Sometimes you meet people in the music industry and they just seem magical, and you want them to sit and talk to you about records for hours and hours. Chris Sutton is one of those people for me. I swear he is nearly ubiquitous in my life of music, more than I even realized (the other day I was digging through an old pile of CD’s and discovered Chris played bass in one of my favorite band’s as a teenager, Engine 54. Of course he did!)
Now, of course, with me working at K, I get to see quite a bit of Chris—when he’s not off gallivanting around the world with The Gossip he comes up to Olympia to play with his rad band The Hooded Hags or, on very special occasions, Hornet Leg (What? You haven’t heard them? You can stream their album Ribbon of Fear [KLP209] at the K Mail Order Dept.). AND now he’s been doing this amazing record blogging project on Instagram, where he talks about his journey as a record collector and the music that’s made the biggest impact on him. How often does an audiophile share their love of the obscure? It’s a goldmine. Chris is up to #29 and I’m sure he’ll keep posting indefinitely. Follow him @hornetleg ! Or check out his blog on tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/hornetleg. It looks a little something like this.
“Record Lection #29 Ramones “Ramones”-When I was 12 years old I saw the movie Rock ‘N Roll High School on cable at a friends house and experienced the first crush I can really remember (“Riff Randle, Rock N Roller”). Of course at the time I don’t think I really understood what punk truly meant, I mean the band I saw then were just like a gang of Arthur Fonzerellis and the movie was like a cheaper, funnier version of Grease (another childhood favorite) I liked them but I didn’t take them seriously. Fast forward a few years to me coming across a vinyl copy of this at one of my favorite record stores.”
-Excerpt from #29 – The Ramones
“Record Lection #21 Walt Dickerson “Impressions Of A Patch Of Blue” Space is definitely this place. A minimalist masterpiece and the album that started my love affair with vibraphone records. This may be the first jazz album I think I seriously sat down and dissected. I hadn’t even heard of this movie (I actually didn’t even see it until about 10 years later) but the sounds and feelings expressed throughout these “impressions” are more cinematic in imagination than most films could even provide.”
- Excerpt from #21 – Impressions of a Patch of Blue
“Record Lection #19-Donny Hathaway “Live” This is nothing short of what I think is a religious experience. Donny and company are flexing hardcore to a chosen few of the dearly devoted and resulting energy bounces straight off of the grooves. The centerpiece of this opus is the monster version of Everything Is Everything which culminates into what perhaps is the ONLY bass guitar solo I will probably condone and listen to repeatedly.”
-Excerpt from #19 – Donny Hathaway Live
“Record Lection #17-Big Youth “Everyday Skank” I bought this collection when I after I had heard the song S90 Skank on a Jamaican Music compilation. The music was so dark and spacious, with the deep void being interrupted by gnarly organ stabs and Big Youths joyous screams and yelps. The intro is a barely intelligible conversation with one of his dread compatriots sharing admiration for their motorcycle of choice, which is the title of the track.”
- Excerpt from #17 Big Youth “Everyday Skank”
“Record Lection #11-Yoko Ono “Plastic Ono Band” I grabbed this record in the shop thinking that it was John Lennons version because I was trying to get the song “Mother” on vinyl (the cover photos are almost identical, John and Yoko are switched) What I actually got was something so much more!! From the instant I set the needle down on the groove to the click of the automatic return Madame Yoko had grabbed my brain stem with her talons, contorted it into the shape of a musical note, and then threw that note into a Fluxus dumpster.”
- Excerpt from #11 Yoko Ono “Plastic Ono Band”
CHRIS SUTTON, YOU’RE SO RAD.
With love, Danielle