HEAVY AND WEIRD RECORDS – HOLY ELEVEN – Clint from Thirteen Seventy talks about his Holy Eleven Bands / Artists of all time

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 Each member of Thirteen Seventy sat down to make a list of their top eleven bands / artists of all time to help Heavy and Weird launch our “HOLY ELEVEN” series – next up is Clint

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Clint – Vocals and Guitar

Nirvana

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

I think I was in grade 9 or 10 at school when I really locked on to Nirvana.

How Did the Interaction Occur

We did an English assignment where we had to get up in front of the class and talk about a band.  I think I picked The Offspring, but another kid chose Nirvana.  Obviously I’d heard ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ on the radio before, but the song he chose to play was ‘Lithium’.  It wasn’t an instantaneous ‘oh my god’ moment, but I knew that I needed to know more about them.  For me, The Offspring were the key to the ‘alternative music’ door, but Nirvana were in the next room.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

It was ‘Nevermind’, how could it not have been?  It had all the songs I already knew.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

I’m always torn about this.  I honestly think ‘In Utero’ is the better album, but ‘Nevermind’ is just such a joyous ‘fuck you’ to the world, and there’s something both thrilling and healing about cranking the volume on a big stereo and hearing the opening riff of ‘Teen Spirit’ tear through your ears.  Plus, it’s got ‘Drain You’ on it, which is just a brilliant song.  I’m going to go with ‘Nevermind’.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

In my opinion ‘Aneurysm’ is probably the greatest song they ever recorded.  The fact it didn’t make it onto ‘Nevermind’ is a testament to the strength of the material on that album.  The ascending guitar riff is incredible.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Unfortunately I never got to see them, Kurt died when I was in grade 5.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 16


Cold Chisel

 

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

I would have been around 4 or 5 years old.

How Did the Interaction Occur

My first memory of Cold Chisel is my dad playing the ‘Radio Songs’ best of compilation.  I remember asking him why the singer sounded like Jimmy Barnes, not realising that it was.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

The first album of theirs I bought was the ‘Chisel’ best of; the old 90’s version with the yellow cover.  I think I bought it because dad was sick of me borrowing his all the time.  I would have been in high school, probably around 1998.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

This is really difficult.  I love all of their albums for different reasons.  ‘East’ is their most popular record for a reason, but I’m going to go with ‘Twentieth Century’ because it has my favourite song of all time on it, and because of the way Barnesy screams ‘Build this love’ at the start of the record.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘Flame Trees’ should be our national anthem.  It’s the greatest song of all time.  The middle eight key change is pure genius and always sends a shiver up my spine.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

I’ve seen them once – at Boondall a few years ago.  My wife got me tickets for my birthday and I went with our housemate, and former Thirteen Seventy drummer, James Lees.  We were in the second row in front of the speaker stack.  You Am I were the support band, and were fantastic, but when Chisel played it was a religious experience.  When Barnesy opened his mouth to sing it felt like a chainsaw cutting through my head.  To this day it’s the loudest sound I’ve ever heard.  Fucking amazing.  It will probably be the greatest gig I ever see.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 26

 

Fleetwood Mac

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

Sometime in the late 80’s, probably ‘89.

How Did the Interaction Occur

My parents used to play the green ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation all the time.  I remember being blown away by the way they shared lead vocals, and mostly by Stevie Nicks’ voice on ‘Seven Wonders’, ‘Dreams’ & ‘Rhiannon’.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

I think it was ‘Rumours’.  I bought it when it was re-released in the late 90’s with bonus tracks.  Before that I listened to my parents’ CDs and records.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

I have a soft spot for ‘Tusk’.  My dad had it on vinyl and I must have played it a hundred times before I got my own copy.  It’s basically the sound of Lindsey Buckingham having a massive cocaine freakout for 80 minutes.  The songs are pure pop, but the arrangements are all extremely odd.  Who in their right mind would release something as warped as ‘Tusk’ as a single?

