My Record Collection - July 9, 2018

My Record Collection by James Scarlett (2000 Trees/ArcTanGent)
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My Record Collection by James Scarlett (2000 Trees/ArcTanGent)

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 Scarlett, organiser of both 2000 Trees and ArcTanGent festivals, let's see what he picks out...

 

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

"I remember vividly the day in 1986 when me and my brother bought the 7” singles of The Bangles’ 'Walk Like an Egyptian' and The Housemartins’ 'Caravan of Love'. I don’t think that is too bad start to a record collection!"

 

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

"Well technically I’m not in a band, but the record that set me on my path in rock music was Pornograffitti by Extreme. My mate Dan left his Walkman at my house, so I listened to it on the way to school and the first song 'Decadence Dance' absolutely blew my head off. It’s quite cheesy to listen to now, but to my 11-year-old ears when the guitar kicked in it was the heaviest thing I’d ever heard, and I loved it."

 

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

"I’d go for Metallica's Master of Puppets. It's still fantastic."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Anything by The Beach Boys reminds me of family holidays when I was young. Driving through France listening to their Greatest Hits with me trying to harmonise with my Mum, Dad and Brother to songs like 'Good Vibrations'. Great times."

 

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

"I always return to 90s Brit Rock when I feel a bit down. Bands like Terrorvision, Therapy?, The Wildhearts etc. If I had to pick one record from that time it’s Earth vs The Wildhearts.  The production is a bit dated nowadays but every single song is an absolute classic."

 

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

"Well, the most criminally underrated band is Oceansize, so I’ll go for their albums Self-Preserved While the Bodies Float Up and Everyone Into Position. Anyone that likes interesting rock music needs to check them out now!"

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"My serious answer is The Holy Bible by the Manic Street Preachers. This is one of my favourite albums of all time and the cover fits the very dark music perfectly. But I’m also a sucker for album covers that capture the spirit of Heavy Metal, so I can’t help but mention Dio’s Holy Diver and Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath."

"I bought an original copy of the Black Sabbath vinyl a few years back and one of my favourite things to do is lie back, stare at the album cover and imagine what it must have been like to hear this for the first time in 1970 - absolutely terrifying I imagine!"

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"I love a good ole metal album title and you really can’t go wrong with Slayer’s Reign in Blood."

 

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

"I have to admit that one of my favourite things about being a music fan is hating on bands that everyone else loves. This choice is an easy one for me Coldplay's Parachutes."

 

The last record I bought was…

"This was Melted on the Inch by Boss Keloid. It’s an absolute monster of an album combining stoner-metal grooves with a 70s prog influence and it sounds like nothing else out there at the moment. I’m not sure what they’re putting in the water at Holy Roar Records this year, but they seem to be releasing an Album of the Year contender every month. Conjurer, Rolo Tomassi, møl and of course Boss Keloid!."

 

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

"Will we ever get a new Tool album? That would be very nice! If not, then I’m also really excited for the new Cult of Luna album."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I’ve thought for a long time that this was Frances the Mute by The Mars Volta but now I’m starting to wonder if it’s Deloused in the Comatorium, their debut album. These records, as well as Opeth’s Ghost Reveries, are where I got the musical DNA for ArcTanGent Festival from – they showed me how interesting and mind-expanding heavy music could be."

 

For more information about ArcTangent and 2000 Trees, click here. 

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