ON THE RECORD WITH ALEX EDKINS OF METZ
Whatwasthefirstalbumorsingleyouever boughtwithyourownmoneyandwheredid youbuyit? Whatonealbumchangedyourlifemorethan anyotherandinwhatway? Whatonealbumorsongremindsyouof yourchildhood?
the most important band ever. My dad liked to play “Day Tripper” in the car and that guitar riff is still one of the best ever written.
Whatalbuminstantlyputsyouinagoodmood? Whatisoneobscurealbuminyourcollection thateveryoneshouldknowabout? What’sonealbumyouconsidertobeyour guiltypleasure?
singing “Sister Havana” and “Positive Bleeding”. It’s simultaneously incredible and unforgiveable.
The Black Crowes – Southern Harmony Musical
Companion. I bought it on cassette at the Hazeldean Mall; I think they had a Sam The Record Man store there. This was before I heard punk/grunge/hardcore/psych music, so I was on a strict diet of classic rock and I thought Chris Robinson’s dance moves and crushed velvet bell-bottoms in the “Remedy” video were super cool! [ Laughs].
The Stooges – Fun House. No competition. The records I associate the most with high school are the first two Weezer records. The Blue Album and Pinkerton were jammed so hard by all my closest friends. It was inescapable and they still bring very nostalgic feelings when I hear them. I was trying to get my friends to listen to Black Flag and Bad Brains but they weren’t having it. “Nah man, Weezer is way better”.
The Velvet Underground – Loaded or The Velvet
Underground & Nico. I learned this one from my older brother as he would always play Velvet Underground after staying out late. Try it.
Minor Threat – Full Discography. When I heard “Screaming At A Wall” for the first time it completely blew my mind. It felt like I had found my thing. I was totally addicted to the music and began going to shows downtown for the first time in my life. I started listening to college radio and started reading zines and mail ordering records. I just wanted to hear every band out there. Until hearing Minor Threat I didn’t know that such powerful and meaningful music even existed. Punk music has changed my life immensely; I’ve met most of my best friends and even my wife through underground music. The Kinks – Kinda Kinks. I just think it’s ‘60s beat music done to perfection. Love the songs and Shel Talmy recording! “Look For Me Baby” is such a great starter. Safe As Milk by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band is up there too. Fugazi – In On The Kill Taker. It’s a beautiful mix of everything I love about music.
AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. I wish I sang that one. Wouldn’t that be cool? Totally insane vocals. Rhythm guitar would suffice too. Little Ann – Deep Shadows. It’s heart-wrenching soul. All the flaws are left in and it makes this album just incredibly heavy. Highly recommended.
The Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real.
Urge Overkill – Saturation. I remember when these guys were all over the TV. White suits, fake names, huge medallions, drinking Courvoisier and The Beatles’ “Day Tripper”. Just like most kids my age, I was raised on The Beatles. I consider them I recently bought a copy of Sonic Youth and Lydia Lunch’s “Death Valley 69”.