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“In putting this list together, I noticed a theme running through some of my choices – bands doing something completely unexpected. Whenever a band does something really new or different, it’s like a gift. My reaction is always like, ‘Wow, I want to write them a letter to say thank you.’
“And so that brings me to The Damned. Captain Sensible is brilliant, amazing songwriter, but then everybody in the band is great. There’s a song on this record called Life Goes On that is so beautiful and has gotten me through all kinds of difficult times. That's just about the best thing you can say about any piece of music, when it can help move you through life.
"The whole album is extraordinary. The album cover, the a pig with a strawberry on its head – it was punk because it wasn’t punk. All of the other punk covers were things like, you know, a band in an alleyway and things like that. This was different, and it was, in its own way, gorgeous.
“It changed my life because it changed my perception of how to make great art, what it was to be punk and how far you could go as a group.”