This Music Made Me

This Music Made Me: The Hidden Cameras

The Hidden Cameras' Joel Gibb

The Hidden Cameras’ Joel Gibb

The Hidden Cameras‘ recent album Home On Native Land, written over the course of a decade, found lynchpin Joel Gibb joining forces with a star-studded collection of collaborators including Neil Tennant, Feist, Rufus Wainwright, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Ron Sexsmith.

Something of a romanticised, countrified homecoming to his native Canada, for Gibb it was a backburner project during the release of Origin:Orphan and Age. It has now come of age.

Ahead of showing it off at a trio of UK dates – at London’s Kaimo (21 March – get tickets), Glasgow’s Garnethill Multicultural Centre (24 March – get tickets) and Manchester’s Soup Kitchen (25 March – get tickets) – Gibb delved deep into his music memory for 10 albums that have influenced him down the years…. and found 11. Here then is his This Music Made Me


PJ Harvey - 4-Track Demos PJ Harvey – 4-Track Demos
A 4-track companion to Rid of Me, it’s arguably better then the Steve Albini produced studio album.
I was just being introduced to the 4-track recorder at the time in my teens when I discovered this record. The raw and sparse recordings showed a lot about being resourceful and self-sufficient as an artist.
In a way there is PJ Harvey to thank for inspiring my countless 4-track companion releases to studio records early in my career.
Suicide - Suicide Suicide – Suicide
An absolutely groundbreaking record. Innovative in it’s storytelling through music, but also it’s definition of punk and certainly one of the first electronic albums ever made.
I remember buying it on my first trip to NYC as a teenager which made the music even more evocative since Suicide is synonymous with the city in so many ways.
Never heard such a scary full-on experience, a singer inhabit a character so completely, as on Frankie Teardrop or the creation of a utopian dream-like state as on Dream Baby Dream.
The Smiths - Hatful Of Hollow The Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow
Even though Hatful Of Hollow is not a studio record, this collection of Peel sessions (that I bought on cassette when I was 15) is my favourite Smiths release.
Perhaps because it was the first release of theirs I owned, but also the immediacy of the recordings and the selection of songs.

Scott Walker - Scott 4 Scott Walker – Scott 4
The world of Scott Walker is awe-inspiring and certainly something to behold.
When I discovered him in my late teens, I was searching for this kind of music; part folk troubadour, part orchestral chanteur.
Never ceasing a personal vision, with apparent little regard for commercial or critical reception, it’s something that had a lasting affect on me.
Madonna - Like A Prayer Madonna – Like A Prayer
As a 12 year old this record definitely changed my life.
The special scent on the paper and the mention of Aids in the liner notes, the interplay of sex and religion throughout; all very important and bold at the time. Say what you will about Madonna, there is no doubt about her importance and the quality of her early records.
Losing her Pepsi campaign over the tie-in video for Like A Prayer was also tremendously fascinating and exciting.
Joni Mitchell - Blue Joni Mitchell – Blue
Such an important figure to me not only because of the perfect folk record that is Blue and the entirety of her oeuvre but as an example of a artist who takes the road less travelled.
Joni Mitchell‘s voice was at its peak, her lyrics flowed in a natural, almost conversational way.
Sparsely produced and perfectly arranged.
Dead Kennedys - In God We Trust Inc Dead Kennedys – In God We Trust, Inc
This was record was important mostly for the song Religious Vomit which really dismantles and destroys religion once and for all.
Being forced to go to church for years myself, this record was a comfort in the face of religious hypocrisy. A voice of reason.
Dead Kennedys are one of the only punk bands I ever got truly excited about.
Stereolab - Switched On Stereolab – Switched On
A collection of early singles, Stereolab’s early output got me excited about releasing music and playing guitar.
Tim Gane was my favourite rhythm guitar player as a teen. No greater harmonies in a band (other than The Byrds) as with Laetitia Sadier and Mary Hansen on songs like The Light That Will Cease To Fail and Super-Electic.
It was also through this record that I discovered bands like Neu! who Stereolab reference on Switched On.
Marvin Gaye - What's Going OnMarvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Never heard a record with such integrity and emotional weight as What’s Going On. I also love how short it is despite it covering so much territory.
I love how the songs relate to one another and how the album flows in a natural way. A real piece of art.
Marvin Gaye’s singing itself is some of the most comforting sounds.
The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
The only out gay songwriter I was aware of in the indie world in the ’90s when I was a teenager, so quite important in that respect.
I first discovered The Magnetic Fields listening to Brave New Waves on CBC late at night.
I was inspired by how effortless Stephin Merritt made songwriting seem and how playful he is with genre especially on this massive album.
Fast Eddie - Jack To The Sound Fast Eddie – Jack To The Sound
A feat of musical genius. A classic house record that creates subsets of house with every track; rap house, acid house etc.
There are not a lot of dance LPs that necessarily function as great albums from beginning to end but this record is a shining example.

The Hidden Cameras’ latest album Home On Native Land is out now through Outside Music. Tour dates and further information can be found here.

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