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Nothing But Heart: Alan Sparhawk of Low's Favourite Albums
Dale Berning , March 29th, 2012 07:13

Low and Retribution Gospel Choir play in the UK next week. In advance of a full interview on the Quietus next week, frontman Alan Sparhawk spoke to Dale Berning about his thirteen favourite albums

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That was in seventh, eighth grade, I was 12-13. 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go?' was on the radio and I remember hearing that and saying “Wow, what is this?” and someone saying, “Oh, this is punk rock”. The record was really eclectic, funky – I noticed, going back to it years later, that there’s a lot of reggae influences. It’s a great record. It’s another record where I could probably sing all the tunes. I remember learning the chords to that song on the guitar, and that was the big lightning bolt going on. It was like "Wow, really, you can do this? I can do this? This is amazing. I wanna hear more of this punk rock.” Then I got Never Mind the Bollocks and other things. I didn’t get into Black Flag or stuff like that – we were too rural. If we’d lived in a bigger city, we might have. We were aware of Hüsker Dü and bands like that because they were from Minnesota.


D
Mar 29, 2012 11:47am

Thunder Bay is not in Winnipeg. Winnipeg is in Manitoba. TB is in Ontario. Neil Young never lived in TB.

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luke
Mar 29, 2012 1:37pm

Uninspired choices from a member of a pretty uninspired band.

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5
Mar 29, 2012 2:10pm

In reply to luke:

uninspired comment from an uninspired commeneter. Low are an amazing band, and these are all excellent choices, especially Faith. one correction: it's Seventeen Seconds, not Seventy Seconds.

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drew
Mar 29, 2012 2:46pm

glad that Faith finally gets some recognition,as I think it stands out as a very coherent,bleak and influential album.

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Dan B
Mar 29, 2012 4:34pm

I love that this could also be the top 13 of the dude from Wolfmother, but what Sparhawk and that dude have taken from them sent them in completely different directions. Music is awesome, guys.

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Jeff
Mar 29, 2012 4:45pm

Superb and brilliant list, and one of the better ones I've seen on TQ. Enormously fond of the Bunny Wailer inclusion, especially- well played, indeed. Great list, great band, great new record.

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Rooksby
Mar 30, 2012 9:52am

In reply to luke:

If it's "uninspired" it's because he's being honest about his choices, rather than calculating (i.e. "I first heard Tago Mago when I was 8 years old & hanging out at Sex with Jordan ", etc).

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Mar 30, 2012 4:32pm

Yeah, we forgive Jamaicans for the god crap because they were slaves and we destroyed their culture, if you are white and mention god YOU are a destroyer of culture.

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Paul S
Apr 22, 2012 6:42am

In reply to Dan B:

No offence, but I'd be amazed if such records were picked by Wolfmother, considering they're derivative crap (ie, a top ten full of Sabbath and Led Zep).

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Mark Crane
Mar 31, 2013 4:39pm

In reply to luke:

See them in concert. Amazing.

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James Hutcheson
Jun 29, 2013 2:00pm

Yep . . .

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