I started collecting LPs when my gran handed me a box of my father’s records that she had held onto after his death. Until I became of an age to have her stereo system, complete with tape deck, CD player, radio and turntable in one, I kept the LPs in the garage.
I was around 16 and at that age, I thought my father’s collection was rather impressive, but being an avid East Coast hip hop head and Fourways massive local, I didn’t appreciate all of it, except Elvis. My father had an extensive collection of Talking Heads, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Elvis and a bunch of other “hits” mixes. I am not sure if the “hits” belonged to him or my gran, but she definitely didn’t listen to Talking Heads and Uriah Heep. Thanks to Rick De La Ray and years spent hanging out in Melville and being exposed to good music, bars and XAI XAI, my love for vinyl grew deep.
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WORDS: DISCODETA (ODETTE KLEYNHANS)
THE SMITHS – HATFUL OF HOLLOW
1984 / Rough Trade
I love the single “PANIC”. I find it hard to choose a favorite album because I love it all, but “Hatful of Hollow” comes to mind because of a burst geyser.
The Scottish plumber arrived on a Saturday morning while I was going about my Saturday morning things listening to Hatful of Hollow, and said (in a heavy Scottish accent), “aaaaaah…… The Smiths!! Fuck the Smiths!!! You should listen to Spandau Ballet!” With The Smiths, you either like it or you don’t. #HANGTHEDJ
JULIA JACKLIN – DON’T LET THE KIDS WIN
2016 / Polyvinyl Record Co
While I was living in NYC, my Aussie friend Amy introduced me to the soulful sweetness of Julia Jacklin. “Pool Party” is the first single off her debut album “Don’t let the kids win” and starts off with a guitar riff that gets your attention and makes you want to listen to what comes next. And then, for Triple J radio, Like a Version show, she covers “The Strokes – Someday” Enough said – my heart was stolen. I saw her a few times when I lived in NYC and bought “Don’t let the kids win” vinyl at one of her gigs. Thank you, Amy. Forever.
ERYKAH BADU – BADUIZM
1997 / Universal
Along with Tribe Called Quest – Love Movement, this is the first CD I bought, and have had to replace both of them probably about 3 times thanks to friends and brothers “borrowing” them. I love this on my own, loud in my car, (any music loud in the Fox), singing from “Rimshot” to finish and especially hitting the ‘tude on “Tyrone” when she says …. “but you can’t use my phone”.Take a seat, please…
TALKING HEADS – SPEAKING IN TOUNGES
1983 / Sire Records
There wasn’t a chance that I wouldn’t be a massive Talking Heads fan. Thanks, Dad. “This must be the place” is hands down one of the most honest love songs ever written. It is my absolute favourite track of all time. The album’s tour was documented in the film “Stop making sense” and David Byrne dancing with the lamp makes me want to dance like David Byrne or Fred Astaire. Then you get Tina Weymouth on electric guitar. EVERYTHING.
YAZOO – YOU AND ME BOTH
1983 / Mute Records
For me, one of the best synthpop groups of its time. Alison Moyet and her deep bluesy bellows, and Vince Clarke on keyboards, who later went on to compose for Depeche Mode, The Assembly and then to form Erasure in 1985 – of course, it’s going to be good. Play it loud and dance!
THE PHARCYDE – BIZARRE RIDE II THE PHARCYDE
1983 / Mute Records
Fourways Mall, skate comps, after parties, joints, and a blue golf DECO with 6×9” speakers pumping I the in the back. What a time to be alive. Roces rollerblading skate comps had the best after parties, Ready D and his crew of B-Boys, DJ Hamma, Morgan and then on the odd occasion the Brassa van die Kaap crew along with my introduction to The Pharcyde. It is in my opinion, one of hip hops finest and most influential albums released in the 1990s. Every track is a ride into their comedic look on modern day life. The album demonstrates the passion of hip-hop with enthusiasm and commitment, two elements I believe have been diluted by today’s hip-hop artists. As an old school hip-hop fan, I am waiting for the ‘return of the b-boy’