My Record Collection - June 19, 2017

My Record Collection by Portugal. The Man's Eric Howk
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My Record Collection by Portugal. The Man's Eric Howk

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 Portugal. The Man's Eric Howk, let's have a dig through his crates...

 

You can listen to a selection of Eric's picks in the below playlist...

 

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

"This was Nirvana's Incesticide. I went to Hometown Records in Wasilla to buy a copy of Nevermind, but they were sold out. Incesticide was a collection of B-sides, demos and rarities, but I ended up LOVING it as a whole unit. I still have my original cassette. It's in the glovebox of my car back home!"

 

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

"Probably Metallica's Master Of Puppets, but the first album that made me want to write songs and play the guitar loudly in a garage was Agent Orange's Living In Darkness."


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

"This is The Beatles - Revolver. Specifically the stereo version. From an engineering point of view, it's a masterpiece. They were able to do so much with so little. The way the guitar solo on Taxman gives way to percussion, which gives way to the background vocals is just staggering. The attack of the strings on Elenor Rigby, the balance of everything, it's just immense. I never get tired of it."



The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Yeah, I'd go Ramones' Rocket To Russia, it is the feel-good album of the century. All the hits are there. It's a great record to get dumb and happy to."



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

"The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. This is because of Brian Wilson, for as troubled as he was, exudes real optimism in his craft. From his arrangements to his voice, there's something undeniably positive just underneath the surface that always gives me comfort."



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

"The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society- It's a concept record that never feels constrained by its conceptuality. The crack of the snare and acoustics on 'Picture Book' are absolutely timeless."



The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I'd go Black Sabbath's Vol. 4, it looks just as heavy as it sounds..."



The record with my favourite title is…

"Dead Kennedys' Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables. I was 13 or 14 when I first heard this title and I grin just as wide now as I did then."



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

"I never understood how Meat Loaf. How did Bat Out Of Hell sell 43 million records? 43 million!"

 

The last record I bought was…

"The Lemon Twigs' Do Hollywood. It's super ambitious Queen-inspired theatre pop made by kids half my age. I think they're going to do great things in their career."



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

"Portugal. The Man -Woodstock is gonna drop and be fire, but we'll see if Kanye puts anything out..."


The greatest record of all time is…

"The Zombies' Odyssey And Oracle. Colin Blunstone has one of the most incredible voices of all time, and on this record, he has the songs and arrangements to equal his golden pipes. From Care Of Cell 44 to Time Of The Season, it's perfect from end to end."

 

Portugal. The Man's new album Woodstock is out now and available to order here in hmv's online store. 

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