My Record Collection - March 22, 2016

My Record Collection by Nada Surf's Ira Sebastian Elliot
by Tom
Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio hmv.com Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by Nada Surf's Ira Sebastian Elliot

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 pop rockers Nada Surf's Ira Sebastian Elliot, let's see what he digs out for us...

 

(You can listen to a selection of tracks from Ira's picks in this playlist). 

 

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

"This is Kiss's Kiss Alive! I don’t remember anymore if it was an impulse purchase or if went to get it specifically, but I remember walking into this little record store in my old neighborhood and then leaving on that lovely summer day in 1976 with Kiss Alive! and a copy of Carmine Appice’s “Realistic Rock” drum exercise book. Oh, that was a good year, bro. To be 13 again..."

 

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

"It was actually a movie that made me want to be in a band so I guess the Hard Day’s Night soundtrack would be the answer to that one. Seeing this movie on television when I was six or seven was undoubtedly the moment that the idea of being a musician became extremely interesting to me. And now my four-year-old daughter has me singing “If I Fell” to her when she goes to sleep. The gift gets passed on."

 

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

"This is Rockpile - Seconds of Pleasure. I fell in love with this record the second it came out. It combines all the things I love: a hot band, catchy tunes, and some furious guitar boogie. I’m a rockist through-and-through and this album was designed from the ground up to appeal to both classic and punk rockers. Like me! Power pop-y, slightly new-wave-y. Oh, it’s so good. The acoustic Everly Brothers covers on the bonus disc are always lovely to sing along with as well. Perfect for parties! And if you’ve a fan and never seen it I suggest you seek out “Born Fighters”, a BBC documentary featuring Rockpile in the studio in 1978. Really incredible stuff."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"This is The Rolling Stones - Made In The Shade. I don’t how Stones purists regard this particular best-of but I had a girlfriend in my 20s who loved the Stones and she listened to this record all the time so, that’s good enough for me. Brown Sugar, Tumbling Dice, Happy, Dance Little Sister, Wild Horses, Angie, Bitch, It’s Only Rock ’n Roll, Heartbreaker and Rip this joint. Arguably the greatest rock album of all time. If you don’t feel like taking on the world by the end of this record, you’re not paying attention."

 

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

"Big Star - Sisters Lovers. Searching, yearning, depressed, intentionally fractured, occasionally happy although expressed through barely restrained sarcasm.  This record is me all the way through, now that I think about it. It’s a fairly depressing record, but it’s more depressed than I typically am so it makes me feel better that I’m not as depressed as Alex Chilton was. See what I’m saying?"

 

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

"The Beatles - The Beatles Second Album. This is one of those American releases that modern Beatles fans don’t generally even acknowledge but back before I even knew that the British and American albums were not the same thing, this record was one of my absolute favorites. This is a Ringo Starr-powered, straight-up rock and roll record. My man knocks ‘em all right out of the park, musically speaking."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I guess I have to admit, to you and to myself, that I probably never studied an album more intensely than I did the cover of Kiss’ Love Gun. There. I said it.  Looking at it now, that one girl second from the left. Jesus. And I can’t believe I’m giving Kiss so much play."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"I’ve had this conversation with Matthew (Caws, Nads Surf singer/guitarist) before and it’s his assertion that Spiritualized’s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space is perhaps the greatest album title of all time. and I can’t disagree."

 

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

"Bob Marley- Legend. There is no escaping this album. Listen, I know Bob is awesome. You know Bob is awesome. But to boil his amazing catalog down into this album does not serve his legend appropriately if you ask me. OK, the truth is I spent a week in Negril once 20 years ago and the awful touristy hotel bar across the way played this album all day long, every day. And I still haven’t quite gotten over it. Too much of a good thing, maybe? I dunno. This record makes me nauseous..."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was the Nada Surf- High/Low reissue on Vinyl Me Please. Yes! A boldfaced plug for my own band’s record. Guilty! But it was never issued on vinyl back in the day and the vinyl is heavy and orange and it’s a great record that I’m fiercely proud of and well, there you go. Hey, just get it for the moody picture of us where we all look like we’re 16. If for no other reason."

 

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

"Nada Surf- You Know Who You Are blasting out of a radio somewhere.  Available at all major internet and quality brick-and-mortar providers. Perfect for parties!"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"We’ve already determined the answer to that one (see question four) but The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust would also be a contender. No, wait, Houses of the Holy, or Abbey Road. Damn. Why must music be so awesome?"

 

Nada Surf's new album You Know Who You Are is out now and available to preview and purchase on the right-side of the page.  

You Know Who You Are
You Know Who You Are Nada Surf

More Articles

View All

My Record Collection

My Record Collection

My Record Collection

My Record Collection