We asked Jim Sclavunos, drummer with Grinderman and The Bad Seeds, to choose his own favourite lost album. He choose Howlin’ Wolf’s long-windedly titled: ‘This Is Howlin’ Wolf’s New Album. He Doesn’t Like it. He Didn’t Like His Electric Guitar At First Either’. “For me, this record sits impressively alongside any ’60s experimentalist efforts,” says Sclavunos.
Performance released their debut album ‘We Are Performance’ in 2007. It didn’t set the charts alight, but it did have an impact on Hurts’ Theo Hutchcraft, who says of their song ‘Surrender’: “All of a sudden a spark lit up inside my brain. I was 18, and this was a pop song like no other I’d heard for a long time.”
Signed to Sarah Records – home of twee indie – The Field Mice released their second mini-album ‘Skywriting’ in 1990. Years later Jacob Graham of The Drums heard the record and fell in love with it. “The Field Mice really have a hold on me,” he says. “Sometimes I think they’re the greatest band in the world.”
Lightspeed Champion’s Dev Hynes on Serge Gainsbourg, ‘You’re Under Arrest’: “This was Gainsbourg’s last studio album before he died, so it’s been lost to history a bit. Gainsbourg always adapted to the times; here he went deeper into dance and tight ‘80s funk type grooves with his songs. It features his most articulate songwriting.”