“This might be the most-influential and potentially the most mind-blowing thing for me at the time. There’s The Worst Of Monty Python – a double-album compilation of some stuff that was on TV, along with some things that they did for vinyl – and then there’s Matching Tie & Handkerchief, which is a really great record.
“Matching Tie is pretty notable because of the famous ‘third groove.' That thing fucked me up more than any acid trip I’ve ever been on, and that is not an exaggeration. I didn’t know about it when I first got it; I was just like, ‘It’s Monty Python, so I’m buying it no matter what it is.’ I probably didn’t find out for a month that there was this whole other side; I just thought I was going crazy. I was maybe 12 or 13, and it fucked me so bad.
“I didn’t understand the technology of analogue – you drop the needle in the groove and it magnified the sound. The whole thing was a mystery to me; I still don’t get it, but at least I have a concept of how it works. Beyond the actual contents – which were brilliant, funny and really helped shaped my sense of humor – that third groove fucked with me so hard.”