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Strange Refuge: Holly Johnson Discusses His Favourite Albums
Ian Wade , December 23rd, 2014 14:26

In our final Baker's Dozen of 2014, Ian Wade talks to the former Frankie Goes To Hollywood frontman following the release of Europa, his first solo album in 15 years, about his all-time top 13 LPs


Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
My abiding memory really, was spending several months in Ireland in a big country mansion, post-Welcome To The Pleasuredome, and attempting to write songs for the Liverpool album while travelling the world with Frankie and things. We were in the house of the King of Leinster, who'd decided to rent it out to pop groups who needed rehearsal space - I think the Thompson Twins had been there previously - and Paul [Rutherford, Frankie singer], who I think is an even bigger Kate Bush fan than me, brought the album and it never left the turntable.

We knew that Julian Mendelsohn, who'd mixed 'Relax' and 'Two Tribes', had been involved in it. It just stayed on the turntable for what seemed like months, over and over and over again. Almost to its detriment in a way. It's just an incredible record. What more you can say?