My Record Collection - June 27, 2016

My Record Collection by Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson
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My Record Collection by Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Ed Robertson, singer/songwriter with Toronto pop/rock dandies Barenaked Ladies, let's see what he picks out...

 

You can check out some of Ed's selections in this playlist...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was...

“My parents played CFGM exclusively in the house and in the car. We listened to Tom T. Hall and Conway Twitty on eight-track, and when it came time for me to plunk down my hard earned $4.98 on my first LP, it was Kenny Rogers, The Gambler. I learned to play the title track, and ‘Coward of the County’ on guitar. Pretty dark for a kid in the 5th grade!”


The record that made me want to be in a band was...

“Though my parents subjected me to non-stop country music, my older brothers fed me non-stop ROCK! The first real standout for me was Rush's Exit… Stage Left. It's the record that made me want to be in a band. My older brother Bill took me to see them on the next tour (Signals) and I was hooked.”


The record I've played more than any other is...

“I tend to binge listen on records. I will listen to the same record OVER and OVER for most of six months to a year. Last year it was City and Colour's The Hurry and the Harm, then Danny Michel's Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me. Lately, it's been Foy Vance's Joy Of Nothing. More than any other? Ever?! I think I wore out Peter Gabriel's So when it first came out.”


The record that always makes me feel good is...

“When I just want to chill out and feel good, I'll put on Mike Doughty's Haughty Melodic. I've always been a big fan of Mike's since the Soul Coughing days."


The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is...

“If I need music to pull me out of a funk, I often turn to Crowded House. Beautiful melodies and interesting production. Woodface is one of my faves. ‘Weather With You’ from that record is beautiful. I have no idea what it means... but who cares?!”


The record I think is the most underrated of all time is...

“Most records by most Canadian bands haven't received the attention they deserve. Certainly not outside of Canada. Rheostatics, Whale Music. Lowest of the Low, Shakespeare My Butt, Joel Plaskett's Lightning Bolt. Anything by Odds. ‘Someone Who's Cool’ should have been a SMASH hit single.”


The record with my favourite cover art is...

“Whale Music by the Rheostatics had a profound effect on me. They were making it while BNL were making Gordon, and we worked with the same producer (Michael Phillip Wojewoda). I was too inside Gordon, so I never listened to it. Instead, I became obsessed with Whale Music. It's a masterpiece. The dark and strange painting on the cover was created by Rheos singer/guitar wizard Martin Tielli. I fell in love with it, and the original still hangs on my wall.”


The record with my favourite title is...

“It's pretty tough to beat the title of Phish's live record set, Hampton Comes Alive, recorded in the Hamptons. A play on one of the most successful live records of all time, Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive.”


The record I can't understand why everybody loves is...

“I've tried hard to understand Kanye West. There is some interesting production all over his records, but I can't find a single interesting lyric. Maybe I just can't separate his bizarre personality from his music. I just cannot get into him.”


The last record I bought was...

“The last record I bought was Danny Michel's Click Click. I'm a huge fan, and I'm loving his latest. I played the hell out of Dan's last record, and this one has moved quickly in to heavy rotation for me.”


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing is...

“The next Barenaked Ladies record... now I just need to finish writing it! In the meantime, Foy Vance just released something new that I'm looking forward to digging in to.”


The greatest record of all time is...

“It's pretty tough to argue against several Beatles records. Sgt. Pepper's is a near-perfect record. Greatest of ALL TIME though?! The Police made a pretty sweet record with Synchronicity. Prince's Purple Rain is quite good. Jeez. How about Neil Young's Harvest?! How could anybody choose ONE record? I think it's impossible. I can't do it.”

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