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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


T.Rex - Electric Warrior
… the first time I owned an album of my very own. I didn't pay for it with my pocket money, my sister Clare got given it by a boyfriend and she passed it on to me immediately. The Hipgnosis cover with the black and gold solarisation and the amp - it's a classic record sleeve. It's just a really brilliant album, a bridging album between the Tyrannosaurus Rex years and the full-on commerciality of Fly, and 'Telegram Sam' and 'Hot Love'. There's a great poster of Marc looking supercool in his Maida Vale flat with a mirror in the shape of a guitar, and illustrations of him by George Underwood, who famously went to school with David Bowie and punched him in the eye, causing 'the Bowie eye'.