My Record Collection - October 6, 2021

My Record Collection by Erika Wennerstrom
by Tom
Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio hmv.com Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by Erika Wennerstrom

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 Erika Wennerstrom, singer in rockers Heartless B***ards, let's see what she picks out for us...

 

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

"I think was a 7 inch of “Parents just don’t understand” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. At least that’s what I recall. I remember having some albums like Michael Jackson’s Thriller that was one of the first that was bought for me, but with my own money, I think it was the ”Parents….” one. I thought it was the kind of song my 11-year-old self could get down with."

 

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

"Joan Jett and the Black Hearts and I love Rock and Roll. Joan is just the coolest. She looked so tough. She embodied this idea of a strong female frontwoman that has inspired me throughout my life."

 

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

"It's Bob Dylan’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. It’s great for road trips. When I moved to Texas 15 years ago I discovered the west Texas desert. I have completely fallen in love with the landscape. It inspires a lot of my writing, and there’s something about that Dylan soundtrack that fits so well with the scenic landscape and has accompanied me on so many long drives out there."

 

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

"Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. It just makes me feel happy when I hear it. There’s something so joyful about 'Wouldn’t It Be Nice'. The whole albums is great."

 

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

"Karen Dalton’s In My Own Time. The sound of Dalton's voice singing "Somethings on your mind..." makes me tear up every time."

 

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

"I'm looking at this from a reviewer perspective and that is Led Zeppelin’s album Led Zeppelin. They are one of my favourite bands and I was so surprised to read a biography on them and realise they were continuously panned by critics. To me they’re timeless. From a listenership perspective, Midlake has never really hit over here in America. I know they’ve had a lot of success over in the EU and UK. I think people would dig it here in the US, but it’s probably just an awareness thing, but here in the US they deserve a lot more credit."

 

The album with my favourite cover art is...

"Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. I love surreal art and that image is otherworldly."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is...

"George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. It’s just a great thought. In a tough time, it’s a reminder that a difficult time is temporary and it’s also good as a reminder that life is fleeting and to make the most of it."

 

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

"Phoebe Bridgers' Punisher. It just puts me to sleep. Good for her though. Maybe it’ll hit me differently at some point, and I’ll like it later. That happens sometimes."

 

The last record I bought was...

"The Night Beats' Outlaw R&B. I love these guys. They’re so vibey. A great album front to back."

 

The record I’m looking most forward to hearing in 2021 is...

"This is Sam Evian’s Time to Melt. I have a feeling it’s going to be a great album."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"Oh gosh how about Led Zeppelin VI. 'When The Levee Breaks' is probably one of my favourite songs of all time and it never gets old. And 'Going to California' too."

 

Heartless B***ards' new album, A Beautiful Life, is out now. 

A Beautiful Life
A Beautiful Life Heartless Bastards

More Articles

View All

My Record Collection

My Record Collection

My Record Collection

My Record Collection