My Record Collection - September 16, 2019

My Record Collection by The Riptide Movement's Malachy Tuohy
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My Record Collection by The Riptide Movement's Malachy Tuohy

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 Irish indie types The Riptide Movement and their lead singer Malachy Tuohy. Let's go...

 

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

"This is Nirvana's Nevermind. I was introduced to Nirvana by a new dude in my school who had just moved to Ireland from the States when I was around 10, the music just seemed to connect with me for some reason, particularly the song ‘Come As You Are’. I bought this album on cassette tape in the old Virgin Megastores on Aston Quay in Dublin city, I wanted to buy all their albums that day."

 

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

"It was Oasis's Be Here Now.  This album came out in August 1997 and Oasis were massive at the time. They were the band that spoke to my generation, not long after it’s release I qued up all night outside HMV for my Point Depot ticket and I went to see Oasis live for the first time that December."

"In hindsight, maybe it was the beginning of ‘the high flying birds’, Liam and Noel were in the midst of one of their infamous rows, Noel and the band played the gig without Liam that night, but near the end of the set Liam came out and shaped around the stage for 10 mins, the crowd went wild, Noel was furious."

"I set up my first band The Relic the next day and I’ve had a Lennon / McCartney type view on the brothers since, after all, they were The Beatles of my generation. Oasis mania was in full swing, you know the classic, who was better? I’ve gone from liking one better than the other and back again, although I got to meet Liam a few years back at Benicassim when we were on the same bill, he was sound and more than happy to take a photo, it was one of those times I was genuinely starstruck."

 

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

"The Beatles' White Album. It's one of those perfect creative, quirky albums for me, I love every song on it and I remember been introduced to it by my uncle on a road trip from Dublin to Roscommon as a kid, he gave a running commentary on each song on the album that day."

"He went through what each song could have meant or what it meant to him and the genius behind it, it must have worked as I have a strong appreciation for that album to this day."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA. It’s just a great album from start to finish, from that drum beat and synth line on the opening title track. It just floods my brain with endorphins right through to ‘Glory Days’ and ‘Dancing In The Dark'. such great feel-good songs, it’s a masterpiece. I’ve yet to see the Boss live!"

 

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

"Nick Drake’s ‘Five Leaves Left’. I know this may seem like a strange choice, it’s not exactly uplifting or feel-good music, but it’s an absolutely beautiful album and if you’re feeling down, you may as well enjoy that melancholy feeling and stew in it for a while."

"Who better to articulate and compound that feeling than Nick Drake? I’ll gladly feel sorry for myself listening to 'The Day Is Done' or 'Cello Song'. It’s beautiful, melancholic perfection."

 

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

"Has to be ‘A Larium’ by Johnny Flynn, it’s a great album and I love every song on it. No one seems to know who this guy is, but everybody knows who Mumford & Sons..."

"Mumford & Sons are great and I’m delighted with how successful and big they became but they came from a scene a great scene in the UK that was bubbling under the surface at the time. For me, Johnny Flynn was the main man in that scene, they started out supporting Johnny and went onto conquer the world not long after."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"The Beatles' Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. It’s incredible, it’s a work of art, it encapsulates a time, and a snapshot of the most influential band in music surrounded by some of the greatest and most influential people and minds of our time."

"It carries an air of mystery and mystic, even down to the Indian death sign over Paul’s head and the conspiracy theory that follows. That's how 'A Day In The Life’ was actually a song about Paul McCartney’s death, that he had actually died in a car crash a few years earlier, and he had been replaced by a look-alike..."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. Genius."

 

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

"There’s a lot of records for me at the moment that I just can’t understand how or why people like. Particularly the singer-songwriters if that’s what you wanna call them and bubble gum pop bands with guitars that are in vogue at the moment. I just don’t and can’t get it for the life of me."

"It would be just too easy for me to start rhyming them off, they’re an easy and predictable target, so I’m gonna pick a band and an album that I should by all rights love but I just don’t get. I’ll get a lot of flack for this one. But ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ aside, Queen's A Night At The Opera. I just don’t get it! There I said it!"

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Sleepwalking by Johnathon Bree, they’re such a quirky and original band. I love their sound and their live show is unique, oddly cool and weird and dark at the same time, this album is great, his lyrics are very clever and ‘You’re So Cool' is just genius!"

 

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

"Foals have a new album out in October, I’m looking forward to hearing that."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"It’s an impossible one to answer and it would change a few times a year for me, but, for me, the greatest record of all time at this moment in time is Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks.

"Every song on this album is timeless, it’s raw, it’s poetry, it’s genius, it’s beautiful, it’s one for the ages, the man is a wordsmith, what more can I say?"

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