Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

3. Echo & The BunnymenOcean Rain

It might seem a bit predictable, but a really good test for me for an album is if, when I put it on, I can sing along virtually every word, and whenever ‘Ocean Rain’ comes on or ‘Silver’ comes on… [he starts to sing] “Swung from a chandelier/ My planet sweet on a silver salver/ Bailed out my worst fears/ ‘Cause man has to be his own saviour/ Blind sailors/ Imprisoned jailers/ God tame us/ No one to blame us.” I can do that for the whole album, that line “Screaming from beneath the waves”, just that desperation, I think it’s Mac at his finest. No-one’s ever taken the piss better than him, he was my kind of role model. ‘My Kingdom’ is such an underrated classic, the title track, ‘Killing Moon’ obviously, it’s a classic.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Tanya Donelly, Echo & The Bunnymen
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