Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

What can you say? He’s Nick Cave. He belongs in this mysterious closet. I love that he’s so impossible to categorise. I remember hearing his music for the first time when I was 15 or 16, and having no idea what to make of him. I almost still don’t. He belongs in a genre unto himself. The one thing I love so much about Nick Cave is that he’s a master craftsman. He considers himself a writer, and you can really hear it in his songs in a way that’s highly unusual. The way he crafts a song is like no other. He makes no bones about the fact that he’s putting a certain kind of poetry to a certain kind of music in a way that just isn’t really done nowadays. And he’s an incredible performer.

There are artists and there are songs, but then there are albums as albums, that really stand up as an entire record. Let Love In, for me, works as an entire record from the moment it opens to the moment it closes. But it also was the time. If I loved a band and they had an album that came out in the late 80s, early 90s, it was probably just more influential, because it was hitting me at a time that was so important.

I actually got to meet him last year in Australia. I’d covered ‘Ship Song’ on a record of Australian songs, so I got to get Nick Cave transmission. Now I just need to get Robert Smith transmission and I’ll have the holy trinity.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Rachel Goswell, Shirley Manson
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