My Record Collection - January 7, 2020

My Record Collection by Marconi Union's Duncan Meadows
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My Record Collection by Marconi Union's Duncan Meadows

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 experimental Mancunians Marconi Union and their frontman Duncan Meadows, let's see what he goes for...

 

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

"In the Manchester Arndale branch of WH Smiths, I was given the choice of Kylie Minogue's Enjoy Yourself and Michael Jackson's Bad on which to spend my Christmas vouchers. I'll let readers decide themselves which I opted for. Suffice to say history has vindicated my decision."

 

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

"Nevermind by Nirvana. I learned all Dave Grohl's drum parts on a collection of precisely laid out ice cream tubs. Soon after I formed a band with some mates from school and the first songs we learned to play were from Nevermind. I was singer in the band. My singing was a little better than my drumming."

 

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

"Kid A by Radiohead. I was at university and listened to this album every night for months from the day it was released. I was quite naïve back then in some ways and it's only since my experience of music has broadened that I can appreciate some of the musical references and influences the album seems to contain. But more than anything, it was the emotional pull of the album that kept me returning to it night after night."

 

The record that makes me feel good is...

"Speaking in Tongues by Talking Heads. A friend from school started seeing someone who I've since become good friends with, and he introduced me to Talking Heads. Before that, I'd only heard Road to Nowhere and Pyscho Killer. Speaking in Tongues was often on at parties and I'm still sometimes moved to my feet when I put it on."

 

The record that I think is the most underrated of all time is...

"I rarely read reviews now. When I was younger I sometimes bought albums on the strength of reviews in NME or Melody Maker, and so I was usually buying albums that were officially sanctioned by music journalists. I've recently been listening to Lodger by David Bowie, and I was surprised to discover that it was initially quite poorly received. For me, Lodger is the work of people who were creatively liberated and willing to try things out."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

"Of the records I've recently bought the cover I've spent the most time looking at is Transmission Suite by 808 State. The gatefold is an overhead shot of the room in which the album was recorded, showing a bewildering number of synthesisers and other instruments."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is...

"What's Going On by Marvin Gaye. On the one hand, it's “This is what is going on”, talking about the social and political situation in the USA at the time, and on the other, it expresses anger and incredulity toward those things, a rhetorical WTF."

 

The record I can't understand why everyone loves is...

"With the caveat that I realise not everyone loved it, but Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'. A deplorable piece of music."

 

The last record I bought was...

"The last album I paid for was Erratics & Unconformities by Craven Faults. Although that was actually on pre-order; it's not released until next year. The last record that I bought and possess is The Undivided Five by A Winged Victory for the Sullen."

 

The record I most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is...

"I suppose with reference to my previous answer it has to be Erratics and Unconformities. I don't look that far ahead with release dates. There're so many records released every week that it's enough work keeping up with those."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. Every time I listen to it I'm struck by how new it sounds."

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