Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

Bakers Dozen: Joy Division & New Order’s Stephen Morris On His Top 13 Albums

Today, Stephen Morris steps up to The Quietus's Bakers Dozen challenge as he tells us all about his favourite 13 albums

Stephen Morris – he who drummed for both Joy Division and New Order, both considered hallowed deities by those of us who inhabit The Quietus bunker – is comparing the agony of selecting 13 albums for our Bakers Dozen feature to choosing records for a DJ set. "You end up realising most of the records you’ve got are shit anyway," he says. "And even the ones you think are good probably aren’t particularly good. But if other people don’t like them… well, I don’t worry about that."

Well, quite right. And as with all the artists who’ve been kind enough to lend us their time and tell us their most treasured records so far, his list is diverse and divisive, even if he was worried that too much of it came from the mid 1970’s. There’s seminal prog rock outfit Van der Graaf Generator rubbing shoulders with Neu! and Can, while contemporary and widely celebrated released from artists such as LCD Soundsystem share space with more overlooked works by the likes of Betty Davis. And there’s a tantalising glimpse of the direction New Order could have taken with the inclusion of DJ Shadow.

So to see his excellent list in full, click the image below and let him explain his choices in his own words.

You can also read our interview with Stephen Morris about the new Joy Division vinyl box set, +-, by clicking here.

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