My Record Collection - February 28, 2017

My Record Collection by Minus The Bear's Cory Murchy
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My Record Collection by Minus The Bear's Cory Murchy

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 eccentric indie rockers Minus The Bear and their bassist Cory Murchy, let's see what he's got for us...

 

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

 

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

"This was Morrissey's Kill Uncle. That bass line on 'Sing Your Life' had me hooked the first time I heard it. His voice drove my Mum nuts. Solid album."

 

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

"I'd say this was Nirvana's Nevermind. My parents were from the same little logging town as them so it felt somehow close to me and it was pretty inspiring. I figured If those guys from Aberdeen can do this that means I can do this, and I really took it to heart."

 

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

"This is Wish by The Cure. It was the soundtrack to my youthful heartache and teenage angst. For my money, it's The Cure at their absolute best and it holds up impeccably. I constantly go back to this one."

 

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

"Anything on Trojan Records. I’m a huge fan of old Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dub so Trojan is my go to if I’m not sure what to put on. Anything with Trojan on the label is bound to make me happy."

 

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

"This is John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. It’s such a heavy album and as good as therapy for me. It can be pretty raw at points and singing or screaming along always tends to help release something worth releasing. Pretty brutal but a damn good listen."

 

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

"Harry Nilsson's Nilsson Schmilsson. My wife bought this for me for my birthday a couple of years ago and I couldn't believe I'd never really listened to it before. He was such an amazing singer and songwriter and it’s a shame his legacy doesn’t get as much recognition as he deserves. Insanely talented and now one of my absolute favourites. I want Jump Into The Fire' to be played at my funeral, LOUD!"

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"This is The Specials' Ghost Town. When I was a teenager a family friend gave me his record collection full of late 70’s and early 80’s Punk and new wave vinyl. Total game changer. When I came across this 12" I was immediately drawn to the black and white imagery with the skeletons and the bold text but I had no idea what it was and it completely threw me for a loop. I’d never heard anything like it but I was immediately hooked. I fell in love with everything 2 Tone and The Specials in particular. Horace Panter is a master bass player and It was all Doc Marten’s and Fred Perry’s for me from then on out. To this day, anytime I see it in a used record shop I'll buy it to add to the collection."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"I'd pick Built To Spill's Perfect From Now On. One of those albums that’s impossible to not listen to from start to finish. I love how it sounds and flows seamlessly together. I've cornered the producer Phil Ek a few drunk nights and am always like "you have to tell me everything about that recording process, it's like perfect maaaaaaan!", haha! It's a fantastic listen on a long drive through the countryside or those special "romantic" moments with somebody close. It’s MAGIC!"

 

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

"Oh, anything by Coldplay! Everyone is always telling me how good the first album is but I just can’t do it. I figure I've made it this long and I’m doing just fine without it, thank you very much. Why ruin a good thing?"

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was A Very Kacey Christmas by Kacey Musgraves. I’m a big fan of her album Pageant Material but with this one, she managed to make listening to holiday tunes rather enjoyable. To be fair I'd probably be happy listening to her singing the dictionary, but this is a good spin! Thank you, Kacey!"

 

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

"Tim Kasher's No Resolution. As far as I’m concerned he’s one of the best lyricists of my generation. One of his bands, Cursive, really took us under their wing when we were fairly new and they taught me a lot about touring in a lot of ways and I just love the whole Omaha crew. Kasher is a master wordsmith and I’m excited to see what he has in store for us with this one. I also can't wait to give him a hug next time I see him."

 

The greatest record of all is...

"This is a pretty tough question to answer. I'll say this much if someone were to come up to me and tell me Ready to Die by The Notorious B.I.G is the best record of all time... well, I don't know of any sound argument against it."

 

Minus The Bear's new album VOIDS is released on Friday (March 3rd) and is available to pre-order here in hmv's online store. 

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