Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

6. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

Adrian Utley: I first got this album in the late 80s when I was really involved in playing jazz and this came busting in to change everything for me. I was overwhelmed by its sound. I’d never heard hip hop this powerful before and I was confused and elated by its construction. It made me completely rethink my life and approach to music. And it made me save money to get a sampler and Atari computer. I met Geoff Barrow around about the same time and he knew about and was making this kind of music. Shortly after, we started working together. I remember this album mainly being played at deafening volume on the shit stereo in my shit car, driving up the the motorway to a whole new life.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Moby, James Lavelle
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