My Record Collection - December 18, 2018

My Record Collection by Ladytron's Daniel Hunt
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My Record Collection by Ladytron's Daniel Hunt

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 electropop collective Ladytron and their multi-instrumentalist Daniel Hunt. Let's see what he opts for...

 

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

"99 Red Balloons by Nena was the first single I actually bought. I went on to be a Duran Duran completist but Nena came first. Apart from the B-Side, I’m not sure if I ever heard another track by them, but it’s fair to say they were formative.”

 

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

“Pet Shop Boys and other electronic artists had inspired me to try making rudimentary music when I was a kid, but it was Lovely by the Primitives that made me want to be in a proper band, in the sense that they made it seem possible, practical even. And how I imagined the lifestyle of a group like that appealed to me, travelling all over.”

 

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

“Loveless by My Bloody Valentine is the one record I never stopped listening to since it came out. I’m not sure how apparent this is now but at the time of its release it seemed to render much of the music around it obsolete, a sea change.”

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"For me, 'Fallin’ In Love' by American Spring is precious.”

 

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

“Harmonia’s Deluxe has a neutralising effect on my mood. Some would go for something that matches how they are feeling, but I’m too sensitive for that. I can’t go opening the box when I’m already vulnerable. Harmonia always fixes me somehow.”

 

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

“There was a group from Liverpool called Outfit, who released their debut album Performance in 2013. It’s a very special record and didn’t get anywhere near the attention it deserved. It may seem like a big shout to claim it is the most underrated album of all time, and there are certainly many contenders, but I’m trying to redress that by including it here.”

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

“Free Beer by Free Beer. I was secondhand record shopping many years ago with Bob Stanley from Saint Etienne, and there we found this album cover that we were briefly obsessed with. Breathtaking.”

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

“Nation of Ulysses - 13 Point Program to Destroy America. My copy of this, like many albums I bought over the years from Probe in Liverpool has a sticker with my name on it, denoting albums they were confident I would want when I next came in the shop. It looks rather amusing next to this title.”

 

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

“Madonna’s new one. Fascinated to hear what she does in the current climate.”

 

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

“I genuinely can’t think of an example. I stopped thinking about music in this way a long time ago. In the past, I’d have given you a lengthy list.”

 

The last record I bought was…

“Psicopretas 1 & 2. There’s a rapper I really love in São Paulo where I live called Sistah Chilli. Her beats are all Jamaican Studio One, early ska and so on. This was a 7” vinyl of her collaborations with a group of fierce, like-minded anti-fascist artists.”



The greatest record of all time is…

“Akt - Prince No Deserto Vermelho. I’ve been completely obsessed with this for years. The strangest thing is that there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of other music by them anywhere, no album at least."

"I know it was kind of a supergroup made up of members from other bands in the post-punk scene in São Paulo, but even my friends who were around then don’t remember any details. So we just have this magnificent tune - to me the greatest, most unheralded record of all time.”

 

Ladytron's self-titled new album is out in February and available to pre-order here in hmv's online store. 

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