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Broken Record #35

Broken Record
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hyde & Beast are, I think, officially classed as a duo comprising Sunderland stalwarts Dave Hyde (The Futureheads) and Neil Bassett (The Golden Virgins). However, I seem to remember that there were at least six members on stage in a packed out tent when I saw them last. Their music could loosely be described as good-time, soulful rock'n'roll but there's so much more to it than that. The band obviously have an ear for what makes a great pop record and they are willing to mine those influences to make great records of their own. Second album Keep Moving was rightfully praised for its no nonsense brass bolstered pop melodies, diverse instrumentation and glam rock riffs, so much so that it was selected as Album of the Day on BBC 6music. An equally impressive follow up EP Hard Times Good Times came out this week and you can hear its title track below. Here Neil Bassett talks us through some of the records that have been a part of his life and have undoubtedly influenced his "half" of Hyde & Beast as a result.

Eddie Hinton - Dear y'all
Eddie Hinton - Dear y'all

Eddie Hinton was a guitarist in the famous muscle shoals studio band and as a songwriter wrote songs for Percy Sledge, Otis Redding, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke and Jon Lennon. This album is a collection of "demo's" of such songs. Shit, if I could record albums that sounded half as real and rich as these demos I'd be a happy happy goose. Anyway, its a perfect album when you are alone in a car, running away from something.

It has to be the Yacht Rock compilation album
It has to be the Yacht Rock compilation album

Yacht rock wasn't really known as a genre in the UK it was more of an American thing. But basically think of blokes in their 50's cruising the harbour and snorting coke on their yachts while blasting out 10CC and you'll get the picture. REO speedwagon, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Supertramp. I like it. Sue me.

The Who - Quadrophenia
The Who - Quadrophenia

You can put any Who album in here as far as I am concerned. But this pompous monstrosity particularly gets my goat ! Hideous. Sixth form drama school lyrics, Keith Moon's excited monkey on pills drumming style. And it just goes on and on and on. I know its sold hundreds of thousands of copies but I just don't get it. Or them. At all.

Muddy Waters - Electric Mud
Muddy Waters - Electric Mud

So this is basically Muddy getting all psychedelic in 1968. He was kinda forced by his record label into re-recording a load of his songs with the Chicago psych rockers Rotary Connection. The critics panned it. Fuck them. I love it. Fuzz, wah wah, sax, whats not to like ? I am a fan of Muddy's straight forward blues stuff but this is like a 3D, LSD, carpet ride through his songs.

Sister Sledge - We Are Family
Sister Sledge - We Are Family

If this album does not get you moving in someway then you are dead inside, DEAD. Written and produced by Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards of CHIC in 1979 it is full of hooks. I heard "Thinking of You" once in a in a transvestite club in Leeds (don't ask !) and I was celestially transported to another plain.