My Record Collection - May 15, 2017

My Record Collection by Joey Negro
by Tom
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My Record Collection by Joey Negro

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 DJ Joey Negro, let's see what he chooses for us...

 

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

 

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

"Definitely not the coolest record to have owned but I’m fairly sure it was Gary Glitter 'I Love, You Love, Me Love'. I actually much preferred his earlier more up-tempo hits 'Hello, Hello' and 'Leader of the Gang' but it wasn’t until this point I decided to spend my pocket money on one of his singles. The first album I bought was the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which I got via one of my mum’s mail order catalogues."

 

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

"I recall hearing Sweet's 'Blockbuster' on a Friday evening kids TV show Crackajack. It’s a poppy glam rock track produced by the hit makers of the genre Micky Chin and Mike Chapman. I like the fact the band all had long hair and wore makeup. I very optimistically tried to make a guitar in the shed later that night out of an old piece of wood. I soon compromised that the guitar would be for my Action Man, but even that was beyond my capabilities in the end."

 

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

"MFSB's 'K Gee which features on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, the first album I bought, so I played it a fair bit from that. Though it wasn’t actually my favourite track at the time. Since I started DJing and playing house it’s always been an old school cut that worked well in a house set, one that people seem to know but isn’t an overplayed disco cliché. Then more recently I got hold of the multitrack and have reworked it for my next Remixed with Love album, so having done the remix I probably heard it another couple of thousand times, plus I’m now playing the remix out."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is...

"There have been many records over the years that have made me feel good, the question is how long they keep having that effect. Some songs you love for a day or a week but then their magic seems to wear off. One of my musical heroes is Rod Tempterton, the super songwriter from Cleethorpes who wrote ‘Rock With You’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Give Me the Night’. So I’m choosing his composition ‘Razzmattazz’ which was released by Quincy Jones featuring Patti Austin on vocals."

 

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

"Don Carlos's 'Alone' is one of my favourite house records: an Italian production from the early 90s that’s based around a particularly nice chord progression. It always lifts my mood."

 

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

"This is Miss Kimberly's DJ Girl is a beautiful subtle song from the 80s about a female disc jockey trying to make it in the male-dominated DJ world. The lyrics are very thought-provoking. Flip it over for the equally poignant 'My Boyfriend Is A Communist'."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

"Lonnie Smith’s Afrodesia has a magnificent gatefold sleeve. Very colourful and African-inspired illustration that is quite psychedelic with many themes within the picture. Vinyl obviously has more scope for these sort of detailed illustrations."

 

The record with my favourite title is...

"Ha! This is 'Gordon is a Moron' by Jilted John has to win this award, not very poetic I know but neither words Gordon or moron feature is many song titles, so respect for getting them both in one. I remember my dad walking in the room when this was on TOTP and saying “This is absolutely appalling!”."

 

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

"There’s plenty of records that fit that bill. Most tech house, commercial EDM style dance or anything featuring Pitbull will generally make me turn off the radio, TV etc. A record from the 80s that really used to annoy me back then is Aztec Camera's 'Somewhere In Uy Heart'."

 

The last record I bought was...

"It was a rare UK 45 by London Jazz 4's Song for Hillary' on Polydor. I found out after I bought it that its actually on iTunes, but has never been reissued on CD."

 

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

"I believe there is a new album from Chicago house producer Ron Trent coming soon, which should be a treat. I really liked his last album Dance Floor Boogie Delites from 2011."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"There isn’t one for me; there are loads and loads of records I love and wouldn’t say are any better than each other. On this occasion I’ll choose Change featuring Luther Vandross 'Glow Of Love' s an example of an amazing record that has everything."

 

You can check out Joey Negro's back catalogue here in hmv's online store. He plays Southport Weekender festival on Saturday 10th June at Finsbury Park. 

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