February 25, 2014

My Record Collection by Lamb Of God's John Campbell
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My Record Collection by Lamb Of God's John Campbell

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 Lamb Of God bassist John Campbell to tell us all about his love of off-kilter South African rap...

 

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

"This would have been in 1983 and it was The Violent Femmes and the second tape I bought was Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry. I feel like a blend of those bands has got me where I am today."

 

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

"I can't pick out a specific record, but being in Richmond, at the time that I was. At that time it felt like the thing to do, the scene at that time in the city was something else."

 

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

"To answer this question, I checked out my iTunes and looked at what I'd played the most. Turns out it's Die Antwoord, all their records are what I've played the most. I'm obsessed with them."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"Again, it's Die Antwoord, I listen to them before we play and…'

 

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

"Die Antwoord always make me feel good when I'm not. They're very odd as a group, they're these rappers called Yolandi Visser and Ninja and a DJ named DJ Hi-Tek and they're incredibly musical and talented people. Some of what they do is in Afrikaans, which is quite difficult to listen to at first, but you can keep going back to them and hear different things."

I played it on tour and initially people hated it, so I stopped playing it because people kept bitching about it. But then, a few people were coming up to me and asking 'Hey man, what was shit you were playing?'. It's incredibly catchy, has hooks all over it and the flow, good lord, it's outstanding."

 

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

"Paul's Boutique by the Beastie Boys. Lots of people don't know this record and it's a real shame, it's an amazing record to go back to."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"There is a band called The Feeders, they're kind of Dead Kennedys ish punk band. They're kind of violent anarchists and are basically an American version of the Sex Pistols. They have this record called Ever Feel Like Killing Your Boss? and the cover had sandpaper on the outside so when you pulled it in and out of your record collection it would fuck up the other records. It's fucking genius! It's a really good record too, how could you not love a record with a track called 'Jesus Entering From The Rear'?"

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"There's this band from Richmond, Virgina called Bowl Ethereal and they have this record called Five Minutes. There's five songs on it, they're one minute long each other, it's very clever indeed."

 

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

"I'm not too big on disliking stuff, if I hear something and I'm not into it, I just tend to skip it. Saying that, I don't get the whole Grateful Dead, noodle jam thing, it just doesn't make sense to me."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger, that was an on tour purchase inspired by watching Walk Hard."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2014 is…

"I'm such a self-obsessed musician, I'm looking forward to seeing what we put together and how we go forward."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I've got two. I've gone for Led Zeppelin III and Houses of the Holy. That's about as good as it get for me. You've got to have The Beatles in there too of course, I really like the later stuff, but I'll stick with those two I think."

 

Lamb Of God's Resolution is out now and available now from our download store along with the rest of their back catalogue.

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