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Baker's Dozen: J Mascis On His 13 Favourite Records
The Quietus , March 17th, 2011 09:44

The slacker/ shoegaze guitar demon fesses up about his top albums


Eater - The Album
This is a case of being something I listened to this so much at the right age. I don't think a lot of other people like this, because they think it's just third rate punk or something, but I like it a lot. They were like the youngest band – the drummer was 14 or something – so everyone thought they were kind of a joke, because they were just kids, and I don't think anyone took them that seriously. Something about it really resonated with me, though, because I was the same age. They would say ‘The Sex Pistols' are old and stuff, and seeing them made me think ‘Well, I can play better than him already. I could definitely be in this band', because they weren't very technically good. It gives you the belief that you can do it.

I think there's something to be said for releasing just one album; for most bands, their first album is the best. You may as well quit while you're ahead, if you can…