Monday, 14 March 2011

Look At Me, I Own Records! #3

Part 3 in our internationally recognised new feature, delving into the sometimes interesting record collections of the sometimes interesting people.

THIS TIME it comes from Kim Monaghan; the head honcho of Daddy Tank Records (who released the excellent Social Studies record, which was rocked in the Audio Antihero's "Never Say DIY! Radio") and also writer for Right Where You Are Sitting Now (where he has written reviews...nay, poems, of our catalogue ranging from adoring to civilised).

Let's see what he's got that's worth nicking...

First record bought (and I still have it) : Pink Floyd – Piper At The Gates of Dawn. I wrote my name on this because Cd’s cost a small fortune at the time. The first record I actually got bought for me was Off TheWall by Michael Jackson. I don’t have it anymore.

Worst record I have : The Timelords - Doctorin’ The Tardis. A grotesque mash up of the Doctor Who theme and some Gary Glitter song, by the blokes that were the KLF; I thought it would be funny. It was when I was 12 but not now.

Most proud of : Adult. – The Decampment Trilogy. A trio of 7” in a limited edition of 100 copies, each one came with a signed print by the vocalist Nicola Kuperus who is also an amazing photographer. Not their best music but an amazing thing to have.

Strangest and most obscure : H.R.T 7” which is unplayable. They’re a sort of performance art type thing with cloaks and rituals and stuff. It came with photos of them dressed as clowns and a badge. I love the fact that it warns you of damage to your record player if you attempt to play it.

Most expensive and most envied : Saint Etienne – Who Do You Think You Are ? (Aphex Twin Remix) White Label Promo. Not Aphex Twin’s best remix but one of the rarest things I own. If someone actually tried to play it I would have some sort of seizure. I only handle it in one of those special boxes with gloves that they use for radioactive stuff.

The record I would buy for a friend : Social Studies – Proxemics (editors note: it's really good). I am never quite able to comprehend the fact that I have this album on my label. It’s just so breathtakingly good. The day I listened to the first copy of this album when I got it back from the printers was one of my happiest and proudest moments.

Best named and also worst cover : Christmas Baubles And Their Strange Sounds. These are Russian electronica wizards who released a few amazing things (“Tuner” and “Reframing”). Then they released an album of nonsense noises and insane beats with the worst name ever (it’s the English translation of Elochnye Igrushki which is initialized as E.U (weird huh ?)) and it has a picture of a Japanese lady in a pretty dress giving birth rather violently to a squid. They never really recovered.

Too scratched to play, to loved to let go : V Classic box set. Every tune on this first LP from V Recordings is an absolute legend. Drum and bass hasn’t aged well but this has.

Most heard : Iron Maiden – Killers. I probably listen to this once a week. It makes me want to cry tears of blood and rip my denim jacket (with a patch on the back) off and scream “N.W.O.B.H.M !!!!!” to the heavens. When I die I want to my coffin to be set on fire and catalpulted into the sea while they play “The Ides of March”.

Guilty pleasure and when I’m in that mood : Altern 8 – Full On Mask Hysteria. Look at it. It’s the best picture disc you’ve ever fucking seen isn’t it. Yes, it is. And it’s mine. And you know what ? It sounds even better than it looks. Total rave genius.

Most difficult : Cleric – Regressions. This album is astonishing in every possible way; unmatched in brutality and mind-blowingly innovative. It blows everything else I’ve ever heard out of the water. I think I actually love this band more than Lightning Bolt and that’s very difficult for me to say.

The other contender for most difficult album would be Mike Patton – Adult Themes For Human Voice. This is forty odd tracks of Patton losing his mind in hotel rooms and screeching, wailing and burbling into a tape recorder. Impossible.

Thanks Kim!

I would advise having a look at his label and taking pleasure in his discoveries.

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Jamie - Audio Antihero: Specialists in Commercial Suicide

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