis the Musical
  • Anything salted caramel flavoured
  • Tiffany and Co’s Eternity collection
  • Tyre flipping
  • Snow leopards at Central Park Zoo
  • Room Porn’s Instagram feed


  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
  • My wife’s cooking
  • Paul Giamatti in Sideways
  • Karekare beach, New Zealand
  • My Raleigh bicycle
  • Cheese, in all its forms
  • Northumberland
  • My daughter’s laugh
  • ‘San Diego Serenade’ by Tom Waits
  • The first time Sean Connery said ‘Bond, James Bond’


  • Judy Garland in Ziegfeld Girl
  • Graham Norton
  • The back catalogue of Kander and Ebb
  • The slow vibrato of Leona Lewis
  • The rain against a train window
  • The Carpenters singing ‘Rainy Days And Mondays’
  • Shady Music Facts (@musicnews_shade)
  • The crack in the top of a nicely baked sponge
  • Batter my heart (Holy Sonnet 14) by John Donne
  • Gogglebox


  • Nora Ephron
  • Mel Brimfield’s This is Performance Art at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2011
  • Cinderella’s Eyes by Nicola Roberts
  • Neil Kinnock’s speech to the Labour Party conference in 1985
  • Helen McCrory
  • Sally Wainwright
  • ‘Someone To Drive You Home’ by The Long Blondes
  • Mad Girl’s Love Song by Sylvia Plath
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Mr Burns by Anne Washburn


  • The newspaper columns of Myles na gCopaleen, aka Flann O’Brien, aka Brian O’Nolan
  • The Frick Collection, New York
  • Gary Barlow’s eyebrows
  • Louis MacNeice’s Autumn Journal
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Damian Lewis’ portrayal of Soames in The Forsyte Saga
  • An excellent break-up email I once received
  • The knowingly pretentious lyrics of Neil Hannon and The Divine Comedy
  • The English Bible and the Seventeenth-Century Revolution, by Christopher Hill
  • Pointillism


  • Claudia Winkleman’s fringe
  • Sussudio by Phil Collins
  • The Holy Loch
  • The quest to find the perfect green tea
  • Woody and Lol
  • Alice Meaning
  • Lauren Laverne holding her sh*t together on the day Bowie died
  • That Iggy Pop is inexplicably still alive
  • Trainers at the end of my bed when I wake up
  • I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke 

Please let us know your own influences and inspirations in the comments or on Twitter @TCSPR

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