My Record Collection - June 29, 2020

My Record Collection by Rhys Lewis
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by Rhys Lewis

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 rising singer-songwriter Rhys Lewis, let's see what he opts for...


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

"I think it was a Best of Jimi Hendrix compilation CD, I think I then asked for distortion and WahWah guitar pedal for Christmas that year..."


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

"It was Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. I remember this band exploding onto the scene when I was about 11 and had just started playing the guitar, so for the next five years I basically just wanted to be Alex Turner."


The record I've played more than any other is

"Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. It’s like a Greatest Hits. Ridiculous!"


The record that always makes me feel good is…

"It's Michael Kiwanuka's Home Again. Musical, beautiful, calming. I think it will be a classic album when we look back in years to come."


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

"For this, it's got to be Paul Simon's Graceland. I challenge you to be in a bad mood or not sing along to the chorus of ‘You Can Call Me Al’"


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

"I'd say Bombay Bicycle Club's So Long, See You Tomorrow. I think it’s such an imaginative and original album."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Hard to choose! It’s really obvious, but Abbey Road is a great album cover. And Dark Side Of The Moon was one of my favourites growing up!"




The record with my favourite title is…

"Tricky, there are so many good ones. Probably Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon because when I came across that title as a teenager it was the coolest thing I’d ever heard."


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

"Beyoncé's Lemonade. I just don’t get it."


The last record I bought was…

"It was Sam Fender's Hypersonic Missiles. I think this record is one of the most exciting debut albums of the last decade. It’s an explosive and original social comment on the ups and downs of modern life, and I’d say he’s the closest thing the U.K has had to Bruce Springsteen so definitely a record worth giving a spin!"


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

"This is Lianne La Havas’ new album. Lianne could sing a Dominos takeaway menu and make it sound magical so a whole album of new music to dine out on from her is a very exciting prospect!"


The greatest record of all time is...

"Again, it's obvious, but Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. As I said earlier, it’s like a greatest hits, such an incredible selection of songs, all so well performed and produced."


Rhys Lewis' new album Things I Chose To Remember is released on July 10th. You can pre-order it here in hmv's online store. 

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