My Record Collection - March 26, 2020

My Record Collection by Pure Reason Revolution's Jon Courtney
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My Record Collection by Pure Reason Revolution's Jon Courtney

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 reunited prog types Pure Reason Revolution and their frontman Jon Courtney, let's see what he chooses... 

 

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

"This was Def Leppard's Hysteria. Coming from Sheffield, you couldn’t avoid hearing about the Leppard. Still love this album – what production! My first gig was also Def Leppard. Soon after the cock rock stuff, I defected to my first true love, grunge."

 

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

"It was Nirvana. My brother had borrowed a VHS of the 1991 MTV awards. I saw Nirvana take the stage and play 'Lithium'. I just couldn’t believe it! The power of the music, how new it sounded, how cool Kurt Cobain was. From that moment I knew I had to do music."

 

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

"Either it's Nirvana's Nevermind or Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. I’d say it’s a dead heat. Both just completely blew me away. Discovering Nevermind at 11 was just so exciting. I used to have £1 lunch money, I’d buy a 10p packet of crisps and save the rest so I could buy a new grunge cassette at the weekend..."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"This has to be Beach Boys' Summer Days & Summer Nights. It has 'California Girls' and 'Let Him Run Wild'. Some beautiful music that was a precursor to Pet Sounds. You simply cannot listen to 'California Girls' and not feel good. The harmonies are incredible."

 

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

"Wham's Fantastic. 'Young Guns' is unbelievable. George Michael was such a good writer, producer and vocalist. I’m starting to feel down that he’s no longer here. Time to listen to 'Wham Rap'."

 

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

"I'd say Smashing Pumpkins' Adore. When I first heard it I hated it. It’s now my favourite Smashing Pumpkins album. I love the fact they didn’t just stick with the grunge formula and experimented into this more electronic vibe. Love Corgan’s voice too."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"It's Sonic Youth' Dirty. Not sure why, I just love it."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"It's Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. I mean, what a belter! This is sharply contrasted with possible the worst by from Floyd mastermind Roger Waters – The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking. Terrible."

 

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

"It's Bloc Party's Silent Alarm. Everyone went mad for it, but it’s just not my cup of tea."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Tool's Lateralus on vinyl. If you’re a prog fan and don’t own this, you’re a berk."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is… 

"The new thing from Steven Wilson – hugely admire this writer, composer and producer. We’ve been lucky enough to support Porcupine Tree a few times."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"It has to be Pet Sounds. The skill involved with the compositions, the complexity of the vocal harmonies, the attention to detail, the breadth of instrumentation, the production innovation, the celestial beauty in the voices. Absolute classic."

 

Pure Reason Revolution's new album Eupnea is available for purchase here in hmv's online store. 

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