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Vinylist: Paul Smith

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Vinyl fetishist, singer by trade.

 

 

For a chance to win Maxïmo Park's "Random Regrets / On the Sly" on red 7" vinyl
(a Record Store Day 2014 exclusive, limited to 500 copies) and signed by Paul Smith
post a comment with your answer to Paul's question at the end of the article.

 

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(First vinyl bought or earliest memory of vinyl)
The Point - Nilsson

Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads

 

          Parent's collection = early days.

Lived “The Point” by Nilsson. Bought “Stop Making Sense” by Talking Heads from a school fair (Northfield, Billingham).

 

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(It might only have 3 chords but what a monumental piece of work)
It's A Shame About Ray - The Lemonheads

 

          I bought the guitar tablature book and learnt to play like Evan Dando.

29 mins long (or something) – perfect.

 

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(Recent discovery you have no hesitation in recommending)
Silver Fox - Silver Fox

 

          I hesitate to recommend anything I like to an unknown listnership, but if you like lo-fi pop such as The Raincoats, then you might like “Silver Fox” by Silver Fox.

 

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(If someone plays this it's time for a sharp exit!)
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr.

 

          I've had Ray Parker, Jr.'s “Ghostbusters” theme in my head for the past few days and it's starting to get to me.

 

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(The game changer. Hugely influential in some way, shape or form)
Any Other City - Life Without Buildings

 

          Moving, emotional, excitable, melodic, basic, complex. This record continually reaffirms my belief in the power of a rock and roll band, as archaic a notion as that has become.

 

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(Doesn't matter how many times you hear it, doesn't lose any of it's magic)
Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis

 

          Hushed, minimal music – beautiful use of woodwind. Terribly moving and a person in total control of their instrument – what a vocalist.

 

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(Just a damned fine pop song!)
Crazy In Love - Beyoncé ft. JAY Z

 

          “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé ft. JAY Z is a total winner. Infectious and as JAY Z himself says: “Yessir, I'm cut from a different cloth.”

 

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(One listen to this can dig you out of a hole)
Hounds of Love - Kate Bush

 

           Kate Bush - “Hounds of Love” is timeless and uplifting. Her voice is unique and so is the way she looks at the world, incorporating myth and fantasy into her music (without being naff).

 

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(The holy grail your collection is holding out for)
Scott 4 - Scott Walker

 

          Unless a clueless inheritor chucks this in a skip, there's little chance I'll part with the cash!

 

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(Record with a shady past- bootleg or otherwise obtained under dodgy circumstances)
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

 

          I have a copy of Neil Young & Crazy Horse's “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”. It belongs to an old schoolfriend's dad, but she scratched my CD of soft rock so I kept it.

 

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(Best discovery through a sibling, parent, other family member or friend)
The White Album - The Beatles

After the Gold Rush - Neil Young

 

          Rock and Pop basic discovery: “The White Album” being available in my childhood home. “After the Goldrush” came in handy too. Thanks Mam.

 

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(Live performance that has lost nothing in the transfer to wax)
Transformer Man - Neil Young

 

          The third Neil Young reference in a row – Neil Young's version of “Transformer Man” on his unplugged album is as good as the odd original. Tender vocals.

 

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(Standout track from an album or artist you otherwise consider crap)
Sick of Myself - Matthew Sweet

 

          Matthew Sweet's “Sick of Myself” is a great power pop tune on a pretty average album (“100% Fun” if I recall rightly).

It's not “crap” but it's overshadowed by the towering opening track, which I heard in Seattle recently whilst digging for vinyl.

 

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(Best junk shop / carboot / chazzer / swapsie find)
Before and After Science - Brian Eno

 

          I got Brian Eno's “Before and After Science” in a Utrecht record shop and the (rude) shop owner didn't realise it had the 4 original art prints inside...

Cheers, mate!

 

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(The record that has brought an old or reformed band back to your attention)
Spring Rain - The Go-Betweens

 

          The Go-Betweens split and reformed with “The Friends of Rachel Worth”, which I really liked. I got into the back catalogue and now I LOVE them.

 

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(Best track by a band that nobody else seems to have heard of)
Bright Phoebus - Lal & Mike Waterson

 

          It's hard to find something so obscure now (thanks to the internet), but I'm hoping for a reissue of “Bright Phoebus” by Lal & Mike Waterson, which has been out of print since the '70s. Beautiful folk.

 

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(The weirdest record you've ever heard)
Detachable Penis - King Misslie

 

          The definition of weird is tricky...

I heard a song called “Detachable Penis” once, which made me laugh and had a unique subject matter!

 

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(The heaviest record)
??? - Led Zeppelin

 

          Led Zeppelin – heavy in every respect. Heavy musicianship. Jimmy Page's guitar playing and John Bonham's drumming are awesome (I am in awe).

 

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(Every track's a winner)
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex Twin

 

          Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Walk along the North East Coast with this album on your headphones.

 

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(Your most treasured vinyl possession- rare, signed or otherwise irreplaceable)
Graffiti / Going Missing - Maximo Park

 

          The first Maximo Park red 7” that we put out ourselves. I owe that record a lot!

It looks pretty good to me too- even now!

 

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(Track or album not available on vinyl but you wish it was)
??? - Paddy McAloon

 

          I've heard that Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout has lots of music on tape that just sits on the shelves, awaiting the right moment...

 

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For a chance to win Maxïmo Park's "Random Regrets / On the Sly" on red 7" vinyl
(a Record Store Day 2014 exclusive, limited to 500 copies) and signed by Paul Smith
post a comment with your answer to the following question from Paul Smith:

 

“Which band on Factory Records appears first in my vinyl record collection?”

 

 

Good luck!

 

 

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  • Major thanks for the article post. Awesome.

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