Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

5. Brian EnoAmbient 1: Music For Airports

This was made right in the middle of the punk thing when everyone was trying to get more aggressive, and Brian Eno went away and not necessarily invented ambient music, but certainly popularised it. If I had to just listen to one song for the rest of my life it would be ‘1/1’. It’s not just a mellow thing – I’ve listened to it in the morning and it’s beautiful and I’ve listened to it last thing at night. I’ve listened to it as a stimulant and a calming thing, it does something very physical, very chemical to me. I’m always fascinated by how he made that track. Did he sit there and play it live for 17 minutes? Did he smoke some dope first? I’ve always meant to ask him, I’m always bumping into him and I always forget. I see him having coffee in a café near me and we always have a nice little chat. He’s a lovely chap. I never let onto him how much of a fan I am because that would be weird and a bit distasteful. If I ran up to him saying, ‘How did you do that track?!’, he’d probably start backing off slowly.

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