Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

2. Echo & The BunnymenCrocodiles

Undoubtedly and absolutely Will Sergeant had a huge impact in me as a guitarist. Echo And The Bunnymen were influential on many indie bands of that period including The House Of Love, The Mighty Lemon Drops and probably another 30 or 40 who were drawing on their influence. The reason I like this album is that I’ve come to realise that I’m a bit of traditionalist where you’ve got albums that are made up of punchy two or three minute songs, and this album is full of punchy and well-arranged songs. They’re pop songs but they’re unique to the Bunnymen. And I also think this album has the strongest group of songs.

Echo And The Bunnymen also created a really strong sense of place. It created a world. You know when you bought a record and took it home and you immersed yourself into its world? The Bunnymen did that and their world was this slightly moody, slightly dark and melancholy place. It’s a bit like the world that Pete Fij and I inhabit in our music. The melancholy of this record is what appeals to me.

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