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘Landslide’ – it’s one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Once, at Boondall.  My sister and I got Dad tickets for father’s day a few years ago.  This was when they were touring without Christine McVie.  You could tell they were getting on a bit, but Lindsey Buckingham really held everything together.  He’s hands down one of the greatest guitarists ever.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

26

You Am I

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

1998

How Did the Interaction Occur

I remember seeing the ‘Heavy Heart’ video on Rage.  I don’t remember liking it at that stage and it wasn’t until a lot later that I got into them.  I do remember thinking the ‘water-logged ball’ line was weird.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

It was ‘The Cream & The Crock’ compilation in 2009.  I became obsessed pretty rapidly after that.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

‘Hourly Daily’ – I listened to it every morning on the way to work for a year while I was living in East Brisbane.  I have very fond memories of riding up the front of a citycat in the middle of winter with the freezing wind cutting into me and this album for company.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘How Much Is Enough’ – the chord progression in the outro is pure genius.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

At least half a dozen.  I try to see them every time they come to Brisbane.  The best gig I’ve seen them do was the Hi-Fi Daily Double at The Tivoli.  They played their two best albums back to back.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 6

Screamfeeder

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

Only a few years ago.  I’ve been aware of them since the late 90’s but never got around to checking them out recently.

How Did the Interaction Occur

They were on a bill at The Zoo with Sixfthick and a couple of other bands.  I don’t remember a lot about the night other than leaving right after they played because my girlfriend was unwell.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

I didn’t start buying their records until after they went on hiatus.  I put a big CD order in on their website and Tim Steward sent me a couple of extra CDs and wrote a thank you note.  It taught me a lot about being humble as an artist and how to be appreciative of your fans.  Tim & Kelly are two of the nicest people in Brisbane music.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

I go through phases, but I always come back to ‘Kitten Licks’.  The immediacy of all the songs and the production are amazing.  ‘Static’ should be 4zzz’s theme song.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

It’s a toss-up between ‘Wrote You Off’ and ‘Ice Patrol’.  I had ‘Ice Patrol’ on my wedding playlist last year, it’s got a very emotive chord progression.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

At least three that I can recall.  At The Zoo, Beetle Bar & The Underdog.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 3

The Afghan Whigs

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

My housemate James introduced me to them.

How Did the Interaction Occur

James played a big part in expanding my musical horizons while we were living together.  He has a massive CD collection and would quite regularly put an album on and say ‘this is something you should like’.  99% of the time he was right.  He played ‘Gentlemen’ one afternoon while we were sitting around the dining room having a drink after work.  I didn’t switch on to it right away because of Greg Dulli’s voice.  He’s got a way of singing on those early albums that makes it sound like he’s spitting out the words and constantly on the edge of going out of tune.  It took me a few listens to work out what he was doing but since then I’ve been hooked.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

I picked up ‘Gentlemen’ so I could really soak up what they were all about and then probably within a week picked up ‘Black Love’ and ‘Congregation’ at the same time.

 Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

I can’t decide between ‘Black Love’ and ‘1965’.  ‘Black Love’ for the lyrical trauma and ‘1965’ because it makes me want to dance.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘My Curse’ – heartbreaking and brutal.  Getting Marcy Mays to sing it was a masterstroke.  This song was the impetus behind having Fi sing ‘Inside’.  I knew it needed a female voice to give it the gravitas and justice it deserved.  ‘Blame, Etc’ would have to be a close second, we’ve been covering it for the last year or so at Thirteen Seventy shows.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

None.  Please come to Australia.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 4

Dinosaur Jr

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

This is another one I can thank James for.  Sometime in 2011/2012.

