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Worlds To Walk Into: Darren Hayman's Favourite Albums
Luke Turner , May 13th, 2020 08:55

As he releases a beautifully reflective album on the fall-out from a broken love, Darren Hayman takes us through 13 favourite albums, from Miles Davis collaborating with John Coltrane via Cliff Richard, the kids from Fame, Liz Phair, Nic Jones, ELO and The Damned.


The Damned - Strawberries
The Damned were the first music that I felt I owned. The band you found on your own. The group that your friends don't know. ‘Hayman likes punk music! Ha-ha, what an idiot.’ But the Damned were a terrible punk band; they were too silly, too stupid. I don't like debut albums, all that mindless, directionless energy. I don't like bands at the end of their careers either; the Damned especially do not seem to be able to grow old gracefully. I like bands when they’re in transition. When they try and escape what made them and start to grow into what they always should have been. The Damned were a pop band, and this is their Revolver, not as obvious as their more significant record ‘Phantasmagoria’. They haven't quite ironed out the kinks, and they all hate Captain Sensible who is about to leave them to become a failed star. Strawberries has more tunes than an Elephant Six album. They never play any songs from it now.