My Record Collection - February 7, 2017

My Record Collection by Black Foxxes' Mark Holley
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My Record Collection by Black Foxxes' Mark Holley

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 Black Foxxes' mainman Mark Holley, let's see what he selects for us...

 

Check out a selection of Mark's picks in this playlist...

 

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

"My first genuine purchase was something like Oasis - Definitely Maybe, I would have been too young to really know what I was buying. But it was one of those that Dad backed sorta thing. I remember learning the songs by ear on guitar and pretending I had written them when I went to school. I also did this with Craig David, mum must have thought my producing skills were unparalleled given that I said I recorded it on a Tony price tape player..."

 

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

"There definitely wasn't one particular record that made me want to spend my life in music, it was an accumulation of many different records. My dad blaring out Neil Young made me want to perform, My mum playing me Bowie made me want to be different, both my parents playing The Beatles made me want to write songs. And then Hendrix, well Hendrix made me pick up the guitar..."

 

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

"That’s so tough, maybe Neil Young's Zuma, or quite possibly Coldplay's Parachutes actually. That stands up incredibly well over time and I can't think of much else I've listened to more. There's just something about that record, from the moment you play it you can just feel there's something special about that band. I'd have loved to have been in the music industry when that was circulating, I'm pretty sure everyone around them would have known they were onto something global."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. Is there a bad song on Rumours? Can you listen to 'Go Your Own Way', 'Dreams' or 'I Don't Want To Know' without dancing erratically and singing your heart out? I sure as shit can't, one of my favourite albums of all time. I feel amazing every time I put this record on."

 

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

"Joni Mitchell's Blue. This is a really tough one, I've always felt very differently about downbeat music. It picks me up, getting everything off your chest is an awesome feeling and I feel that from just listening intensely to low mood records. Blue is just effortlessly beautiful. It literally doesn't get any better."

 

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

"I really wanted to be a d**k and put my own band here, but if we're being real, it's Pavement's Wowee Zowee, I have no words for how much I love this album. It has it all, it takes me back to being a teenager wanting to live out The OC as an offbeat, British version of Seth Cohen, I never got into a lot of indie, but this is for me how indie should sound. It literally has it all. 'Grounded' is flat out one of the best indie rock tracks ever recorded. It's all perfect."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"This is Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon. The classic image, a cover that will never lose its place. I'm a sucker for simplicity, it just so happens to be one of the greatest albums of all time too."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"I could easily have chosen Floyd for this too, Dark Side Of The Moon is so f**king cool. What imagery! But, I'm going to go with The War On Drugs – Lost In A Dream. Mainly for the reflection that title has on the music. One of my favourite releases from the past 10 years, the whole album feels like a surfy dream that bobs and weaves as it entices you in its sonic magic. I'm not entirely sure what I just said, but that’s how it makes me feel!"

 

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

"I'll have to bite my tongue on this one."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away What an absolutely incredible album. I'm new to Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, but Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are easily two of my favourite people in modern music at the moment. The guys radiate talent, I've watched so many of their live shows on youtube that I've lost count, and their movie scores are just something else. This, in my opinion, is how music should be played, storytelling at its finest."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…

"I don't really follow upcoming releases that much, albums tend to just creep up on me. After doing a bit of research it's too hard to pick one, so these excite me a lot. At the Drive-In, Grizzly Bear, The Shins, Ryan Adams, Gorillaz, The National, Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros. Holy crap, if all these come out next year, 2017 is going to be ridiculous!"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Ok, I'm the most indecisive guy ever. I've managed to get through this interview listing off my favourite albums anyway so I shouldn’t be leaving too many off the list. It's two for me. The best rock album is Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf and the best alternative album is Arcade Fire's Funeral."

 

Black Foxxes' debut album I'm Not Well is out now and available here in hmv's online store. 

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