Kris Wadsworth

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“Did you really think I was going to lie like other people?” Kris Wadsworth offers up one of the most honest (and funniest) selections of Top Tracks to date…

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What’s the first record you ever bought?

KMFDM – ‘Flesh’I’ve tried to answer this question before and, to be honest, it was quite a few. I can’t remember exactly. Probably some sort of heavy metal or industrial or hip hop. I don’t know. Do tapes count? I used to listen to this when I was like ten or eleven years old. I can say that for sure. I think I just barely passed a subject in school and got this as a reward for not being a total fuck-up. Music was often the reward for that… until I almost got kicked out of school entirely.

The first time you remember hearing electronic music?

I have no idea because I’m only 28 and there has been electronic music since before I was born. I’ve heard it my whole life, if I really think about it. Probably in the Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal that I had with a little ‘press-and-play’ synth in its sweater. I totally remember listening to that over and over again, practically in my ear at night when I was a little kid and couldn’t sleep. It was strange because when you hold a ridiculously cheap little synth like that very close up to your ear, it sounds insanely detailed and bizarre. It blocks out noise and stray thoughts and everything, really. I must have liked that, I guess?

Did you really think I was going to lie like other people and try to pass off some sort of dance music as the first electronic music I ever heard? That is ridiculous.

Your favourite ever record?

Haus Arafna – ‘Independent’. They’re kind of Satanic. I love almost everything they’ve made. This is 100% true: I discovered them by accidentally – and was absolutely hypnotised by their stuff – shortly after I got a second blatantly Satanic tattoo. I had never heard them before that. Coincidence? No such thing as a coincidence…

The guaranteed floor-filler?

David Allen Coe – ‘Fuckin’ In The Butt’. This gets everyone going crazy every time. Essential underground ‘banger’. DAC dedicated this to the Mickey Mouse Fan Club. Fantastic!

The guilty pleasure?

Throbbing Gristle – ‘Hamburger Lady’. I actually don’t feel guilty at all for loving incredible music. I love Throbbing Gristle. The harmonica they used sounds guilty as a motherfucker, though. It sounds like it had a rough few centuries and is sweating in hell for it forever. Chin up, harmonica.

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  • Date: 15th February 2013
  • Jack Wrote:

    This guy ROCKS! And that’s all.