Sit Down singer Tim Booth on his favorite music albums | Music | Entertainment
PATTI SMITH: Horses (Sony)
I heard this in boarding school after I was told my dad went to the hospital. I was devastated and couldn’t sleep. I had never played it before and the song Birdland is about a boy who loses his father. In that moment, I connected to music in a way that I had never done before.
WIRE: Pink Flag (EMI)
An underrated punk classic. I interviewed them when I was 17 pretending to be a reporter from the school magazine and watched them perform those songs. It’s one of the most inventive and crazy records of all time.
PIXIES: Doolittle (4AD)
The Pixies were ahead of their time and influenced the grunge movement. The arrangements are well worked and the singer Black Francis is the king of the cry. They invited us to their Brixton show and it was one of the best gigs I’ve seen.
SUFJAN STEVENS: Carrie and Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
Magnificent. It’s very folksy and partly about the death of his alcoholic and schizophrenic mother. It’s a great record to relax on and it’s so vulnerable. I saw him in concert last year and it’s so hard to calmly hold an audience but he did it.
REGINA SPEKTOR: Soviet Kitsch (Father)
She’s a classically trained pianist and she can do musical things that I can’t dream of. The song Us is written from the perspective of statues of Soviet dictators and sounds like it came from a musical. His voice may make you cry but there is a lot of humor.
BRIAN ENO: Discreet Music (EMI)
I lived with this record for 35 years. He keeps holding me back. This is one of Eno’s first ambient records and it was ripped up by the press because everyone was into vocals at the time. I use it to relax.
Tim Booth’s new album Girl At The End Of The World is out now and a tour begins May 2. wearejames.com