My Record Collection - September 21, 2020

My Record Collection by Bright Light Bright Light
by Tom
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My Record Collection by Bright Light Bright Light

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 eccentric disco popper Bright Light Bright Light, let's see what he goes for...

 

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

"It was Ace Of Base's ‘All That She Wants’ on cassingle. God, I was obsessed with that song, and I was so happy to buy it! My parents surprised me with the album on cassette later, but this was my first “I bought this!”. I was 10 years old..."

 

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

"I’ve always been a solo artist, but the album that made me want to be in a band was Scissor Sisters’ debut album. I thought they looked like they were having such a blast together, and it made me so full of hope for the LGBTQ+ music community, and made me want to celebrate every minute of every day. Such an incredible album."

 

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

"It's a close tie between Dubstar’s Disgraceful, Ace Of Base's Happy Nation and Y Kant Tori Read, which is Tori Amos’ pre-solo band album and The Day Of The Locust score by John Barry. I’ve listened to the first three every week since I got them, which was in 1995, 1992, 1994 and then 2017, but I listen to the John Barry score every day almost."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"It's Kylie Minogue's Light Years. It’s like a summer beach or poolside cocktail in the form of music. I love it with all my heart."

 

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

"I turn to Emiliana Torrini's Love In The Time Of Science, which I bought in HMV Swansea back in 1999. I think it’s an immaculate album that has so many layers, and closing song ‘Sea People’ is at once a warm wash of soothing beauty and a heart-shattering finale."

 

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

"For me, it’s a tie between A Camp's self-titled LP or The Cardigans' Long Gone Before Daylight. Nina’s vocals achieve needlepoint emotional precision on these two albums, and these records have some exquisite lyrics. I think Nina is one of the most underrated talents in music, and these two side to side are perfect."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I've gone for Sylvester’s All I Need album. It’s such a majestic, incredible piece of art. Sylvester’s voice is one of the most gorgeous things that has ever been, and although all his artwork is amazing, this one is so beyond."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Has to be Mariah Carey's Me … I Am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse. It makes me cackle with a hint of side-eye. I love this woman, and the humour she has about herself. It also happens to be my favourite record of hers that is criminally underrated. The songwriting on the record is second only to the title itself!"

 

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

"Dexy's Midnight Runners and ‘Come On Eileen’. I know that’s a song, not a record, but it’s my least favourite song of all time."

 

The last record I bought was…

"I picked up Goldfrapp’s Supernature vinyl reissue. Phenomenal band, a phenomenal record."

 

The new record I'm most looking forward to hearing…

"My friend Beth Hirsch who is the iconic voice on Air’s Moon Safari album, has a new album out in October, I believe. I think she has such a warm, enveloping voice, I can’t wait to hear what she’s made."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I do not understand how Björk constructed Vespertine. It’s so absolutely unique and so layered, so dense, so achingly beautiful and still with moments of true pop melody gold. It’s so beyond what my brain could dream up, I think it’s an outstanding pinnacle of human musical achievement – part soundscape, part score, part glacial pop banger. It’s just wild how good that album is."

 

Bright Light Bright Light's new album Fun City is out now in hmv stores and is available here in hmv's online store. 

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