CRAIG GILL (Drums)

Husker Du  Warehouse Songs and Stories
It’s very hard to pick a favourite album from your favourite band. I always feel more attached to albums which I managed to purchase the week of release (see also next choice). Hardcore fans would probably choose one of their earlier albums like Zen Arcade but it’s a just a shame the quality of those recordings are very poor and don’t match their powerful live sound. I love all 20 tracks on this and their psychedelic swansong. Some label it ‘Noise Pop’, or as I like to call it, ‘Flower Punk’, but whatever, to get a double album or 70 minutes of new material by a band you love is a rare treat nowadays. It also has sentimental value as I have very fond memories of listening to this at my mate’s house when it came out in 1987,  sadly, he is no longer with us.

R. E. M.  Fables Of The Reconstruction
The first two albums are probably more favoured by R.E.M fans, both of which I love. Again, this third offering has sentimental value because I can remember going to Manchester after school on the # 24 bus, aged 14, to buy this vinyl the day of release (June 11th 1985), staring at it all the way home to Chadderton and then playing it to death on my shitty old hand-me-down record player. This album showed off their diverse influences such as rock and roll, country and bluegrass, and it signalled the way forward for the then college rock band, to become arguably the biggest band on the planet. I saw them live touring this album at The Manchester Ritz; Michael Stipe was like an alien to me, he was wearing lots of purple eyeliner and workman’s paint splattered overalls, claiming he had had all his clothes stolen from the tour bus? A true enigmatic rock star.

Clint Boon’s favourite albums are here

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