My Record Collection - October 7, 2019

My Record Collection by Petrol Girls' Ren Aldridge
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My Record Collection by Petrol Girls' Ren Aldridge

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 London punks Petrol Girls and their singer Ren Aldridge, let's see what she goes for...

 

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

"This is Destiny’s Child - Survivor. I think this came out just as I was going to secondary school. I had a dog walking job and at the time, that made me think that I could identify pretty hard with ‘Independent Woman’! I still think this is a fantastic record."

 

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

"I'd say System of a Down's Mesmerize. My first band was a metal band when I was about 14. I was a die-hard System fan from the moment I first heard B.Y.O.B. I just loved how weird and theatrical it was, whilst still carrying a strong anti-authority message."

 

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

"This has to be Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. This is classic parent music that has soundtracked my life in different ways at different times. I remember it being on in the car or just in the background at home when I was a kid, and it was also something we played a lot at parties when I was living in London a few years ago."

"It’s one of the few records that I actually have on vinyl - my friend bought it for me from the market down the road from where we were living in Hamburg. That said, my all-time favourite Fleetwood Mac song is Seven Wonders which is on Tango In The Night."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"I'd say Kate Bush's Hounds of Love. She’s so weird! This is such a great record to sing and dance along to. I always put it on when I’m opening at the bar I work in before anyone else comes."

 

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

"This is Cinder Well's The Unconscious Echo. This actually only came out last year but I just think it’s a perfect desolate haunting stunning folk record. I was living in Scotland when it came out, and this record matched the magical rainy mountainous landscape so perfectly. I saw them play in a tiny pub in Glasgow to about ten people and had to work pretty hard to not cry!"

 

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

"I'd choose The Slits' Cut. They were the most musically interesting and exciting band from the first wave of punk. They certainly shit all over The Sex Pistols. I really strongly believe that they never got the credit they deserve because they’re women. I can’t wait to watch the documentary that has just recently come out about them!"

"I also love Viv Albertine’s books - I think she’s an incredible writer. I’ve got a signed copy of her solo EP which says ‘Dear Ren you’re better than all the boys love Viv’ on it, from when I saw her at Rebellion Festival when I was around 18. It was so encouraging and inspiring for me!"

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Got to be Refused's The Shape of Punk To Come. This was also a very strong contender for the greatest record of all time! I love everything about it. The cover art is really iconic with the blocks of colour between monochrome photos. I also think its great how they underline the super bold record title with: “A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts.” Beyond stoked to be touring with Refused and Thrice this November!"

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"This is Sikth and The Trees are Dead and Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild. I wrote this across the ceiling of my bedroom as a teenager, and used to recite the weird spoken-word track at the end word for word with my mate Rory in English class at school. It's so fantastical and magical. There’s also a sick cover of Tupelo by Nick Cave on there."

 

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

"Anything by Kings Of Leon. I just find all that kind of stuff painfully bland."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Cult Dreams' Things That Hurt. This is the best Cult Dreams record yet! I feel like there’s more of every emotion on this record and Lucinda’s lyrics are so strong. It’s incredibly atmospheric and reminds me a lot of the newer Apologies I Have None stuff."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is…

"It's Nervus - Tough Crowd. I find myself singing Nervus songs all the time, they’re probably the catchiest band in the UK right now. 'Everything Dies' is an absolute masterpiece! The couple of tracks from Tough Crowd that have been released are bangers. I love the gang vocal section at the end of 'Flies'."

"They’re also so much fun live - keyboard player Paul has the best dance moves in punk, hands down - whilst not shying away from politics. Em is an absolute force to be reckoned with and I’m so grateful and inspired to see her injecting some meaningful politics into the scene. Bands like Nervus are so rare and vital because they’re catchy, fun, emotional and radical as fuck all at the same time."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"It's Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine. This record blends all the best parts of the two most politicised genres of music - hip hop and punk. It’s so incendiary. I remember seeing Rage at Reading Festival years ago and wondering if I was even going to survive their set, as about 8 intersecting circle pits opened up around me! It’s all in the name but they are the best band to help channel rage at the political system - which is more necessary than ever right now."

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