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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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Joy Division - Closer
Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat

I was listening to The Cure for a year before this friend of mine introduced me to Joy Division and Velvet Underground on the same night. I went over to his house and he was playing me all his records, and that was probably the most – I mean, it’s sort of the cliche “I went over this guy’s house, he had this great record collection, he played me all this stuff and it totally blew my mind.” But that’s exactly what happened to me.

And I remember walking away going “Ok, well, I’m going to go buy an Andy Warhol record and a Joy Division record.” I bought Still which I particulary loved because half of it’s live, and they do a cover of 'Sister Ray', which was a weird connection for me – these two amazing bands, the one covering the other. Ian Curtis was probably my favourite of that era. I loved the Cure and all these other things, but Ian Curtis was the most powerful lyricist for me. It’s stuff that I still really cherish. Because we lived in the country we didn’t really get to go to shows until we were in college, and even then nobody would come to play in Duluth, so I always had this obsession with live music, what a band was like live. I had a VHS of Joy Division live at some show – it was just a one-shot camera way back in the balcony but I remember being obsessed with it, with the way he moved. By this time I was playing in bands and writing songs and stuff and you start picturing what it would be like to do that or be that.


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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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