My Record Collection - October 5, 2020

My Record Collection by Billy Ocean - A National Album Day Special
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My Record Collection by Billy Ocean - A National Album Day Special

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, we're counting down to National Album Day. 

This year, the organisers are taking us back to the 1980s, to a time when nu-romantics, big hair, arena rock and electronics ruled the chart. 

We're celebrating all week on hmv.com with a selection of features from the day's ambassadors, which this year include La Roux, Blossoms, Kim & Marty Wilde, Toyah Wilcox and more!

Each day this week, we'll be showing off the record collections from an ambassador, as they count down their memories of the 1980s, as they lived it, or just as they wished they had. 

We begin today with pop legend Billy Ocean, let's see what he chooses...

 

The record that made me want to make music was…

"It was Bob Dylan’s –‘Maggies Farm’ because it was easy to play on the guitar." 

 

The record I played throughout the 1980s was...

"I'd have to say it was Marvin Gaye- What’s Going On. I feel it’s the best album ever recorded and I still play it to this day!"

 

The record that takes me back to the 1980s was…

"It has to be ‘Sexual Healing’ by Marvin Gaye. It’s a classic track!"

 

The record with the best cover art in the 1980s was…

"I love Bob Marley's Uprising. It symbolises strength!"

 

 

The 1980s record I love, but didn’t get the credit it deserved, was...

"I think it's Terence Trent D’arby's Introducing The Hardline. Such a great record."

 

The best music video of the 1980s was...

"It's very difficult to choose because it was the best period for music videos, however, it has to be ‘Thriller’. The overall concept of the video, the dance routine, it inspired a lot of people!"

 

 

The best song of the 1980s was...

"I'd say David Bowie – ‘Let's Dance’. At the time it was fresh and exciting track, that actually made a lot of people dance!"

 

The best album of the 1980s was...

"It has to be Bob Marley's Legend. This album has all of his greatest hits! An uplifting album which I still play!"

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