Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

8. BlondieParallel Lines

It’s funny, but the same friend, Alison, was my best friend for years. And she had an older brother and his whole room was covered in pictures of Debbie Harry. Well I quite fancied her brother, so I was quite jealous and I consoled myself with knowing that he was never going to meet her. But, anyway, I gradually started to see how brilliant she was and I started to see the merit in her band. She became quite an inspiration to me because she wasn’t just a girl at the front of a band: she was part of this thing as much as the guys. She looked fantastic, she sang brilliantly. I saw her not so long ago and she still sung brilliantly. Yeah, I just wanted to be her, really. For me, Parallel Lines is a classic pop record – there are so many great songs on it.

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