Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

1. The BeatlesSgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

I don’t think I can explain how significant that record was to me. And the more I travel through my life as a musician, the more I find myself coming back to it again and again. My mom had a giant stack of vinyl – mostly classical, with a few rock records. When I was seven or eight years old and started listening to music by myself, that album became the daily soundtrack to my life. I would ask someone to put the record player on for me and I would sit there with big headphones one, listening, and having the record flipped over again and again and again. I would put the music on and just stare at the cover for 45 minutes. The artwork was so important.

Sgt Pepper’s was full of lyrics I could understand, stories I could follow, music that just made complete sense to me. I understood all of it, and it took me into a world. I think that was the first time I really fell in love with a record. I loved ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘She’s Leaving Home’, but one of my favourites was the opening track. What I really wanted – what I still want – was to feel like I was at some amazing happening. As a seven-year-old fantasising about being a rockstar, which I was just starting to do, every time I listened to that opening track, I imagined that somewhere there’s this group of people in this psychedelic wonderland listening to the Beatles. I didn’t have any clue who the Beatles were or what they meant, I didn’t have any fucking context. I just knew that if there was a party, this was the one I wanted to be at.

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