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Peculiar Relationships: Neil Gaiman’s Favourite Albums
Emily Mackay , November 21st, 2013 08:30

Following this week's release of his live collaborative album with Amanda Palmer, the fantasy and science fiction author picks out the records that have most inspired and informed his writing


Thea Gilmore - Avalanche
I could have picked any of the Thea albums and I would have been pretty much as happy. Avalanche is probably the one that has more songs that are my favourites on it than any of the other ones. I find it very peculiar that she's never 'popped'... I first found her stuff on an Uncut CD, and went, “I don't know who this person is but she's amazing.” Got her stuff, started playing her while I was working. And also the other lovely thing about the internet, I mentioned on my blog how much I was enjoying working with Thea in the background, and got an e-mail from Thea saying, “Glad you like it.” That never happened pre-internet! I've driven a long way to see her over the years; I've done a six-hour drive to Chicago to go and watch her play a tiny gig. I just think she's fantastic. I think she's, again, this smart, literate songwriter singing songs about things that matter and things that matter to her. She has a song called 'When Did You Get So Safe' that isn't on this album, which became almost my mantra while I was at one point where I was starting to feel that I was becoming safe because I was popular. And I didn't like being safe. And it meant a lot to have that in the back of my head and go, “I'm not gonna do that, I'm not gonna be that.”