The First Album I Ever Bought: Dani Filth
The Cradle Of Filth and Devilment frontman on Ultravox's 1984 greatest hits collection
The first album I ever bought was Ultravox’s best of, The Collection. I actually re-bought it in Germany about 10 years ago because it had some different tracks on it. It was the first album I ever bought and literally two or three months after buying it, I got into metal! I loved Ultravox because it was pop, but it was dark. It was really dark.
My dad was a reggae collector but he collected records in general; he bought me a record player and gave me loads of singles in special cases and stuff, so I learnt to look after records! I think I got Dancing with Tears in My Eyes in that box and just progressed from there. Ultravox were quite a big band back then.
Hymn’s the second-best song on the album, it’s got that really dark bit in the middle. Everybody bangs on about Vienna because it's the one that everyone remembers, but it's got a really great darkwave middle section where it all goes into strings and there's lots of bits like that throughout the whole album. The best song on the album is The Voice, though. I wanted to cover that with Cradle Of Filth and we were close to doing it at one point, then we all realised the error of my ways.
I might go back and listen to this album but only when I’m washing the car, and that’s just because I chuck my iPod on shuffle. Once in a blue moon, an Ultravox track will pop up and you realise that actually, yeah, it’s really cool. Obviously I’ve got my headphones on – I’m not blasting it out for everybody to hear because it’s quite embarrassing.
Devilment are on tour from December 6. Their album, II - The Mephisto Waltzes is out now through Nuclear Blast.
Dani was speaking to Alec Chillingworth.