My Record Collection - June 4, 2018

My Record Collection by Skating Polly
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My Record Collection by Skating Polly

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 Riot Grrl trio Skating Polly, let's see what they choose...

 

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

Peyton (Bighorse, multi-instrumentalist): "Sonic Youth's The Destroyed Room. I was about 13 or 14 and I didn't know much about music yet. So I picked it because I had heard of Sonic Youth and wanted to impress the guy at the record store. I was lucky though because it ended up being a good record!"

 

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

Peyton: "Germ Free Adolescents by The X-Ray Spex. I thought Poly Styrene was the number one badass when I first heard it. I wanted to be able to scream like her and go really high like she could. It was eye-opening for me because I'd never heard a girl sing like that."

 

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

Peyton: "Elliott Smith's Either Or. After I heard 'Miss Misery' and 'Waltz #2' I decided to listen to every Elliott song I could find. I started with Either Or and I never looked back."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

Peyton: "MGMT's Oracular Spectacular. It always makes me feel sunny inside and when the breakdown in 'Kids' comes on I make everyone shut up so I can really listen to it."

 

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

Peyton: "The Velvet Underground's self-titled. It's perfect for indulging in my sadness while also having some jams that bring me out of it. It goes through the process of feeling better. It's also one of my favourite records of all time."

 

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

Kurtis (Mayo, drummer): "Billy Joel's The Stranger. I feel like most people would say this is overrated, overcooked, yadda yadda, which is exactly why it's underrated. Billy Joel is a Thanksgiving Turkey. He's perfect for the whole family, equally poppy and sneering. If Moving Out, Just the Way You Are, Vienna, or The Stranger comes on at a party, I'll lose my mind."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

Peyton: "The Replacement's Let It Be. Coolness just seeps out of it. It makes me feel cooler just by looking at it."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

Peyton: "Liz Phair's Exile In Guyville! Raddest title of all time. It paints an image to me of an desolate place and then you listen to the record and it's just perfect for it. I love it."

 

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

Kurtis: "Deafheaven's Sunbather. It's good, but like… people act like it's the end all be all of shoegaze and black metal, which were hip buzzwords when this record came out. I will say this record made me check out old Mayhem and Darkthrone records, so they definitely are tastemakers, but I don't get the hype."

 

The last record I bought was…

Kurtis: "Buck Owens and The Buckaroos at Carnegie Hall. Even if you're not a country music fan, you have to acknowledge the pure badassery of Buck Owens and Don Rich’s dual lead guitars. Without them, you wouldn't have George Harrison and all the guys who came after. I'm not really into live records but this one is on par with The Who's Live At Leeds. All the banter between songs, Beatles parodies, and greatest hits medlies make this album essential."

 

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

Peyton: "Dove by Belly. I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet because we've been so busy on the road but I can only imagine how good it is. I can't wait to hear it!"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

Kelli (Mayo, multi-instrumentalist): "The Make It All Show by Skating Polly. I mean, is this even up for debate?"

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