Thomas Mars reveals the music that changed his life
We were recording our second album and when we heard this,we stayed in the studio for an extra year — it traumatised us. It’s very avant-garde. Voodoo is very intriguing and iconic because there are a lot of stories about it. A lot of people thought it was played wrongand didn’t make sense, but its probably the most sampled record ever. It appears on so many records of the Noughties.
The Perfect Prescription
I had the poster of this sleeve on my bedroom wall. It had a gold finish and was the most inspiring cover I’ve ever seen. I totally identified with these two guys, although of course I was taking far less drugs than them at the time. The whole record had a really amazing, minimal quality; it was more like art than music. It was everything I wanted music to be when I was a teenager.
This was lead singer and guitarist Dave Longstreth’s fantasising on (sic) a Black Flag record he heard when he was a kid and trying to reproduce it. From the beginning, this record was interesting to me and then when you see them live, they are a very gifted band. They’re all great musicians. When I listen to this, I feel like Phoenix and they have a lot of records in common in our collections.
We grew up with The Velvet Underground — they were the band that made us realise that it was possible to play music and have taste and be stylish. They had a drummer who didn’t play a kick drum and they swapped instruments… you didn’t get a clear picture of what they were. It was confusing and that’s what I liked about them. The title track from this solo LP, though, is one of my favourite songs of all time.