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“This was the last unique, mind-blowing experience I had listening to something. I should preface that by saying I haven’t done that thing you're supposed to do with the Flaming Lips and the four different CDs, so that might have made this list if I had the equipment to do that.
“This record is really amazing. It’s 72 minutes long, five movements of the same thing, with variations for each movement. It’s simply one of the most hypnotic pieces ever.
“I was in LA and had just gone through this terrible breakup. I was driving one night and it was playing, and I remember having to pull over above this sushi restaurant Yamashiro – I think that's the one, above the Magic Castle. I just sat there for an hour and listened to it while my car idled.
“Gavin Bryars is a classical composer in Britain. I don’t know the whole story, but he was commissioned to score something for a BBC documentary about tramps – we would call them ‘homeless people,’ but their base word is ‘tramps.’ In the film, they come across this guy and he’s singing this little refrain, which is just [sings] ‘Jesus’ blood never failed me yet/ Jesus’ blood never failed me yet/ This one thing I know, for he loves me so/ Jesus’ blood never failed me yet.’ He sings it a couple of times, and they record him on camera, and then they move along.
“Gavin Bryars took that little piece – the part I just sang, in its entirety – looped it over and over and over and over again, and then he scored it very minimally. It just grows. There’s five movements – he issued it initially in one movement, but then he made a 72-minute piece out of it. Tom Waits is on it at one point.
“It’s one of the most fucking phenomenal things ever. If you listen from beginning to end, it’s really powerful.”