The space rock luminary and former member of Hawkwind, Sphynx and Inner City Unit guides Sean Kitching through 13 instructive and inspirational jazz, rock and soul records that have shaped him and his music
James Brown – James Brown Live At The Apollo
I listened to James Brown a lot at one point, when I was about 22 or 23, and I absorbed a lot of those songs – 'Kansas City' was one that I really liked. I went to spend a Christmas in Berlin with a friend who had a band and he said, why don't you sing a song, so I sang 'Kansas City' every night and when I was in India, I was hunting for vinyl and found a record shop that had all of his stuff, so I picked up Live At The Apollo. The track 'Cold Sweat', too, sticks in my mind. I ended up playing 'Kansas City' with my band, The Nik Turner Fantastic All Stars, which turned into the Nik Turner Band; I change the name all of the time. I also play quite a lot of Maceo Parker tunes – James Brown's sax player. I really thought James Brown was the man, although he sounds like a terrible tyrant, when you hear about him going around with a gun in his pocket. I never met him, although one of my kids met him at Glastonbury and all he was trying to do was get drugs off people [laughs]. The film Get On Up, which was produced by Mick Jagger, is really worth watching, too.