T. REX T. Rex 1970 (Castle) ''I didn't like
Marc Bolan much, but this girl I went out with
loved T. Rex. I ended up not only knowing
Marc, but he really helped my punk band,
ELVIS PRESLEY Promised Land 1975 (RCA)
'''Promised Land' is a Chuck Berry song about
a journey through the South all the way to
California. I play it when I want to feel
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND White Light/White Heat
1967 (Verve) ''This girlfriend I had when I
was about 18, her brother was into it. I went,
'What?' And then I went, 'Wow!'''
THE STOOGES Raw Power 1973 (Co-lumbia/Legacy)
''Same girl. She said to me, 'Have you heard
about this other guy, Iggy Pop?' So I had sex
with this girl and found out about all this
great music. If you think about it, that's how
it should be, really. If you're not having sex
to great music, what are you doing?''
KING TUBBY King Tubby's in Fine Style 2004
(Sanctuary) ''In a way, dub was the spiritual
side of punk. But back when it was all coming
out, I didn't have the money to buy it.''
THE RAMONES Rocket to Russia 1977 (Sire) ''I
was coming from rehearsals in 1978 and saw
these Scottish football supporters, and I
thought, 'I'm dead.' But it was brilliant —
instead they all just burst into 'Sheena Is a
JOHN LENNON John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band 1970
(Capitol) ''A hero of mine. Most people think
Imagine's the best album, when it sucks
compared to Plastic Ono, where he's being
DAVID BOWIE Hunky Dory 1971 (Virgin) ''When I
was in the hospital with a broken leg, these
three girls brought me Hunky Dory and Fire and
Water, by Free. I'd be crying one minute,
laughing the next...''
FREE Fire and Water 1970 (A&M) ''...I had
a huge hole in my leg, I could see the bone.
So I was like, 'Now I know what these songs
really mean. Fantastic.'''
MASSIVE ATTACK VS. MAD PROFESSOR No Protection
1995 (Gyroscope) ''The girlfriend I've got now
brought it out. I like Massive Attack, but now
I really like it 'cause we're having sex to
NEU! Neu! 1972 (Astralwerks) ''This is
actually the one record I haven't had sex with
a girl to. Maybe I should try that. But we
open the show with 'Hallogallo.' Ladies love
THE STROKES Room on Fire 2003 (RCA) ''Because
'The End Has No End' — and I believe that.''
featured performer at this year's SXSW, Idol
has a new album, Devil's Playground,
which hits March 22.
Mar 14, 2005 | Published
in issue #811 Mar 18, 2005