My Record Collection - August 12, 2014

My Record Collection by The Magic Numbers
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My Record Collection by The Magic Numbers

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 Magic Numbers...


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

Romeo : Appetite for Destruction - Guns N Roses
Angela : Definitely Maybe - Oasis
Michele : Electric Youth - Debbie Gibson
Sean : I Don't Wanna Dance - Eddy Grant
Romeo : "I went halves with my best friend in Trinidad & Tobago as imported vinyl was pretty expensive for an eleven year old, we were both completely obsessed with Guns N Roses."  
The record that made me want to be in a band was…
All: "Hands down, Appetite For Destruction was the album that changed all of our lives and planted that rock n roll seed deep within us."
The record I've played more than any other is…
R: Dolphins - Fred Neil 
A: (Are You) The One That I've been Waiting For? - NickCave & The Bad Seeds
M: Do What You Gotta Do - Nina Simone
S: Rainy Night in Soho - The Pogues
Michele: "Do What You Gotta Do got me through a serious break up, I would listen to it on repeat with the lyric 'It's my own fault what happens to my heart' making me stronger somehow. I found out years later that it was written by the one and only Jimmy Webb when he was 16 but for me it'll always be Nina's." 
The record that always make me feel good is…
R: Forever - The Beach Boys
A: Louis Prima - Just a gigolo
M: Neil Young - Birds
S: Steve Earle - Johnny Come Lately
Angela: "It's just THE perfect feel good record, I defy anyone who disagrees"
The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…
R: God Give Me Strength - Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach
A: Glacier - John Grant
M: Orphan Girl - Gillian Welch 
S: Stars Fell on Alabama - Jack Teagarden
All: "We've played each of these tracks many a lonesome night out on the road."
The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…
R: Heart Food - Judee Sill 
A: Third - Portishead
M: The Runaway - The Magic Numbers
S: Suicidal Tendencies - Lights, Camera, Revolution 
Romeo: "Heart Food is a sublime album by someone who really should be a household name, she had an unbelievable life story and one of the most unique voices that weirdly sounded double tracked. Also the fact that it has one of the most beautiful lost songs ever written on there about the sweet communion of a kiss on the track The Kiss warrants more exposure in itself." 
The record with my favourite cover art is…
R: The Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan
A: Big Science - Laurie Anderson
M: Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
S: Born Again - Randy Newman
Romeo: "I love the romance and care free nature of this album cover, young love, a moment in time. Not overly precious, just a snapshot of our own imaginings." 
The record with my favourite title is…
R: Love - Forever Changes
A: Leonard Cohen - Death of a Ladies' Man
M: The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
S: Metallica - Kill Em All

Sean: "What more do you want from an album title?"

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…
All: "Everything that is huge at the moment basically." 

"Anything by Jake Bugg, Lily Allen, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, Kasabian the list can go on and on - It is still baffling the music that manages to connect with the masses…"
The last record I bought was…
R: Under The Skin soundtrack by Mica Levi
A: Gruff Rhys - American Interior
M: Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum
S: War on Drugs- Lost In The Dream

Romeo: "I got to see Mica Levi perform the score live alongside the film at this year's Meltdown festival. It was really powerful." 
The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2014 is…
All: "To be honest with you, the only record everyone should be looking forward to hearing is The Magic Numbers - Alias"
The greatest record of all time is…

All: "It's too difficult as changes daily, but here goes……"

R: Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
A: Tom Waits - Closing Time
M: Joni Mitchell - Blue
S: Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti


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