From Mac DeMarco's favourite tracks - The Guardian (September 6, 2015):
The record that made me feel different at school
Ask by the Smiths (1986)
At high school, people generally liked the same music I did, but when I started getting into the Smiths everybody was like: “Dude, why are you listening to this crap?” I was like: “Fuck you guys!” I remember playing this song in a car with some jock girls who liked hanging out with me for some reason – probably because they didn’t feel intimidated – and they just didn’t give a shit. Which is too bad, because it’s a really catchy, beautiful song.
Canadian musician, singer, songwriter and producer, born 30 April 1990 in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada. Changed name to Mac DeMarco from 'Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV' at age 5 after his mother's maiden name (Agnes DeMarco). Released Bandcamp and cassette releases under the alias Makeout Videotape (which also included Alex Calder for live performances) prior to signing w/ Captured Tracks and going by his real name.
MacBriare Samuel Lanyon DeMarco (born Vernor Winfield MacBriare Smith IV; April 30, 1990) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He has released five full-length studio albums, his debut, 2 (2012), Salad Days (2014), This Old Dog (2017), Here Comes the Cowboy (2019) and Five Easy Hot Dogs (2023). He additionally released the mini-albums Rock and Roll Night Club in 2012 and Another One in 2015, along with the compilation One Wayne G in 2023. His style of music has been described as "blue wave" and "slacker rock", or, by DeMarco himself, "jizz jazz".