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Happy Songs? Stuart Braithwaite Of Mogwai's Favourite Albums
Luke Turner , August 28th, 2012 04:28

Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite takes us through his favourite albums, and explains why it's Margaret Thatcher's fault that everyone in Scotland is a goth and how John Peel funded the Scottish music scene


Joy Division - Closer
It closely mirrors Low by Bowie. It took the format of the really busy first side and really melancholic b-side and took it to the next level grim. Grim factor 20. But it's a wonderful record and a very unique sounding record. I remember reading some things about how it was recorded, they didn't really use any amps. They just plugged straight into the desk and replayed it through speakers and recorded it again, which is mental. I've been a massive Joy Division fan ever since I started listening to music. It was probably through my sister and all her goth friends. Was she a goth too? Oh yeah! Everyone in Scotland's a goth, Luke, do you not know that? Margaret Thatcher brought such a black cloud over Scotland that there's nothing better to do than sit about drinking cider and listening to the Sisters Of Mercy.

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