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Only Heaven: Franz Treichler Of The Young Gods' Favourite Albums
John Mullen , January 16th, 2014 10:29

The Swiss industrial trio's frontman gives John Mullen a whistle-stop tour of his favourite 13 records

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The Doors - L.A. Woman
This is probably their least accessible album. Most people like the first one or second one. But I first got this when I was very young, maybe 13, from an older brother who wanted to help my musical education. I think he just wanted it for himself really. He told me, this is not music you dance to, but listen to. I was like, "Okay, if you say so…"

So after school I would just sit at home listening to it. Because I didn't speak English at the time, I would translate all the lyrics with a dictionary. For me it was a total revelation – the lyrics were very interesting, and I was interested how they worked in co-ordination with the sound. This was a real band, with a real vision together, that was taking me on a journey. But yet they were so simple, based on rhythm and blues.

And Jim Morrison, he opened up the doors [laughs]! He introduced romanticism and literature into rock and roll. Maybe he was not the first one, but it all came from his guts, heart and soul. It was true.

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Jan 17, 2014 7:16pm

Saw the Young Gods early on in Glasgow and Switzerland. Great selection, particularly Rhythm & Sound's first and of course Agharta.

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Jan 17, 2014 9:10pm

I saw the Young Gods at the Sheffield Leadmill, wow! Mesmeric.. !!! Like Jim Morrison fronting an electronic enfused Stooges, all your favourite bands, distilled, rolled up, spat out in technicolour, within touching distance, that voice,that, voice!. Franz exudes the coolness of the Lizard King and he has a cool record collection to boot, most of my favourite things! Right, I'm off to dig out L'Eau Rouge.... D'accord?

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Taun Aengus
Jan 18, 2014 5:23pm

OK OK this is WAY too weird---this guy is like channeling my life and listening. Well-except for Cat Powers. Good on ya'
Keep up the great music.

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Jan 20, 2014 8:14am

L.A. Woman, Meddle, White Chalk... nice!

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window breaker
Jan 21, 2014 10:26pm

The Young Gods - one of best, still in my opinion underrated european bands. Lots of much more famous musicians owe them

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art damij
Feb 4, 2014 8:13pm

Great list,GREAT voice,great frontman,great band.

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Dale Haskell
Dec 30, 2014 3:33am

What,no CAN?

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