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Pop Culture April 14, 2016
What’s actually in harvey’s record collection gabriel macht reveals a shocking suits secret.
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In the middle of a whirlwind New Zealand press tour, Gabriel Macht, star of Lightbox legal drama Suits , reveals the show’s darkest secret to Calum Henderson: there are no actual records in Harvey Specter’s record collection, just shelves of empty sleeves.
The elephant in the room, and pretty much every room that Gabriel Macht ever enters, is this: he is ridiculously, spectacularly, disarmingly handsome. Even if you’d never seen an episode of Suits in your life, you’d know just by looking at him that this guy was a hot shot Hollywood actor. It just doesn’t seem plausible that he could be anything else.
In person he is maybe ten or twenty times more handsome than he is as fast-talking solicitor Harvey Specter. It’s the beard, which he grows out any time he’s not filming. “There’s a thing I have with my daughter,” he says, “where she associates my being clean-shaven with work, so when I have a beard she knows I’m sticking around.”
When you meet someone so obscenely good looking in real life your best bet is to try not to make a big deal about it, at least not to their face, but Paul Henry – he says what everybody’s thinking! – made it his main line of questioning when he interviewed Macht on his morning show. He wanted to know what it was like to have women throwing themselves at him; what do you do when a woman is “pushing her breasts at you,” he asked.
“I had a good time with Paul,” Macht tells me when we meet a couple of hours after his Paul Henry interview. “He’s off the cuff. We had fun.”
He was here to promote Suits , which he knowledgeably claims is “in the top two most bingeable shows on Lightbox.” It returns for its sixth season in June with an opening episode he describes mysteriously as an “homage to The Breakfast Club ”.
During his brief visit – a conveniently-timed stopover on his way home from a family holiday in Australia – he was interviewed not just by Paul Henry but also Mike Hosking, was given the customary visiting-celebrity-All-Blacks-jersey by Jerome Kaino, and made a guest appearance on Jono and Ben , which he rated as the best live nighttime show he’s been on. Sorry Jimmy Kimmel.
“Those guys were on fire. Very witty and quick, very playful.”
He was dressed for this press tour by Working Style – a dark blue suit, which he paired with a white waffle-texture shirt, worn with the top two buttons undone. On the show, he says, Harvey Specter wears Tom Ford. “The wardrobe designer and I have collaborated along with the tailors to make the suit just right.”
It’s impossible to imagine him ever wearing anything else, but Macht is quick to distance himself from his bespoke-suited character: “In my down time you’ll probably catch me in boardshorts and a t-shirt.” In many ways, he says, Harvey Specter is his exact opposite. “He’s extremely Type-A, incredibly impatient, at times offensive and in your face…”
Macht, on the other hand, is deeply inoffensive, incredibly patient, and remarkably earnest. He worries about the people who tell him they decided to go to law school after watching Suits . “Our show is super aspirational and slick. It’s not a reality show,” he stresses. “If anyone was going to do a show about real lawyers, I think we’d be seeing a lot of people just reading contracts all day. I don’t know how dramatic that would be.”
As such he says he didn’t spend a lot of time lurking in law firms to research the role. “I do research in my own little way,” he says. “I come from a family of lawyers, and I find there’s similar types to Harvey in the agency business, so I’ve absorbed some behaviour from them. I’m observing people all the time.”
Was he observing me? What was he seeing? I started to panic. I told him I thought it was cool how Harvey Specter has that big record collection in his office, how he’ll sometimes just pop on an old LP. “It does create great character for Harvey,” he agreed. “And as far as set design it’s visually very stimulating to have that in his office.” Then the shocking revelation: “The truth is… there are no records in any of those cases.”
After five seasons playing the troublesome lawyer, he describes Harvey Specter as “a second skin;” when asked for his favourite moments speaks vaguely, as if recalling his dreams. “There was a scene early on, I don’t know what season, where he comes in just completely enraged with Lewis and he wipes everything off his desk, I remember that…”
“There was one moment, it may have been in season one, where Mike says something that sounds vaguely Canadian and I think I said ‘what are you, Canadian?’ It’s basically a pun, because he’s Canadian in real life…”
“You know,” he tells me at one point, “that 90% of Suits is improvised.”
“No, I’m just kidding. None of it is actually.”
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Harvey Specter's record collection
So unless you’ve been living under a hedge for the past few months, you in the Suits fandom will be aware of the astounding writing of the extraordinary mockturtletale . Many people were struck in particular by her music!AU Vinyl Advice, in which she not only created an absolutely fascinating and involving and stunningly written AU but also the most exquisite playlists as an accompaniment. And now we are lucky enough to have part 2. If anything, part 2 is even more extraordinary than its predecessor; the emotions and thought processes and the overwhelming nature of them is simply devastating. Mockturtletale possesses the writing skills of which us mere fandom mortals can only dream, and if you haven’t read everything she’s ever written yet, then I suggest you start now. If you are familiar with her already, then you’re probably not even reading this anymore, such was your unseemly haste to be reading this next instalment of the fic that nearly broke us with its beauty. And that would be perfectly fine with me. The link above is to her shiny new AO3 page. Should you wish to read it on dreamwidth then here you go .
