Frank Turner’s Fave Albums

Frank Turner

Outspoken and passionate, former hardcore-punk-singer-turned-agit-folkie Frank Turner has first and always been a dyed-in-the-wool music fan whose early influences include a healthy fixation with Iron Maiden. Here are a few other favorite albums the former Millions Dead frontman holds near and dear.

Black Flag – The First Four Years (SST)

“It obviously wasn’t the first punk rock record and it wasn’t even a coherent album in terms of recording. But for me, it’s the kind of platonic ideal of a punk rock record. That’s what punk rock sounds like to me—the attitude, aggression and energy that drips off of it. It’s pretty much untouchable to me.”

Counting Crows – August and Everything After (Geffen)

“My oldest sister only gave me a couple of things in my taste in music and one of them is my love of the Counting Crows. I actually hated them initially but she wanted to sing along with the songs, so she made me learn how to play them on guitar in between learning Iron Maiden riffs. I learned how to play all the songs on that record and in later years, kind of realized that they’d worked their way into my psyche. I think it’s a master class of songwriting—it’s all simple chords and simple melodies but it’s absolutely perfection. I met Adam Durwitz and it made my fucking day.”

Townes Van Zandt – Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (Tomato)

“I have his initial tattooed on my wrist. It’s particularly that this is a live record and it’s so stripped back that you can hear the kind of infuriating simplicity of his genius laid bare. There are no frills and no messing around. It just is one of the most pure and beautiful sounds that you’ll ever hear.”

The Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site (Epitaph)

“If you put a gun to my head and asked me what my favorite band is, and that’s just such a bogus question, I would almost certainly choose the Weakerthans. I could choose any one of their records but this is the one I listened to this week.”

The Clash – The Clash (CBS)

“The Clash went on to do many more interesting and complex things in their career but there’s a certain kind of simplicity, rage and directness to these songs. There’s also a sense of joy to it. It’s kind of a happy record too. It doesn’t have the sort of nihilism that the Sex Pistols had. It’s a very, very English-sounding record. It’s a very London record and that appeals to me too. When I was a kid and I was into metal and I asked my friend’s dad what punk was, he rolled his eyes and told me to buy that album. And I did and it was a big eye-opener for me.”

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls will be appearing on Feb. 17 at the Beacon Theatre, 74th Street & Broadway, NYC. For more information, visit www.beacontheatre.com or call 866-858-0008.


For a full feature about Frank Turner, see Frank Turner: Doc Martins-Wearing Populist:

Frank Turner: Doc Martens-Wearing Populist

Want It In Print?

We now offer matted and framed copies of articles upon request.

Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

Leave a Reply

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

Planned Parenthood Launches Telehealth Services Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) has launched virtual healthcare services to connect patients to providers without having to visit a health center.  

Get To Know The Judges And Host Of American Idol

The success of American Idol, which is one of the longest running reality singing competitions in the country, has been described as unparalleled in...

Three Telehealth Tips Connected to COVID-19

People in New York may be able to more effectively use telehealth resources to help stay safe.

‘Take Five’ Campaign Launched For Mental Health During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Take Five of the title refers to taking five minutes out of your day to call on a loved one.

American Idol’s Bobby Bones Talks About Exciting New Projects

When Nashville was ravaged by tornadoes last month, nationally-syndicated radio talk show host and American Idol mentor Bobby Bones stepped up to the plate...

Get Updates Via Email

Enter your email to be updated with all the latest news and special announcements.

x