My Record Collection - June 6, 2016

My Record Collection by Wild Palms
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My Record Collection by Wild Palms

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 London alt-rockers Wild Palms. We got guitarist Darrell Hawkins and bassist Gareth Jones to pick their choices, let's dive in...

 

You can check out some of Darrell and Gareth's picks in this playlist...

 

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

Gareth: "Michael Jackson - Bad. Although it's now a distant memory, picking up Bad on cassette is probably the earliest album I remember buying."

 

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

Gareth: "Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures. Again a long time ago, but I clearly remember my first contact with Joy division, and subsequent purchase of unknown pleasures. The artwork, the atmosphere of the record, everything about it made me want to make music."

 

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

Gareth: "TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain. I love the production on this record. So many great sounds created and always new layers that become apparent the more you listen. Never gets old."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

Gareth: "Fleetwood Mac - Rumours. Not so much for the music itself as the good memories that it reminds me of we I put it on. Long summer days traveling around Europe with the band just enjoying life."

 

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

Gareth: "Marvin Gaye - What's Going On? Always find that this album works for me when I'm feeling a bit low. Obviously the album draws attention to lots of issues and problems, but I still get a sense of hope from the record."

 

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

Gareth: "Alice Coltrane - World Galaxy. Absolutely adore listening to Alice Coltrane and it's always surprised me that a lot of people I meet aren't as aware of her music as they should be. This album just transports you to another world."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

Darrell: "Velvet Underground and Nico. I first heard this album at Art College, it’s the perfect meeting of art and music and one of my favourite things to come out of the pop art era. I like how early copies featured a sticker you could peel revealing a flesh-coloured banana underneath, punk before punk."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

Darrell: "Live at the Witch Trials by The Fall. It is not actually a live album which is why I think it’s a good title. It was recorded in a day though which is pretty good going."

 

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

Darrell: "This is a tough one, I couldn’t think of anything. I reckon I can find a way into any form of music especially if it’s popular and especially if it can divide opinion, means it’s probably worth getting into."

 

The last record I bought was…

Darrell: "Ohrenschmaus which is a German music compilation from 1970. There’s some pretty mad stuff on there, not exactly an easy listen but rewarding in parts. To be honest I’ve only listened to it once, but I will give it another go now I’ve reminded myself I’ve got it in my collection."

 

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

Darrell: "The XX’s new record. I really loved Jamie XX’s solo record In Colour, which apparently he was working on at the same time as the new XX record, so it will be interesting to hear how his solo exploration has influenced their new record."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

Darrell: "Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band - Safe as Milk. I love this record, best debut ever and best opening lyrics ever: ‘Well I was born in the desert came on up from New Orleans. Came up on a tornado sunlight in the sky. I went around all day with the moon sticking in my eye'. The Captain is here, introducing himself to the world. It’s all about the track ‘Electricity’ so much power and intent. The album also features a 20 year old Ry Cooder being an absolute wizard on guitar."

 

Wild Palms' new album Live Together, Eat Each Other is out now and available to pre-order on the right-hand side of the page. 

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