There’s always that one album; the one you stick up for no matter what and would fornicate with if you literally could. Instead of talking about the discs we love, we’ve decided to turn the spotlight on musicians. SENSES FAIL’S Buddy Nielsen names off his favourite record, one he actually stole from an ex-girlfriend after they dated.
THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IT
I heard JETS TO BRAZIL’s Orange Rhyming Dictionary when I was 14-years-old. This girl I used to date broke up with me as she cheated on me with some other guy. He actually gave her the CD and circled the last song on the record (“Sweet Avenue”), so I stole it from her because I was pissed off at her (laughs). He was all like “you need to listen to this song”, so I stole it and it became my favourite record.
WHY IT’S SO SIGNIFICANT
This album is a suicide record and for the most part, it’s about the singer (Blake Schwarzenbach) going through a break-up from a relationship and wanting to kill himself. I don’t really know what direction he wanted to take with it, but it was the first time that I took lyrics for being more than just the placeholder to melodies. It opened the door for me to want to create poetry, lyrics, whatever, and that made me want to be in a band. I’ve always wanted to live up to that record lyrically. I think I do well as a lyricist; it’s one reason people like Senses Fail. Schwarzenbach was just able to write in-depth, crazy stuff and have it all fit and make sense and his band basically made me want to be an artist.
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