My Record Collection - October 22, 2018

My Record Collection by HAKEN's Ross Jennings
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My Record Collection by HAKEN's Ross Jennings

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 Ross Jennings, frontman of prog stalwarts HAKEN, let's see what he opts for...

 

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

"The honest answer. It was a compilation album on cassette featuring hit songs from series two of the 90s hit tv gameshow Gladiators. It featured artists such as EMF, Green Jelly, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More and Chesney Hawkes! This probably explains why I have such an eclectic taste in music to this day..."



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

"I've been in love with Aerosmith since I can remember. Must have been all that early 90s MTV I was dripfed as a kid, although seeing the toxic twins perform at Wembley Stadium in 1999 sealed the bond for me. For years as a budding guitarist, I dreamt to be the next Joe Perry. Somewhere along the line, I ended up being a frontman instead, and Steven Tyler was a huge influence on that journey."



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

"Based on the state of the cardboard digipak sleeve, I would say the Dream Theater and Live Scenes In New York has probably travelled around with me most over the years. It features a live performance of 'Metropolis Pt2: Scenes From A Memory' in its entirety which is an absolute classic!"



The record that always makes me feel good is…

"This has to be The Streets' Original Pirate Material. It grooves, The beats are infectious, but above all the colloquialisms in the lyrics and vocal delivery are on point and just make me smile from ear to ear every time."



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

"I'd choose Brad Paisley – Time Well Wasted. I have a real soft spot for some modern country music. Brad Paisley's guitar playing is so intricate and the lyrics can often be uplifting and entertaining. 'Time Well Wasted' is a modern country classic."



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

"I think it did ok at the time but with no follow-up album, My Vitriol's Finelines soon became something of a one-hit wonder. But what a wonder it was! In an alternate universe, the Foo Fighters-esque quality of the songwriting and production would have seen them playing arenas by now."



The record with my favourite cover art is…

"The Painting on the cover of Bon Iver's self-titled album is a thing of beauty I could stare at for hours. It captures the atmosphere of that record perfectly or perhaps it was the other way round?"

 



The record with my favourite title is…

"This is the Gomez B-Sides album Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline, it always made me tickle. Otherwise, probably one of Frank Zappa' album titles such as Sheik Yerbouti, Weasels Ripped My Flesh or Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch. Zappa mastered the art of music in comedy and was particularly entertaining with his album titles!"



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

"This is a very difficult question to answer because music is so subjective and I pretty much love anything that resembles noise. I do struggle with Christmas songs though. I think the hours spent in retail in my formative years ruined a lot of good songs for me!"



The last record I bought was…

"I'm buying records every week, but I've just picked up copies of The Pineapple Thief's Dissolution and Alice In Chains' new one Rainier Fog."



The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2018 is…

"I'm pretty stoked for the next Muse album Simulation Theory. The album cover has already sold it to me. I'm a sucker for 80s nostalgia and sci-fi! I'm hoping for the audio equivalent of Ready Player One."



The greatest record of all time is…

"The answer to this question changes daily! Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon is an obvious answer but for good reason. I think Radiohead's OK Computer came close. That was the Dark Side of the Moon of my generation!"

 

HAKEN's album Vector is released on October 26th and is available to pre-order here in hmv's online store. 

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