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Baker's Dozen

Girls Don't Cry: Rumer's Favourite Albums
Simon Price , December 3rd, 2014 15:46

Platinum-selling MOR singer Rumer is back with her third album, Into Colour. She tells Simon Price about her Baker's Dozen of inspirational LPs


Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
I love it. It's great. It's classic. I'm into it because it was subversive, it captured the zeitgeist. It came out in 1995, when I was 16, I was in my shithole small town, and everyone's pissed, and everyone's doing coke and everyone's doing pills. I'm in a druggy little town, going nowhere, and there are a lot of drugs, just as there are in a lot of rural places... and it didn't escape me. And it was so weird, because even though this album was about them having success and everything else, there was something about the hedonistic spirit, and that coming-from-the-ground thing about it that really spoke to kids. Oasis were just some scrappy kids from Manchester themselves. They were rough and ready. And I was 16, sitting in a parked car smoking a joint, listening to this album and having my head blown off by it. I don't think anyone's got good memories of being 16 and a bit confused and being into drugs, and I don't touch drugs now and I don't advocate them, but I was into it at that age, and I was experimenting and trying things. I was in that world. We were kids, we were wasted, and we were listening to Oasis. In parked cars. And I was listening to it again yesterday, thinking, 'They were just fucking amazing.'

I'm not the biggest Beatles fan, but I like what people do with The Beatles, and I like what Noel's done with them. I do rate them as songwriters. Even lyrically? Yeah, even lyrically I like Oasis. I think their lyrics speak to everyone. They speak to everyone in the PUB. And everyone who's wasted, everywhere. Like that Manics song, 'We don't talk about love/ We only wanna get drunk'. It's just pub music. And when you were in a shithole small town, and there was nothing to do, that set the whole world on fire.