Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

4. The TubesOutside Inside

I thought I was an 80s child but I’ve not heard anything by The Tubes.

You’ve never heard of them? They’re fucking brilliant. The best song on this album is called ‘Wild Women Of Wongo’. My friend Jerry Hey, who played on my new album and also did Thriller and Off The Wall, played on Outside Inside and his brass on ‘Wild Women Of Wongo’ is just amazing. I always think it sounds like an elephant – when the trumpet goes [mimics an elephant’s trunk] ‘waaaahhhhooo!’ You really need to listen to that song – it will blow your head off.

They were a really mad band – completely out there. I love that – when people are allowed to have the freedom they deserve. Sometimes, if you become too popular you can become restricted in a way. People can become very disappointed if you go in an opposite direction. I think that maybe the ‘job’ part of being a musician in that you have to comply in certain ways. So, I love The Tubes because they never seemed to comply with anything at all.

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