My Record Collection - October 15, 2018

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

My Record Collection by KT Tunstall

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 KT Tunstall, who is currently riding high with her new album WAX, let's see what she picks out...

 

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

"This was Heaven & Las Vegas by The Cocteau Twins. When I was at school, you got a Bookshop voucher for winning an academic prize, but the school didn’t know the Bookshop had started selling albums and we all bought ourselves records. My goth mate from Glasgow had turned me on to the band and Liz Fraser is still one of my favourite singers of all time."

 

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

"The early records of The Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra, which was King Creosote’s Fife-based band in the mid-1990’s. Also, hearing The 3 EP’s by The Beta Band who were also out of Fife. I played my first gig in the back room of a local bar in St Andrews, and Kenny Anderson came along with a friend of mine. He pretty much asked me to join his band there and then."

"They were a folk-punk skiffle band. The Beta Band guys were just getting signed in London, and I remember them coming to the cottage I was living in with Kenny’s brother Een, and hearing their mixes for the 3 EP’s totally blew me away."

 

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

"Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. I didn’t get to some of my favourite music until I was into my 20’s. The songs on this album are a constant source of inspiration to me, the fact that you can rock out and dance to it with a beer, but if you choose to do the deep dive, there are new worlds of understanding in the lyrics that I’m still getting new things from now."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"This is Immunity by Jon Hopkins. I’ve always loved electronic and dance music. Jon Hopkins has created something so totally unique within that world; his music so human and hand-crafted and I feel it has been made with such positive intention, I find it truly transcendental. It’s a medicinal album."

 

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

"For this, I'd say Velvet Donkey by Ivor Cutler. I was introduced to Ivor Cutler through a friend, Orkney artist Halfcousin. Ivor is a poet and humorist, and his records are beautiful, funny, absurd collections of songs and stories while he plays his foot-pump harmonium. It makes me feel very rooted when I listen to it. He sings about flies and flowers and other minutiae which helps prioritize any madness that is going on around me."

 

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

"Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake. I always expect everyone to be obsessed with Nick Drake, and am more often than not surprised that they don’t know him. I listened to his records so much through university and beyond, and I know all those arrangements like I know the streets where I grew up. It’s absolutely incredible that he wrote those songs when he was so young."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones, especially the special edition with the actual zipper. I love this album so much. It’s a cornerstone in my contemporary musical education. I love the simplicity - black and white with red font, sexy, provocative, the title along with the image. Released at the start of the 70’s, it’s a marker of that decade."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Odelay by Beck. This record really shaped me and my attitude towards how to make music myself. I’ve always loved the title and I never knew what it meant. I just looked it up and it means, “Slang used in the Hispanic culture, possibly exclusive to Mexican, meaning to agree wholeheartedly or to express enthusiasm for an idea or object. That is cool." 

 

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

"The West Side Story soundtrack, plus almost all other musical theatre songs ever. There are definite exceptions. Bugsy Malone and Oliver, I love those. I’m not into being negative about music, we all have our own tastes. I just don’t get old musical theatre soundtrack music, it totally puts me on edge and makes me wish for silence."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Loner by Caroline Rose. It’s very exciting to find a new artist that delivers a great album start to finish. I love the songwriting, particularly the melodies, and the production is great. Great drum sounds on this album."

 

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

"The new offering from Maggie Rogers. It’s coming out any day now, and I can’t wait. Maggie is an amazing talent and just full of joy and honesty. She’s a medicine woman. Really offering up her body and soul into what she does, whilst delivering it all with that beautiful voice."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"This has to be Hunky Dory by David Bowie. When I first got this album, I listened to it four or five times in a row. I couldn’t believe it. This almost impossible mixture of melody, lyrical content, instrumental arrangement, image, storytelling, vocal delivery, attitude, and physical beauty. There’s no-one else like him."

 

KT Tunstall's new album WAX is out now and available here in hmv's online store. 

Wax
Wax KT Tunstall

More Articles

View All

My Record Collection

My Record Collection

My Record Collection