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There's A Song Playing: Brett Anderson's Favourite 13 Albums
Luke Turner , October 5th, 2011 11:03

From The Fall to Kate Bush, Bjork to Eno and Bowie to Midlake, Brett Anderson guides Luke Turner through his favourite 13 albums

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The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
I saw him [The Fall's Mark E. Smith] at Shepherd's Bush last year playing the last album, and only playing new songs. It was absolutely brilliant. I just sat and watched him, he's a genuinely strange person. He doesn't fit into the stereotype of the arts school drop-out, or the working class cliché either. It's a strange place he occupies in between. Just seeing him march around the stage turning the amps down, it sounded absolutely brilliant. You can tell he's got the ability to know how to make things sound amazing in quite a simple way. I could have chosen any Fall album from that period, Wonderful & Frightening World or Bend Sinister or I Am Kurious Oranj, but I chose ...Saving Grace because it has a really personal meaning to me. I grew up with it, and when I was at Sixth Form College I really started listening to the Smiths and The Fall.

I had to find out myself about The Fall. I remember reading about them somewhere and going down to the record shop and buying a Fall record blind. Listening back, it's got some nonsense on it, like all his records. It's not some perfect artefact, there's something very instinctive about it. I love the track 'Paintwork'. As soon as I heard the track I assumed it was autobiographical, it's about the way he messes the music up. I can imagine the musicians saying, 'It's Mark, messing up the paintwork', but what they don't get is that that's the beauty of it, that he is messing up the paintwork, and the track in itself is strangely autobiographical because suddenly someone presses a tape recorder in the middle.

He was always a huge, huge influence for me, growing up and then in Suede. You can't actually hear it in Suede, but we were massive fans, Justine and I especially, we were obsessed. When Matt, Justine or I were just mucking around we wrote the song 'Implement Yeah!', which was a sort of comedy song about him. Then there was the Fall song 'Glam-Racket', which the NME or someone said was about us. Who knows what anyone's songs are about, let alone Mark E. Smith songs? I think it was a timing thing: it came out in 1993, and people just assumed it was a criticism of Suede. Mark E. Smith's too smart to write a criticism of anyone, apart from people he's been in a band with. A great artist utterly defines their own genre, and that's what Mark E. Smith's done. He's got a patent on that sound.

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Oct 6, 2011 9:04am

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Bob Bob Bob Bob Fish
Oct 6, 2011 12:23pm

How dreadfully... well, boring and predictable, especially compared to other artists who have appeared in this series. It's nice to learn or listen to something new, be educated, but there's just nothing here.

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Oct 6, 2011 5:29pm

This is probably the best Baker's dozen I've read so far. Almost every record here is a stone cold classic.

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Oct 6, 2011 5:46pm

In reply to Bob Bob Bob Bob Fish:

I think he is being honest about his picks. I bet that some of the other artist make their picks based on how cool will they look by choosing some obscure 60´s band that nobody even remembers

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Oct 6, 2011 10:13pm

Bob Bob Bob Bob Fish we are bored of people like you...but probably you are the most bored with the way he made a very interesting and marvelous choice...but who can fight with your superb artistic and novelty taste in music...have fun...

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Julian S
Oct 7, 2011 4:18pm

I've had that Interpol album lying around on my hard drive for a while now and Brett's selection has finally made me listen to it. It sounds dreadful - like The Editors or something. Fifth rate Joy Division is being kind.

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John Doran
Oct 7, 2011 5:57pm

In reply to Julian S:

Only people who don't actually listen to Joy Division say this though. Interpol actually sound like The Chameleons... they don't sound anything like JD.

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John Blonde
Oct 7, 2011 6:29pm

Would you have been happier, Bob Fish, if he'd picked some contemporary Chinese experimental music?

Besides, what mattered in this list wasn't the choices themselves but rather what he wrote about them. I very much enjoyed his writing here and in the brief notes included with the recent Suede reissues. He's reflective, self-deprecating, and humorous.

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Julian S
Oct 8, 2011 9:59am

Actually I do listen to Joy Division - it's Interpol I don't listen to. :)

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ted kettle
Oct 8, 2011 10:17am

Morrissey's lyrics are better than Dylan's? That should start a few arguments. Personally, I think he may have a point. But Unknown Pleasures over Closer? No. Sorry, just no :)

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Oct 8, 2011 10:13pm

I just LOVE how you all are complaining about his music choices. Why does everything have to be so unknown and obscure to be considered "cool"?
I was thrilled when I saw Interpol on the list because they are my favorite band. I personally don't see any comparison to Interpol and Joy Division, and I am a fan of both. I just don't see where all this hate is coming from.

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Oct 12, 2011 10:07am

In reply to andres:

Couldn't agree more. "Favorite" must be something personal, it shouldn't about something else

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Justine D.
Oct 13, 2011 4:01am

I think it would be incredibly difficult to pick just 13 favourite albums. A eclectic and seemingly heartfelt selection that speaks volumes about the man and his music. Great.

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alex caz
Oct 25, 2011 4:33am

In reply to John Doran:

i don't believe interpol sounds anything like JD or the Chameleons! lol... they just ripped off Television. i kinda liked them at first but once i heard jJ72 i was so blown away. one of the best albums ever. love suede, smiths, VU, NYDolls, JD, Chameleons, and the Trashcan Sinatras!

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Jason Parkes
Mar 31, 2012 5:54pm

As a teenager my father insisted on playing 'There is a Light...' after a few ales at family events. He was taking the piss out of it too and my mother joined in. Secretly they both adore that song, I think! Amused at the similar experience...

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Oct 17, 2012 8:39am

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