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A Belly Full: Tanya Donelly's Favourite Albums
Emily Mackay , May 2nd, 2018 08:12

As Belly release their first album in over two decades, Tanya Donelly guides Emily Mackay through 13 favourite albums, from Leonard Cohen to The Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush to Iggy Pop, The Bunnymen, Mary Margaret O'Hara and more


Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
It's one of my favourite things. Not even just albums. One of my favourite things in the world. I'm gonna have to confess that I came to Iggy kind of late. Growing up, all my punk rock friends deified him. I didn't really get it. I must have been 20, 21 in Boston. It was just playing in the background at a friend of mine's house. I'm so lyrically focused – if someone's saying something interesting, then I'm completely hooked – that I ended up just standing near the speaker listening to that album, quite rudely. I think it was 'Success'… "here comes the zoo… here comes my Chinese rug". I loved everything he was saying, I thought it was hilarious. And it's very rare that you can listen to music that is deeply moving and has weight, and also makes you laugh. I feel like there were so many songs on Lust For Life where one minute you're like, "That is a fact, that is truth." And then the next, making you giggle. From there ... I just listened to it over and over. I was deep into it when we did the first Throwing Muses/Pixies tour, and so I was playing it a ton in the van. We ended up one night driving around Berlin after our show, and just listening to 'The Passenger.' Charles just kept saying: "again". So we listened to it like, 15 times in a row, driving around Berlin. It's a happy memory.