My Record Collection - September 13, 2016

My Record Collection by Keane's Tom Chaplin
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My Record Collection by Keane's Tom Chaplin

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 we turn to Keane frontman Tom Chaplin, who is currently preparing to release his first solo album, let's see he chooses...

 

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


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

"This was the Top Gun soundtrack. I don’t even remember if I’d actually seen the film but I was obsessed with Take My Breath Away by Berlin! Living in the middle of nowhere, the only record shop was actually the local Friday-Ad. Cassette tapes were the order of the day back then. My Mum and Dad had bought me a ghetto blaster from Boots. So there I was, living in the countryside aged 8 playing the Top Gun soundtrack on a cassette bought from Friday-Ad blasting it out of a Boots ghetto blaster. I was not cool."

 

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

"This is Revolver by The Beatles. I started to get into The Beatles in my early teens. Not only did I fall head over heels in love with the music but I was obsessed with the story of how they changed the world. I read books like Revolution In The Head. I wanted to emulate these musical heroes so I started writing songs, bought a guitar, a little keyboard and a Fostex 4 track recorder. From that point on I wanted music to be my destiny."

 

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

"I'd say Absent Friends by The Divine Comedy. In my humble opinion, Absent Friends is a faultless record. Every song demonstrates an artist at the peak of his songwriting powers. Neil Hannon is a master craftsman - there is never a dull moment. He has to be one of the finest lyricists ever to grace popular music. My particular favourites on this record are 'Our Mutual Friend' and 'Charmed Life', which is a song I would kill to have written myself."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"A Different Ship by Here We Go Magic. Producer Nigel Goodrich plucked these guys from obscurity on a tip from Thom Yorke. He helped them to shape one of the most beguiling records I know. There’s a real wit and charm to the more uptempo songs like 'How Do I Know'and a dreamy, psychedelic quality in songs like 'Alone But Moving' and 'Over The Ocean'. It’s a record that offers a surprise every time you go back to it."

 

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

"I'd say Hats by The Blue Nile. There’s a warm, nostalgic comfort in The Blue Nile. Their songs paint beautiful pictures of love and city life. When I feel low I sometimes look for something to take me out of myself and transport me to another place. Hats is my favourite of their records - I did a cover of 'The Downtown Lights' during the Keane days. I think their lead singer Paul Buchanan and I have quite similar voices; in fact I asked him if he’d co-write with me on my solo record. Paul is notoriously hard to pin down but we booked in a few days and I was massively over-excited. Sadly, he bailed on me in the 11th hour. I still hope that it might happen one day, although maybe it’s best not to meet your heroes. I might end up a quivering wreck..."

 

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

"This is Time Being by Ron Sexsmith. Ron is a real songwriters songwriter! He’s released many albums, all with the hallmark of beautifully crafted songs. He has the ability to make a turn of phrase and a simple chord progression sound so original and so natural. I’m very envious. Time Being came along at a time in my life when I was experiencing some real difficulties - the songs really helped me to see that I needed to be patient. He seems to have a very wise view of love and life."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd were renowned for making iconic album covers and this is my favourite one. Storm Thorgerson created an image that reflected the idea of how people fear that they might “get burnt” for showing their true feelings. The record was intended as a tribute to their friend and former bandmate Syd Barrett who had been lost to mental illness and drugs and I think the cover reflects this beautifully for me."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Different Class by Pulp. This was one of my absolute favourite records of the Britpop era. Jarvis Cocker has an ingenious way with words. There’s an ambiguity to the title Different Class. On one hand a kind of bragging (although perfectly justified) reflection of an album filled with killer songs but also an indication of the gritty working class drama that underpins the songs."

 

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

"I wouldn’t want to make judgements about other people’s tastes…so I’m not going there on this one! However, I will say that I never got The Police."

 

The last record I bought was...

"This is Grey Tickles, Black Pressure by John Grant. I heard 'Down Here' on the radio and was seduced by his unique sense of melody and his witty take on the misery of modern life. I saw him at Glastonbury this year and he was clearly very overwhelmed by the love in the tent. Stylistically he’s very adventurous, which makes for great records and great live shows."



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

"Beck, Kings Of Leon and Martha Wainwright all have records coming out. I’m looking forward to all of those. And, of course, this is the year my own solo record finally makes it into the big wide world, which is something I thought might never happen. I can’t wait to hear what people think."



The greatest record of all time is…

"It's OK Computer by Radiohead. In terms of the ambition, scale, musicality, production and performances, this record is untouchable. That’s all that needs saying really. If you haven’t listened to it then I envy you. When I fell in love with it my life changed forever."

 

Tom Chaplin's new album The Wave will be released on October 13th and is available to pre-order on the right-hand side of the page. 

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