Welcome to the 3rd edition of this totally re-occurring feature. The one where I ask an internet acquaintance to give us all some recommendations off the top shelf of 5 important categories: Music. TV/Film. Books. Internet-ing. And the last one: ANYTHING (to make sure all bases are completely covered).
This is normally where I give a minor ramble about the person who will be treating us to the best of their best, but this time around, Henry included his own introductory ramblings…
“Before I start I want to make a few things clear. I am not to be trusted. I was born in 1974. Look at those numbers! That year might make you think about great vintage guitars, amazing music from Laurel Canyon, Godfather part II and Chinatown. Was I being breastfed while listening to Neil Young? No....sadly I wasn't.
In 1980 I was old enough to take matters into my own hands. I got a tape-recorder and a pair of headphones. I turned on the radio and made a big mistake. I turned the dial to a german radio station and I stayed on that frequency until my teens. Nena became my obsession. 99 Luftballons and beyond. Way beyond. I would watch Sylvester Stallone movies. Over The Top on repeat. I never read any books. At some point I escaped and here I am......ready to share my recommendations. A little hesitant.
You see.........back then I was certain that I had the best taste in music. In 1988 there was no better band than Erasure. Seriously? I just streamed a few songs from their Innocents album. I still remember that it was released in April 1988. I had pre-ordered the album and when I got it my friend and I sat in my room for hours listening and thinking that it could not get any better. If the band released a 12" I would buy it. What was I thinking? How can I be sure that what I am listening to right now is any better? I don't feel worthy of this slice of internet-space I have been given.”
The only thing I will add is that Henry is also the man behind one of the Myspace eras most unfairly overlooked albums and you can currently find him on the ol' Twitter over here (I say “currently” because sometimes he goes away or changes names… he's mysterious like that).
Now… onwards with the recommendations!