Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

1. Talk TalkThe Colour Of Spring

Can you explain why you chose three Talk Talk albums?

I was just being honest. The most listened-to records in my collection, I’m just astounded at the extraordinary thing that they did. I’m from a generation of people who listen to music, or who listened, past tense, to music. I really wanted to belong to it, you know, you’d paint an album sleeve on the back of your coat to say this is who I am and what I listen to. And I was very happy throughout my teen years to be defined by what I was listening to. And I wanted the world to know about that, claiming a band as my own. I was a total fan when they did what I still consider to be the bravest thing that any band in rock music has done, which was after creating this amazing, successful commercial record that nevertheless is so incredibly creative and artistic, to then go further into the arts and completely disregard the fiscal side of what they had done with the success of The Colour Of Spring.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Tamara Lindeman, Mark Morriss
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