Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

4. The Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet Underground

I love Banana to bits, but the third one is my favourite, it’s the one that I play more. I don’t know exactly what it is about it. I bought their albums in order, but there was something about ‘Candy Says’ and ‘Jesus’ – maybe because I’d just got the White Light/White Heat album I wanted proper songs, and he delivered big time on this one. Even ‘Murder Mystery’ I like. I’m not the biggest John Cale fan, his voice gets on my wick. It was just at the time that Ziggy ended, it almost broke my heart. I had these magical split-second things – it was like being in love, but with someone from Venus, and then Lou came along and I knew he would get me through it.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Teenage Fanclub, Brian Eno, Robyn Hitchcock
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