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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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I had an older cousin who was a Bowie freak and I gradually worked through all the albums. I think you could put any album of that run. The first I bought was Scary Monsters, but I've heard them so many times I don't listen to them for five years. Haha. I'm the sort of fucking Bowie head to the point that I have everything, apart from Tin Machine II. I've even got the one where he narrates Peter & The Wolf, more for my son, I say, than for completion's sake… I chose Space Oddity because out of all those albums it's the one that, up until the late 80s, I hadn't played that much. It always strikes me how it's misrepresented in a lot of ways. The first copy I had was vinyl and it had the Ziggy Stardust photo on the sleeve. But you put it on and it's doesn't sound like the Ziggy period. It was always bastardised. It was only when you start hearing it for what it is, and the CDs come out and on the picture he's got the 'fro that it starts to make sense. I love the sprawling epics on that. 'Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud' is one of my favourite Bowie songs. It's all quite whimsical, and I like that, and when on tracks like 'Cygnet Committee' it doesn't quite work; I like that too. I like flawed stuff, it's always more interesting than the perfection of Low, or something like that. Space Oddity is almost Bowie's first 70s album a year too early. Things like 'Janine' on that album would fit on Aladdin Sane. I love 'Memory Of A Free Festival'. You know the story about that, there was this free festival he organised in Beckenham or somewhere, and 30 people turned up, and at the end of it when he's singing "the sun machine is coming down, we're going to have a party", apparently he punched someone and burst into tears. I love that when you read books about Bowie in the 70s there's a lot of bursting into tears and storming off.


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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

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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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