My Record Collection - October 14, 2019

My Record Collection by Richard Lowenstein
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My Record Collection by Richard Lowenstein

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 Richard Lowenstein, director of upcoming documentary Mystify: Michael Hutchence. Let's see what he picks out...

 

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

"This was Slade's Slade Alive. I saved up money from my paper round to buy a red 10-speed bicycle.  An album with a red cover was next and SLADE ALIVE! was it. My first gifted record was Sugarfoot's The Story Of A Merry-Go-Round Horse, which also had a red cover. I was into red..."

 

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

"The Beatles' I Am The Walrus. I tried to borrow the EP version from my next-door neighbour friend to take to school for “show & tell”. He didn’t let me because he was starting a band and needed it for rehearsals. I thought that sounded like a good idea but I never started the band, so I ended up hanging around them and making their music videos."

 

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

"I'd say Neil Diamond's Crunchy Granola Suite. The transition from the orchestral Prologue into the Intro and the opening bars of Crunchy Granola Suite are like crack cocaine. I had it playing on repeat at full blast for a few months in the late nineties whilst writing a feature film script. After a few weeks, the tenants downstairs sent me a polite request to expand the playlist. I need to use it as underscore on a film before I die..."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra's classic 'Some Velvet Morning'. One of the strangest pop songs ever written. Innovative, visually inspiring and one of the best duets ever recorded."

 

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

"Leonard Cohen's 'The Stranger Song'. The opening of Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs Miller with this song is the most sublime and uplifting combination of vision, sound, beauty and poignancy ever to grace the cinema screen. It reminds one of what is possible in both life and cinema when the right elements come together."

 

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

"Michael Hutchence and Ollie Olsen's Max Q. Dumped by management and record company for political reasons with Michael’s involvement and image hidden under a fake persona, this album never really got the attention or success it deserved."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Has to be The Beatles and Sgt Pepper. The front cover was endlessly fascinating to an eight-year-old and still is to this day."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"It is Little Pattie's He's My Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy. Australians are weird..."

 

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

"Anything by Coldplay. I just don’t get them."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Dirty Three's Horse Stories. I needed to have the CD of this iconic album as a venerated real object in my CD collection. A download was never going to be good enough. It needed to be seen and touched and have incense burned in front of it."

 

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

"It's the new Dirty Three album. Due out late 2019 or early 2020..."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Danny Kaye's Tubby The Tuba. It may not be the most obvious choice, but six-year-old me really knew when something was firing on all cylinders. The story of a loner bucking the system and carving out something new in his/her own voice. It should be made compulsory listening for all six-year-olds. I can still recite it verbatim after all these years...."

 

Richard Lowenstein's documentary Mystify: Michael Hutchence is released into UK cinemas on October 18th. You can pre-order the DVD here in hmv's online store. 

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