Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

13. Amy WinehouseBack To Black

I didn’t know whether to put this in or not. In some ways, this is my favourite album ever. It’s certainly was the one that I have played the most but I still cannot play it now without crying. It’s still very raw. I just think her death was such a waste of a lovely, lovely person. She was such a huge talent. I never met her but Snowboy, who I’ve worked with for years and years, worked in her band for a while. He said she was the most gorgeous, gorgeous person. We all have our demons don’t we? Obviously, they got the better of her.

The album revealed this hugely talented human being. She was this tiny little creature and all this stuff came out of her. I suppose she couldn’t contain it and it breaks my heart. I wish I had met her.

I think this album epitomises the connection between the choices I have made – they have complete soul and emotion. When I listen to music, the music has to touch me in my heart and not necessarily my head. It has to move me and Amy moved me more than anyone else.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Skunk Anansie, Years & Years, Graham Parker, Tom Jones, Suggs

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