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:Â 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:Â 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:Â This took electronic music to a new level for me; Â 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:Â 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:Â 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”.