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"Rock & Roll Has Nothing To Do With Lists": Luke Haines' Favourite Albums
Luke Turner , November 5th, 2011 14:18

Ahead of his appearance at our Klub Gutenberg next week, Luke Turner talks to Luke Haines about his favourite 13 albums


Pink Fairies – Kings Of Oblivion
I like the rock & roll toughness about the Pink Fairies and Mick Farren. It might be as you get older, but you look at clips of bands like Hawkwind and the Pink Fairies and they look like men. They don't look like boys, even though they're only 20 or 21. I only catch a glimpse of the new indie bands, but man they look like babies. You shouldn't be in a band, you should be at home! It's not a safe place! I know! Go home, don't go into this world of the music business, people will give you drugs and you only look like you're fucking 15-years-old. It's a strange thing. Maybe I'm harking back to a ridiculous to an early 70s ideal that I'm actually too young to remember, when men were men or some rubbish like that. The Pink Fairies choice is primarily for Larry Wallace, because I love Larry Wallace. Nobody knew much about Larry Wallace except that he was involved in Stiff Records and was along for the ride. He did this brilliant song called 'Police Car' which was the hit that never was. Then I discovered various other things he did, he was in UFO. The first songs he ever wrote were these punk songs, they were massive downer songs about that kind of period. It's all very heroin and Mandrax, but it's good rock & roll, it must be said. As a word of warning, there is one song on it called 'Chambermaid', which is On The Buses, early-70s innuendo of the worst kind. If there's ever an album that you could say is proto-punk from that era it is Kings Of Oblivion.