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"Rock & Roll Has Nothing To Do With Lists": Luke Haines' Favourite Albums
Luke Turner , November 5th, 2011 14:18

Ahead of his appearance at our Klub Gutenberg next week, Luke Turner talks to Luke Haines about his favourite 13 albums

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The Shadows – 20 Golden Greats
The Shadows were the second group I ever saw live. The first group was a Shadows covers band, who I saw on a family holiday at a camp in Jersey. They were pretty good, and it must have been the time when the Shadows Golden Greats album was out. I'd got that album and it was the music that spoke to me like nothing ever had before. I was nine or ten. It was music that was full of mystery and fear, and it was quite intoxicating. I was quite obsessed with it, and the titles 'Apache', 'Man Of Mystery', 'The Frightened City', things like 'Wonderful Land', these aching, mysterious titles. Then a year or so later I was taken to see them live, and I'd have to say it was the best and the worst gig I ever went to. They were terrifyingly loud, it was the loudest fucking gig I have ever been to. There were no pictures of them on Golden Greats, so you imagined they looked like Lee Van Cleef because they played this Spaghetti Western music. The Shadows weren't on the telly much in the 70s and so if I wanted to know what they looked like I had to get an encyclopedia of rock, which I wasn't going to do. They came on and I think Hank had a red velvet jacket on, he was doing these faces, emoting, and then he'd do banter between songs. They were light entertainment comedians, and it wasn't good. It was the big reveal of rock music: it's all smoke and mirrors. Even at that age, it was a disappointment, which is maybe why I chose Mark Bolan. As a dead rock star, I could never go and see him.


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TonyBadgers
Nov 3, 2011 9:06pm

Best Baker's Dozen yet. By a mile. Hilarious. Won't be rushing to buy the Sabbath album any time soon.

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Rooksby
Nov 3, 2011 9:46pm

I concur. Best Baker's Dozen yet. Thank God SOMEBODY else considers Grotesque the best Fall LP to date, I was beginning to think I was mental. And that 1-sentence summation of Zappa nails him completely. Mr Haines, I salute you!

p.s. Isn't it about time The Quietus interviewed Mick Farren? Better still, get him on board...

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manish
Nov 4, 2011 2:12am

Bang on! Agree about The Doors, more or less dig of all these choices - massive respect for including Sabotage and Captain Lockheed - very much looking forward to the Old Queen's Head gig...

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Nov 4, 2011 10:01am

In reply to manish:

F**KING HELL those F**CKING Ads with sound/film trailers are F**CKING ANNOYING if you're trying to listen to music while reading this.....

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Rooksby
Nov 4, 2011 10:25am

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Haha, whatever happened to SUBLIMINAL advertising, eh?

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Illustrated NME Encyclopedia of Rock 1978
Nov 4, 2011 11:00am

It's Larry Wallis not Wallace.

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Luke Turner
Nov 4, 2011 12:44pm

In reply to :

Are you sure? They're all set to be silent unless activated, I've check on three browsers and I'm not getting automatic sound at all. Which ad was it?

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Rich M
Nov 4, 2011 4:19pm

I've got the exact same mirror as Mr Haines. There's a thing.

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tufflifeboogie
Nov 6, 2011 7:47pm

Sorry to be pedantic, but it's Larry Wallis, not Wallace!

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tufflifeboogie
Nov 6, 2011 8:06pm

just seen someone had already pointed that out, sorry!

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HughieD
Nov 7, 2011 3:38pm

Fascinating read that. Is it me - or is there only 12 LPs? Am I missing something?

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Bewlay
Nov 7, 2011 3:49pm

It's Larry Wallis! Not Larry Wallace!

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Christopher McDonnell
Nov 8, 2011 2:58am

Loved reading this! The backstory on the discovery of each album as well as the ability to both love and find fault with the records/artists was just great. More Luke Haines on The Quietus please!

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Shaun Rogan
Nov 25, 2011 1:55pm

I didnt realise how many records I love and own would find their way onto Haines list. He is right about the Doors as well, nothing wrong with a bit of bad poetry now and again. Geoff Love movie themes records on MFP and Shadows Golden Greats!!! Being born in '69 clearly wasn't a leap from being born in '67. I would have found room for "Space Ritual" though.

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George Henderson
Apr 1, 2012 10:53pm

Far Out! Ah could'nae agree mair.
Morrison Hotel far and away the best Doors, ditto Totale's Turns re: Fall, The Pink Fairies were monsters of rock, and so on.
Oh, and Bolan, with those fantastic and unreal productions...
Luke would be my hero. Were he not my junior, thus unfitting.
Pretention is what it's all about; great Rock Music is the sound of hubris toppling.

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Danielz
Jun 15, 2012 12:55am

If anyone wanted to check the lyrics on any of the Tyrannosaurus Rex albums, then try and obtain the original vinyl album releases as they all came with printed lyrics. Although Bolan did hone down his words to become more commercial, it's worth checking out the early material as the lyrics were supreme, beautiful and amazing...

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Michael E
Feb 11, 2013 6:16pm

Beard of Stars and Unicorn, yeah! I had to smile when reading his comment... I also loved to be drawn in this really weird free folk world, didn't go fo the lyrics, was thrilled by the singing and the atmospheres!

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