My Record Collection - February 20, 2018

My Record Collection by Lemuria's Max Gregor
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My Record Collection by Lemuria's Max Gregor

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 New York punks Lemuria and their bassist Max Gregor, let's see what he chooses...

 

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

"This is tough to recall, but probably Both Feet Over The Line by My Revenge, a Vermont hardcore band I saw all the time. The singer, Spencer, inspired a lot of my early LP choices."

 

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

"There were so many, but let me narrow it down to the first two I literally played along to - Johnny Thunders' L.A.M.F, which I spent a few weeks as a teen playing drums along to every day, and Social Distortion's Live At The Roxy, which in hindsight has some real cringe-worthy banter between tracks, but these were all the songs I initially learned on guitar, playing along with the band’s live set."

 

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

"Probably The Smiths' The Queen is Dead. I racked up most of the plays on this album in high school by spinning it every day from the second I got it."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson. Put that one on first thing in the morning and you’re guaranteed a great day."

 

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

"Billy Bragg's Worker’s Playtime. It’s a beautiful and hopeful record, but also allows me to wallow a bit in my misery. I don’t mind a little healthy wallowing."

 

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

"I guess it’s a little funny, since they had some mainstream success, but a band/album I don’t hear many folks talking about these days is The Sundays and their record Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. This record is an incredible bit of well written Smiths worship type pop, stripped down and catchy as heck."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"My mom had a copy of Sticky Fingers when I was growing up - the version with the working zipper. There a many album covers that have had an impact on me, iconic images that stick with me, but the interactive aspect of this was like moving through another dimension into the record. The Faces' Ooh La La had this quality too, a little pop-up book kind of slide action to interact with while you listen."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"This album is a mystery and possibly a solution, all in one? Crispin Glover’s The Big Problem Does Not Equal the Solution, The Solution Equals Let It Be is both a strange name for an album, but also a challenge to figure out a riddle contained within, after which you could call a number? And then I don’t know, did you win something? I have no idea what the problem is."

 

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

"Literally any Imagine Dragons record."

 

The last record I bought was…

"The new Buckingham McVie album. I’m just a few spins in but it sounds like they caught some chemistry – these two are my favourite Fleetwood Mac songwriters so was excited to hear about this focused collaboration!"

 

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

"I’m pretty excited about everything that David Byrne has coming up this year. His new record and the apparent touring he’ll be doing. His constant exploration and progress is inspiring. American Utopia sounds like it could be a great smack in the face of the pervasive nihilism I otherwise experience and most culture is currently reflecting or completely ignoring."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"This changes every week for me, and it pains me to write something so obvious by one of the universally appreciated greatest bands of all time, but I’ve been diving back into The White Album recently, and what a record. The confidence of the musicians in their prime, taking on challenges of writing in unique and innovative ways, and effortlessly executing each concept and moving on to the next."

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