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Dawn To Dusk: Richard Dawson's Favourite Albums
Jennifer Lucy Allan , October 14th, 2019 08:45

Tales of the oddest record shop on Tyneside and much more as Richard Dawson guides Jennifer Lucy Allan through an unsurprisingly diverse selection of records in this week's Baker's Dozen

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Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante​
This was the first record I got on vinyl. It's one I still think is a masterpiece. This was a long time before I heard anything like Sun Ra, this was being a 14-or-15-year-old kid, and just suddenly having this absolutely crazy music, it's gonna open your mind for sure. 

I was really into Faith No More and Mike Patton and all that stuff to the point that I was in a band where I did a quite accurate impression of Mike Patton. Faith No More is not for me these days, but this particular Mr.Bungle record has just stuck. Musically it's something that I still find startling and I have fond memories of – I remember getting my first turntable, one of the all-in-one units, really dodgy, and going home with my copy of this, and just playing it and being blown away. I think my parents wondered what the hell was going on up there – this music is really frightening, with a malevolence to it. There's a bit of daftness, but not much, and even the daftness is quite nasty.

The whole album is mixed quite quietly, but there's a particular track on the second side where it just gets so loud, and you've had to play it quite loud anyway. I've never encountered anything like that – suddenly my room was full of sound, like something's coming down from the sky.


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