My Record Collection - December 11, 2018

My Record Collection by Manuka Hive
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My Record Collection by Manuka Hive

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 rising rockers Manuka Hive and their frontman Charlie Phelps. Let's see what they've got for us...

 

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

"The Biker Mice From Mars on cassette. I used to razz about my village on my electric motorbike with stabilisers in a balaclava terrorising the local pensioners. Those were the days."

 

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

"The Who - My Generation. I remember being about six or seven years old listening to that album on vinyl on a Sunday morning with my Dad. My Generation came on and it just blew my mind! The raw power from it! That‘s when I knew I wanted to be in a band!"

 

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

"These days it’s got to be Tame Impala - Currents. I’ve got an old Dansette record player, the one where you can load a few albums onto it and it plays through them all. I pick one side of the first disc, and one side from the other, get into bed and let that beauty just float me away!"

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. It’s an instant slingshot back to being 17 and 18 years old. Being mischievous with your mates. It’s the soundtrack of my youth. Instantly takes me back and brings out the devil within."

 

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

"Anything by The Growlers, every song is just so life-affirming and has such gorgeous melodies. It’s just infectiously catchy and you can’t help but smile."

 

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

"This has to be The Lemon Twigs - Do Hollywood. They are just so insanely talented those brothers, it’s like The Beatles meets The Beach Boys via Iggy Pop and Bowie. The most wonderful harmonies you will ever hear and incredible musicianship. I’d recommend anyone who loves music grab a copy."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Blakroc - Blakroc. It’s a collaboration between loads of hip-hop artists and The Black Keys on instrumentals. Absolutely mega and one of my all-time favourite albums. I love the cover because that’s the only reason I first picked it up and bought it, it just looked cool. Without the cover I’d probably never have heard it."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"This is Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse. It’s just proper weird, I love weird."

 

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

"To be honest you could list just about the whole Top 40 chart here, modern pop is just something I totally don’t understand. I don’t see how we’ve arrived here, music is supposed to develop, not regress. It’s just all a bit soulless. I also used to leave a nightclub if Blink-182 came on, I can’t stand those whiny vocals."

 

The last record I bought was…

"The Blinders - Columbia, absolutely sublime. Pure, raw chaos. A truly magic debut, an incredible live band too I can’t wait to hear what they do next."

 

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

"There isn’t much of 2018 left now, but it was The Blinders - Columbia. I hear a new Father John Misty record may be fairly imminent and he is a total genius so that is bound to be incredible. Brian Jonestown Massacre are just constantly putting out glorious noise as well!"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Such a toughie without sounding cliche. I think it totally depends on the mood. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours is never far away from the record player, I think that would be the winner if it didn’t have the jarring 'Don’t Stop' on it. The newly remastered Beatles - White Album is pretty close too, what a glorious trip that is, timeless and a total game changer."

 

You can check out Manuka Hive's new single 'Slave' below:

 

 

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