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Blissful Resonance: Brian DeGraw Of Gang Gang Dance's Favourite Albums
Tristan Bath , January 14th, 2014 06:16

With Brian DeGraw's debut solo album as bEEdEEgEE released last month, the Gang Gang Dance founder member speaks to Tristan Bath about thirteen of his favourite albums, from Scott Walker and Pharaoh Sanders to Burial and Public Enemy


Yoko Ono - Approximately Infinite Universe

I like this record because I like hearing Yoko in more of a rock/pop context. I find everything she does to be compelling, but when I first started listening to her it was the more avant-garde stuff that was the sensible starting point and more of what she was, and obviously still is, known for. So I think when I first heard this one it was so exciting to hear her in this context. I also heard it at a time when I was in a band called The Crainium, which was heavily influenced by feminist politics and feminist music, and there are some very great examples of a strong feminist stance on this record. There is also some severely funky shit on this record and 'I Felt Like Smashing My Face In A Clear Glass Window' and 'What Did I Do' are two of my most coveted tunes to drop in a DJ set to twist people's minds up. I just think this is a really powerful, emotional, vaguely political, and sometimes danceable record that doesn't get nearly as much love as it deserves.