on the record

WITH DAVEY HA­VOK AND HUNTER BURGAN OF AFI

Blunt - - In Review -

Davey Ha­vok: Du­ran Du­ran – self-ti­tled. It was from Tower Records and it wasn’t an al­bum, it was a cas­sette. The first al­bum I asked for was an AC/ DC al­bum which was Back In Black. The year it came out I got it from the House Of Gui­tars. Hunter Burgan: One of the first records I got was Billy Joel – An In­no­cent Man. It was one of the first records that I wanted when I was old enough to re­alise I could have a record. Ha­vok: For me that would be the Mi­nor Threat sin­gles collection, which isn’t truly an al­bum, but it was at that mo­ment that I re­alised there were people that share the same artis­tic be­liefs as well as the same po­lit­i­cal be­liefs and they call them­selves “straight edge”. Hear­ing that al­bum, I re­alised that was what I was and I was a part of that move­ment. It changed my life for­ever. Burgan: Look­ing back I’d say Jane’s Ad­dic­tion – Noth­ing’s Shock­ing be­cause when I got that record I re­alised the bass can do some­thing cool and now that’s such an im­por­tant part of my life. I don’t know if I would have re­alised that the same way with­out that record. Ha­vok: So many re­mind me of my early, early child­hood. One of them would be “Sci­ence Fic­tion/ Dou­ble Fea­ture”, the show tune from the Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show. I used to lis­ten to my mom’s records and I would pick them by al­bum cover. If the al­bum cover fas­ci­nated me, I’d put it on. Of course she wouldn’t let me see it when I was that young, which was good par­ent­ing, and I’d have to go and see it with­out her know­ing when I was a pre-teen. The whole show re­minds me of be­ing a kid and is a huge part of my youth. Burgan: The song “Bo Did­dley” by Bo Did­dley, which I hadn’t ac­tu­ally heard in a long time, but we

What was the f irst al­bum or sin­gle you ever bought with your own money? What one al­bum changed your life more than any other? What is one al­bum or song that re­minds you of your child­hood?

did a tour a cou­ple of years ago and it was in the house mu­sic ev­ery night and that was the first song that when I was old enough to reach the but­tons on the juke­box – this is younger than three years old – when we still lived in Long Beach, I would pick that song ev­ery time. Ha­vok: You know what I used to lis­ten to all the time at that age? I had a 45 of “Rub­ber Bis­cuit”. The Blues Broth­ers recorded a 7”, and they had a song called “Rub­ber Bis­cuit”. All the scat sounds ap­pealed to a child.

What is your favourite al­bum from your school years?

Ha­vok: I used to lis­ten to Press The Eject And Give Me The Tape by Bauhaus all the time. That was a great record. There’s so many that we used to lis­ten to over and over and over Burgan: High school I was burn­ing through hun­dreds of records. Ha­vok: Black Flag, Dis­in­te­gra­tion by the Cure, Vi­o­la­tor by Depeche Mode, Two Things At Once by De­scen­dents.

What al­bum in­stantly puts you in a good mood?

Ha­vok: You know what, lis­ten­ing to Sis­ter of Mercy – Flood­land is ac­tu­ally iron­i­cally some­what eu­phoric for me as I as­so­ciate it with the clubs and dancing, which is re­ally es­capist. Hear­ing the bass line of “Lu­cre­tia My Re­flec­tion” start al­ways raises my skin, al­ways to this day and takes me out of the mo­ment I am in and into sev­eral dif­fer­ent mo­ments of my past, all of which I have pos­i­tive as­so­ci­a­tions with, so that’s one for me. Burgan: Jaw­breaker – Ch­ester­field King 10”. So rad! Ha­vok: I lis­ten to a lot of noise. I spend a lot of time lis­ten­ing to noise and I sup­pose any Con­verter record that I lis­ten to would be con­sid­ered ob­scure. Burgan: Ken Nor­dine – Word Jazz. It’s just talk­ing; it’s word jazz. It’s to­tally ob­scure.

What is one ob­scure al­bum in your collection that ev­ery­one should know about? What do you con­sider to be the most em­bar­rass­ing al­bum in your collection?

Burgan: I’m not em­bar­rassed by this at all but oth­ers might find it em­bar­rass­ing, but the Milli Vanilli record. I love it. I saw them play live and it’s a great stu­dio record, but it’s a pop record for ‘89 or when­ever that came out and it was well done.

What is the best al­bum to lis­ten to on a Sun­day morn­ing?

Ha­vok: I never know what day it is. Burgan: Com­modores – “Easy”. I heard that the last Sun­day be­fore we left and it’s been stuck in my head ev­ery day since then. I don’t mean for it to be there, but it’s a good song.

What one al­bum do you wish you had per­formed on?

Ha­vok: Gosh, I just went to see Fail­ure, I’m not re­ally an­swer­ing the ques­tion – I wouldn’t care to per­form on the song nec­es­sar­ily – but hav­ing writ­ten some of those lyrics, lis­ten­ing to “The Nurse Who Loves Me”, those lyrics are so flaw­less and so well writ­ten, so is the melody with its min­i­mal atonal mo­ments. Watch­ing it live last week, I had this mo­ment with my friend Ben who is in Dear Boy, we just turned to each other and had a “I wish I wrote it, how did you write that? It’s so per­fect” mo­ment. Burgan: Any records I love so much I don’t want to be a part of.

What’s one al­bum or song you want played at your fu­neral?

Ha­vok: “Star­ships” by Nicki Mi­naj. Burgan: “We Build This City” by Star­ship. Ha­vok: Per­fect. Maybe we will die to­gether. Ha­vok: It was the new Crys­tal Method and I thought it was great. They’ve added mod­ern sounds to their sig­na­ture sound. It’s clearly Crys­tal Method, which is great, but it’s not dated and I love it.

What is the last al­bum you bought and what did you think of it?

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