Jean-Jacques picks his favourite records, and lives up to his 'Euroman' reputation.
"OVER UNDER SIDEWAYS DOWN" (Columbia DB 7928)
Great bass line. I'm particularly fond of them because they produced Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. I didn't see them live, I was too young. They had a residency at the Marquee in about 1964 - they took over from the Stones. Exciting music.
THE BEACH BOYS
"GOOD VIBRATIONS" (Capitol Cl 15475)
A masterpiece of production, really. They pushed the boundaries of music quite a long way, like Hendrix. Originally they were just a three-chord-wonder band, their surf music was basically lightened-up rock'n'roll, but they really evolved with that record.
"MY GENERATION" (Brunswick 05944)
Fucking ace. That was the record that made me think, "I wouldn't mind playing a bit of bass in the local youth club." How can you live having written a song like that, though? 'I hope I die before I get old' (giggles)! He should top himself, really. Townsend was very experimental - it's always nice when someone's seeking a bit more than just dosh. Incidentally, I remember being beaten up to this record at Guildford Youth Centre. It was a place for greasers. Me and a few mates from grammar school went there in our denims, and some older boys beat us up.
"YOU REALLY GOT ME" (pye 7N 15673)
The first heavy metal riff ever. And Jimmy Page playing the lead break, I believe (not so! ed.) The Yardbirds again!
"THE MODEL" (EMI EMI 5207)
I'm a big Kraftwerk fan, and every time I bring out a record I'm disappointed (laughs). After five years' work they brought out "Electric Café" - I didn't think there were many melodies on that. They created an awful lot of things and they've been very influential. They've got everything right sound and image-wise, and have a certain mystique. They were originators and innovators.
"HARLEY DAVIDSON" (Pye International 7N 25450)
Have you seen those pictures of her sitting astride a 750 side-valve in a black mini-skirt? Great! The lyrics are so corny they're good! Translated they go sort of like, "I don't mind dying on my Harley Davidson, with the wind in my hair, and big vibrations in my thighs"! All the clichés are there, and when you were about 14, you thought, "Yeah!" (laughs). It was written by Serge Gainsbourg. He died last year. He was the bloke who told Whitney Houston he wanted to fuck her on a TV programme. Mr. Outrageous! He had affairs with loads of lovely women, but he was a fat, ugly old bastard. An alcoholic, druggie. Great.
"ET MOI, ET MOI, ET MOI" (Vogue VRS 7015)
Three chord dynamite. He's a great French actor, but originally he was a pop singer. He's just so cool and laid back and gorgeous that I sort of looked up to him, thinking, "I want to look like him when I'm 20". He married Françoise Hardy. He's so laid back you think he's going to collapse at any moment. He's become quite a good actor in his older years.
"SPIRAL SCRATCH EP" (New Hormones ORG1)
It was quite exciting when it came out. (Sings) "Boredom boredom!" The Buzzcocks refused to play with us a few times. They demanded top billing. We said, "Sure", but they pulled out because they realised that it was silly. A good, exciting EP.
The most outrageous video I've seen in years (it features Nuremberg Rally-type scenes). What an interesting band! I saw it for the first time late at night in a German hotel room, and I could not believe what I was seeing. They're a very left-wing band, but looking at that video you wouldn't believe it.
"DOCK OF THE BAY"
Anything by him, really. He was the guitarist in Booker T and the MGs, and he co-wrote this and "In The Midnight Hour", "Knock On Wood" and so on. He was also the guitarist in the Blues Brothers Band, and did the "Shaft" theme.
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