My Record Collection - October 27, 2020

My Record Collection by The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon
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My Record Collection by The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon

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 The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, let's see what he chooses for us...

 

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

"It's Vienna by Ultravox. It’s still one of my absolute favourites. I loved the way it wore its classical influences on its sleeve. A melodramatic film noir in three and a half minutes. Story of my life!"

 

The record that made me want to be in a band is...

"I'd choose Out Of The Blue by ELO. I suppose I started wondering what it might be like to be in a band the moment I heard 'Mr. Blue Sky'. It was my big brother Desmond’s LP, and I was probably six. How do they make this amazing noise? What would I look like in mirrored aviators?"

 

The record I’ve listened to the most is...

"Pop Muzik by M. It being the greatest pop record ever made and all. And it’s only improved by being a one-hit-wonder. It stands alone; an icon of mystery and glamour."

 

The record that makes me feel good is...

"I'd have to say In The Fen Country / The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams (London Philharmonic 1990). This album also has his Norfolk Rhapsody and Variations On A Theme By Thomas Tallis on it. Absolutely ravishing from start to finish."

 

The record I turn to when I’m feeling down is...

"Call Me by Chris Montez. It never fails to make me smile/dance around the room with a hairbrush miming."

 

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

"For me, it's Walk Away Renée / Pretty Ballerina by The Left Banke. Yes, it being the ‘60s that is the actual name of the album. My friend Thomas Walsh made me listen to it. I didn’t think it was possible to find something new at the age of 40 that would completely blow me away. Apparently, it was."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

"Foreverland by The Divine Comedy. It’s the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever held in my hands. And don’t worry, I’m not in it!"

 

 

The record with my favourite title is...

"Nilsson Schmilsson by Harry Nilsson. Pleasingly self-deprecating. The sort of title one wishes one had come up with oneself."

 

The record I can’t understand why everybody loves is...

"Astral Weeks by Van Morrison. I mean really, have you actually listened to it?? The bass isn’t just out of time, it’s playing a different song!"

 

The last record I bought was...

"The Slow Rush by Tame Impala. Genuinely gorgeous. That Kevin Parker, he’s a really brilliant record-maker."

 

The record I’m most looking forward to in 2020 is...

"The Dolly Parton Christmas Album! Apparently, it’s on its way. This is exactly what we need right now."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"Dare by The Human League. Bow down before the synth-pop majesty that is The League."

 

The Divine Comedy have re-released nine albums on vinyl. Each from Liberation to Bang Goes The Knighthood. You can check them out here in hmv's online store. 

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