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"You Can't Escape Your Influence" - Mark Lanegan's Favourite Albums
Julian Marszalek , January 26th, 2012 04:35

In one of our best Baker's Dozens yet, Mark Lanegan talks Julian Marszalek through the most played discs in his collection


The Leather Nun Force Of Habit

Their cover of Abba’s ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’ is fantastic! I don’t know how popular they were in the States – personally, I don’t know anyone who’s into them – but I know that everything I have done since I heard this record has a piece of this album in it. It’s a huge influence on me. I’m sort of a sucker for European persons singing in English – there’s something about it! They have this one song called ‘Prime Mover’ and I probably shouldn’t say this but I’ve managed to write four or five songs out of that song over the years.

Like all of these records, it’s one that I’ve heard a million times but one that I still listen to. It’s not like the Stones or Zeppelin – the kind of bands that I loved but have heard so many times that I never want to hear again – but have this just as much but I never get tired of listening to it.

Is that combination of the profound and the profane in their name something that appeals? I don’t know though I have been drawn into the seedier side of life at time. I never got to see these guys but I’ve seen a couple of clips on YouTube from their reunion tour and they sort of looked like they could be the guys from Saxon [laughs hard] so it might have turned out different if I’d seen them back in the day.