Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

11. David BowieBlackstar

Again, Bowie has been with me my whole life. Favourite Bowie albums? I’ve probably got six, the Berlin trilogy, the early stuff, then Blackstar. I have a massive lost period after he finished the Berlin albums, he became too technical, too full, I didn’t get them. Again, Blackstar was such a surprise, a lovely surprise. I loved his comeback single, ‘Where Are We Now?’ but the album The Next Day was pretty pants, a couple of good tracks maybe, but Blackstar is mind-boggling. I was very sad when he died, I cried. My connection with Bowie started when I recorded a cover of ‘The Prettiest Star’ for Jonathan King’s label UK Records. Only a few people had covered his songs back then. There was the end of the Spiders when he said he’d retired, but I heard he was playing three nights at the Marquee for a TV special, so I phoned up the management office in New York and I introduced myself. Then I was introduced to Angie and became part of her… retinue isn’t the right word, we became friends really. I went out with this girl Daniella who was part of the whole household, and went out to Switzerland where David had a house. I’d got to know Iggy Pop a bit and he came over. I’ve got a recording of David, Iggy and I playing together, I was on guitar and piano, David’s on guitar and piano, Jim’s on drums and singing – we do ‘Blueberry Hill’ badly, ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ is alright. When Angie and David got divorced I was asked to speak in the court case but I said no.

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