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Diamanda Galás Discusses Her 13 Favourite Albums
The Quietus , August 1st, 2012 06:24

Diamanda Galás plays the one of the opening concerts of Antony Hegarty's Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre tonight. In advance of the performance, she tells us about 13 albums that have been influential on her life and work


Fats Waller - Your Feet's Too Big

Swing daddy, my father would scream, "Fats! Fats! Let's go! Let's go!" when I played 'Ain't Misbehavin' on piano as a little girl and he lurked over me like Boris Karloff on the bass. Then he would scream for my solo, "Tatum! Tatum!" Really this is a memory of my father, my first teacher, who played bass, trombone, cello, flute, and bouzouki.

I have wanted to talk to the other Greek, Johnny Otis, about him, but he is very ill right now and I respect this. My father used to open for Jack Teagarden and many others and was a great trombone player.

"No time, no nothing; no tone, no nothing", he would also say. "Those two are the definition of the trombone."

And that is the person most qualified to discuss Fats Waller's stomp and power.