Our favourite artists dig up five records that they consider “Essential” by any definition they like. Today, Bass Drum Of Death leader John Barrett shares some gems from his personal collection.
For garage rock fans of a certain ilk, Bass Drum Of Death is comfort food: you know what you’re going to get, and you’re satisfied when you get it. It’s pretty much right there in the name, a throwback to when John Barrett performed as a one-man band. Even though these days he tends to bring along a full kit and maybe a second guitarist (but no bass, never bass), you’re still going to get that thing that you came to get: distilled blues-punk riffs, overdriven fuzz, sticky shoes, and maybe a sprayed beer to the face.
So tapping BDoD’s John Barrett for an Essential Albums might seem like a redundant affair – might as well just grab some Sabbath, some Sonics, a little Jay Reatard, fill it out with some stuff off Nuggets, and skip the interview. But the Oxford, Mississippi amp-abuser surprised us with some high school guilty pleasures (minus the guilt), a couple no-brainers, and one "where the hell did you find this?” discovery.
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No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom (1996)
John Barrett: This is the first record I bought with my own money. I heard "Spiderwebs" on the radio and was like "I've gotta have this." Super catchy, and the songs are amazing. I still listen to it fairly regularly. Plus, Gwen's a babe.
Project Pat, Mista Don't Play: Everythangs Workin (2001)
Three 6 Mafia was basically high school for me. Every time I went to a party, hung out at the lake, got stoned, etc, Three 6 was playing. Project Pat's my favourite out of all of the Three 6 crew. I had two huge subwoofers in the first car I had, so I'd throw this on and roll around town thinking I was a badass.
Nirvana, In Utero (1993)
Pretty much the record that made we want to play music. Not very much else to say about this one. It's perfect.
Brett Smiley, Breathlessly Brett (2004)
Brett Smiley was this kid from the 70's that Andrew Loog Oldham (Rolling Stones manager) worked with, and was trying to turn into the "Next David Bowie" or something. Long story short, he made Breathlessly Brett (that never got released), and dropped off the map. The record finally got released in like 2004, and it's so good. It's very 70's, super glam and over the top.
AC/DC, If You Want Blood You've Got It (1978)
I'm usually not a big fan of live records, but this one absolutely rips. If you throw it on and crank it up, you feel like you're at the show. They recorded it in Glasgow in 1978, right in the middle of their prime, and you can tell. AC/DC is one of those bands that I wish that I could've seen when they were in top form (and with Bon Scott singing), and this record gets me pretty damn close.