Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Steelwells' Vinyl District Takeover!

I had the brilliant (sarcasm…see?) idea that today I would figure out which of my records influenced our recent album “Shallow on the Draft” the most. So, I’ve spent the last three hours rooting around in my vinyl trying to come up with the top 5 albums that directly contributed. This was agonizing torture for me; I just had to put aside Van Morrison’s Moondance to make room for David Bowie. I made the choice. I need to live with it. Oh wait...Leonard...I'm so sorry.

So here it is. The top 5 records in no particular order of importance:

Elvis Costello - King of America

I have all of Elvis’ records on vinyl. How you like me now. This record is my favorite to put on and sing every word. My favorite song on this record is Indoor Fireworks. For me this record marks a change in how he communicated both musically and lyrically.

The Temptations - 3 record Collectors Edition

Man, I love this album. Oh man, I really do. It’s like all five of these men can reach inside and make your heart beat for you. This is the kind of music that moves you in every way.

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

What? Look, I know this record is over used as an influence. There is a good reason for that. You just can’t beat this record. The production, the tones, the composition, the honesty, the love. When I first got this record I let it spin for about two weeks before moving on.

David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Thank you, dad. This a record I have kept going back to time and again for various reasons and it has always served its purpose.

The Beatles - Abbey Road

I didn’t realize how much this album influenced this record until after it was finished. I put it on and realized that subconsciously I had drawn on the thoughts and ideas that stemmed from this record. It’s just a brilliant piece of work. Supremely cohesive.

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The Steelwells - Big Yellow Sky (Mp3)