record store day is here for another year and we asked five local industry folk what their first and favourite records are.
SOSE FUAMOLI Deputy Editor, AU Review
*NSYNC – No Strings Attached First record I stole from my parents collection was Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads, but the first one I remember buying with my own money was *NSYNC's No Strings Attached. Vintage Timberlake.
Fugees - The Score I grew up listening to a lot of reggae music thanks to my dad and he loved The Score. Looking back on it as an alt hip-hop record, it still stands the test of time and has some of the most feel-good grooves I've heard. Of course, Miss Lauryn Hill is a standout, but I've always loved how rich and textured it is musically. "Fu-Gee-La", "Killing Me Softly" and "Zealots" in particular hold some great memories of growing up in a 90s household that had so many different types of music and cultural influences meshing together.
Silverchair - Neon Ballroom One of the strongest memories I have of this album is the film clip for "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" and developing a crush on Daniel Johns and his chain necklace which, let's be real, hasn't ever gone away. An older Nirvana-obsessed cousin was learning guitar at the time and Silverchair was all he would be playing when I'd go hang out with him so the music was a huge contrast to the girl group/boy band pop I was also heavily into around 1999. Still can listen to this album now and get chills that someone as young as Johns was, was writing that kind of material. Not really surprising given the band's further development, but Neon Ballroom and then Diorama definitely showcased the band becoming more and more comfortable in experimenting and growing as a creative unit.
Otis Redding - Pain in My Heart I love Otis Redding. Very few voices matched up to his and the legacy he left on soul music to come is amazing. His debut album is raw, bold and delivered with a great level of honesty and depth. In "Pain in My Heart" and "These Arms of Mine" particularly, his talent for utilising heartbreak and personal anguish in making some incredibly soulful music on point. Listening to this album (and most of Otis' stuff, actually) on vinyl too is just too good - between that crackle and the amount of soul poured into the lyricism and vocal deliveries...you've got a good time.
RYAN WINTER Publicist, The Gov
Savage Garden - Savage Garden First record I ever owned was Savage Garden's self-titled debut. 'To The Moon & Back', what a frickin' song man!
Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Blink 182 – Dude Ranch
NEV DE BOAR Head of Training, Music SA
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
Peter Paul & Mary - Peter Paul & Mary Their first album and a completely raw, stripped back authentic acoustic gem.
Neil Young - Harvest A diverse, complex arrangement. It's soulful and takes me on a journey.
Tom West - Oncoming Clouds His latest single is happy, groovy, emotive and has a great sound. This one is a premonition if it makes it to vinyl.
ROBERT DUNSTAN Music Editor, BSide Magazine
Elvis Presley - Roustabout My first album would likely have been the soundtrack to the Elvis Presley movie Roustabout. It's the one with a picture on the cover of the ferris wheel which is now down at Semaphore.
The Clash - London Calling The Clash's London Calling as it's a great blend of all kinds of music - rockabilly, ska, punk, jazz and all sorts of hidden extras. Great songs and wonderful lyrics too.
Elvis Presley – The Sun Sessions This album is in Keith Richards’ top 10 albums for good reason as it's a raw, unadulterated young Elvis from his early days at Sun Studios.
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue A timeless jazz classic featuring some superb playing.
JIMMY BOLLARD PR, Social Media & Artist Admin, 5/4 Entertainment
The Strokes - Room On Fire Pretty sure it was a birthday present from my brother. As well as being an incredible album, my copy is also an original UK pressing and worth a bit of money.
Portishead - Dummy There's something about the bass and weird, spooky sounds on this album that just works so well on vinyl. Anyone who says they can't tell the difference between analogue and digital should listen to "Dummy" and then go fuck themself.
Tame Impala - Live Recordings I picked up the last copy of this from TITLE last year on Record Store Day. It was 9:10am and they were already sold out. The recordings capture the moment Tame Impala become Australia's best band.
Courtney Barnett - The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas Another Record Store Day purchase from last year, this one's been on high rotation ever since. Put simply, the songs on here are enough to earmark Barnett as one of the most important songwriters of her generation.