My Record Collection - March 10, 2020

My Record Collection by bad//dreems' Ben Marwe
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My Record Collection by bad//dreems' Ben Marwe

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 Aussie slacker rockers and their frontman Ben Marwe, let's see what he goes for...

 

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

"It was Britney Spears' 'Baby One More Time'. I bought this at the tender age of nine. I was in Perth, Australia visiting family. I looked at the $20 in my hemp wallet that my hippy Aunty gave me for Christmas, glared at Britney’s face across the counter. I thought to myself, this is the correct decision to make. No regrets."

 

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

"It’s a tie between The Strokes' Is This It? and The Libertines' Up the Bracket. Both of these releases, albeit a year apart, affected me deeply as a young male entering my pube-arm-pit-hair-years. One dragged with it the new age intelligent geezer couldn’t give a fuckery lost in decades past, and the other just snubbed its nose in New York rich boy elitism that was just too irresistible. Both records I still listen to as a palate cleanser to keep my songwriting on course after I’ve written a howler."

 

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

"This has to be Twerps' self-titled record. This record will go down in Australian music history as one of the greats. Shy, honest, tasteful and sweet. The sound of Melbourne in the early 2010s captured perfectly in 40 minutes to tape. If The La’s had a baby with Died Pretty and that baby released an album, this would be it."

 

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

"I'd say The Cleaners From Venus' Number Thirteen. I don’t know what it is. It just makes me feel good. Clever and simple. ‘No Go’ - unbelievable lyricism without the wank."

 

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

"My go-to is Purple Mountains' self-titled record. David Berman, a tortured soul who left us all a parting message the best way he knew how. Some really funny moments, some extremely sad ones."

 

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

"I'd say Bob Dylan's Infidels. 1980’s Dylan seems to get a bad wrap, and I’m not sure why. This album is great. The Mark Knopfler produced record holds up with some of Dylan’s best. Lyrically refined and musically satisfying."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

"Wire's Pink Flag. I’ve never really delved deep into the artwork backstory of this album. All I know is it’s powerful, and the moment I saw it I loved it. Maybe it’s a white flag dipped in red blood? I don't know."

"Wire are awesome, and this album, as well as Televisions Marquee Moon, unlocked the floodgates for progressive and politicised jagged punk music. A big player in our tour van, and a strong reference for some of the songs on our recent album."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is...

"Lana Del Rey's Norman F**king Rockwell. Single-handedly keeping the Californian ballad pastiche in check, and doing it with taste and grace. Great album name, great album."

 

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

"Anything by Ed Sheeran. Music that seems born from easy listening background music playlists, designed for people that don’t actually like music. Seems like a nice lad but this makes me want to take Bunning's chainsaws to any acoustic guitar in sight."

 

The last record I bought was...

"Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Ghosteen. Nick Cave really has kicked into fifth gear. Somebody stop this man. Our band are big Cave-heads, and once again he just politely delivers a masterpiece right on cue. Cheers Mr. C."

 

The record I’m most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is...

"This has to be The Chats' new one High Risk Behaviour.  I think people are gonna like this one. Great fellas too. They deserve everything they get."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"I've settled on Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. There was a bunch of albums I could’ve chosen, but this one was the first I thought of."

"I remember driving around in my Ute between gardening jobs about 10 years ago and this was stuck in the CD player; I couldn’t have been happier. The epitome of perfect rock songwriting and production combined. Warm tones and beautiful melodies."

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