I’m Colin O’Hara, I play guitar and occasionally do the odd bit of singing in the bands Scalp and Slowlight. Here’s my three records that changed my life.
The Beatles 1967-1970 (The Blue Album)
This was the first album I bought with my own money from Record Fayre in Clydebank for £9.99. This must have been around about 1998.
I was first learning to play guitar at about age 10 and started to listen to some guitar bands mostly the britpop stuff like Oasis and The Verve. After learning a few beatles numbers from a friend of the family who played guitar I decided to check out their music proper, and that was the game changer for me. The Beatles later material has always resonated with me more, the more experimental and unpredictable nature of some of the songs from this era appeals to my taste to this day.
Fugazi – In on the Killtaker
Fugazi are hands down my favourite band of all time, however I didn’t really get them at first, the music was raw and unpolished and at first my ears didn’t let them in, because the recordings I had heard from them weren’t like other records I had been listening to at the time. However, now this is exactly what I love about Fugazi, the honesty and raw energy that is evident on this record in particular is just inimitable.
Fugazi changed the way I listen to music, the way I approach music, the way I approach life. I sometimes say if a band has to make a decision about something and there is a difference in opinion, ask yourself “what would Fugazi do?”, that will generally lead you to the best decision.