My Record Collection - September 18, 2017

My Record Collection by Fink
by Tom
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My Record Collection by Fink

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 Fink, let's go digging...

 

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

 

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

"This was Raiders Of The Pop Charts – Volume 1. It had a picture of a guy dressed as Indiana Jones on the cover and Volume 2 came free with it…"

 

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

"Radiohead's OK Computer. I saw them live at South Park and I knew immediately that the whole DJ thing was over for me and that that was what I wanted to be a part of, maybe not singing, being a roadie would have been cool too, but just wanting to see that show over and over again."

 

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

"I'd say John Lee Hooker's That’s My Story. I own the original USA first edition in Mono. It’s one of my most treasured possessions and certainly one of my rarest. I prefer to play from the original rather than the re-issue, which I used to DJ with, just because the original has a story behind it. It went from Memphis to New York and then to me and now it lives in my Berlin home in my Holy Grail crate."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"I'd chose Amayenge's Shani. This is Zambian music that got introduced to me by the late, great Peel when I was a teenager. It was released on Womad records in the late eighties and there’s a joy and a melancholy in this music that is just unique."

 

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

"P.I.L's Public Image Limited. No idea why."

 

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

"Malcolm McClaren's Duck Rock. A sense of humour is totally underrated in records these days. This album is ground breaking in so many ways. It changed everything and I think it’s one of the best records made in the 20th century."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I'd say Jimi Hendrix's Axis. I got my gatefold copy in New York. Please, I beg you, don’t listen to the re-mastered CD version. It sucks. It’s as sacrilegious as re-writing the bible…"

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Cattle Decapitation's Monolith Of Humanity. It just is."

 

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

"Neil Young's Harvest. I’ve got it and I like it but I just can’t work out why this record was so monumentally huge. It’s a great record but I don’t get why it was considered by so many as being so awesome."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Siouxsie And The Banshees' Scream. It’s the original 1981 version with inner bag. Gotta love discogs. I recently read this fantastic book Good Night and Good Riddance about the John Peel show over the years and I read he played the whole album in its entirety on his show when it was released. I had to get it in my life." 


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

"Bjork's new one. Between me and my wife we must own everything Bjork has done over the years. We are big fans and we travel a lot to see her play. Her virtual reality exhibition was a delight and I’m really looking forward to whatever she does next. It’s, pure honest writing and inventive perspectives on what production should be. I can’t wait!"


The greatest record of all time is…

"The Rolling Stones' Paint It Black. To me this is possibly the greatest record of the 20th century. I recently read that they don’t even own it. It was sold in some murky deal when they needed the money back in the day. They don’t need to in a way though, I don’t actually own a copy of it either, we all do. It is so important that it belongs to all of us – a gift to humanity from one of the greatest bands ever."

 

Fink's Resurgam is out now and available here in hmv's online store. 

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