Cover Yuen Chi-chung

A musical encyclopedia, writer and critic, Yuen also DJs, organises gigs and teaches people how to appreciate culture

Which records should any aspiring collector own?

1. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico

Brian Eno said, “Everyone who bought one of those (initial) 30,000 copies started a band.”

2. Heroes by David Bowie

The centrepiece in his legendary Berlin Trilogy.

3. The Man-Machine by Kraftwerk

A blueprint for synth-pop, techno-pop and robot-pop.

4. Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order

Remarkable balance of post-punk, indie-pop, electro-pop and Euro-disco.

5. Violator by Depeche Mode

A masterpiece that brought their music to a new era (the ’90s).

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If someone has an interest in popular music, where can they go to learn more?

Follow the most influential musicians and bands. It will open the doors to so much more great music.

What mistakes do beginner record collectors often make?

Buying the worst album of a great musician or band would be a bad start.

Should someone ever go into record collecting purely for investment reasons?

Absolutely not.

Where is the best place to discover the very latest music?

In Hong Kong, I’d recommend visiting White Noise Records and Analog Dept. Records.

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