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Dark Nights Of The Soul: Chelsea Wolfe’s Baker’s Dozen
Greg Hyde , January 24th, 2024 10:42

From a teenage love of Fleetwood Mac and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet soundtrack, to real life encounters with Sunn O))) and Smashing Pumpkins, Chelsea Wolfe talks to Greg Hyde about the 13 records that most impacted her life


Fleetwood Mac – The Dance

I think part of this concert’s appeal was my age at the time. I was 14 when it came out and I heard it. My dad got the VHS, because my dad is a big Fleetwood Mac fan. I basically grew up watching this and was totally mesmerised by it. I knew their previous work, recording-wise, but I don’t think I had ever actually seen them perform until that point. It was on the television, but still, I was mesmerised by them, mesmerised by this performance, their harmonies, their melodies, their chemistry. I just watched it over and over and felt really inspired by it as a young, budding writer. I think it was a good moment for them, that reuniting.

I loved Stevie Nicks. I’ve always loved her fashion sense, her stage energy, and obviously her voice. But honestly, what I remember relating to more at the time was Lindsey Buckingham’s performance of ‘Big Love’, which he did solo. The power of him playing guitar and singing made me think, “I want to do that.” Not that I would ever compare myself to his guitar-playing, because he’s amazing. Vocally, I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from Lindsey Buckingham. The vocal inflections and style, I think I took them on as a young person, and they remain with me.