My Record Collection - October 8, 2020

My Record Collection by Blossoms' Tom Ogden - A National Album Day Special
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My Record Collection by Blossoms' Tom Ogden - 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, and today it's Blossoms and their frontman Tom Ogden...

 

The record that made me want to make music was…

"I’d have to go for Oasis' What’s The Story Morning Glory. It’s the first album I properly fell in love with. The euphoria of the songs and the attitude of the band became engrained into my songwriting. I think I probably learned to sing by singing along to the songs from this record."

 

The record that introduced me to the 1980s was...

"It was the Grand Theft Auto Vice City Soundtrack was probably the album I’d say introduced me to the 80s in depth. I knew The Smiths and that world from my parents' record collection, but this soundtrack introduced me to a whole new world; Luther Vandross, The Human League and so much more..."

 

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

"I remember my Dad having this record around the house when I was younger and I was always drawn to the cover art. I was probably around five or six years old and it had an effect on me even then which says a lot really. That cover is The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses."

 

 

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

"I'd say it's Law and Order, a solo album from Lindsay Buckingham. James Skelly told me about this record and especially the track ‘Trouble’. Obviously, he was widely revered as part of Fleetwood Mac, but this record has some great moments on it too that people have probably never heard."

 

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

"Has to be Sledgehammer. Peter Gabriel. There was only going to be one video choice. Groundbreaking at the time and nothing since has come close I don’t think."

 

 

The best song of the 1980s was...

"Talking Heads' 'This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)'. I only discovered this song about two years ago, and it’s probably in my top three favourite songs of all time. You can’t not dance to this song. Me and my girlfriend love it, it’s our go-to track when we get back home drunk and we dance to it in the kitchen."

 

The best album of the 1980s was...

"The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead. I think this is the best collection of songs from any album released in the 1980s. Its the Smiths at the top of their game and it also has one of the best riffs of all time in ‘Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others’."

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