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Paul Draper was the singer and main songwriter in Mansun, one of the most original and interesting bands of the 1990s.

Despite splitting up over a decade ago, a Mansun convention was held last year, at which Paul Draper’s first ever solo track was unveiled to fans. Now, after a successful fan-led campaign, Draper is recording “Spooky Action” – the long-lost solo album that Mansun devotees had all but given up hope of hearing. It should be out next year.

In a rare break from the studio, Paul Draper talks Louder Than War’s Martin Leay through his 10 favourite albums of all time. Here is Album Number 10…

Top 10 albums from ex-Mansun frontman Paul Draper – Number 10 – Dare (The Human League)

Draper - DareThis is an album that I remember from my youth where every track is just absolutely brilliant. I’ve been listening to the opening track, “The Things That Dreams Are Made Of”, recently on Spotify. That track’s brilliant – really stark, dark synth-pop. It’s a brilliantly recorded production with great, simple pop songwriting and that peak of analogue recording with analogue synthesisers. It’s one of my favourite albums of that era. I bought it when I was 11 and listened to it all the time. A really good record.

For number 9 in Paul Draper’s Top 10 favourite albums, please go here.

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Martin Leay started writing for Louder Than War after a chance meeting on a boat with John Robb. They were docked alongside Millennium Pier at the time and had just witnessed a blistering set by the world's only Parliamentary Rock Band, MP4. Besides MP4, Martin cites The Smiths, Libertines, Stone Roses, Billy Bragg, Belle and Sebastian, Art Brut, The Cure, Jamie T and Bloc Party amongst his favourite musical artists. He lives in Camberwell, works in Parliament, supports Tranmere Rovers, loves Coronation Street and once ran a marathon.


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