My Record Collection - June 18, 2018

My Record Collection by Orange Goblin's Ben Ward
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My Record Collection by Orange Goblin's Ben Ward

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 sludgy heavy metallers Orange Goblin and their frontman Ben Ward, let's see what he goes for...

 

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

"This was Adam & The Ants – Prince Charming: I was really young but I knew that I really liked the song 'Stand & Deliver' and I remember going to Woolworths to buy the single and it was sold out! I had to save up my pocket money for a few more weeks so that I could afford to buy the full album but it was worth the wait. I played that album relentlessly and still have it to this day. There is so much interesting stuff going on throughout the album, especially the percussion and the lyrics that always fascinated me as a kid."

 

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

"I'd say Metallica - …And Justice For All. When I was at school I was always interested in various types of music and was a big fan of bands like The Beatles and The Smiths but they never gave me the urge to be a musician or be in a band at all. I was a bit of a latecomer to heavy metal but when I first heard the song ‘Blackened’ by Metallica it changed everything for me and I fell in love with the genre and remember thinking that this was something that I would actually really like to pursue and maybe get involved with."

 

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

"Black Sabbath's Sabotage: I could pick any of the early Black Sabbath albums as they have all probably had equal spins but I’ll go with Sabotage as I always seem to turn to this album first. When I first got into Sabbath it they were pretty much the only band I listened to for about a year, it became quite obsessive and I would hunt everywhere for any records, cassettes, shirts….just basically any kind of Black Sabbath memorabilia that I could find! This album encapsulates everything I love about Sabbath, great riffs, awesome lyrics and material that proved they were more than just a metal band. There is a lot of clever songwriting and melody here too!"

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"ZZ Top – Rio Grande Mud. ZZ Top are just one of those bands that are perfect for when the sun is shining, you’re with friends and there is cold beer flowing! The opening combo of ‘Francine’ and ‘Just Got Paid’ is the epitome of cool and the guitar tone of Billy Gibbons just makes me smile. It’s effortlessly cool! Another album that always makes me feel good would be ‘Brothers In Arms’ by Dire Straits as it always reminds me of being a kid and not having a care in the world! I guess anything that makes you reminisce is always going to be a feel-good album!"

 

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

"I'd say this is Midlake – Courage Of Others. I kind of discovered this band by mistake a few years ago when they released a song called 'Roscoe', which at the time reminded me of Fleetwood Mac covering the theme tune to M.A.S.H! Then I got the Courage Of Others album and it’s just beautifully melancholic, especially the song ‘Acts of Man’. They’ve always interested me ever since and I’ve tried to follow their career, which seems to be ever-changing as they’re not afraid to experiment with different styles, which is something I admire about them."

 

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

"I'd opt for Riot – Fire Down Under. Such an amazing record and years ahead of its time. It’s almost like heavy metal perfection and yet not too many people are aware of this album. It’s such a shame that Mark Reale from the bad died a few years back as I would have loved to have the band live. I guess a lot of people may have heard the song ‘Swords & Tequila’ from this record but every track is an absolute banger. Definitely an underrated album and definitely an underrated band as all of their albums were awesome, also check out the album Narita!"

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Iron Maiden – Live After Death. This is another almost impossible question as there are so many great covers. I’m torn because I really love simple, iconic album art, such as Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon, Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and Venom's Black Metal, but I also really love artwork that you need to study and dive into."

"Live After Death by Iron Maiden is just such an amazing piece of artwork and there is so much going on. Every detail is incredible. This can also be said of all of Derek Riggs artwork on those early Maiden records, particularly Number of The Beast, Powerslave and Somewhere in Time. I guess it also helps that Live After Death is up there as one of the greatest live albums of all time too!"

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Budgie – If I Were Britannia I’d Waive The Rules. Welsh rockers Budgie were the best at play on words song titles, but this 1976 album title always struck a chord with me. It’s very clever and the album itself is great too. They always had some interesting song titles like ‘Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman’, ‘Hot As A Dockers Armpit’, ‘You’re The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk’, ‘In The Grip Of A Tyrefitters Hand’ and Napolean Bona – Parts 1 & 2! Genius!"

 

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

"For me, this has to be The Velvet Underground & Nico. I’ve never really been a big fan of that kind of art rock. I must have missed the boat on bands and artists like Lou Reed, Talking Heads etc. I tried listening to this when I was young and just never really understood it. I’ve tried again recently and it still didn’t click. Maybe I need to try heroin first?"

"I used to feel the same way about Bruce Springsteen until I went to see him live and then I got it. I went out and bought all his early albums and I still love them to this day. I consider myself pretty open minded about music and have a very wide spectrum of tastes but the Andy Warhol album cover one, I just don’t get it."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse. This was the last new release I bought as I am a big fan of Watain and was really hoping that this would deliver, which it certainly does. Watain just seem to go from strength to strength and this is another great addition to their catalogue. I’ve been buying some older albums that were missing form my collection too. I recently purchased 2 albums by a French thrash metal band called Massacra. ‘Final Holocaust’ and ‘Enjoy The Violence’ are both very underrated classics of the genre and recently I’ve been really impressed by a lot of French heavy metal that I was completely unaware of. I have my fiancé to thank for that!"

 

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

"To be honest I couldn’t really pick one in particular as there have already been some pretty good releases so far this year from the likes of Watain, Necros Christos, Judas Priest, Septic Tank and Sleep. Beyond those I can’t even remember what has come out and what is still due to come. I’ve heard that the new Orange Goblin album is worth buying though!"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I'd say Pink Floyd – The Wall. Again, this is such a difficult question as there are so many albums that I could choose and often it depends on the mood. I have gone for The Wall because I just love everything about it, musically, lyrically and across the whole album I think it caters for every mood and style of music."

 

Orange Goblin's new album The Wolf Bites Back is out now and available here in hmv's online store. 

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