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The Ideal Copies: Graham Lewis Of Wire's Favourite Albums
Luke Turner , April 15th, 2015 13:44

As Wire continue their five-night London residency as part of the tQ co-curated DRILL:LEXINGTON festival, their bassist and lyricist gives Luke Turner a tour of his top 13 records

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Al Green - Greatest Hits
I heard a tremendous amount of first-class soul music... my father was in the Royal Air Force and I lived on a base. It just so happened that it coincided with the period of pirate radio stations, so a transistor radio was a virtually unmediated way of hearing absolutely incredibly music. I heard Hendrix, Electric Prunes, all the best soul music. You didn't know what these people looked like, who they were, anything. There was this guy Nicky who I used to play football with, his father was from Jamaica, and when he was moving on he gave the youth club his soul collection. The guy who ran the youth club, he was championing what I thought was starting to be second-rate output from The Beatles, because after 'Strawberry Fields' or 'Magical Mystery Tour' they came out with this Sgt Pepper's thing which I had issues with. Meanwhile, we had every good soul record. You also had Johnnie Walker, I think, on [Radio] Caroline. This also represents that period in the 70s when I was listening to Al Green, Sly, Stevie Wonder; the most interesting and radical music that was going. It's pathetic to go 'black soul music, oh right, Al Green's Greatest Hits', because the productions, the voice and everything is incredible. Let's just say one of the greatest singers, that's for sure, and he has to represent all of that.


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Louise "Louise" Castellanos
Apr 15, 2015 2:38pm

GREAT list-- great artist/musician-- and the Klara Lewis album is really good, even if she is... Graham's daughter. All of Graham's solo albums-- not including myriad with Bruce Gilbert, which are great things themselves-- are estimble in weird and wondrous ways. He even killed on a cover of "Suzanne," which ain't easy--

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEJgVBjErlA&

In the Top 5 all-time Baker's Dozens, accept no less. (Worst BD has to be Butch Vig always.)

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Summer
Apr 15, 2015 2:59pm

"What was the most disappointing gig you ever went to of someone you really liked?"

I was amused to see this pop up as the answer for me is Wire, at the South Bank 10 years or so ago. They were playing their old stuff, maybe they were bored - certainly they've made good records since. Nice list with lots of enthusiasm.

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phelix
Apr 15, 2015 8:21pm

His last album All Over is fantastic.
Van the Man

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Taun Aengus
Apr 15, 2015 9:02pm

Great bunch from a great guy and bassplayer etc etc etc

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mckenzieg
Apr 16, 2015 7:15pm

`How many great punk records are there? First Ramones album? You know what I mean` ... Hmm, not really.

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Paul K in Brooklyn
Apr 16, 2015 11:37pm

"May I" and "Blessed State" - two personal faves - nice link there Graham!

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Graham Lewis
Apr 17, 2015 2:58pm

In reply to Louise "Louise" Castellanos:

Obviouss ommissions due to interview time limit pressure
Of course New Rose, Modern Dance, Spiral Scratch
Stranded and more...apologies for misleading emphasis!

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Rich
Apr 17, 2015 8:52pm

I'm have a rip of that C90 please.

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JC
Apr 17, 2015 9:28pm

I'd love to hear that C90 as well!

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John
Apr 18, 2015 4:07pm

Last saw them Reading Festival 1990 - they were really good.

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John
Apr 18, 2015 4:13pm

"Dave Coppenhall [compiler] - Around The World On A C90 Cassette"

is that anywhere I can listen to it ?

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Jim Goodson
Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

Always inarested in new ideas/music. Big world and hard to keep track of.

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Jim Goodson
Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

Always inarested in new ideas/music. Big world and hard to keep track of.

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Jim Goodson
Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

Always inarested in new ideas/music. Big world and hard to keep track of.

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Jim Goodson
Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

Always inarested in new ideas/music. Big world and hard to keep track of.

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Jim Goodson
Jun 23, 2016 6:58am

Always inarested in new ideas/music. Big world and hard to keep track of.

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