“Like with The Damned, it came out at a time when everything was so noisy and angry. This was angry too, but it had such beautiful melodies on it. Celebrated Summer is one of the most gorgeous ever written. It just seems to capture everything that’s great about growing up and being a teenager.
“Husker Du and New Day Rising are important because they represent my first love affair with American music. Up to this time, everything was kind of British for me. Even though Bad Brains and Minor Threat were definitely in my life, Husker Du seemed really American. I had never been to the Midwest, but because of them I imagined what that area of the country was like. The way they looked, I thought, ‘Wow, that’s what you look like if you’re from America.’”