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Pin Ups: A David Bowie Baker's Dozen Compilation
Laurie Tuffrey , January 12th, 2016 14:37

In the wake of the great man's passing, we bring together all the times his albums have been featured in our favourite 13 LPs feature, including contributions from Paul Weller, Gary Numan, Brett Anderson and more


Alex Kapranos - Hunky Dory
It was really difficult to choose a David Bowie album. I didn't want to put more than one on. For me, it was a choice between this, Low, "Heroes" and Ziggy Stardust… – all equally magnificent records. This record I like because it was before he became a superstar. There's a lightness and lack of self-awareness on this record, which I think disappears slightly on the later records. Songs like 'Kooks' have this real sense of fresh openness, which maybe he lost on later records, which I really love. There's also some pretty odd moments on there as well, like 'Andy Warhol'. I don't mean so much the 'sample and hold' start on the ARP synth – which is really cool – but melodically it's really odd. It's more like an Eastern scale than a regular rock & roll scale. It will go from that to something that sounds more like a music hall moment. The songwriting is incredible. I think it's probably him at his best. Also, when I was going through my choices, I went for records I enjoy from start to finish - even though there's a couple of songs that I don't think are spectacular songs on this album, as a whole it's a really great record. I remember distinctly buying it from the Oxfam shop around the corner from school when I was a kid, and I think it was the first Bowie album I ever owned.

My mum had the compilation Changesbowie which I've always loved, so when I saw this I was, "Ooh, I like David Bowie, I should try this." I put it on and thought, "God, there's a lot more going on here than just catchy pop songs."