How Did the Interaction Occur

He played ‘Green Mind’ one day.  I remember thinking how brilliant the cover art was.  A pre-teen girl smoking and striking a typical ‘cool’ pose is quite a confronting thing to put on the front of what’s essentially a pop record.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

 I think I might have bought ‘Farm’ first, purely for the song ‘Over It’.  As an ex-skateboarder, the video for that song really appealed to me.  It’s a bit blurry though, I went through a phase where I bought half a dozen albums a week for nearly a year.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

‘Bug’ is their best and probably most consistent album.  It strikes a great balance between their messy beginnings and the more polished records J Mascis released in the 90’s.  Plus, it’s got ‘Don’t’ on it, and who doesn’t want to hear someone scream ‘why don’t you like me’ repetitively over a massive guitar freakout?

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘The Wagon’ – it has some kind of weird auto-wah guitar sound running through it that I really like but I’ve never been able to work out how J does it.  Plus it’s a really good pop song.


How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Once at the Coolangatta Hotel.  I’d bought tickets to see them at the Hi Fi in Brisbane, but double-booked myself with a Thirteen Seventy show at Rics on the same night.  Luckily the coast show was the next night, so we sold the tickets and saw them there instead.  I’ve also seen J Mascis play solo a couple of times, once at the Powerhouse and another time at The Zoo.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

5

The Beatles

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

I’ve been a Beatles fan since I was a kid.  If you don’t like the Beatles you don’t like music.


How Did the Interaction Occur

Who knows?  They’ve been the soundtrack to my life.  My parents had the red and blue compilations as well as ‘Abbey Road’ on vinyl, so they were always around.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

 I think I bought ‘Revolver’ first because some magazine told me it was their best album.  I would have been in grade 10.

 Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

Abbey Road is their best album.  Considering Lennon & McCartney were never in the studio at the same time while it was recorded, it’s a phenomenal achievement.  They cover so much musical territory, but I think it’s still their most consistent record.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

I don’t know how you can pick one favourite Beatles song, but I’ll go with the album version of ‘Let It Be’.  George Harrison’s distorted guitar solo is totally out of place in what’s essentially a gospel track, which is what I love the most about it.  I’ve heard at least 3 different versions of that song, each with a different guitar part, but this one’s the most fun

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Well, when I was a young whipper-snapper back in the 60’s…

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 30

The Rolling Stones

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

If you listen to The Beatles you very quickly discover The Rolling Stones.  Who knows when I first heard them?  They’ve always been there.

How Did the Interaction Occur

I probably first heard them on the radio or in my parent’s record collection.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

It was the ‘Forty Licks’ compilation when it came out in 2002

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

The run of albums they released from ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ through to ‘Exile On Main St.’ is exceptional.  I’m going to go with ‘Sticky Fingers’ because it’s got ‘Brown Sugar’ (that guitar tone!), ‘Wild Horses’, ‘Bitch’ and ‘Dead Flowers’.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘Gimme Shelter’ – An incredibly menacing track.  It includes the greatest backing vocal ever, Merry Clayton singing ‘Rape, murder, it’s just a shot away’ – her voice is just astonishing.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

I’ve had absolutely horrible luck with trying to see the Stones live.  They came out on the back of ‘Forty Licks’ in 2002 or 2003 and I stupidly said I’d see them next time, because at that stage it looked like they were going to go forever – at that time they were only pushing 60.  I figured if there’s a nuclear holocaust the only things to survive would be cockroaches and The Rolling Stones.  Anyway, the next time they only did Adelaide Melbourne and Sydney, and then last year when they came out the tickets were so horrifically overpriced I would have had to sell a kidney just to sit in the back row.  I’ve kind of resigned myself to the fact I’ll probably never see them now.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

30

Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

It would have been on the radio as a kid

How Did the Interaction Occur

My first real memory of Meat Loaf was listening to an old cassette tape of Bat Out Of Hell’ at my cousins’ farm up in a little outback town called Bauhinia Downs.  My family used to go up there for a week or two over the Easter school holidays.  It’s funny that most of my memories of that time are horses, cows, red dirt and singing Meat Loaf lyrics.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

 I got ‘Bat Out Of Hell 2’ for Christmas one year.  It might even be the first album I owned.  I guess it was 1993.

 Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

‘Bat Out Of Hell’ is obviously going to be the winner, but ‘Bat 2’ is just as good.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

It would have to be the double track of ‘Wasted Youth & Everything Louder Than Everything Else’ from ‘Bat 2’.  ‘Wasted Youth’ is actually a spoken-word track from Jim Steinman’s solo album ‘Bad For Good’.  It’s the same recording with a few extra sound effects chucked in, and ‘Everything Louder’ was clearly written as a sequel to it for ‘Bat 2’.  The reason I listed Meat Loaf & Steinman together is because their best work has always been done together.  Meat Loaf’s voice was the perfect vehicle for Steinman’s epic songwriting, and it’s that sense of the epic that I try to inject into Thirteen Seventy.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Unfortunately, I have seen Meat Loaf live.  It was the worst gig I’ve ever been to, and that’s saying something because I’ve seen some pretty terrible bands at Rics over the years.  His voice was shot to pieces and he couldn’t hit a note.  It was like watching a car crash in slow motion.  But the backing band was amazing, and they all clearly have a lot of love for him, it’s just a shame he’s pushed himself to the point where he can no longer function musically.  I couldn’t listen to his music for a couple of years after that gig, which was soul-destroying for a lifelong fan.  Stick to the records.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

26

Crowded House

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

I remember watching the first song from their farewell concert at the Sydney Opera House on TV in 1996, then having to go to bed because I had school the next day.

How Did the Interaction Occur

Thankfully my parent’s had taped the simulcast off B105 and had a cassette tape of the rest of the night.  I wore that tape out over the next few years.  The one song I saw on TV – ‘Mean To Me’ – was the one song they missed recording, so I never heard it again until years later when I bought the album ‘Crowded House’.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

 It was a double CD release that bundled ‘Crowded House’ & ‘Temple Of Low Men’.  I remember buying it at K-Mart.

 Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

‘Farewell To The World’ – That worn out, stretched old tape was finally returned to my parents and replaced by a CD when they released it as a live album in 2006.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ – The version on the ‘Farewell To The World’ concert is just heart wrenching.  I used to listen to that song, then rewind the tape and play it again, over and over and over.  I had it to the point where I knew exactly how long to rewind for to hit the start of the track.  That version still brings me to tears to this day, it’s just pure emotion.  On the DVD you can clearly see Paul Hester tearing up behind the drumkit.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

I saw Crowded House at Boondall after they reformed in 2007.  It was great to finally see them after being a fan for so long, but also tragic because Paul Hester had passed away in 2005.  At one stage my Crowded House obsession also extended to watching Hessie’s Shed on the ABC.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 19

Honourable mentions:

  1. The Smashing Pumpkins
  2. Jeff Buckley
  3. Ride
  4. Faces
  5. Hunters & Collectors
  6. PJ Harvey
  7. Bruce Springsteen
  8. Sonic Youth
  9. The Libertines

THIRTEEN SEVENTY will be headlining The Zoo on Friday 21 August to launch their new album

Coming along for the ride for this very eclectic event are GALAPOGOS, SILVER SIRCUS and BALLOONS KILL BABIES

This gig will be presented as part of the 2015 Brisbane Fringe Festival.

Date: Friday 21st August, 2015
Doors: 8:00pm
Advance Tickets: $12.00 (From the bands)
Door Price: $15.00
Photo ID required for entry

Tickets on-sale now. Click below for more information and bookings

http://zoo.oztix.com.au/?Event=53806

Useful Links:

Thirteen Seventy – https://www.facebook.com/thirteenseventy
Galapogos – https://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane
Silver Sircus – https://www.facebook.com/silversircus
Balloons Kill Babies – https://www.facebook.com/BalloonsKillBabies

 

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