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Baker's Dozen

Roots Rock Riot: Benji Webbe Of Skindred's Favourite Albums
Dom Smith , May 27th, 2014 10:00

The alternative metallers' frontman gives Dom Smith his Baker's Dozen of top LPs ahead of a summer of festival sets in support of their new album, Kill The Power


Marvin Gaye – What's Going On
To me, Marvin Gaye is the voice of Motown. I mean, Michael Jackson was amazing as a young boy and throughout his career before all that stuff went on. But that album, What's Going On, I heard a lot of stuff about that record that I can relate to, like him arguing with the record company over lyrics and getting into trouble over smoking weed. Marvin was a rebel. Like, when he was recording some songs with Diana Ross he got into so much trouble for smoking weed in the studio, and getting high! Everyone knows this record, your mother will know it, but she won't know all that stuff that went on in the studio while it was being recorded!

When Marvin was feeling the songs and creating these lyrics on tracks like 'Wholy Holy', that song is more relevant now that it was then. That whole album from beginning to end is just amazing. And the musicianship on there is something else as well. Some of the stuff that you hear on What's Going On, is actually stuff that Public Enemy later went on to sample.

I've got this album on CD, on my iPod and on vinyl – every time you play it, it just gets better. There's a loneliness in the guy's voice. Even though he's singing all these things about coming together, he's still so fuckin' lonely himself, and that's really sad. Then look what happened to him, he ends up getting shot by his old man.