Continuing NME.COM’s 15th birthday series…
I’m gonna go for ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ by Interpol, which was released in 2001.
When did I first come across it? A friend of mine said, “You’ve gotta listen to this band, they sound a bit like Suede”. I was curious and a bit flattered, but then I checked them out and thought “They don’t sound anything like Suede actually”.
But, I remember, just listening to them – I think I had it on my Walkman, or it might have been my iPod, I can’t remember what technology it was – I remember listening to them on the underground and just thinking, “God, this music sounds like it’s made to be the soundtrack to get a tube train to”.
There’s something mechanical and dark and beautiful and romantic about it, and it’s still a really beautiful record. I listen to it a lot, and ‘NYC’, is one of those records that I think I’d be happy to be buried to.
Was I doing drugs at the time it came out? Er… yeah, it was 2000, so it was a different phase for me. I was listening to guitar music again, for the first time in ages, and yeah, Interpol are definitely my favourite band of the last 15 years, I’d say.
Brett Anderson’s top 10 albums of the past 15 years:
1. Interpol – ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’
2. Bjork – ‘Homogenic’
3. Midlake – ‘The Trials of Van Occupanther’
4. The Horrors – ‘Primary Colours’
5. Bat For Lashes – ‘Fur And Gold’
6. Granddaddy – ‘The Sophtware Slump’
7. These New Puritans – ‘Beat Pyramid’
8. Mercury Rev – ‘Deserter’s Songs’
9. Goldfrapp – ‘Felt Mountain’
10. Sigur Ros – ‘Agaetis Byrjun’