My Record Collection - March 26, 2020

My Record Collection by TOPS
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by TOPS

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 quirky Canadian indie trio TOPS, let's see what they choose...


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

Jane Penny (vocals/keyboards): "It was Smashing Pumpkins' Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness. I bought the double cassette from A&B Sound, my family’s go to record store back in the day, with some birthday money."

David Carriere (guitars): "It was Nirvana's Incesticide. I bought it at Dan’s Exchange on 124st, the busy street by my house growing up. The shopkeeper, probably named Dan, had a freaky ass rottweiler that liked to chill in the shop by the CDs."


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

Jane: "I'd say Fleetwood Mac's Tango in the Night The beginning of TOPS was also the beginning of a life-long obsession with Fleetwood Mac and Prefab Sprout. Formative." 

David: "For me, this was a compilation. Fat Wreck Chords: Fat Music Vol 3 - Physical Fatness. I thought that listening to this compilation made me edgy and gave me real underground cred. Listening back to it now makes me feel like I must have been a very annoying child."


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

Jane: "This is Alice Coltrane's Journey into Satchidananda. I was living alone the last time I had a record player at my apartment, and this is the perfect soothing soundtrack to isolation. Lots of auto-flipping and dropping the needle."

David: "This is Inner City - Paradise/Big Fun. We had a really cool early 2000s red Dodge Caravan with a tape deck that we did our first few tours in. For me, a car just isn’t a car without a tape deck. This Inner City cassette was on heavy rotation. Also Eddie Rabbitt’s soft rockin’ country album Horizon got more plays than it probably deserved."


The record that always makes me feel good is…

Jane: "I'd have to choose Barry White's Can’t Get Enough. There’s an incredible instrumental intro, then it just takes off from there. Perfect start your day/making breakfast album."

David: "Womack & Womack - Conscience. Just look at the album cover, it has feel-good written all over it. Womack 1 and Womack 2 holding their child, beautiful. Another car cassette, 'Teardrops' is just an all-time classic."


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

Jane: "For me, it's Joni Mitchell's Hejira. Joni always makes me feel good. For David, not so much..."

David: "It's Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou - Ethipoqiques 21: Piano Solo. Listening to this when you are down can turn a s**t situation into a revelation..."


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

Jane: "I'd go for Anotonio Adolfo's self-titled record. It’s hard to find, even the MP3s, but it’s one of my all-time favourites."

David: "Snitches' Narc. You’ve probably never heard of this record, it’s a concept record I’ve been working on with a pal, don’t tell anybody..."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

Jane: "Has to be Marianne Faithful's Broken English. One of my favourite covers for years now. A classic."


David: "Yellow Magic Orchestra - BGM Magical. It's super music by a bunch of geniuses. It’s nice when you can look at an album cover and hear the tunes."


The record with my favourite title is…

Jane: "Sean Nicholas Savage's Yummy Coma. I mean, you've got to hand it to Sean for never being afraid to make a bold move."

David: "Funkadelic's Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow. Spaced out party funk! Makes me feel like I am completely losing my mind and becoming one with the matrix all at the same time."


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

Jane: "Any Taylor Swift record. I’m sorry Taylor! I just can’t. No disrespect, it's a visceral reaction, completely out of my control."  

David: "Joni Mitchell's Hejira. A classic TOPS tour album, I can’t stand it. It sounds like having a separate open mic in each ear."


The last record I bought was…

Jane: "Omega Tribe's Another Summer. I got this album in Jakarta, beautiful cover art, amazing record. All their records are great."

David: "Lene Lovich's Lucky Number 7. It's a cool Stiff Records punk track! I bought it in Freiburg, Germany, on the day before all of our shows were cancelled due to coronavirus."


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is…

Jane: "TOPS - I Feel Alive..."

David: "It's Rina Sawayama's record. I love the single and I’m looking forward to the record. The way it channels Destiny’s Child, Britney and nu-metal flavours while sounding new is quite a feat!"


The greatest record of all time is…

Jane: "For anyone that truly loves music this is obviously an impossible question..."

David: "Solitudes. Exploring Nature with Music: Classical Romance. One Word. Bird Sounds."


TOPS' new album I Feel Alive is available to purchase here in hmv's online store. 

I Feel Alive
I Feel Alive TOPS