My Record Collection - May 7, 2018

My Record Collection by Memoriam's Frank Healy
by Tom
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My Record Collection by Memoriam's Frank Healy

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 death metallers Memoriam and their bassist Frank Healy. Let's see what he chooses...

 

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

"There are two answers here, with my pocket money I bought two singles at the same time, T-Rex's Children Of The Revolution and Slade's Mama Weer All Crazee Now. As a 10-year old back then it was all parents stuff in the charts and then along came this Glam movement and Top Of The Pops became exciting to watch for a young kid, these two bands started my whole lifelong love of music."

"I must have been a good boy that week to be able to afford two records. The record I got with my first week's wages at 16 was Obsession by UFO. I got my first wage packet of £17.50 and wondered how the hell I was going to spend so much money in a week! I was heavily into the rock scene by this time and Micheal Schenker, the band's guitarist is a music playing genius. To this day I think is their best release."

 

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

"Slade's 'Cum On Feel The Noize'. What a band, they looked like they were having so much fun playing music when I'd be watching them on TV. Get paid to play music as a job? I wanted in on that!"

 

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

"Thin Lizzy's Johnny The Fox. To me, this album is near to perfection. Great songs, great lyrics and a great album cover. They are my favourite band of all time. This period where the band had a great run of albums with Jailbreak, Johnny The Fox, Bad Reputation and Black Rose has to be one of the most enlightening times of my life. Classic."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is...

"Squeeze's Greatest Hits. Such a collection of uplifting songs, even the lyrically sad ones are catchy and upbeat. I defy anyone not to feel good after playing this album. They were song crafting geniuses Squeeze."

 

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

"The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The Bee Gees at their songwriting best. This came out at a great time in my youth when the world was wonderful and I was getting very interested in the opposite sex. Going to the clubs, getting smashed and doing the end of night slow, smoochy dance if you got lucky!"

"It's a very uplifting album that makes me smile every time I hear it as it brings back great memories of a time when my only worry was getting the last bus home drunk after a good night out. After this, I had to start doing adulating!"

 

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

"King Adora's Vibrate You. I honestly have no idea why this band didn't hit the big time with this release. So many well-crafted tracks on this album. Incredibly catchy and lyrically clever songs like 'Bionic', 'Big Isn't Beautiful' and 'Suffocate'. Every song on this album is a gem in its own right. Bands would kill to have an ounce of the songwriting skills of this band. I'm still flummoxed to this day."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

"Black Sabbath's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. When you look at this album cover you know that it isn't going to contain songs about spring flowers and romantic evening meals. It looks sinister and heavy and you just know the contents are going to be the same when you put the record on. A great piece of art that I still like to just sit and look at whilst the album is playing."

 

The record with my favourite title is...

"Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols. Summed up in one title, when I first saw and read it I knew that this was going to be special, no subtlety, it was a statement and a warning. I remember back when it came out the horror and outrage over the title, all the arrests and the court case over it. All because of some words used on an album cover. Powerful or what! And then the music was as good as the cover, timeless cover and timeless album. Brilliant."

 

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

"Meatloaf, any Meatloaf record ever."

 

The last record I bought was...

"Gary Numan's Savage. Here is a man that has been there, seen it all and written the book on the ups and downs of the music business. Where most crumbled, he came out the other side, dusted himself down and carried on making classic albums. I thought his last two albums were peaks, but when I heard Savage I was blown away again. I like his dark and powerful music and I think I always will. A few of us metal bands could learn a thing or two about powerful riffs from him. A gentleman and another genius of the music world."

 

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

"I've already heard it! Judas Priest's Firepower. It does what it says on the tin with Judas Priest. You know exactly what you are going to get with their albums. It's just what level of godly greatness the next album will be like. With Firepower, they have come back with a harsh lesson to the pretenders what great Heavy Metal is. You cannot help but punch your fist in the air as the album plays and I cannot wait to hear these songs played live. The Metal Gods."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"The Clash's first record. Everything I ever wanted on this album, great songs, great social comment, oozing with attitude, perfect. I like the US release of this album as well because of the extra tracks, 'White Man In Hammersmith Palais' and 'Complete Control', two tracks where the Clash were at their very best. To have them on the first album US release makes it even more special to me and I can listen to them all in one sitting. Splendid stuff."

 

Memoriam's new album The Silent Vigil is out now and available here in hmv's online store. 

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