My Record Collection - August 21, 2017

My Record Collection by The Preatures' Jack Moffitt
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My Record Collection by The Preatures' Jack Moffitt

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 Australian oddballs The Preatures and their lead guitarist and producer Jack Moffitt, let's see what he chooses...

 

You can check out a selection of Jack's picks in this playlist...

 

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

"This was Jamiroquai's A Funk Odyssey. It was on cassette, and I bought it on a road trip with my grandparents. I honestly thought they might let me put it on after Julio Iglesias finished, again. It was 10 bucks; I paid for it in change..."

 

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

"Highly Evolved by The Vines. That record felt to me like a violent, unpredictable animal; a freak daydream trapped inside a jar. It made me want to really try writing songs, play with words, and scream nonsense!"

 

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

"Deep Sea Arcade's Outlands. It came out in 2012, we were muscling through some touring together. Luke and I listened to it until the others cracked the shits, but it didn’t really break the mould like I felt it should have. DSA were an important band for us, watching them on tour was like bandthropology – seeing how good a band can be when it’s almost falling apart."

 

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

"Bob Dylan's 'Positively 4th Street' - When I am out walking ideas, I have a habit of singing melodies into my phone or badly beatboxing, and I glare at people (I’ve got bad eyesight, I forget other people don’t). For whatever reason, acting that way lends itself really well to the anecdote of this song: bitter social awkwardness, and it’s always the other person’s fault, chipped shoulder. Says a lot about me..."

 

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

"This is Cat Power's The Greatest. I don’t know if It’s because I’ve seen how fragile Chan Marshall can be, crouched beneath a piano singing to herself..."

 

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

"Before Today by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. I wrote about this recently, and I’ll likely change my mind when other people start telling me how great it is, but for the moment I won’t best it."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

"Led Zeppelin III, with the pinwheel. I know it’s a fairly obvious choice, but when you own a copy of the original vinyl, it actually helps the subtle magic of the record make sense, thumbing the wheel aimlessly, trying to invoke something."

 

The record with my favourite title is...

"Limp Bizkit's The Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored  Water. Just ridiculous."

 

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

"There are so many... I'm gonna have to say the new Maccy D record. Bless him."

 

The last record I bought was...

"It was T-Wave by Takanaka. Takanaka is like the Japanese amalgam of Steve Vai, Jeff Beck and Nigel Tufnel. I picked up this record on a trip to Melbourne and I had to buy it. Look it up – the genius is palpable from the cover art alone, the wonderland of weirdness, the umami shredding that shook the stylus that day has stuck with me."

 

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

"Queens Of The Stone Age's new album Villains. I am interested in what future guitar music has. Sometimes in a funk, I picture folk sitting around listening to Skrillex, and wonder if, for those future-people, it’ll feel as naïve and genteel as 50s rock & roll does to my kid sister."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"If you’re making breakfast, but you should be dead, Ffuny Ffriends by Unknown Mortal Orchestra."

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