My Record Collection - September 23, 2019

My Record Collection by Exhorder's Kyle Thomas
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by Exhorder's Kyle Thomas

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 Exhorder frontman Kyle Thomas. Let's see what he goes for...


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

"I had received albums as gifts throughout my childhood, but the very first one I bought with money that I had earned, was KISS's Creatures of the Night. I went to Gramophone Records at the Oakwood Mall in Terrytown, Louisiana, and bought it with money that I had earned working for my family’s business.  I had already been a KISS fan since Rock and Roll Over” in 1976, but KISS was back with a vengeance on this album!"

"To this day, it’s my favourite drum production ever. They sound like cannons! That snare is ridiculous, and the tom-toms sound like explosions. KISS first caught my ear when I was six years old, when I heard “Calling Dr. Love” on the car radio. I don’t love all KISS songs and albums, but the majority are the soundtrack to my youth."


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

"The first albums that I pretended to air guitar to and lip-sync to, were Rock and Roll Over by KISS and Queen’s A Night at the Opera, but I really think the one that sucked me in was Ozzy Osbourne’s Diary of a Madman. I’m now working with Max Norman, who engineered and co-produced it, on the Devil’s Highway album featuring the late Ralph Santolla, so that is a dream come true. Max is a great guy and friend! 12-year-old wouldn’t believe it!"


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

"That’s tough to say, but it’s probably the Black Sabbath self-titled debut. I call listening to it “going to church”. The first time I can recall hearing Black Sabbath was Paranoid on the radio, as I was trailing off to sleep in sixth grade. The melody in the verses and the roar of the bass spoke to me in a big way! The first two Ozzy albums were kind of new at the time, and I was introduced to them by my brother."

"I had always heard of Sabbath, but it was like some dark mystery that I had never heard. Although The Beatles were my first favourite band as a small child, followed by KISS, it is Black Sabbath that holds the most special place in my heart, for the influence that heavy music had on me. I have turned a lot of people onto them over the decades."


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

"The Cult's Love lifts me up, always. It was very different from the heavy metal that I was so consumed by at that time. The wide production and blended genres took alternative and infused it with hard rock. Amazing vocals! It was perfect for the artistic period I was in during high school. Gotta put Bad Brains I Against I right there with it as well."

"It was so different from the early punk albums, yet equally as powerful. There’s not a weak link on that one! Exhorder did a cover of 'Reignition' once in 1989, and the crowd went absolutely ballistic. Bad Brains are probably the best band ever that never became a household name. I saw them in New Orleans at Tipitina’s that same year, and it’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen in my life."


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

"This is Slayer's Hell Awaits. Ir strengthens me every time! Ironically, I received this album as a Christmas gift alongside a Stryper record when I was 15. I had to wait fourteen years from then to see them live! I don’t listen to this style of music that often anymore in my old age, but when I pop this one in on a long drive or a workout, it always does the job!"


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

"It's probably the Fastway debut. It’s an incredible album from start to finish. It has Jerry Shirley from Humble Pie on drums, and Fast Eddie Clarke on guitar, are you kidding me? Pete Way was supposed to play bass, but walked before the album was made to take the Ozzy Osbourne gig."

"A story some people don’t know about the then-young singer, David King, is that he now sings for Flogging Molly. Fastway was high octane bluesy rock, and this album absolutely connected with me from the word go."


The record with my favourite cover art is...

"There are so many great covers. I do know that KISS's Love Gun made an eight-year-old me really happy, and I couldn’t understand exactly why. Today it makes more sense!"

"Queen’s News of the World had a major effect on me also. The foldout freaked me out. It depicts a giant robot breaking into some kind of cave or indoor shelter where people are hiding from it. It’s reaching in to grab them up, as the mob panics in a stampede of horror. The cover has the robot holding the members of Queen, dead in its hands. This really fascinated me at the age of eight."



The record with my favourite title is...

"It’s got to be Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables by Dead Kennedys. It’s probably my all-time favourite punk album. Dead Kennedys came into my life when I was about15 years old, and was really only a metalhead at the time."

"It took a while for me to truly embrace punk, due to my loyalty to metal. Eventually, the jazz influence on DK blended with the anti-establishment themes won me over. Sadly, I never got to see them perform, but I listened heavily to this one and In God We Trust, Inc. throughout my life."


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

"Lord, anything by Bon Jovi. I suppose I get why girls like it, but can’t understand why any grown man would."


The last record I bought was...

"It was probably Scorpions' Taken by Force out of the bargain bin. I first discovered Scorpions from the 'No One Like You' video on MTV. Somewhere around 1983 I found Virgin Killer in the bargain bin, and bought it because I liked Blackout. I was shocked at how different the band’s sound was from what I had seen on MTV, but I really did like it. I kind of moved on from them in my later teens, due to my new affinity for punk and thrash."

"Consequently, I began digging into the back catalogue when I joined Alabama Thunderpussy. This band has been blessed with some amazing guitarists, and Klaus Meine is one of the greatest singers of all, in my opinion. I still love the 80’s Scorpions, but give me the first six albums for sure!"


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is...

"To be honest, I haven’t been longing to hear a new album very often in recent years. Most of what I listen to is oldies, old school/New Orleans funk, or whatever I’m writing at the time. Perhaps getting back out on the road and in the mix again might change that. I’m not opposed to falling in love with newer bands."


The greatest record of all time is...

"In my life (no pun intended!) The Beatles' Abbey Road was my first musical memory, and it is kind of like the alpha of all music to me. There’s nobody better in my opinion. My earliest musical memory is running around in a cloth diaper with a big blue baby pin and 'Come Together' was playing on the 8-track player."

"When the kick drum starts pulsing right before the chorus, I stopped dead in my tracks and started gyrating to the beat. I’ve listened to The Beatles since birth because my older sister is a huge fan. I still listen to them weekly, and Abbey Road is a must-have to this day in my collection."


Exhorder's new album Mourn The Southern Skies, their first new LP in 27 years, is out now. 

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