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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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Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
I love it. It's great. It's classic. I'm into it because it was subversive, it captured the zeitgeist. It came out in 1995, when I was 16, I was in my shithole small town, and everyone's pissed, and 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, just as there are in a lot of rural places... and it didn't escape me. And it was so weird, because even though this album was about them having success and everything else, there was something about the hedonistic spirit, and that coming-from-the-ground thing about it that really spoke to kids. Oasis were just some scrappy kids from Manchester themselves. They were rough and ready. And I was 16, sitting in a parked car smoking a joint, listening to this album and having my head blown off by it. I don't think anyone's got good memories of being 16 and a bit confused and being into drugs, and I don't touch drugs now and I don't advocate them, but I was into it at that age, and I was experimenting and trying things. I was in that world. We were kids, we were wasted, and we were listening to Oasis. In parked cars. And I was listening to it again yesterday, thinking, 'They were just fucking amazing.'

I'm not the biggest Beatles fan, but I like what people do with The Beatles, and I like what Noel's done with them. I do rate them as songwriters. Even lyrically? Yeah, even lyrically I like Oasis. I think their lyrics speak to everyone. They speak to everyone in the PUB. And everyone who's wasted, everywhere. Like that Manics song, 'We don't talk about love/ We only wanna get drunk'. It's just pub music. And when you were in a shithole small town, and there was nothing to do, that set the whole world on fire.


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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