The Quietus - A new rock music and pop culture website

Baker's Dozen

"It's Entertainment, You Know?" Trevor Horn's Favourite Albums
Jude Rogers , February 5th, 2019 09:57

Producer and innovator Trevor Horn guides Jude Rogers through 13 favourite albums, telling tales of how Kraftwerk led him to breaking the Official Secrets Act and tripping to Yes


The Blue Nile – Hats
I came to this in 1992 when I was working with Rod Stewart. Suddenly from nowhere he was all [broad Rod Stewart impression] "I've heard this song, Trevor, I fucking love it!" And it was 'The Downtown Lights' off this album. It's a pretty random song. It starts "Sometimes I walk away…" then there's this pause [counts beats] one, two, three, four, five. But Rod wanted to do it straighter so we straightened it up. I met Paul Buchanan up in Scotland years later, and he told me he liked Rod's version, and I was so pleased. But that whole record – it's just wonderful. I listened to it a lot in LA and it reminded me of being home. When you're driving through the valley, in six lanes of traffic, the sun beating down, there's nothing like a bit of Scots melancholy to get you in a good place. I loved Depeche Mode back then too – playing 'Personal Jesus' out loud in the car. Those boys made me proud to be British!

If you love our features, news and reviews, please support what we do with a one-off or regular donation. Year-on-year, our corporate advertising is down by around 90% - a figure that threatens to sink The Quietus. Hit this link to find out more and keep on Black Sky Thinking.