Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

7. Lou ReedConey Island Baby

I found Rock ‘N’ Roll Animal first when I was 14 and it changed my life. And then I went back and found ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ and Transformer. And then I found The Velvet Underground and the first record that I bought contemporaneously was Street Hassle. But eventually I found Coney Island Baby because the title track was on a compilation. It’s almost like The Idiot because it has a sense of mystery to it. I trawl YouTube finding Lou Reed playing many different versions of those songs.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Irvine Welsh
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