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“Yes It’s F*cking Political!”: Skin's Favourite Albums
Louise Brown , March 13th, 2019 10:52

Skunk Anansie vocalist Skin guides Louise Brown through 13 favourite records, from Holst to Nina Simone, Everything But The Girl, Sepultura and Amy Winehouse


Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
I'm going to have to go for another obvious one, and the reason I go for that is because I remember the first time I heard her. What a genius singer and songwriter. I was ironing and one of them dry morning television shows was on in the background. I went to the bathroom but I had the TV on and suddenly this voice came on. Wow, she was singing some old jazz standard. I hadn't heard a voice like that since, I don't know. I thought it was some old black woman.

I wasn't into that first album but then the second album came out and everyone went mad about it. I was really late to the game and then once I got into it, wow. I had to be told by quite a few people that I'd like that album and I hate that, so I was almost negative about it. But then I got into it and that album is, again, story after story and it's all true, all life experience. The voice is what really got me. That never fucking happens to me where I've been in one room, heard a voice and had to run into the second room to see who it was. That's a once in a lifetime thing and will probably never happen again.