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Gold Gold Gold Gold Fire Fire Fire Fire: Douglas McCarthy's Favourite LPs
Luke Turner , July 24th, 2019 08:55

As Nitzer Ebb gear up to play Helsinki's Flow Festival, Douglas McCarthy talks Luke Turner through his favourite music, from listening to classical while eating offal on Canvey Island through David Bowie, Killing Joke, Brian Eno, JJ Cale, Thelonious Monk and more


DAF - Alles Is Gut
This blew my mind. I was about 15. There was Parrot Records in Chelmsford, and I wanted to buy Die Kleinen Und De Bösen but you had to save up, and they were on import - the same with Die Mensch-Maschine by Kraftwerk, which Dave had on German import and sold to me for a fiver. That was '78, '79, and then Computer World was the first album I ever pre-ordered. It was that process of the assimilation of other people's purchases and ideas and you're starting to build up a structure of what you want to listen to. My whole list is that, an assimilation of other people's knowledge. It was the straight-up energy of DAF that appealed to us, a bunch of teenagers in Essex. They sounded like our parties and our skate sessions - chaos, violence and self-destructiveness. Gabi of DAF said to me one time, 'out of all our children, Nitzer Ebb has always been our favourite child'.