My Record Collection - October 28, 2014

My Record Collection by The Xcerts' Murray Macleod
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by The Xcerts' Murray Macleod

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 Xcerts' mainman Murray Macleod, let's go digging through his crates together...


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

"'Smells Like Children’ by Marilyn Manson. I bought it when my sister and I were visiting my auntie and uncle in Norway. I felt so badass buying that record because at the time of release he was seen as ‘dangerous’ and ‘threatening’. When I brought that into school after the holidays I was a king amongst boys!


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

"‘Help’ by The Beatles. I was really ill when I was a teenager so when I was home, curled up on the couch unable to move, I would watch the ‘Help’ movie religiously. When the Beatles first appear on screen performing the title track dressed all in back, i distinctly remember being mesmerised by the whole thing. The movie is a total trip and it lead to my fascination with the Beatles and music in general. The record itself is fantastic and slightly overlooked in my opinion."


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

"'In Utero' by Nirvana. I actually heard this album before I heard 'Nevermind'. I owned it on cassette and I remember playing it all the time as a youngster and I still listen to it regularly. A timeless classic that is without doubt my favourite Nirvana album."


The record that always make me feel good is...

"'Damn The Torpedoes' by Tom Petty. I personally think he is the greatest songwriter of all time and this record is flawless. It never fails to make my soul smile with each listen."


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

"'Either/Or' by Elliott Smith. There are so many records I could have chosen for this one but Elliott has always been there for me through the worst of times. This record is an all time favourite of mine."


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

"'Musicforthemorningafter' by Pete Yorn is criminally underrated. Actually, I think this record is a big deal in America but not at all over here which is nuts. It's a gorgeous pop/rock record that sounds really classic whilst maintaining modern features. The songwriting is incredible as is the production, I can't recommend it enough."


The record with my favourite cover art is...

"'The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me' by Brand New. The artwork for this record is perfect, a really eerie piece of art that is greatly open for interpretation. The photograph is as good as the record and that's really saying something!"


The record with my favourite title is...

"'Love Is Hell' by Ryan Adams. Just, perfect."


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

"'The 2nd Law' by Muse. It's all gone a bit too intergalactic rock for my liking."


The last record I bought was...

"'Ryan Adams' by Ryan Adams. I really adore this dude. I think he is an outstanding songwriter and i think he is one of the coolest guys in music right now. He has blown me away yet again with this new record."


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2014 is...

"'Sonic Highways' by Foo Fighters. They rule. Always have, always will."


The greatest record of all time is...

"I am going to say 'Born To Run' By Bruce Springsteen at this current moment in time. Not only is it a remarkable record, it also holds a great deal of sentimental value to me what with it being my dad's favourite record of all time. I witnessed my pops weep like an infant when we saw Bruce and the E Street Band play 'Jungleland' at Hyde Park. A moment and record that mean more to me than I can fully explain."


The Xcerts' new album There Is Only You will be released on Monday (November 3rd) and is available for pre-order in hmv stores across the UK now. 

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