My Record Collection - November 5, 2019

My Record Collection by Marianas Trench's Mike Ayley
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My Record Collection by Marianas Trench's Mike Ayley

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 Vancouver pop-rockers eccentrics Mariana's Trench and their bassist Mike Ayley, let's see what he goes for...

 

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

"It was The Cure's Disintegration. I was already starting to listen to The Cure. I was at the mall with a friend who talked me into buying it. I actually think he just wanted to hear it but saw that I had $15. As it turns out, I loved the album and still do today."

 

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

"Depeche Mode's 101. I used to sing along to this album while walking to school. It was while doing this I realised that I never pictured being at the concert but actually putting on the concert. I memorised every improvised part, every bit of banter and listened to that double album over and over."

 

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

"Metallica's ...And Justice For All. Either this album was made at a lower print quality or I listened to it more than any other album. Must have been the latter because I played it until the song tracking was worn off but, as expected, I had it memorized. I haven't listened to it much since, but when it sneaks it's way into my life it always takes me right back to the "cover to cover" experiences I had with this one."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Steve Perry's Oh Sherry. This is just a single, I know. I love this song. It wasn't really a song from my era, but it sure is a great sing-along song. Steve Perry was awesome in Journey and this track showed everyone that was awesome as a solo artist and still had one of the better voices in pop-rock."

 

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

"When I was younger it was Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. This really just happens to be the album that made it into my personal heavy rotation when I was at an awkward stage. It started with a friend introducing me to Gish. I started learning to play the bass guitar to that album as well as others, like Jane's Addiction."

"When I started listening to Siamese Dream you could hear that Billy Corgan's songwriting was hitting a new level, the production was improved and Jimmy Chamberlain's drumming was the overcharged battery that brought all the songs to life at such an incredible level!"

 

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

"I'd say Sigur Ros's Agaetis Byrjun. Maybe it's just because there is no place on radio for these songs. If you watched Vanilla Sky then you would see how well these songs can set a mood. I used to just sit around in the dark sipping red wine listening to this album and the subsequent Sigur Ros album when I just needed to get away to another world and soak up nothing but vibe."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"When I was a kid, I found this one in the collection and was fascinated by it. Queen's News Of The World. Maybe it's because it was a cartoon. Maybe it was because this giant robot looked like it was actually the victim. I still don't know to this day, but I must have looked at that a thousand times as a kid trying to figure out what the story behind the art was."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon. For a band that puts out the kind of music they do this is about the best album title I could think of. Pink Floyd were huge. They are still huge. I remember reading something at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame written by them and it really changed my perspective on their success and even the goals of our own. I suggest finding that if you're ever in Cleveland. It's big and I think it covers an entire wall of the museum."


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

"Not sure how highly rated this album was but in my circle, I wasn’t able to escape it. Maybe it was just the people I was hanging out with at the time and maybe I was just always in a restless mood when this album was played. Beck’s Odelay has never done anything for me. There are a couple of moments I can listen to, but I would never go out of my way to listen to this and I’m always happy when listening to it is over with."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Marianas Trench's Phantoms, which is strange, but true. I always buy our albums when they come out. I remember getting the first one on CD at HMV, the second one on CD and iTunes and now I also save them and stream them on Spotify too. I just love to hear our music in all the available formats. I still get so giddy and nervous on release day. I'm usually up at 4am pacing around our home thinking "What else can I do to let people know this album is out?". It never ends. It's who I am."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"This is the most objective question of all time, but I'll say Radiohead's The Bends. This is an album that really took Radiohead to the next level. After 'Creep', the door was open for them and they didn't disappoint. This album is so creative and was the beginning of a sequence of albums that would change music in that era completely. I love the next two albums as well but I think this one was the one that best straddled the line between pop and concept album."

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