I have a vague feeling this might trigger people for suicide imagery, etc. So… behind a cut. Read More
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Title: The Best Version of Yourself Author: wearemany Rating : PG-13 Pairing : Harvey/Mike Genre : Romance, Fluff Word Count: +4,300 Warnings : None Summary : A fic based on Tom Ford’s rules for a modern gentleman, with a cameo by Tom Ford, Harvey encourages Mike to present the best version of himself at all times. But he’s got more than one reason to mentor Mike this way.
For some reason whenever I see this shot, I always think of a post-Harvey’s-death world where Mike still works at PH and eventually, after years and years of work, gets Harvey’s office; and one night after a very difficult win on a case, Mike is just sitting in his/Harvey’s office, drinking scotch and staring down at the city below, feeling nostalgic with the alcohol and with the weight of the case lifted from his shoulders; he’s thinking of Harvey and even has one of Harvey’s records playing on the record player from the corner, a low and crooning jazz album. But as Mike gets closer and closer to the window he sees something in the glass — something that’s not his own reflection — and Mike is too logical of a person to believe his own eyes, but no, it’s definitely there, it’s definitely happening: Harvey’s staring back at him from the glass. Harvey looks a little pleased and a little amused, but there’s sadness in his eyes too as he looks around at the office, where nothing has changed since he passed so many years ago. ‘Mike,’ Harvey says — and Mike can’t hear his voice out loud but he still hears it in his head, still knows exactly what Harvey’s saying — ‘ Still with the skinny ties?’ And Mike laughs, nodding, tears welling in his eyes. ‘ Yeah , Harvey,’ he says when he can manage it, and tries to say more but his throat is tightening because Harvey is grinning at him now in approval, almost proudly, and reaching out a hand for him, fingers extended toward Mike. And Mike — part of him knows it’s crazy, but there’s a part that’s just wishing, hoping, yearning — reaches out a hand, too. But just as his fingers near the window, he hears someone say his name from the doorway, and Mike jerks his hand back, his head turning toward the voice. It’s Donna. ‘Need anything else before I go?’ she asks. He shakes his head too quickly. ‘Are you okay?’ she wonders, and he laughs and rubs his eyes. ‘Yeah, Donna, I’m just… thinking.’ She nods, and stands in the doorway for moment more. ‘I miss him, too,’ she tells him softly, and then smiles at the surprise in Mike’s face. Of course Donna knew; she always knows. When she leaves, Mike stares after her for a long minute before he turns back toward the window, already knowing that Harvey is gone. All there is beyond the glass is the city, still and quiet. Clenching his fist at his side, Mike sighs — and then his eyes catch on a smudge on the window. He reaches out his hand to wipe it off but the marks are on the other side of the glass, strangely enough. Mike leans forward, looking more closely at them— and Mike’s heart stops, because the smudges on the window are fingerprints. They’re Harvey’s fingerprints. Mike feels like laughing and crying all at once. And so he stands there until the jazz record stops playing, looking down at the city, hoping that if he stays there long enough, perfectly still, maybe, just maybe , Harvey will come back again.
30 Day Suits Challenge Day 26: Your favourite fanfiction / fan video / fanart - Or Down You Fall Drug testing at Pearson Hardman does not have its desired preventative effect. (Sex, drugs, and a little bit of Soul.)
Harvey started out in the mail room, but Jessica’s always been good at spotting potential. [COMPLETED]
PRE-CANON JESSICA & HARVEY YES
There are not enough of these fics in the world.
glower : oh my god, what is even going on here.
#it’s like harvey got stoned in an art gallery or something SCREAMING
“ Dude ,” Harvey calls happily when Mike arrives. He does a lazy, weirdly-graceful spin in the middle of a crowded art gallery, an unfocused grin curving his lips as he turns to face Mike again, and just. Wow. He’s never going to let Harvey live this down. Never ever ever.
Speaking of which:
“Nothing,” Mike says, pocketing his phone again*, and Harvey rolls his eyes, clearly Not Interested Anymore.
Until the glint of something shiny catches his eye (“Holy shit, Mike, what is that?”) and his face goes slack with an expression of wide-eyed, drug-induced awe. Mike follows his gaze and sees an orby… lamp thing suspended from the ceiling and oh, yeah, he totally gets it now. He’s been there and done that with the same slack-jawed expression and only just managed to escape the cops each time.
“Harvey, no. No. You can’t E.T. the glowy thing because the glowy thing probably costs two million dollars and it clashes with your decor-“
Flailing for Harvey’s arm and somehow missing completely, Mike doesn’t want to think about how a stoned out of his mind Harvey has more hand-eye coordination than him. Both of which are currently coordinating enough to raise an unsteady finger to-
“Did you just boop a two million-dollar lamp.”
