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Baker's Dozen

Oooff, Ken! It's John Shuttleworth's Baker's Dozen!
Luke Turner , January 22nd, 2020 09:02

As he prepares to head off on a major UK tour, South Yorkshire's finest electronic artiste John Shuttleworth delves into his dusty loft to find 13 favourite records, from Harry Secombe to The Beatles, Mrs Mills and Leo Sayer


A Flock of Seagulls
I don’t mean to be nasty but I can’t think of any Flock Of Seagulls songs. It doesn’t mean they’re not good, it’s just that the singer’s hairstyle is so eye-catching that that’s all you can concentrate on. The first time I saw him on Top Of The Pops I backed away from the TV screen in fear. I’d never witnessed such an awful hairstyle before. But then I realised Mike Score’s hairstyle was fundamentally linked to that of my wife’s, and therefore he and A Flock Of Seagulls would always have a special place in my heart. Let me explain. My wife Mary’s hairdo has always been in the shape of a motorcycle helmet – I mean the old fashion kind like Wallace and Gromit have. I don’t mean a helmet with a visor - that would imply a floppy fringe, you see. But seeing Mike from A Flock of Seagulls made me realise that his hairdo was that very thing, just like a motorcycle helmet with a visor! It’s amazing, don’t you think? A Flock of Seagulls deserve to be in my Bakers Dozen for this reason alone, even though I can’t remember a single note of their music.