Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats: On The Record
From life-altering Sabbath albums to cranking Acca Dacca’s “coolest album ever”, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats frontman Kevin Starrs talks us through the most influential albums in his record collection.
What was the first album or single you ever bought with your own money and where did you buy it?
I think it was the first Bon Jovi record when I was around eight years old, which I would have bought at the local Woolworths. Obviously this was pre-internet, so the only way I could discover music other than my parents’ stuff was through the radio. Believe it or not, Bon Jovi were the heaviest band on the local radio station that I listened to, and I was impressed with the fact that they did massive guitar solos on every song. Regardless of what people think of them, they certainly acted as a gateway band for me to get into heavier music.
What one album changed your life more than any other and in what way?
Maybe Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath. Before that, I only really knew songs like “Paranoid” and “Iron Man” and thought they were okay, but it wasn’t until I heard “After Forever” that I really got it. There’s a breakdown riff in the song that’s just one of the dirtiest riffs ever. I’d never heard anything like it.
What is one album or song that reminds you of your childhood?
Hell’s Ditch by The Pogues. We used to listen to that album in the car going to the beach when I was about six. I particularly remember the song “Rain Street”, which has the greatest and most vulgar lyrics you’ve ever heard.
What album did you jam the most during your high school years?
Probably Black Sabbath Vol. 4.
What album instantly puts you in a good mood?
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. It starts off with “Second Hand News”, which is one of those tracks that instantly makes you feel great.
What is one obscure album in your collection that everyone should know about?
Beckett by Beckett might be a bit obscure for some people. It’s kind of a prog album from the ’70s. Steve Harris from Iron Maiden took a lot of inspiration from this record. It’s definitely one people should check out if you’re into that sort of thing.
What’s one album you consider to be your guilty pleasure?
I listen to a lot of garbage that people would probably consider ‘guilty pleasures’, but I don’t really give a fuck. If you like something, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of it. Maybe Pyromania by Def Leppard might be considered a guilty pleasure by some, I don’t know. It’s great though!
What is the ultimate house-trashing party album?
Powerage by AC/DC. It’s the coolest fucking album ever and if you’re going to do something stupid you may as well have some cool music to go with it.
What is the best album to listen to when hungover/chilling out on a Sunday morning?
New Jazz Conceptions by Bill Evans. It’s just a relaxing, easy-to-listen-to masterpiece. Most Bill Evans is great to listen to on a Sunday.
What’s one album that made you want to start a band?
I can’t really remember, but it was probably something like Rocks by Aerosmith. I was big into them as I started playing guitar.
What one album from history do you wish you had performed on?
Revolver by The Beatles just because they’re the greatest band of all time and that’s one of the greatest albums of all time.
What’s one album or song you want played at your funeral?
That’s a tough one. I’m sure there’s a few, but “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes would definitely be one simply because it’s the best pop song ever written.
What is the last album you bought and what did you think of it?
Golgotha by WASP. I thought it was great but then I would. Blackie Lawless writes in a way that really appeals to my taste… full of great harmony and melody.
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