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Albums That Changed My Life

#1: Len Countmother Sit The Fuck Down!
1981
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Len got condemned prisoners to sing on the night before their execution.

Len is a shit, but an incredible guitarist. If he wasn't such a great guitarist I think he would be dead. He's one of the rudest men alive. I know people in the music business who, over the years, have talked about killing him, or getting other people to kill him. The fact that no one ever has is, in my opinion, due to his incredible axe skills.

The record is extraordinary. It is a concept album; the idea is that Len got condemned prisoners, on the night before their execution, to sing (or in most cases speak) his lyrics over his guitar compositions, which are,

in a word, blistering! There's a track called 'No More Sunsets' where the singer breaks down half way through – brilliant stuff.

He is a genius, I reckon, because he plays everything (rhythm, bass, and percussion) on his guitar – a regular one-man band!

This record did nothing in the States, which always surprised me as it's all about their people. He even dedicated the record to the prison staff that he paid to sneak him in with his tape recorder. Get it!

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