For his choice of classic lost album, Dave Grohl selects Bad Brains’ self-titled debut, released in 1982. It’s been called “the best punk/hardcore album of all time” by Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch.
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.”
‘King King’ is an album released by LA blues band The Red Devils in 1992. James Skelly of The Coral is a big fan. He explains: “Our producer John Leckie just gave it to me while we we recording ‘Butterfly House’ and it blew my head off as soon as I heard it.”
Here’s Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys on ‘Cardinal’ by Cardinal: “Cardinal’s one and only self-titled album is surely a classic case of a lost classic. Released in 1994 on the nascent Flydaddy label in the US, this Boston-based duo specialised in a whispered, supremely melodic melancholy pop.”
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.”
‘Forever Breathes The Lonely Word’ is the sixth album by cult British indie band Felt, released in 1986. That bloke on the cover? It’s Felt keyboard player Martin Duffy, now better known as a member of Primal Scream.
Leadbelly, ‘Last Sessions’ – just one of the 100 lost albums that feature in the current issue of NME, on sale from Wednesday 29 December.