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Baker's Dozen

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


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.