Sunday, 20 February 2011

Look At Me, I Own Records! #2

The second installment of "Look At Me, I Own Records!" comes from Mr André Saramago - a fine gent with a hefty collection of every conceivable format. I can't endorse some of the below records...but that's not my job anyway! The man has some beauties in there though, phwoar.


First record you ever owned?

Answer: Guns’n’Roses – “Use Your Illusion, Part II”.

Justification: Quoting “Get in the ring”: «What you pissed off cuz your dad gets more pussy than you? / Fuck you / Suck my fuckin' dick». This was a gift from my parents for my 9th birthday – great parenting skills or what?

First record you bought and still have?

Answer: Metallica – “Ride the Lightning”.

Justification: Not quite sure why a 9 or 10 year old boy would pick this up, but 9 or 10 year old me did. A good thing he did, too.

Worst and still have?

Answer: Lene Marlin – “Another Day”.

Justification: Please, feel free to slap me around.

One of the stranger records you've come across?

Answer: Miles Davis – “Bitches Brew”.

Justification: It takes quite a while to sink in, and even then I’m not quite sure where Miles got this stuff from.

Proudest record?

Answer: Joy Division – “Unknown Pleasures”.

Justification: First edition Vinyl. Yes, it has a price sticker on the cover, but still.

Most obscure record?

Answer: Santa Maria, Gasolina Em Teu Ventre! – “Free-Terminator ou Falcão Solitário Sem Ser Distorção”

Justification: 1989 Portuguese art-alt-prog-rock. That’s actually the definition of “obscure”, according to the Wikipedia.

Best-named record?

Answer: Nosferatu D2 – “We're gonna walk around this city with our headphones on to block out the noise”

Justification: Come on, it’s all there.

Most expensive record you’ve ever bought?

Answer: The Sound – “Physical World EP”.

Justification: Try getting an obscure 1979 first release EP from a small underground label by a pretty much unknown band. And then try getting it 25 years later.

One you'd buy for your best friend?

Answer: Japandroids – “Post-Nothing”.

Justification: It has all that feel (check the alt-text).

One you'd buy for your worst enemy?

Answer: Billy Corgan et al – “Stigmata OST”.

Justification: It’s just creepy.

Record you have no recollection of buying/receiving'

Answer: Sunny Day Real Estate – “The rising tide”.

Justification: I remember discovering them somewhere in the web, and becoming interested enough to look for their record. I have absolutely no idea where I picked this up.

Too scratched to play?

Answer: Inner City Unit – “The Maximum Effect”.

Justification: Not due to many plays of my own – I bought it with previous heavy use.

Best cover?

Answer: DJ Shadow – “Endtroducing.....”.

Justification: It has every collector’s heaven in it, while also representing the kind of music being crafted within the record itself. Unique case of “cover matches music”.

Worst cover?

Answer: Silverchair – “Frogstomp”.

Justification: It’s a toad. Zoomed.

The one which you have heard the most to this day?

Answer: The Cure – “Disintegration”.

Justification: It’s just that record that constantly finds its way back into my stereo.

One that you’ll probably never hear again?

Answer: Husky Rescue – “Ghost is not real”.

Justification: Utterly unimpressive.

Record that you still can’t figure why you bought?

Answer: Boys Like Girls – “Boys Like Girls”.

Justification: What the hell was I thinking?!

The one that has most playing requests by your friends?

Answer: Bloc Party – “Silent Alarm”.

Justification: This came out while I was in Erasmus with friends.

It’s an “Erasmus record”. What are you going to do?

Record that is most envied by other collectors?

Answer: Arcade Fire / LCD Soundsystem split 7” – “Poupée de cire, poupée de son / No love lost”.

Justification: Probably because it’s a split 7” by two of the best bands around. Plus, one of them is covering one of the best bands ever. So there you go.

Guilty pleasure?

Answer: Among others, Cyndi Lauper – “She’s so unusual”.

Justification: As Barney Stinson would probably put it: “Money changes everything”, and after that happens, “Girls just want to have fun”. What up!

The one that you play when you’re in that kind of mood?

Answer: Los Campesinos! – “Hold on now, youngster...”.

Justification: Whatever the kind of mood you’re in, these kids have got it.

Record that is scratched beyond hope you still can’t throw away?

Answer: Bob Dylan – “Highway 61 Revisited”.

Justification: It’s a Vinyl with the cover in extraordinary shape. Come on, could you really do it?

This gentleman is also on the hunt for a copy of Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland" with *that* cover (the very immodest one). If you have one, let a brother know and I'll pass on the good news.

If you missed the first installment, HERE IT IS!

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  1. I laughed, I cried, I held my breath.

  2. Mission accomplished, then (I guess).