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Daring Is Important: Gudrun Gut's Favourite Albums
Jeremy Allen , September 11th, 2019 08:52

Leading light of the Berlin underground Gudrun Gut guides Jeremy Allen through 13 favourite records - she wanted them all to be Neu! but as there weren't enough, there's the Bad Seeds, Throbbing Gristle, Lana Del Rey and much more. Gudrun Gut portrait by Mv Kummer

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David Bowie - Low
Such a classic. I was a big David Bowie fan and I’d heard Ziggy Stardust so many times I can't even remember. And so I remember the moment I got this Low album. I knew it was coming out and I was waiting for it, and I remember getting up early and going to the record shop. I was not disappointed! I listen to it very often and I think it's fantastic.

It was pretty radical at the time with the two sides, and it was an inspiration for a lot of stuff that came afterwards. Visconti's production and the snare sound were influential too, but then Phil Collins snare changed so much too. I dunno, Bowie dared. Daring is important. To go different ways. Having this ambient b-side definitely influenced by the likes of Tangerine Dream and all the experimental stuff in France... going out of the British island situation and opening up a bit, that was really good for him. It never sold like Let's Dance did, which I didn’t like. I clearly remember my mother saying to me, 'now, I know why you like David Bowie’. That's not what I meant [laughs].