My Record Collection - February 10, 2015

My Record Collection by Gang Of Four's Andy Gill
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My Record Collection by Gang Of Four's Andy Gill

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 Andy Gill, the driving force behind pioneering post-punks Gang Of Four, let's see what he's got for us...

 

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

"The first record I ever bought was Are You Experienced? by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. When I was around 12 or 13 I was pretty much obsessed with Hendrix. Looking back now I think I prefer the slightly later stuff like Band of Gypsies which was much funkier and groove orientated than the Jimi Hendrix Experience had been."

 

 

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

"The record that made me want to be in a band was Lou Reed's Transformer. Either that or The Rolling Stones' Let it Bleed or possibly Bob Marley and the Wailers' Catch a Fire. I'm not sure."

 


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

"Faure's Requiem. it's a mass for the dead, a choral orchestral work, from the end of the 19th century. it's very beautiful."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"The record which always makes me feel good is called "Presenting I Roy “, by I - Roy."

 

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

"I can't really listen to music when I feel down - it's not the right state of mind for me. I do other things like sit in a dark room or go for a long walk in the rain, you know, try and notch the misery up a bit."

 

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

"There are just too many to mention."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"My favourite cover art ? Well I'm afraid it's going to have to be Gang Of Four's first album Entertainment! because I did it myself with Jon King. The sleeve was the perfect reflection of the music on the record. It's funny, really striking and very fucking clever.

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Sorry about this, but I am going to have to go with Entertainment! After this record it sort of became fashionable to call things what they were so like Metal Box or Record, but Entertainment was the first and was a clever question, an invitation look at what it is that we think music is."



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

"I do not understand why people love records by Queen. They seemed to be making music for people with Attention Deficit Disorder. There’d be four bars nicked from some opera in 3/4, followed by six bars of incredibly cliched rock’n’roll, then you’d get three and a half bars of something pinched from Gilbert & Sullivan, or some calypso, reggae or Mozart, whatever."

 


The last record I bought was…

"The last record I bought was by Wild Beasts. It's fantastic - wonderful vocals and really imaginative sounds. Great videos too."

 


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2015 is…

"Bob Dylan singing Frank Sinatra songs (I haven't just imagined that have I?) it's a gamble, it really might not work." 

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"The greatest record of all time is the Velvet Underground and Nico. Oh hold on a minute, maybe it's Robert Johnson's The Complete Recordings. It's one of those two."

 

Gang Of Four's new album What Happens Next is released on March 2nd.  It is available to pre-order in store now. You can pre-order it digitally here. 

 

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