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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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Dusty Springfield - Dusty In Memphis
It's obvious... but great albums are obvious, aren't they? Dusty was very much a pioneer for bringing soul music over here, to the UK, so it makes sense that she went to Memphis to do this. Look at the personnel on this: it has The Sweet Inspirations on backing vocals, and Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd involved in the production. Fuck, fuck, fuck. That's a great team. Wowzers. Jerry Wexler did the same with Aretha Franklin, at Atlantic: he really knew how to let an artist shine. This album has got 'Just A Little Lovin'', oh my god, which I love. And 'The Windmills Of Your Mind'. And obviously 'Son Of A Preacher Man', the classic. And 'No Easy Way Down', an amazing Gerry Goffin/Carole King song. And I really relate to that one, because I always think it's a bit of a manic depressive anthem: 'Your toy balloon has sailed in the sky, love/ But now it must fall to the ground/ Now your sad eyes reveal just how badly you feel/ 'Cause there is no easy way down...' Like it's about trying to climb down off a manic high. I'm not sure what the impact would have been at the time, because I can't put myself in that context, and it wasn't a huge commercial success and remained out of print for a long time, but it's just a great album with great songs, and Dusty Springfield's probably the best vocalist, probably the vocalist, of all time. She's just phenomenal. I heard a story that when Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys invited her into the studio, she was really insecure and said 'What do you want me to do?' And he said, 'Just be Dusty Springfield.'


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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