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"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 Beatles ­­– Beatles For Sale
I was born in the perfect generation. A 1949 baby. Rock & roll coming along when I was a boy. Fourteen-years-old falling in love with The Beatles. Beatles For Sale was my album in 1965. The way it starts with 'No Reply'! Whenever I hear it I remember my grandmother's house in Hetton, near Sunderland, this two-up two-down miners' cottage with an outside toilet. I'd grown up living on a dairy with my parents but they moved to Leicester when I was 15, and I stayed put in Hetton to finish my O-Levels. It was a pretty rough era but I was pretty untouchable because my mother was from a miner's family. The Coal Black Kids, as they were called, said to anyone who wanted to mess around with me, "Don't touch Trevor, or we'll kill you." They were all a bit Biffa Bacon out of Viz. But it meant I was OK!

When I was living there my grandfather was dying in the front room of silicosis. He was only 64. I spent a lot of time in my room listening to this record. John, Paul and George to me were almost like brothers – there was that quality to their voices. John was more reedy and nasal. Paul had a big range. George was softer, but it was still a voice that could be a lead vocal. You could hear and feel they'd been singing together a long time, like The Gibbs brothers of The Bee Gees. I've never got tired of that sound.