Top 10 albums from ex-Mansun frontman Paul Draper – Number 2 – Parade (Prince)Draper - Parade

I’ve gone for this because it’s probably my favourite eclectic Prince album. I could have gone for “Purple Rain”, “1999” or “Dirty Mind” but “Parade” just edges it for me. I love the really odd start of it. I really love the odd segues between one section and another. I remember reading how Prince did it. He went in, put all the drums down, changed the tempo and then overdubbed all the bits and bobs on it. He had loads of ideas and overdubbed them all and that’s how I made a lot of the Mansun records. I overdubbed stuff – not necessarily playing live and capturing it as a live band. “Girls & Boys” is amazing. “Kiss” is amazing, although the production of that was done by someone else. The film “Under the Cherry Moon” was appalling but the album was brilliant, so that’s my Prince representative.

For Number 1 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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