Paul Lake – ex-City football hero’s top ten favourite albums

Local lad Lake’s City career was cut cruelly short by injury and a subsequent negligence barely imaginable in the era of the Premier League. The classy defender’s venture into print is about far more than that, however: Don’t expect bling, Panacea and porn stars… Do expect warts, Hacienda nights and all – plus the promise of a celluloid version just as soon as Ben Wishaw has mastered the accent and the art of interception.
I’m Not Really Here is published in paperback by Arrow.

Paul Lake’s Top 10 albums ever, in no particular order:

The Beatles, Abbey Road: While I’m a big fan of Rubber Soul and Revolver, Abbey Road just shades it for me as my favourite Beatles album. I have fond memories of my brother Mike and I listening to it on a loop on our Grundig radiogram. Are there many better album openers than “Come Together”? I don’t think so…

The Smiths, Meat Is Murder: This album is lyrically immense and Johnny Marr is simply magical on guitar. I always loved Morrissey’s wit and quirkiness; remember my dad sitting in our lounge in Denton, watching TOTP and shaking his head at the gladioli hanging out of Mozzer’s back pocket.

New Order, Power, Corruption & Lies: This took electronic music to a new level for me;  the haunting “Your Silent Face” is probably my favourite New Order track of all time. The album artwork was so vivid too… such a shame that covers don’t have such iconic status anymore.

Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid: A near-perfect album, as far as I’m concerned, with the sublime “Mirrorball” the stand-out track. I think the whole of the music world doffed their cap when they won the Mercury Music Prize with this beauty. Northern music at its finest.

Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree: One of my wife Jo’s favourite bands. Supernature is also a belter of an album, but I think Alison Goldfrapp’s voice and lyrics are best showcased on Seventh Tree, particularly on my two favourite tracks, “A&E” and “Caravan Girl”.

part 2 of Paul Lake’s favourite albums here…

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  1. I agree with about half of them Lakey! I have never been a Madness fan or a Beatles fan ( although come together is one of my favorites of theirs) I saw Goldfrapp at The Apollo and loved them, ( bet you picked that one for the wife though) Elbow are good, but not in even in my top 20! Loved the book, laughed and cried in equal measure, many of my younger days lived out in there man! I have always been a Paul Lake fan! dx

  2. a midfielder not a defender(even though he did play there). Remember waiting for the bus at belle vue going to maine road every other Saturday and seeing Lakey each time drive past in his sky blue ford on his way to play for the mighty blues…oh how times have changed. big respect paul lake (even though you were probably playing u2!)


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