Matthew Healy of The 1975’s Top Ten AlbumsPhoto of The 1975’s Matthew Healy © Katie Louise Clare.

The 1975 released their debut album earlier this week – an album they promised us would be “A big, romantic 16 track album”. (Check out our review to see if we agreed!). When Matthew Healy spoke to Louder Than War last month he also said about the album “It’s a culmination of our investments, everything we’ve experienced as young adults. It is very situational and, for us, it’s a classic album.”

We also asked the band’s singer, guitarist and songwriter to talk us through his favourite long players. Below are his electric choices, in no particular order.

Glassjaw – Worship and Tribute (2002 Warner Bros.)

Matthew: Glasjaw was one of the first bands I became really really obsessed with in a heavy way. They did heavy music that I really related too, I don’t like heavy music that’s a bit weak; it has to be heavy music as a representation of insanity.


My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991 Creation)

Matthew: I think it is one of the most beautiful records of all time. It sounds like a pop record that is drowning and gasping for air. Like a faded Polaroid it is a beautiful album.


The Streets – Original Pirate Material (2002 Locked On)

Matthew: Probably one of the most important albums for us, partially due to our love of UK garage, although you may not be able to hear any of it in our records. I moved to Manchester when I was about 10 years old and UK garage was going on, we lived by a bar which was one of the UK garage bars. There were DJ’s on all the time playing music that was so melodic, loads of syncopation there was the Artful Dodger, Sweet Female Attitude – I became obsessed by it and it stayed with me. When Original Pirate Material came out it was that music I love – with poems. Here was a poet from where I came, he was at street level, he said it himself – at street level, I don’t think there is a day that goes past I don’t think about that sentence.


Michael Jackson – Bad (1987 Epic)

Matthew: So stylized and perfect you can’t say anything bad about that record. It came out at the perfect time was well thought out and was not compromised by anything at all.


Alexander O’Neal – Hearsay (1987 Tabu)

Matthew: A massive pop record just tune after tune after tune of dance floor hits.


The Jesus and Mary Chain – Pychocandy (1985 Blanco y Negro)

Matthew: Same as with ‘Loveless’ – songs like ‘Just Like Honey’ I feel are a great interpretation of the blues, it sounds like faded splendour.


Hundred Reason – Ideas Above Our Station (2002 Columbia)

Matthew: This album came out at a time when a lot of UK rock bands that were copying the American popcorn sounds. ‘Ideas Above Our Station’ came out and it had all those major chord progressions and had a really life affirming sounds and it felt like it was coming from a really British perspective and I really related to that.


Carole King – Tapestry (1971 Ode)

Matthew: It is just brilliant; a songwriter at their best, an insanely wonderful album I mean it has ‘You Make Me Feel’ on there.


Peter Gabriel – So (1986 Charisma)

Matthew: I think this was someone ahead of their game, the album is a very experimental piece of work, but it also contains ‘Sledgehammer’, ‘Don’t Give Up’ and ‘Big Time’ which are insanely massive pop tunes.


James Taylor – New Moon Shine (1991 Columbia)

Matthew: I didn’t really listen to James Taylor until I listened to late 80’s early 90’s James Taylor. It was really well produced. ‘The Frozen Man’ is a James Taylor that is less country and more pop I love James Taylor from this time.



The 1975’s eponymously titled album is available now in CD /Deluxe CD/ DL / Deluxe LP formats via their website store as well as from regular outlets. The band has just started a full UK tour which continues throughout September. They then head over to the States before returning in November for a full European tour. Check out The 1975 website for full details and information about dates, venues and ticket availability as well as up to date news and the bands online store.

The 1975 can be followed on Facebook and Twitter, or keep up to date with the latest news via their official webpage here.

All words by Katie Clare. More writing by Katie on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. She can also be found on Twitter where she tweets as @tokyo_katie.

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