For the record: Kevin Brennan MP

Written by Kevin Brennan MP on 3 January 2014 in Culture
The Labour MP for Cardiff West lets us in on his music tastes

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie.  I still remember the crackle of the needle on the vinyl as the drumbeat of the first track Five Years opens the album.  I was 13 – it changed my life and my haircut.

The first record I bought

It was the first Led Zeppelin album which I bought second hand for a pound because I liked the cover. What was on the record was even better.

My favourite record

At the moment, song: I Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone – brilliant and scary – and album: Songs for Beginners by Graham Nash which contains the first songs I learnt to play on guitar and piano.

What I play if I’ve had a bad day

The Mariner’s Revenge Song by The Decemberists – nothing like a tale of two sailors trapped in the belly of a whale to cheer you up.

The most political record I own

Apart from Cross Party by MP4, then Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On – it’s highly political but also cool.

The most recent record bought or downloaded

I like to buy from Spillers Record Store in Cardiff, which is one of the oldest in the world. I just bought Week of Pines by Georgia Ruth, a new harpist/vocalist.

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