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Stewart Lee Selects His Favourite 13 Albums
Simon Jablonski , May 25th, 2011 10:15

Comedian Stewart Lee talks to Simon Jablonski about his thirteen albums of all time, including The Fall (obviously), Ted Chippington, Guided By Voices, REM (who are a disappointment) and why Miles Davis and jazz are like stand-up


Nic Jones - Penguin Eggs
In about 1981 there was a Virgin record shop in Birmingham, in the old days when people in shops used to be able to play what they liked, now you have it all decided. There was a guy called Martin who ended up being in a band called The Great Outdoors, who were like a sub-REM group, and he played this amazing song about a man eating penguin eggs in the Arctic. I asked him what it was and he said it was Nic Jones from an album called Penguin Eggs, which was a folk album. Now if you'd asked me at the age of 13 if I liked folk music I'd have said no, but because I'd heard it without knowing it was folk music, I didn't dislike it.

Nic Jones was a great folk singer of the 70s but he'd had a terrible motorbike accident and he quit playing. He's doing the South Bank at the weekend - his second gig in 30 years - for this weekend I've programmed. Nic Jones was on this label called Topic, so I went to the local library – this is such a long time ago, we had a library with records in it – and I got out any music on the Topic label, which is the oldest independent record label in Britain, it's a folk label on Stroud Green Road. Those records got me into folk music.