“Hey, Mike, look. I have the museum’s balls in my hand.”
“We really have to talk about your thing with the balls and the- oh my god, are those earrings ? Are they stick-ons? I can’t belie- holy shit, you pierced your ears. You pierced your ears and it’s hideous and you just booped a two million-dollar lamp. Do you have a tramp stamp of a unicorn? Who are you?”
Harvey only laughs, impossibly warm and pliant, and boops Mike’s nose too.
* Somewhere else in New York, 2.57 seconds later, Donna gets a text that makes her evening the best evening ever.
Harvey: You knew this wasn’t working out, Mike. We’re better as co-workers. Mike: I don’t know what’s worse; that you actually believe that or that I actually loved you.
Harvey Specter Record Music Collection
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Songs heard on Harvey’s record player
Charles Bradley - The World (Is Going Up In Flames)
Charles Bradley - How Long
Eddie Hope & The Mannish Boys - A Fool No More
Willie Davis - I Learned My Lesson
Charles Bradley - Heartaches and Pain
Henrey Ford - Take Me for What I Am
Lee Fields - Let’s Talk It Over
The Heavy - Short Change Hero
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The Pondering De Wolfe
Editorial ramblings of sound and screen, the vinyl revival that’s not just for hipsters.
For the music-streaming generation, the mention of vinyl conjures images of beanie clad hipsters, adorned with horn-rimmed spectacles, living in a reclaimed warehouse somewhere on the outskirts of East London. Thursday evenings call for the second hand record player (the one found in that skip at 4am) to be unpacked, whilst tucking into a neat glass of homemade sloe gin – all whilst debating the best of 1940’s film noir.
The other alternative involves your grandad in a wooly jumper and slippers, dusting off his 20s swing collection.
But whilst the total number of album sales (both CD and digital) fell once again in 2014, record sales have reached a 20-year high with figures exceeding 1.29 million units.
At a glance, the new Vinyl Top 40 chart sees the likes of Arctic Monkeys’ AM sitting side-by-side with Nirvana ’s Unplugged in New York and Fleetwood Mac ’s Rumours . It’s a musical boiling pot that spans the decades, not only making vinyl contemporary again, but opening multiple generations ears to melodic tones and high-octane drum fills that they may not have experienced the first time around.
Sure, records may still be niche in the grand scheme of things – making up 2 percent of all UK music sales – but the vinyl revival is an ever-growing phenomenon that is capturing the hearts of home-brewing hipsters and Armani-adorned businessmen alike.
From I Love You Man to High Fidelity to Garden State , we are constantly presented with film characters who are making record collecting cool. They’re funny, they’re one of the guys and they show you how to turn vinyl into a weapon if – god forbid – we were to end up in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. They’re the kind of person you want to grab a beer with after work, and ultimately, the kind of person you wish to emulate by kicking back with a powerful record collection.
But it’s not just the guy next door who’s making vinyl cool.
Take Suits character Harvey Specter for example; a high-flying litigator with a penchant for whiskey, women, and more importantly, vinyl records. Granted he’s a fictional character, but the fact remains that the writers and producers of the hit US show – averaging 4 million viewers per episode – have created a finely tuned aesthetic, tailoring habits and honing character traits in order to produce a powerfully stylish individual with an over-sized ego to suit.
He’s confident, he’s unafraid to speak his mind, and he’s one step ahead of the game. He’s an individual whose apartment you want to wake up in the morning after the best house party of your life (regardless of the thumping hangover).
With an office that features an entire wall devoted to his high-end LP collection, Specter owns a Pro-ject RPM 1.3 Genie turntable (mysteriously different from the VPI Aries 3 Turntable that features in the pilot episode I might add), a suitably understated record player that turns it’s back on traditional design in favour of clean lines and minimalism.
A contemporary record player that YOU could own.
Manufacturers have now created entire new record player collections that cater to all sectors of the market, bringing the average-Joe one step closer to becoming the new Sydney Fife or Harvey Specter. And it seems to be working, with John Lewis reporting a 240 per cent increase in record player sales compared to the same period in 2014.
Vinyl is no longer considered the product of a bygone era reserved for baby boomers, audiophiles and the East London elite. The joy of this phenomenon is that it draws the focus back onto the social aspects of music, whilst benefiting those who would normally be hit hard by illegal streaming and downloading.
Considering the fact we live in a music-streaming generation that relies so heavily on platforms such as Spotify and Soundcloud to channel music through socially isolating headphones, the whole concept behind the resurgence of vinyl becomes that much more intriguing.
3 thoughts on “ the vinyl revival that’s not just for hipsters ”.
Yes Shaun of the dead – I forgot about that one. My favourite vinyl moment was Niagra with Monroe when hubby busts up her favourite song, that was a classic
Ahh that was a great one! A movie should be changed to a rated 15 if any vinyl gets damaged or broken – it’s emotionally distressing.
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Yes I heard Monroe husband got the electric chair after this incidence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDpwBeDkrHY
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