You Always Remember Your First

You Always Remember Your First

Music was our first love.
This is our first blog.

So here’s a Q&A about J&A’s
fave first albums.

ANDY’S BEST EVS DEBUT ALBUM IS…

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin (1969)

WHEN DID YOU FIRST HEAR IT?

Zep 1 was just one of many vinyl nuggets I discovered in Dad’s record collection. Subconsciously I must have been hearing it for the first decade of my life, but at about 12 I actually took notice of it & realised I knew every track.

When I was 14 all I wanted to do was play guitar like Jimmy Page. I convinced Dad to “borrow” a guitar from school (he’s a teacher) so that I could learn to play ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’. Obviously it’s not exactly an ideal ‘beginners’ guitar track, so it’s not actually the first song I learned to play, but it was definitely the inspiration. I’ve loved the blues ever since.

WHAT MAKES IT SUCH A PERF DEBUT, FOR YOU?

It’s Blues in its rawest form. Plant and Page were such bluesmen, and this album was the epitome (and still is, in my opinion) of blues and innovation. The album struck a chord (‘scuse the pun) with me as a young teenager and I still get goose bumps when I hear tracks like ‘Dazed And Confused’, ‘You Shook Me’ & ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’. It’s an album where I don’t think I have, or ever will, skip a track. I also dedicated most of 1996 to learning ‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You’ (Goodbye school, hello Zep!).

3 FAVOURITE TRACKS OFF THE ALBUM:

‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You’, ‘Dazed And Confused’ & ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’

DO YOU LISTEN TO IT OFTEN THESE DAYS?

I listen to the whole album probably only once a month. But I definitely still listen to individual tracks on the weekly.

EVER SEEN THEM LIVE?

No, unfortunately not. I think they only came to Australia in 1972 (correct me if I’m wrong!), and I wasn’t even a tingle in Phil’s trousers at that stage. I’ve seen a pretty incredible tribute band though.

DOES YOUR WIFE LIKE THE ALBUM?

Haha nope.

DOES J&A PLAY ANY OF THE SONGS LIVE?

No, and I blame Jake – haha have you heard Robert Plant sing!? Seriously though, we’re pretty hard on ourselves when it comes to covering songs respectably. With our duo configuration, we’d have to have to change these songs pretty drastically to pull it off. And then… we’re not really ‘pulling it off’ at all are we? Some things should just be left alone.

WOULD ANY TRACK FROM IT WORK AT A WEDDING?

I don’t think any of them really scream “wedding song”, but then I guess anything can work, depending on the Bride & Groom. If they’re into balls-to-the-floor blues rock, then sure, why not? Though, I’m sure there’s far more appropriate times to be playing ‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You’.

WHAT OTHER DEBUTS ROUND OUT YOUR TOP 5?

Temper Trap ‘Conditions’, Pearl Jam ‘Ten’, Metallica ‘Kill Em All’ & Jimi Hendrix ‘Are You Experienced’

JAKE’S BEST EVS DEBUT ALBUM IS…

Grace by Jeff Buckley (1994)

WHEN DID YOU FIRST HEAR IT?

I’m not exactly sure when I first heard this masterpiece in full. Probably towards the end of my high school days (late 90’s). I heard a bunch of the tracks off the album individually. So it’s not really an album that smacked me in the face. It’s not really that kind of music anyway. Songs like ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Grace’ & ‘Last Goodbye’ sunk their claws in so subconsciously over a handful of years. And by the time I did come to the realisation that there was a single lone album from this phenomenally talented artist, that was responsible for all of these tracks, unbeknownst to me, it was already one of my favourite things in the world

WHAT MAKES IT SUCH A PERF DEBUT, FOR YOU?

As much as I love rocking out, I’ve always been oddly attracted to eloquent prose and unique vocal deliveries. Two areas where Jeff Buckley is near peerless. If you’ve got the time, and some peace & quiet, do yourself a favour and listen to this album from start to finish. Loud. And on vinyl if you can. Jeff’s voice & the emotion behind every word is an otherworldly experience.

3 FAVOURITE TRACKS OFF THE ALBUM:

‘Lover, You Should Have Come Over’, ‘Last Goodbye’ & ‘Lilac Wine’

DO YOU LISTEN TO IT OFTEN THESE DAYS?

Not super often. It’s not exactly ‘doing the vacuuming’ music. I have it on vinyl though, and when I have the house, sans minus wife & kids, and nothing urgent to do, I still treat myself from time to time.

EVER SEEN HIM LIVE?

Nope. Jeff died in ’97. I’m not sure whether he ever toured Australia, but I would have been 15 and only just learning about the great man.

DOES YOUR WIFE LIKE THE ALBUM?

Yeah, she loves it too.

DOES J&A PLAY ANY OF THE SONGS LIVE?

Not often. As Andy said, we’re very selective with what songs we add to our regular set-list. We’ve played ‘Hallelujah’ quite a few times for Isle Walks, but technically that’s not a Jeff Buckley song anyway. So many people have covered it (originally by Leonard Cohen) that I don’t feel like we’re doing an injustice if we take a slightly different direction with it. I don’t think we’ve played anything else from the album live, though.

WOULD ANY TRACK FROM IT WORK AT A WEDDING?

For sure! I’ve already said that ‘Hallelujah’ is not an uncommon inclusion. But other songs could definitely work too. Some tracks are a bit melancholic, but if you’re not one for paying close attention to lyrics, that voice would suit any scene where hearts take center stage.

WHAT OTHER DEBUTS ROUND OUT YOUR TOP 5?

Silverchair ‘Frogstomp’, Arctic Monkeys ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’, Cold War Kids ‘Robbers & Cowards’ & Violent Femmes ‘Violent Femmes’

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