Lost Album

Drugdealer

Things get lost once in a while: bobby pins, sweaters, thoughts, a thing we once loved. There’s something about getting lost; it has the potential to be bad, yet it also enables the possibility of being found. In a world where we’re constantly overloaded with new music, it’s easy to forget the albums from the past that formed us the most. This month we’re asking Drugdealer aka Michael Collins to dig into his musical archives and recover an album that touched the heart but got forgotten over time.

Picture by Suzanna Zak

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Which album do you want us to discover?
Its actually a compilation of rare 60s/70s popsike, I think 12 volumes, called Fading Yellow. It’s sort of special because, as the story goes, someone in Sweden inherited a incredible treasure trove of these psychedelic singles that had been largely missed and forgotten over time; a special collection that sort of has a narrative to it  —focusing on the soft and honest sounds of early drug music. There is no way to fully explain the magic of this album without fully investigating all of it.

When did you first listen to it?
My friend in LA , Jimi Hey —who has been a kind of guru to me in terms of finding music—, hipped me to it when I first came to California. I was in a warehouse me and friends were building out into a venue and he just dropped some of the most gorgeous burned-out hippie sounds I had always  been searching for. It was at a time when I was trying to go deeper into personal songwriting and also satirizing the idea of psychedelia, so it was literally perfect.  

Why did you want to recover this one?
First of all, because so many of these songs deserve to be heard. A few examples;

There is something special about things that mainstream culture missed, but in many cases it’s also very hard to believe, as the tracks are almost all impeccably smart pop music with incredible production levels.  I was at a point where I was SO tired and bored of the placebo trips of endless garage rock and this compilation offers a more sentimental and personal taste that caters more to a dandy like me.  

For fans of?
The Beach boys’ ‘Sunflower’ or Strawberry Alarm Clock.

What is your favorite song on the album? 
Building with a steeple by The Eighth Day. It just sounds like a more occult lost gem from the mamas and the papas!

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