PRINCE ASBO – Ex-pat American writer, raconteur
What music are you currently grooving to?
I listen to all kinds of music constantly, so that’s almost impossible to answer. Not counting thrifted Lps, my favourite recent purchases include Young Jessie Don’t Happen No More, an absolutely belting Jukebox R&B comp and the Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings box set of John Coltrane’s Classic Quartet, apart from discs six and seven, which are unlistenable.
What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?
Sorry, but it has to be Revolver. Wildly experimental, yet concise, accessible pop. It is the template.
What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?
The American soundtrack to A Hard Day’s Night at the Goodwill Store in Mount Vernon, Ohio. My first retail purchase was Some Girls by the Rolling Stones at Woolworths.
Which musician have you ever wanted to be?
[original Beatles bassist] Stuart Sutcliffe. Only I’d practice bass like mad and stay in the band. And get the brain tumor sorted out, obviously.
What do you sing in the shower?
“Beyond Belief” by Elvis Costello. Lots of range in tone and style on that one, plus amusing lyrics.
What is your favourite Saturday night record?
Depends on the mood, but something “up”. Could be Hip Hop, punk or maybe some disco; Mrs Asbo always chooses the La’s album.
And your Sunday morning record?
I listen to BBC Radio 3 on Sunday mornings to help me recover.