“I think I knew The Beatles at first from singing Yellow Submarine at school as a kid, so A Hard Day’s Night was my true introduction to their music. Just the sound of that opening chord – ‘schuuuunng!’ – it had this profound effect on me; it leapt out so unexpectedly and sent this tingle down my spine.
“The excitement that I felt must’ve been the way it was for people who first heard The Beatles in the ‘60s, yet I was discovering them in the ‘80s in my early teens. You hear something and it just jolts you and you go, ‘What the hell is this?’
“After being struck by A Hard Day’s Night, I became Beatles obsessed. I read all the books about them and bought all the albums, or I made copies of all their albums as one invariably did in those days – taping everything. I was as fascinated by The Beatles as I’m sure everybody else as been, but what was weird was how I discovered them almost by myself; they weren’t passed down by family or older brothers or anything.
“It’s very strange that The Beatles would have escaped my radar for so long. It’s as if I was living under a rock when it came to this music. But I caught up, thankfully.”