My Record Collection - August 4, 2020

My Record Collection by Barns Courtney
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My Record Collection by Barns Courtney

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 energetic troubadour Barns Courtney, let's see what he opts for...

 

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

"It was Green Day's American Idiot. The first time I heard that album it set my teenage bones on fire!"

 

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

"Sweet Victory by Spongebob The Bubble Bowl. I first heard it when I was 8, years later the singer from that song would go on to give me 'the same advice I gave Rod Stewart back in 1985, smoke and mirrors baby! And if they don’t like it, put your BALLS in their face!'."

 

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

"Paul Simon's Graceland. My mom used to play it ad nauseam for the first ten years of my life. You’d think I’d be sick of it by now, but it’s truly a seminal record. Always something new in every listen."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"I'd say Ty Segall's Every 1s A Winner. I play that shit backstage, before TV appearances, in the shower, it’s just an absolute prize-winning jam!"

 

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

"This is Celeste's 'Strange'. A hugely underrated song, absolutely gorgeous lyrical sentiment and poignant vocal delivery. Not however as underrated as this next band."

 

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

"It's got to be Late Of The Pier's Fantasy Black Channel. Experimental, full of slamming jams from a group of kids who weren’t even old enough to drink!"

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"It's Awaken My Love by Childish Gambino. A really stunning concoction of the old and new."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars! Hugely inventive and ambitious, even for the glam era."

 

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

"Literally anything by Steps. I’m sure they’re very nice people and have fulfilling relationships and lovely children. I just can’t listen to their music!"

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Lou Reed's Songs For Drella. Lou Reed and John Cale. Those guys have some meaty lyrical chops."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is…

"Lana Del Rey. I love how effortlessly filmic and classic her work sounds. Perfect snapshots of nostalgic Americana."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"It's Nirvana - Nevermind. This was the soundtrack to my teens. Kurt could electrify any chorus with some balls and the word "yeah"."

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