My Record Collection - December 19, 2017

My Record Collection by MMode's Thomas Gaffney
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My Record Collection by MMode's Thomas Gaffney

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 one half of electropop brother/sister duo MMode, take it away Thomas Gaffney...

 

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

"It was probably Rage Against The Machine’s debut self-titled album. I was such a huge fan of Tom Morello’s guitar style. There’s nobody else like him in the world, totally unique. Zach de la Rocha was such a badass as well… Their music was almost therapeutic during my teenage years!"

 

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

"The first time I heard Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ was around the time I started having the confidence to sing and I was able to hit the high notes which I was really pleased with myself about so I continued delving further and further into Radiohead’s music which was totally mind-blowing considering how many albums I had to get through. Radiohead have always been a massive influence on my writing and performing style."



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

"Beck’s The Golden Age is the soundtrack to my life. Our family has been playing Beck since I was very little so when it came out in 2002 it was around the time I began really appreciating good songwriting. The whole Sea Change album is exquisite but if I had to pick one song that really stands out to me that would be The Golden Age." 



The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Brian Eno’s Deep Blue Day. This track makes me feel like I’m floating through the air and something that takes me right back to being in the backseat of my parents' car going to the West of Ireland for our weekends away in the countryside."

 

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

"Al Green’s Tired of Being Alone. When I’m feeling groggy or a bit down I love going for a walk and this track would be the first thing I listen to. The emotion of the song is so instantaneous so you can’t help feeling better!"

 

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

"The American Analog Set's The Postman. The American Analog Set never really ‘made it’ and they broke up around 10 years ago. I’m not really sure who put me on to them but I listened to them an unhealthy amount all of my teenage years and still do. Probably one of the most amazing indie post-rock bands there ever was.. definitely worth a listen."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Beck’s - Odelay. The dog on this front cover is amazing looking. What a good photograph…"

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Spacemen 3's Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To. Do I need to say anything else?"

 

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

"To be honest a lot of music that comes out the past few years makes me ask this question regularly. There’s a lot of great bands/artists today, but the majority who get a look in leave a lot to be desired. If you want an example, take Taylor Swift's Reputation." 

 

The last record I bought was…

"Air’s 10,000 Hz Legend was the last vinyl I bought."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2018 is…

"I heard there were rumours of a new My Bloody Valentine album but let’s just wait and see..."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I was watching a cool documentary about the recording process of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon album so let’s go with this as the answer but I really couldn’t say to be honest there’s way too many genius pieces of music out there…"

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