Hanging 5 | Black Rabbit George

Paul George (AKA Black Rabbit George) shares his top five albums with Blank GC readers.

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You can rest at ease. These are the definitive top five albums of all time, without prejudice and all true. OK, Five is too hard so I’ve gone and given you ten, in no particular order.

10. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream

1993 and I’d managed to destroy parts of my knee. six weeks on a hospital bed, morphine on tap and the only thing in my Sony Walkman is Smashing Pumpkins.Bratty, whiny lyrics that meshed with two extremes; blistering distorted guitars and soft vulnerable rhythms, it seemed like nothing else and soothed a melancholy teenager’s angst.

9. Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole

The first bar of the record blared out the sample ‘Back With Another One Of Those Block Rocking Beats’. It Managed to blow the amp on my mothers JVC home stereo. Within one bar it seemed OK to like dance music. I spent hours dancing in my bedroom and fantasising I was the Chemical Brothers. From there I went down a rabbit hole through Daft Punk to Crystal Method to Burial.

8. Tosca – Suzuki

I’d already liked Richard Dorfmeister from Kruder and Dorfmeister and this was his first solo album as Tosca. It came at just the right time; when Sunday morning meant coming back to reality and watching the morning haze through my London apartment window. This album could soothe the spines off an Echidna’s back.

7. Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen

This is the only album you can call home. If you’re trying to write lyrics to a song don’t listen to this album, because you can never be Leonard. The recording is one of the greatest and should only be listened to on vinyl while drinking whisky and wearing a turtleneck.

6. Plum DJs – Plump Night Out

The best break beat album from start to finish ever produced. I cranked this through my headphones enough to induce tinnitus for the next 500 years.

5. Ry Cooder – Boomers Story

Ry Cooder is easily the greatest slide guitar player of all time. This album will make you want to move to Texas, buy a ranch and bake chicken pie while perfecting you banjo skills.

4. Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin – Friday night in San Francisco

I’m a guitarist. But no, I’m not really because these guys are guitarists. It’s blistering shredding at it’s craziest.

3. Tom Waits – Heartattack and Vine

When I first heard this album I all of a sudden wanted to pretend I was some kind of beat poet that lived above a brothel in New York. Luckily I didn’t have to do that because Tom had done it for me.

2. LCD Sound System – LCD Sound System

The album that made it OK to wear black jeans, drink coffee in an ironic fashion and dance at festivals with other alternative hipsters. James Murphy somehow mixes punk, disco and poetry in a way that changed how I play music.

1. The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed

You can’t have a best album list without the Rolling Stones and this one has all the best songs.

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Paul George and his band mates from Tijuana Cartel will close out the Live at Bond season on Saturday 25 July, in conjunction with Bond University’s Open Day. Get more information at the Live at Bond FB page.

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