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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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Neil Young, Harvest
I think we had the record when we were in college and the cover was so cool, that off-white paper. As a kid I had a bit of a thing for classic rock. The Beatles, The Doors – my dad had their self-titled album and I listened to that all the time, I should have written that one down too. Neil Young grew up in Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, which is basically north of us, just over the border in Canada. So between him and Bob Dylan, we live in the trench, the Arctic trench. There’s something about it that’s hard to explain. His language and his tone is that of middle America. If you grow up in the middle of the country in the north, you can’t help it – at the end of the day, no matter what weird music you think you’re listening to, that sound is like this thing that you can’t get out of your blood.


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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