My Record Collection - December 6, 2016

My Record Collection by James Hersey
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My Record Collection by James Hersey

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 rising singer-songwriter James Hersey, let's see what he chooses...

 

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

 

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

"This was Michael Jackson's 'They Don’t Care About Us'. I was only eight at the time, but my dad was so happy I didn’t want to buy The Smurfs that he started giving me a little allowance to save up until I had enough to get the CD at Virgin!"

 

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

"This was definitely The Ataris - Blue Skies, Broken Hearts, Next 12 Exits. Those guitar riffs and vocal melodies pushed me to start writing my own songs and get some guys together to make noise in our basement."

 

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

"I know I’m only supposed to pick one, but it’s absolutely a tie for me between Darwin Deez’s self-titled debut album and Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. These gave me the courage to mix electronic and acoustic influences in writing, and not be afraid to push boundaries in production."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"My feel good record is definitely Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. Not all the songs are necessarily happy tracks, but I always could feel the freedom and joy they had in making those tracks when I heard the album."

 

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

"The record I turn to when I’m feeling down is Racine Carree by Stromae. I’ll admit I can’t understand all the lyrics, but the confidence in his production and vocal performance are second to none when it comes to pushing myself out of a bad mood."

 

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

"My most underrated record of all time for me is Beatenberg's The Hanging Gardens Of Beatenberg. Everything from the writing to the instrumental and vocal performance on this album is brilliant, and even though they’ve got quite a few fans I think a band like this deserves to be known everywhere."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"My favourite album cover is Terrapin Station by the Grateful Dead. I’ve just always enjoyed the cuteness of those dancing, jamming turtles."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"My favourite album title is by NOFX - So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes. It’s just such a perfectly understated punk rock title, and it helps that it’s a Douglas Adams reference. I had a lot of fun reading those books as a kid. Also that album is incredible."

 

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

"I really can’t understand how so many people can love Oasis - (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?'. Maybe I just don’t get Oasis overall, but the fact that this album gets so much love has always bummed me out."

 

The last record I bought was…

"The last record I bought was Frank Ocean - Blonde. I think it was a hype thing, but I really felt like I needed to get it as soon as it came out. So I did. And I was not disappointed."

 

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

"My most anticipated album for next year is probably SOHN - Rennen. He’s English, but he came up in my hometown Vienna and in a weird way I’m proud of that. Can’t wait."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"If I had to choose a greatest record of all time, and clearly I do, then I’d most likely pick The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It goes through so many dimensions of instrumentation and songwriting, so many different moods and themes, it just never gets boring to me."

 

James Hersey's new single 'Miss You' is out now and available here in hmv's digital store. 

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