My Record Collection - April 25, 2017

My Record Collection by Wire's Colin Newman
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My Record Collection by Wire's Colin Newman

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 post-punk icons Wire and their singer/guitarist Colin Newman, let's see what he picks out for us...

 

Check out a selection of Colin's picks in this playlist...

 

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

"This was 'I’m Crying / Take it Easy' 7” by the Animals. I think it must have been the first time I got enough pocket money to buy a single (albums were out of the question). I must have been 10. Almost certainly bought it because there wasn’t a current Beatles record. I remember running home from town so I could play it, probably countless times!"


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

"I would say almost anything by The Beatles! I knew from a very young age that whatever they did was what I wanted to do. I had literally zero understanding of instrumentation or how a record was made and couldn’t play anything apart from a kazoo & tennis racquet! But the songs and the sounds attracted me. It wasn't anything to do wth wanting to be famous or about wanting to get the attention it was all about wanting to be part of making that sound! For a choice put 'Tomorrow Never Knows’ on from Revolver."


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

"That’s a tough one. I mean I listen to every record I mix way more times than I’ve listened to anyone else’s music. It’s a necessity to be able to get the most out of the music. There have been lots of records I’ve had a crush on but I’ll choose 'Discreet Music' by Brian Eno." 


The record that always makes me feel good is…

"There are so many! However being as I’ve got to choose I’ll go for a banger - something like 'Higher Rate of Consciousness' by Josh Wink would certainly qualify."


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

"One of my favourite ways to consume music is to listen to a curated playlist of my favourite tracks across all genres and times played in random sequence. In that way, I don’t listen to albums so much so I’ll choose a track here. It’s Trashing Days by The Notwist from the album Golden Neon. I’m not sure it’s the best for perking up when feeling down, but it is very beautiful!"


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

"There are so many and what is obscure to one person is obvious to anther. I’m not sure that it’s the “most underrated of all time” but Tarwater is a band who are not very well known in the UK and who should be much better known. Their album Animals, Suns & Atoms is as good a place to start as any."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I don’t know about favourite but the cover to Trans Europe Express by Kraftwerk always struck me as being somewhat special. On the surface, it’s just a picture of four guys in suits yet Kraftwerk are here perfecting the projection of their image. They look like the antithesis of a rock band, airbrushed as they are to kind of a creepy perfection."

"The more you look the weirder they look yet it’s all so understated. I’d go so far as to say it's a manifesto! Nobody had pulled that off anything like that as completely & as convincingly at that point. They make “studied rebellion” look like the pose it is."


The record with my favourite title is…

"'Tomorrow Was The Golden Age' by Bing & Ruth (David Moore) is a very odd moment, both the album & project title are quite strange but the album title so perfectly sums up (intentionally or not) a lot of feelings I have about the direction of drift of society which seems to be moving further & further from the notion that we have some kind of golden future to look forward to (or not one I can sign up to)."


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

"There are so many! It ranges from the simply overrated to the absolutely horrible. I’ll go for something really iconic though Dark Side of The Moon partly because I like the albums by Pink Floyd that predated it (even ones after Syd left), but here they seemed to reach a “peak” that made them more ordinary."


The last record I bought was…

"This is Wet Reduction by Duds. There’s something in their very British, self-effacing come on. It edges on being actually not really music which I’m a sucker for!"


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

"Seemingly there’s a new LCD Soundsystem album coming out in 2017. Must be worth at least a listen. I’ve got a soft spot for James Murphy although I like him best as a mixer."


The greatest record of all time is…

"Come on! How can anybody answer that unequivocally and if they do then they are wrong! Pronouncements about the greatest record of all time are usually made by people who have no taste or who are obsessed by one particular artist."

 

Wire's new album Silver/Lead is out now and available to purchase here in hmv's online store. 

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