Its like watching a crab with a limp—-
Andy Goz is multi instrumentalist from the Salem Trials a duo who have just released their stunningly brilliant debut single on Metal Postcard Records https://metalpostcard.bandcamp.com/album/salem-trials-head-on-rong
Creating a list of 10 albums was so much harder than I thought… think I need a top 1000 but would still probably struggle then!
Andy Goz… creative visionary and instrumentalist for the Salem Trials. Here is a small selection of albums that mean a lot or inspire me greatly.
It’s always difficult putting together lists like this because when there are thousands to choose from, I always feel bad about leaving them out. So this list just highlights a few records in my collection that matter to me.
10. Alex Chilton – Like Flies on Sherbert (1980)
This was the first Alex Chilton record I bought after seeing his name on one of my Cramps records and I instantly knew it was going to be a great album from the moment I heard ‘Boogie Shoes’ followed by, my favourite song (of his), ‘My Rival’.
The whole album feels like a working manual on how to deconstruct a pop song… guitars float in and out along with relaxed time keeping… something often copied now but never equalled.
9. Membranes – Dark Matter / Dark Energy (2015)
Sometimes, bringing something back to life comes with dangers (and some should remain left alone) but not the Membranes. This album is amazing and manages to bridge a gap between old and new with an original updating of their sound. I am a massive CAN fan so always love a groove or riff that invokes their sound… and Membranes do this expertly without sounding like an imitation. I can only dream of making an album this good!
8. Chrome – Alien Soundtracks (1977)
First album I bought by Chrome was ‘Half Machine Lip Moves’ which was on Beggars Banquet… I was probably expecting an album similar to Gary Numan at the time… but it was like nothing… I was amazed at how they sounded and became a life long fan.
This, their second album, is another example of deconstruction. Sounds like they recorded an album live in their living room in an afternoon… and then spent all week trashing, cutting and splicing the hell out of it.
7. Eric Dolphy – Out to Lunch! (1964)
Out to Lunch is probably my favourite jazz album. There are wilder albums by John Coltrane or Ornette Coleman but this has a real avant garde / classical vibe and if (like me) you like Zappa, you can really hear Eric’s influence. It’s my Sunday morning record.
6. Swell Maps – A Trip to Marineville (1979)
I absolutely love the Swell Maps and this album swings from punky pop to avant garde, sometimes on the same song. There is a wonderful balance between deconstructed experimental pieces (messing around, is the technical phrase I believe) and punk-pop classics like, ‘Midget Submarines’, ‘Blam!’ or ‘Spitfire Parade’.
5. Iggy and The Stooges – Raw Power (1973)
This was the first Stooges album I bought, £2.99 from Boots record department in the Arndale Centre. I didn’t know what to really expect and was only buying it because I’d seen Iggy’s name in the back sleeve credits of the first album I bought (‘Plastic Letters’ by Blondie).
Raw Power is my desert island disc for sure. I never tire of hearing it .James Williamson is one of my all time favourite guitarists and just can’t image a world without ‘Search and Destroy’ or ‘Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell’.
4. David Bowie – Scary Monsters (1980)
This is my all time favourite Bowie album that I bought on cassette from a small music shop in Blackpool in 1980.
It’s safe to say that any album by Bowie could make this list… but this is the one I play the most. I love the songs, sound and production… and I think Robert Fripp really shines on this.
3. Velvet Underground – White Light / White Heat (1968)
Bought this from my local HMV one Saturday afternoon with my paper round money. I bumped into a school friend on the bus and he asked me what the record was? I showed his the sleeve and with a shock of horror his response was, ‘£4.99!? You could’ve bought a real record for that!’ He had a point, £4.99 was quite expensive at that time.
This was my first VU album and it was quite an experience. It sounded like nothing I’d ever heard before and would begin my love for their music. I actually cried real tears when Lou died.
2. Sonic Youth – EVOL (1986)
I first heard Sonic Youth in 1984 and I knew there and then they would become my musical compass. I spent many hours searching for their stuff (found their first two records, think it was Bradley’s in the Arndale?) Anyway, for me EVOL was the first step towards making the perfect record. I once fell asleep to it and waking up several hours later to the sound of side two’s locked groove. Had no idea how long it had been playing but I think that record planted a seed in my ear.
1. CAN – Soundtracks (1970)
All the songs on this record were compiled from various songs that appeared in films such as Deadlock. Never has a compilation of random songs sounded so good together. It’s fair to say that most of CAN’s output could be considered for inclusion here… but for me, ‘Soul Desert’, ‘She Brings the Rain’ and ‘Mother Sky’ and make this the album for me.
Another band that I can’t imagine life without and the reason why I bought my first CD player in 1989 – when Spoon/Mute reissued all their albums for the first time.