In the wake of Sleigh Bells’ excellent new album Bitter Rivals, we sat down with singer Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller and asked them about the music they grew up with. Read on to find out how Sinead makes them cry, Ghostface helps them rage, and Alanis teaches them about sex.
The first album I ever bought
Alexis Krauss: Weezer, Blue album. I remember walking into town and going to [the record store]. There was this girl working there, this total grunge chick behind the counter. That was when MTV was still playing videos, and the video for “Buddy Holly” blew my f—ing mind! And then I heard “Say It Ain’t So,” and if literally ruptured my brain. So I went in and bought it, and we’d always blast it in my house and dance. One day, the creepy old woman who lived across the street came to the house and knocked on the door. We were terrified! So we just pretended we weren’t home.
Derek Miller: My first CD was TLC’s Oooh… On the TLC Tip. I was obsessed with “What About Your Friends.” It’s still a badass record, too.
The first song or album I obsessed with
DM: I saw La Bamba when it came out, and that movie opens with Santo and Johnny’s “Sleepwalk.” At the time, I thought it was Ritchie Valens. But I’m still obsessed with that piece of music — I’ve never met a music fan who doesn’t worship that. It’s incredible.
AK: Honestly, it’s probably Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill. Dude, like so obsessed with it. I remember, I used to sing, like, Disney songs, and Alanis Morissette was like the transition record for me. I remember listening to “You Oughtta Know,” and there’s that line “Would she go down on you in a theater/Does she speak eloquently?” So there were two really big learning lessons: the word “eloquently.” And then I literally asked my mom, “What does going down on you in a theater mean?” My mom explained it in a very good, mom way.