My Record Collection - March 27, 2018

My Record Collection by Mallory Knox's Sam Douglas
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My Record Collection by Mallory Knox's Sam Douglas

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 rockers Mallory Knox. Now a foursome after the departure of singer Mikey Chapman, bassist Sam Douglas has taken over lead vocals and given us an insight into his record collection...

 

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

"It was Blink-182's Take Off Your Pants And Jacket. I remember being in Tesco with my Mum and I think I had to give her the money to get me it because it had that Parental Advisory sticker on it. I think I convinced her there were only a few swear words in there but by the time track four came on she knew that that was a lie..."

 

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

"Box Car Racer's self-titled album. Clearly, I was a huge Blink fan growing up and when Tom DeLonge announced he was doing this side project without Mark I was a heartbroken teeny mess. However, this was the first record that made me want to pick up a guitar myself. There's a song on there called 'Letters To God' and it's one of my favourite songs of all time and the first two minutes is just Tom and his acoustic before the song climaxes at the end to the full band kicking into the final chorus."

"I remember the impact that had on me, realising that songs were allowed to go from this beautiful acoustic song into this explosion of noise. I think it was the first time I did more than just listen to a song, I wanted to know how and why it was made that way and therefore it opened a doorway into me wanting to write and create my own music."

 

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

"Blink-182's Untitled LP. Blink again, I know, but 2001-2003 was the biggest self-discovery journey I had been through in music and in 2001 Blink released Take Off Your Pants And Jacket, 2002 was Box Car Racer and 2003 was this record. I played it to absolute death. In fact, I'd go as far to say I've listened to this record at least once a month since it has been released."

"I remember on their website they released a two-minute studio video every other day and I honestly was that kid logging into AOL first thing every morning in the hope that there would be a new video for me to watch. That album changed my life and was 100 percent the biggest influence to this day on my song writing. I get a lot of raised eyebrows aimed my way when I say this is my favourite album of all time but Blink didn't get the credit they deserved with this record. It's timeless, it still sounds as good now as it did back then."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"Scorpions' Wind of Change. It just reminds me of being a kid, whether it be in the car with my family, or walking round the house on a weekend and more often than not my Dad would have this song blasting out. He used to sit there and make these playlists onto a cassette, like literally sit there cause he had to press play and record them onto it and for some reason, this is the song that reminds me of it all. Also feel like I need to mention The Killers' 'Mr Brightside' as well because well, it's 'Mr Brightside' ain't it."

 

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

"U2 - With or Without You. I'm not even that big of a U2 fan but this song is just an absolute classic. "I can't live with or without you" It's such a simple yet such a beautiful line. I've had a few sad evenings with this running through my headphones."

 

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

"A song by Feeder called 'Just The Way I'm Feeling'. Christ what a song. Feeder are a big band in their own right and I love them but this song should have been the biggest of the decade. This should have been the song that got played every time England got knocked out of a World Cup. I dare you not to feel something when you listen to this song. Truly, one of my favourite choruses of all time."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Never Mind The Bollocks - Sex Pistols. I've never really been one for artwork but if someone ever mentions this record the first thing I think of aside from the songs is the brash colours and the simplicity of the front cover. The DIY and Punk aesthetic definitely comes through and I think it's safe to assume that's what they were going for."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers. I watched a documentary about this record not too long ago and it's not until you watch It that you realise just how much the band experienced when it came to writing and recording this record. The album title fits perfectly and makes complete sense regarding the history of that band. Helps that it's a classic too!"

 

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

"Pretty much anything by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They always seem to be that band if people ask me what kind of music i'm into and I reply with rock music they'll always reply with "oh, I like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers". They seem to be anyone's who doesn't really listen to rock music's go to band and I don't know why because there is so much better stuff out there."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Gang of Youths - Go Farther In Lightness. I've only recently discovered them but within a few days, I bought their entire back catalogue. I love the honesty in the lyrics and the song writing throughout is exceptional. Rarely do I find these days albums I'll listen from front to back this is one of them."

 

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

"The new album by The 1975. I was a huge fan of their debut album, I truly think Chocolate is one of the best Pop songs of all time. I enjoyed their second album but I'm hoping for a big step up on their third. I've seen a few interviews they've done and the impression they're giving is that this album needs to eclipse their previous two and I'm intrigued to see what they come up with."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"'Don't Look Back In Anger' by Oasis. I find it hard to pick an album but this song is incredible. When you think of the power it has had regarding the recent Manchester attacks it just shows how truly powerful music can be. I've watched countless videos of this song live and the crowd reaction when that chorus kicks is just a wall of voices every single time. Every musician/songwriter would dream of having a song like that in their back catalogue. It puts classics to shame."

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