Gimme´Five – Sven Fortmann

Gimme´ Five  – the Quest

Remember, a couple of months back we asked some friends and followers of GSL  to name  their five most influential Albums, the Changemakers, the Cornerstones, their musical companions throughout the good and bad periods of their lives and asked them if they wanted to share these with us and you. This may sound easy at first glance, so a whole bunch of folks shouted : Hell yeah, I´m in ! But if you taker a closer look into your personal musical history, you may find it´s not that easy at all. It takes time, you´ll have to reflect, plus it may be intimate in some way. Anyhow, were glad that Mr. Sven Fortmann from the mighty Lodown Magazine provided this personal insight.


01. QUICKSAND – Slip (1993)


If I ever will have to do one of those “10 Most Influential Albums Ever“ lists, Quicksand’s debut album Slip will proudly occupy the pole position, regardless how actually irrelevant this record appears to be in a music-historical context. Led by Walter Schreifels, the band’s line-up basically was a wet dream for any hardcore enthusiast, and their music a much needed free-spirited exercise in a musical genre rich on dogmas. I don’t really know if “Slip“ actually was the cornerstone of what we call post-hardcore today… and like the band, I simply couldn’t care less !



02. PARSLEY SOUND – Parsley sounds  Mo’ Wax (2003)


This London based duo was one of the last signings of legendary label Mo’Wax, and unfortunately they came on board after the shit had already hit the fan. So instead of becoming bigger than Caribou and Jon Hopkins combined they ended up being buried in oblivion. Listening to the album today, it’s almost obscene how relevant and forward-thinking it still sounds. If you call a soft spot for sunny yet melancholic psych-pop your own, you shouldn’t miss out on this one.


03. RAMONES  – It’s alive  Sire (1979)


Back in elementary school the cool kids fought an epic battle for musical grandeur about who’s actually leading the circle of badass bands. Admittedly, Kiss had Gene Simmons and his fire-breathing skills, The Sex Pistols were scoring through their edgy cover artwork, and AC/DC seemed to be an impressive no-nonsense band back then… but you just can’t mess with the energy of Ramones’ legendary live album, so it was an easy choice for me. Plus it obviously is a lot of fun to yell “Gabba Gabba Hey“ like an insane person for two hours straight when you’ve just turned eleven-years-old and don’t know shit about the English language.



04. APHEX TWIN – I care because you do Warp Records (1995)

Even though I got in touch with electronic music quite early thanks to the record collections of my older siblings filled with gems by Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Alan Parsons Project, I was never really that much into it at first. This drastically changed years later through releases from projects like Leftfield, Sabres Of Paradise or Future Sounds Of London. And Aphex Twin. I will never forget the first time I listened to opener “Acrid Avid Jam Shred“ for at least eight times in a row while cruising through Berlin with a couple of close buddies that were even more high than me back then.


05. RED HOUSE PAINTERS – II / rollercoaster 4AD (1993)

Back then Mark Kozelek was God and his band Red House Painters the quintessence of a musical companion you wanna keep close to your heart whenever you’ve reached rock bottom once again. But obviously there’s so much more to this band than just the “misery loves company“ component, as they delivered a groundbreaking new vision of “indie“ where simple pop songs transformed into something epic with a ten minute running time, and lyrics that were so personal and spot-on that it was almost too much to bear. I seriously believe that Kozelek actually will be viewed as our generations Neil Young in a not so distant future.



Thanks a mill Forty for giving us such an intimate view.

We gotta give some love !

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