My Record Collection - August 15, 2016

My Record Collection by Ed Harcourt
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My Record Collection by Ed Harcourt

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 singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt, let's have a look inside his collection...

 

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

 

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

"In the late 1980’s I joined a monthly music club that would mail out a free cassettes every month. I never received anything of any value. It was usually something heinous like Johnny Hates Jazz. I mean really?? But the first cassette I bought with my hard earned cash was the Best of the Eagles. 'Hotel California' is a creepy song and still haunts me to this day like a hellhound."

 

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

"To be honest I think the record that made me want to play music was Low Self Opinion by the Henry Rollins Band. I remember listening to it at school and feeling quite empowered by it and joyfully aggressive. However I think Nirvana’s Nevermind was the record we listened to the most. That had a huge effect on all of us."

 

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

"I’m afraid it’s probably Closing Time by Tom Waits. Makes you feel like you’re in a different era, as great timeless records can do."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"I'd say Anything by Ruben Gonzalez and Tapestry by Carole King."

 

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

"Personally I think there’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to slithering and wallowing in one’s own fetid misery. For me the Rick Rubin produced records by Johnny Cash in his twilight years are perfect for this. Especially 'Hurt'."

 

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

"The debut record by Gravediggaz. Doesn’t seem to be one of the better known hip hop records. One of my favourite albums ever."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"The Beatles - The White Album. Incredible."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"This is SPARKLEHORSE - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot."

 

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

"'Lovely Day' by Bill Withers. I don’t know why but it makes me nervous & nauseous when I hear it. Like the first day of school or something. I love everything else that he’s done but this song I’m afraid is in detention on a Saturday and should remain there until further notice."


The last record I bought was…

"I'll say the Under The Skin soundtrack by Mica Levi. Sublime. Inspiring."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2016 is…

"This is Wild Beasts' new record. From what I’ve heard it sounds like it’s gonna be a killer."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Neutral Milk Hotel's In An Aeroplane Over The Sea. This album is the work of a true eccentric genius, Jeff Mangum. The first song I heard was the King Of Carrot Flowers which had me hooked instantly. I was on tour in the US and listened to the record almost every day for about a month. There is not one bad song on this record, it has everything. The music is beguiling and otherworldly, the lyrics are startling and moving, his melodies are truly wonderful and go places you wouldnt expect and it stays with you long after you’ve listened. There’s moments of tenderness and sadness mixed with this almost ominous and lopsided tuba and bowed saw that makes you feel like you’re on an old boat at the turn of the century. A truly perfect album in my humble opinion."

 

Ed Harcourt's new album Furnaces is out on Friday (August 19th) and is available to pre-order on the right-hand side of the page. 

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