My Record Collection - July 24, 2017

My Record Collection by Lewis Watson
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My Record Collection by Lewis Watson

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 singer-songwriter Lewis Watson, let's see what he's got for us...

 

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

 

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

"This is Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory. I remember hearing that opening riff to One Step Closer on Kerrang! and just feeling all of my eight-year0old angst leaving my body. What an album!"

 

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

"This was Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish & The Hotdog Flavoured Water. It was just so rebellious and exciting to listen to as a kid! C'mon, take one listen to 'Rollin' and tell me that you didn't sing along!"

 

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

"This would be Death Cab For Cutie's Plans. This album has filled my ears for years, ever since I heard 'Brothers On A Hotel Bed', I was hooked. I was a fan of Death Cab before this record, but this is when I realised just how great they really are."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"D'Angelo - Voodoo. Every song is such a bop and there's a real dream team behind the record that I think enhances the groove so much. J Dilla, Questlove and Palladino as a rhythm section? Unreal!"

 

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

"I'd say Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago. In all honesty, I play this album however I feel, but I hear different sounds and feel different things when I'm down. It's like reading a favourite book for the first time again or having your first sip of beer. There's something special about this record for me."

 

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

"I'd chose Bombay Bicycle Club's I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose for this. Although it received positive reviews when it was released, I still think that this album is underrated. Every song is a song that I dream of performing on a festival stage/being in the crowd for, and, although it came out in the late stages of the 'indie revolution' just before 2010, this record really epitomises that era for me."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can Run. It's so simple but the composition is so perfect. I actually bought the vinyl before I'd heard the record because I loved the artwork and couldn't wait to get it in a bigger format. Unfortunately, the image came out pretty low quality and my heart was broken. Good job it was a beautiful album as well!"

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Probably Chocolate Starfish & The Hotdog Flavoured Water again! it's just so ridiculous and I had no idea what it meant when I was younger, but I knew it was bad because my teachers didn't like it when I sang it in the playground..."

 

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

"Honestly, I don't think I've ever listened to an album and thought 'this is rubbish!' I always somehow manage to find something I can appreciate in every album!”

 

The last record I bought was…

"D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated. I can't believe I missed it when it was released! Such a beautiful album - it's like he's a young Sting without The Police who was raised on Jeff Buckley and Everything Everything. Love it!"

 

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

"I'd say John Mayer - The Search For Everything. He released the first 'Wave' last month and every song is so lyrically rich and the groove on 'Moving On and 'Getting Over' is amazing. Pino Palladino on that one as well!"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"How does anybody answer this question?! I'll have to say Michael Jackson - Thriller. Full to the brim with bangers, and any album with 'P.Y.T' on it has my stamp of approval!"

 

Lewis Watson's new album midnight is out now and available here in hmv's online store. 

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