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Baker's Dozen

Shields Against The World: Mat Osman's Baker's Dozen
Luke Turner , May 10th, 2023 08:40

From growing up on The Carpenters to reconnecting with music in his "wilderness years" Suede bassist turned novelist Mat Osman takes Luke Turner through his Baker's Dozen of favourite recordings


Bryan Ferry – ‘A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall’

I'm not a huge fan of the original. I like Dylan, but it’s a bit relentless and obviously incredibly depressing, apocalyptic and all those things. It's so bold of Bryan Ferry to basically turn it into a party, all these terrible warnings from Dylan about war and ecological collapse get turned into this celebration. Every time I listen to it I always think, ‘oh, that's just like now, these waves of annihilation and death and destruction’. And you're just surfing across the top of it, enjoying the wreckage. I love the glee he takes in describing the end of the world, and the joy with which the band plays and turns it into this party anthem. In The Ruins I talked about how for me brilliant music takes two totally opposing ideas and crams them together to create a mood or a feeling that you can't get from anything else. The gleeful annihilation of this track I don't get from very much else. It's almost like a brand-new emotion and I’m always chasing that.