My Record Collection - February 4, 2020

My Record Collection by Whyte Horses' Dom Thomas
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My Record Collection by Whyte Horses' Dom Thomas

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 psychedelic types Whyte Horses and their frontman Dom Thomas. Let's see what he opts for...

 

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

"The Stone Roses 12" I Wanna Be Adored bought in HMV with one of those oversized price stickers slapped on the top right corner. It had a live version of 'Sally Cinnamon' at the Hacienda on the B-side which confused me at the time, I just presumed they'd sound exactly the same live as on record."

 

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

"The Stone Roses' first album, it was everything to me as a teenager. It soundtracked my whole life at the time. I could never make out the verse lyrics as John Leckie had mixed Ian Brown’s vocals deep in the mix. That made me listen harder, I found it fascinating. I was just hooked on the melodies without knowing what the words were."

"That record was and still is the musical bible to me. Badly Drawn Boy’s Bewilderbeast was probably the first album where I got to see how songs were made first hand and gave me an insight into the process of making a record."

 

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

"Certain records at certain times in life go on repeat, they frame that time you’re in. Velvet Underground’s first album was on constant rotation in my bedroom when I was really getting into music. I’d marvel at its smorgasbord approach to song sequencing. It showed how one band can write songs with vastly different arrangements and feelings on one LP and just sound like themselves."

"As I get older I find that delicate albums like Belle and Sebastian’s Boy With The Arab Strap and Mark Fry’s Dreaming of Alice end up on repeat, they’re perfectly formed records."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Madonna's 'Crazy For You'. I think I must have subconsciously loved this song when I was young but don’t really remember hearing it. Every time I hear it now I get that warm familiarity that’s hard to put into words. From a songwriting point of view, it’s deceptively complex in structure with some clever chord changes. A perfect pop song."

 

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

"If I was feeling down I’d probably put on Arthur Russell’s Another Thought, it’s a good melancholy listen. Nico’s Chelsea Girl and Chromatics’ Kill for Love would be another two albums I’d turn to if I was feeling blue."

 

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

"Any record by Whyte Horses, there’s a lot of people who still haven’t heard of us and I think our albums will grow in importance as the years go by. We’re into making classic records, we’ve no interest in what’s contemporary or in fashion, contemporary records usually end up in next years bargain bin. Our records will stand the test of time. It takes a while for people to find you if you’re not toeing the line trying to sound like every other band on the circuit."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Eldorado by ELO. When I heard ‘Can’t Get It Out of My Head’ scoring a Kenneth Anger film, my opinion on ELO changed overnight. This sleeve has all the traits of what I love in design. It’s a beautifully constructed homage to The Wizard of Oz, perfect lighting and staging that tells its own story separately to the album title."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"The Beatles’ Often referred to as The White Album. It’s the sort of title you can get away with being the biggest band in the world, complete and utter confidence. No design just the band name, it makes itself a seminal piece of work by design."

 

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

"Absolutely anything by Elbow. I don’t know their album titles, but I can’t bear any of it."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind. Solely for the title track which is one of the best songs ever recorded. A faultless piece of music that can’t fail to touch even the coldest of hearts."

 

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

"In all honesty, I’m most looking forward to hearing the next Whyte Horses record. I say this in every interview I do, Whyte Horses are my favourite band because they are a concept band and I can separate the music from being my own work."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses. It just shaped who I am and has left its mark on me at a time when I was most impressionable. There’s no other record that can compete with that."

 

Whyte Horses' new album Hard Times is out now in hmv stores. 

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