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There's A Song Playing: Brett Anderson's Favourite 13 Albums
Luke Turner , October 5th, 2011 11:03

From The Fall to Kate Bush, Bjork to Eno and Bowie to Midlake, Brett Anderson guides Luke Turner through his favourite 13 albums

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David Bowie - Low
I have a weird relationship with David Bowie. There's a part of me that didn't want to include him out of bloody-mindedness, not out of any disrespect to him but because I get sick of talking about David Bowie, what with all those comparisons we drew. People said that Suede were like a mixture of The Smiths and Bowie, when actually there are all these other comparisons that could have been made. But I can't get away from the fact that he is a huge influence on what I do, and you can't get away from the fact that he simply is one of the greatest artists of all time and he made some of the greatest music of the 1970s, and six or seven unbelievably good records. Low is just one of them, I could have chosen Hunky Dory, Space Oddity, Scary Monsters, Young Americans. But I've chosen Low because I love the mystery of it, even though it's not his best song album - there's no 'Quicksand' or anything like that. You can tell that he's shifting, and looking for something else. My favourite track on it is 'Warszawa', with its amazing Wagnerian stirring in the music. Suede's 'Europe Is Our Playground' had a sense that it was a version of that. I love the way Low doesn't explain itself, and that it's a really odd record. I love the chronology of it, the fact that three of my favourite records ever were all made around the same time: Low, Never Mind The Bollocks and Music For Airports.


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Rooksby
Oct 6, 2011 9:04am

Spellcheck: Lou REID??

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Bob Bob Bob Bob Fish
Oct 6, 2011 12:23pm

How dreadfully... well, boring and predictable, especially compared to other artists who have appeared in this series. It's nice to learn or listen to something new, be educated, but there's just nothing here.

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J M
Oct 6, 2011 5:29pm

This is probably the best Baker's dozen I've read so far. Almost every record here is a stone cold classic.

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andres
Oct 6, 2011 5:46pm

In reply to Bob Bob Bob Bob Fish:

I think he is being honest about his picks. I bet that some of the other artist make their picks based on how cool will they look by choosing some obscure 60´s band that nobody even remembers

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lodger
Oct 6, 2011 10:13pm

Bob Bob Bob Bob Fish we are bored of people like you...but probably you are the most bored with yourself....by the way he made a very interesting and marvelous choice...but who can fight with your superb artistic and novelty taste in music...have fun...

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Julian S
Oct 7, 2011 4:18pm

I've had that Interpol album lying around on my hard drive for a while now and Brett's selection has finally made me listen to it. It sounds dreadful - like The Editors or something. Fifth rate Joy Division is being kind.

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John Doran
Oct 7, 2011 5:57pm

In reply to Julian S:

Only people who don't actually listen to Joy Division say this though. Interpol actually sound like The Chameleons... they don't sound anything like JD.

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John Blonde
Oct 7, 2011 6:29pm

Would you have been happier, Bob Fish, if he'd picked some contemporary Chinese experimental music?

Besides, what mattered in this list wasn't the choices themselves but rather what he wrote about them. I very much enjoyed his writing here and in the brief notes included with the recent Suede reissues. He's reflective, self-deprecating, and humorous.

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Julian S
Oct 8, 2011 9:59am

Actually I do listen to Joy Division - it's Interpol I don't listen to. :)

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ted kettle
Oct 8, 2011 10:17am

Morrissey's lyrics are better than Dylan's? That should start a few arguments. Personally, I think he may have a point. But Unknown Pleasures over Closer? No. Sorry, just no :)

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SB
Oct 8, 2011 10:13pm

I just LOVE how you all are complaining about his music choices. Why does everything have to be so unknown and obscure to be considered "cool"?
I was thrilled when I saw Interpol on the list because they are my favorite band. I personally don't see any comparison to Interpol and Joy Division, and I am a fan of both. I just don't see where all this hate is coming from.

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Bolioboli
Oct 12, 2011 10:07am

In reply to andres:

Couldn't agree more. "Favorite" must be something personal, it shouldn't about something else

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Justine D.
Oct 13, 2011 4:01am

I think it would be incredibly difficult to pick just 13 favourite albums. A eclectic and seemingly heartfelt selection that speaks volumes about the man and his music. Great.

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alex caz
Oct 25, 2011 4:33am

In reply to John Doran:

i don't believe interpol sounds anything like JD or the Chameleons! lol... they just ripped off Television. i kinda liked them at first but once i heard jJ72 i was so blown away. one of the best albums ever. love suede, smiths, VU, NYDolls, JD, Chameleons, and the Trashcan Sinatras!

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Jason Parkes
Mar 31, 2012 5:54pm

As a teenager my father insisted on playing 'There is a Light...' after a few ales at family events. He was taking the piss out of it too and my mother joined in. Secretly they both adore that song, I think! Amused at the similar experience...

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