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Girls Don't Cry: Rumer's Favourite Albums
Simon Price , December 3rd, 2014 15:46

Platinum-selling MOR singer Rumer is back with her third album, Into Colour. She tells Simon Price about her Baker's Dozen of inspirational LPs

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Barbra Streisand - Lazy Afternoon
This record is unique in the catalogue of Barbra Streisand because it was a collaboration between her and Rupert Holmes. She heard his first album Widescreen and was obsessed with it. He was minding his own business and she rang up saying, 'Rupert, I love your album, come to California'. This is 1975, way before he had the hit with 'Escape (The Piña Colada Song)', so she kind of discovered him. He's like, 'Oh my god, this is where my life changes', freaking out, and she's like 'I'm gonna sing your songs and I want you to write me some more.' She's in her prime, and it did change his life. His songs are on it: 'Letters That Cross In The Mail', 'Widescreen', 'My Father's Song', and 'Lazy Afternoon', and he conducted the orchestra. Again, it's that collaborative spirit that you can hear between her and Rupie. Apparently he was really nervous, and she gave him a packet of Rupert The Bear playing cards and there was a note saying, 'Dear Rupert, don't be frightened, you're the best, love Barbra.'

A lot of it's recorded live, proper old school. A friend gave this to me. A lot of people give me records they think I'd like. I'm not, like, a big Barbra Streisand fan, because when I hear a song, I just want to hear the song, not The Voice. But this is the album for people who don't like Barbra Streisand. It's so cinematic, so dreamy. It was an album in the sense that it was a moment: she'd never done it before and she's never done it since. It's a gorgeous experience. It's got a musical mood and it hangs together. The thing that's most important about an album is when you've listened to the individual songs but then you pull back, and see the whole thing, the landscape of an album. Because usually there's a message in that.


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Joe
Dec 3, 2014 6:42pm

I get what she's saying with Oasis and the pub. But I'm pretty sure she's missing the point a bit with that Manics lyric.

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GRIM
Dec 4, 2014 10:46am

In reply to Joe:

of course, when Manics released Everything Must Go, loads of those Oasis fans latched onto Manics, for entirely the wrong reasons. They thought they the band were speaking with them, when they were speaking about them.
But then you can't get away from the fact that for a few years, at the end of brit-pop, they became a massive arena/stadium band, with the anthem and lyrics that many weren't really listening to.

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johnnym
Dec 4, 2014 6:14pm

Oasis is kleptomania, theft of songs. Gary Glitter himself took time off from episodes of child molestation to sue Oasis over the opening song to Rumer's beloved What's The Story. He won - check the writing credits. And when the Rutles sue you - and, again, WIN! - you're a joke. These are lucky millionaires, nothing more...

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Asunderground
Dec 4, 2014 6:54pm

"everyone's doing coke and everyone's doing pills. I'm in a druggy little town, going nowhere, and there are a lot of drugs". So was there a lot of drugs?

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Asunderground
Dec 4, 2014 7:03pm

The notion that Oasis we're 'subversive' is hilarious. They were the epicentre of pedestrian new-lad culture. They were the ultimate terrace-anthem band. In all fairness they did subvert. Not in a culturally useful way like punk did. More in that they massively commodified 'indie', did untold proxy damage to the uk music press and introduced an unwanted thuggishness to the music scene.

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Dec 4, 2014 9:57pm

i love her story about the bass played not liking astral weeks. she's funny and human too.lovely

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Dec 5, 2014 9:24am

That's a nice list, by the way.

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Tony_Badgers
Dec 5, 2014 1:07pm

Stephen Bishop looks like a dude.

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Monty
Dec 7, 2014 5:20am

Finally, Cat Power gets the recognition she so deserves.

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Matt Raindrop
Dec 9, 2014 5:51pm

'Seeds of Memory' by Terry Reid is a lovely, lovely album. Good to see it get a mention

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Rumer
Dec 10, 2014 7:34pm

I wish to point out an innaccuate quote
I did not produce the album by myself. Steve Brown
produced the album with me sat next to him but! Slow,
I produced more by myself, with steve taking a back seat
on the sessions as he didn't understand what I meant by " cosmic"
On the tape recorder I was talking about Slow not the album but things
get lost on tape. While Steve and I don't speak and haven't spoken for two years I
wish to be clear that he not only produced the album but he paid for it upfront
So he was very cool at the time and I don't wish to re invent history and mischaracterise his massive contribution . Thanks!

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Oliver
Jan 9, 2015 6:40pm

In reply to Joe:

Agreed.

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Afro Zen
Mar 4, 2015 11:43pm

Danny Thompson on Astral Weeks?

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