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I Ate It All Up In Fast Forward: Ariel Pink's Favourite LPs
Christopher Sanders , August 23rd, 2017 10:20

Ariel Pink shares 13 of his favourite records, taking in albums from Ata Kak, The Shaggs and John Maus amongst others


The Shaggs - Shaggs’ Own Thing
Why Shaggs’ Own Thing and not Philosophy Of The World? The reason is, Philosophy of the World is bad and Shaggs’ Own Thing is a beautiful, sad record. It’s not like what people normally think about The Shaggs; it’s not them at their most shambolic. It doesn't get you in the gut and it’s not ridiculous. It’s really not a train wreck. Well, maybe it is like a train wreck, or maybe more like a badly assembled car that still gets you where you want to go. It’s not a smooth ride, but it is beautiful. It’s like another language. There’s nobody else like them. They sound just how they should sound. But this record didn’t actually have much of an impact because it was actually subtle.