SONIC KICKS | Oh Mercy

 

 

AHEAD OF THE RELEASE OF THEIR BRAND NEW ALBUM DEEP HEAT ON AUGUST 24TH, OH MERCY’S ALEXANDER GOW TOOK THE TIME TO GIVE US AN INSIGHT ON SOME OF THE ALBUMS THAT SHAPED HIM.

The first album I bought…

You Am I | Hourly Daily – I saved up all my pocket money and maybe nicked a few dollars from a pensioner . It’s a great album, I especially like If We Can’t Get It Together and the opener/title track Hourly Daily. It came out in ’96. I was 9 years old.

 

The album that soundtracked a relationship…

Scott Walker | Scott 3 – I went to art school for a year. It was pretty shit. I did however meet some beautiful women, one of which lent me Scott 3. I’d heard the Walker Brothers’ The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore but this stuff was way, way out there. I especially love his version of Jacques Brel’s Ne Me Quitte Pas. Dusty Springfield does my second favourite version. The relationship was brief. The impact of Scott 3 on me is unmeasurable.

 

The album that inspired me to form a band…

Dionne Warwick | Sings Burt Bacharach – The guys in high school listened to Metallica and Pearl Jam. I listened to Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Nancy Sinatra & The Supremes. I had more girl friends than any one else.

 

The album that reminds me of my high school years…

Jimmy Cliff | The Harder They Come soundtrack  – I also listened to reggae. The real stuff. Not the middle class, white, smelly, pot smoking hippie stuff. I would listen to The Harder They Come on my Discman walking home from McKinnon station. I felt invincible. I took it very seriously. Reggae is not the novelty genre my fellow white middle class has turned it into.

 

The album I’d love to hear played live and in full…

Jorge Ben | Forca Bruta – It’s my favourite album of all time. As punk as The Clash. Traditional, popular Brazilian samba music. His voice is so elastic. Romantic one minute, insane the next.

 

My favourite album cover art…

The Louvin Brothers | Satan Is Real – Great title, great cover. Looks kind of corny these days but it’s impact is undeniable. The white suits, the funny looking satan, the arm gestures. Too good.

 

An album I loved but now have no idea why I bought it…

I can tell you that my least favourite of all time is Paul Simon’s Graceland.

 

The last album I bought…

Pond | Beard, Wives, Denim – It’s great!

 

 

 

 

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