My Record Collection - February 23, 2016

My Record Collection by Gentleman's Pistols' James Atkinson
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by Gentleman's Pistols' James Atkinson

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 James Atkinson, frontman of hard rockers Gentleman's Pistols, let's see what he chooses for us...

(You can listen to a selection of tracks from James's picks in this playlist). 


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

"This is Bad by Michael Jackson. I bought it from ASDA in Shipley in West Yorkshire and it was like the week that it came out. I’d got other records from the library and stuff before that but this one was the first one I brought with my pocket money. I still listen to it, it’s still a great record. I brought it on cassette, I have it on record now but I still have the cassette and it’s got my name written on the inside of it because I used to take it to school."


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

"This is Appetite for Destruction by Guns N Roses. Somebody gave me a cassette of that when I was about 9 years old. Prior to that it was sort of pop music, but then I heard that record and it sort of made me think wow this is pretty exciting and dangerous. At the time, I wouldn’t let my parents hear that but ever since that record I wanted to get a guitar and I wanted to be like Izzy Stradlin so it was sort of a big moment thinking wow, I’d really like to do this."


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

"Runt by Todd Rundgren. I just really like it, it’s quite an eclectic mix of stuff but I really like it, Todd Rundgren is one of my favourite artists and producers; he would write, arrange and play all the instruments himself on his records. I just think, especially that album, it’s one I can keep going back to because there’s so much variety on it, it never gets boring."


The record that always make me feel good is…

"This is High Voltage by AC/DC. I just think it’s got great sort of driving, uplifting rock songs on it, it doesn’t take itself too seriously."


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

"I'll say Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye. Just cause it’s got some really great emotive songs on it. Songs like ‘Please Stay’ and ‘Distant Lover’. Both great songs. I think I’ve probably got into that record after a break-up or something like that so it’s got those memories in it."


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

"I'll choose Bulletproof by Hard Stuff! It just a great rock record from the early 70s and I guess within rock collector circles it’s quite well known but outside of that it isn’t and I think there’s just some great song writing on that record. And very interesting song writing for the time too. It doesn’t sit alongside more obvious stuff from that era, it sort of, just stands out, it’s just a very interesting record."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Piece of Mind by Iron Maiden. Well I was just trying to think about this, I was saying that a lot of the Iron Maiden records when I was younger, like I’d get them out the library when I was a kid and I would listen to the record and sort of like amuse myself in the artwork so I think something like Piece of Mind by Iron Maiden was the first main album that I actually got and it’s probably still one of my favourites, if not my favourite. It’s definitely my favourite album of the Bruce Dickinson era. So um, yeah I’d just sort of sit and listen to the songs and just gaze at this album sleeve and sort of get lost in the world of Iron Maiden."


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

"Anything from Coldplay. I really don’t want to bitch about anything really, I mean there are plenty of records that I don’t like. But I guess it’s such a subjective thing that every record must have someone who likes it. I’m not a big fan of anything that Coldplay have released."


The last record I bought was…

"Black-Eyed Bruiser by Stevie Wright So it’s an old record from the mid-70s. An Australian guy who used to be in a band called the Easy Beats. He’s actually from Leeds originally but it’s sort of, produced by Vanda and Young that did all the AC/DC stuff and his voice isn’t a billion miles away from Bon Scott and some of the songs are very sort of very proto AC/DC, yeah it’s a great record."


The greatest record of all time is…

"I'll choose Curtis by Curtis Mayfield. For me that’s probably got to be Curtis by Curtis Mayfield. I think Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye are both two of my favourite artists but I think just, Curtis Mayfield, he was involved in so many different records, The oppressions and his solo stuff and producing and song writing for lots of different people but I think that album with Curtis it just, just runs through some emotions really. It’s got very uplifting songs, it’s got protest songs, it’s got love songs, it’s got quite sad songs- so it’s just a great record from start to finish."


Gentleman's Pistols' new album Hustler's Row is out now and available to preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page. 

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