My Record Collection - August 16, 2021

My Record Collection by Tom Speight
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My Record Collection by Tom Speight

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 troubadour Tom Speight, let's see what he selects...

 

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

"I think it was Blur's The Great Escape. Not my favourite Blur album but still has killer tracks like ‘The Universal’, ‘Best Days’ and my favourite Blur track ‘He Thought of Cars’. When I was younger my favourite thing would be going to hmv on the weekend. I once visited the Birmingham branch when I was around eight years old."

"It had four floors and it was like a maze. I heard over the tannoy, ‘Is Tom Speight in the shop?’ My mum couldn’t find me because I was in the poster section trying to buy a Blur poster. A very eventful trip with her in tears and then me asking if I could have the poster. I don’t think I got it actually...serves me right!"

 

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

"Oasis' Definitely Maybe was the one! Everything about that record feels like you could take on the world, from the opening track ‘Rock n Roll Star’ to ‘Supersonic’ - it’s fuelled with energy, hope and attitude, everything you want from a band! It's got fantastic songwriting and the world's greatest frontman. Put those together and you’ve got a record that stands the test of time since I first heard it at eight years old."

 

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

"I think it would have to be David Gray's White Ladder. I feel like that record has soundtracked so many different moments of my life from my first time travelling with my school friends to seeing him play with my sister, my first kiss with my girlfriend to the making of my record. I’ve never fallen out of love with this album and it continues to inspire me."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"I’ve recently discovered the wonders of Bahamas and his new album Sad Hunk. It never fails to put a smile on my face with its honest and witty lyrics. Any fans of Jack Johnson and Nathaniel Rateliff will definitely be into his stuff."

 

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

"The Beatles always have a magical way of transporting me into an alternative universe where everything is carefree and youthful. I would start with Please Please Me, which, from what I know, was recorded in one day at Abbey Road. It has great energy and rawness that is often missing on modern records. I particularly love ‘Twist & Shout’ where John Lennon is screaming his head off."

 

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

"Leif Vollebekk's Twin Solitude is probably my favourite album over the last five years from a new artist. I never tire of that album. He definitely hit on something special with his songwriting, production and delivery. Listen to ‘Elegy’, 10/10 from me."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"It’s got to be Sgt Peppers by The Beatles. I love collecting Beatles merchandise, everything from Teapots, keyrings, kick drums, door stoppers, t-shirts and mugs. I’ve got it all! I think especially considering the time it was shot... it’s truly groundbreaking on all levels."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"I’m going to go with ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana. The title says it all for me. It’s bold, direct and the perfect description for a perfect album."

 

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

"I suppose I never really understood the fuss over Muse. I liked the first album with Muscle Museum, but since then they’ve become a stadium band and I actually can’t tell you one song I’ve enjoyed by them. Super talented guys and I often get told I look like the singer Matt, maybe that’s why I’ve been put off. Who knows..."

 

The last record I bought was…

"My favourite thing is record shopping..when I am touring the world I love tracking down the nearest store to whatever city I am in. Obviously, due to Covid-19, I’m touring a little less but still try and go to a store at least once a month. I picked up Coldplay's Everyday Life on my break from recording some new songs. A super diverse record that has some brilliant moments. My favourite track would be ‘Arabesque’, they’re definitely breaking into new ground on that one."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2021 is…

"I might be biased but I’m going to choose my new album Everything’s Waiting for You’ which comes out in September. I really believe in the songs and feel like it’s very fitting for what we’re going through right now. It celebrates how lucky we are to be alive and living on this beautiful planet. I feel sometimes people lose sight of this and focus on the wrong things. I wanted to write an album full of hope and love."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I’m going to be faithful and go with my heart on this one. Oasis ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory ‘. The reason for this is because I think it would be my desert island album as it never fails to lift my mood. My personal favourite would be ‘Champagne Supernova’, it’s inspired every album closer I’ve ever done from ‘Evermore’ to ‘Shine with Me’. It's biblical!"

 

Tom Speight's new album, Everything's Waiting For You, will be released on September 23rd. You can pre-order it here in hmv's online store. 

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