“I picked this album because it was the first one that made me say, ‘Oh, yeah, girls can be kind of cool when they sing.’ [Laughs] As a boy, I would hear The Supremes on the radio, but there weren’t really other girls who I would listen to. So this one made me think, ‘Wow, she’s really good.’ And she was just so sexy and complicated.
“I mean this as a compliment, but it’s such a depressing record. It pulls you in. There was also something about her world that was so foreign to me – I hadn’t been to California yet. So I would think, ‘What is Laurel Canyon?’ ‘What is life out there like, with people putting roses in their hair?’ [Laughs] To a kid from Philly, it all seemed very exotic.”