“I want to throw out a disclaimer here,” says Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins. “We could do this interview again and I could give you another completely different list of my 10 favourite records of all time.”
Jackson 5 - ABC
“My father never liked pop or rock music at all. He was strictly into Beethoven and that was about it. His world was motherfucking Beethoven and because it was being sold to me I kind of flatlined on it.
Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On
“I think the first thing I got [of my own] was Sly & The Family Stone and it’s just so cool that that was my first choice. Just this greasy, super drugged-out, funky daze – ‘It’s a family affair!’
Led Zeppelin - IV
“[I remember] I was walking by this girl’s house and I was probably nine or 10 years old and there was this music coming on that sounded dangerous and ominous and dark.
The Police - Outlandos d'Amour
“I was a little kid in Palo Alto and in my house we didn’t have radio, so hearing music for me was actually kind of difficult.
Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
“The other thing that I would listen to was the first Fleetwood Mac record from when Stevie Nicks had joined the band, the self-titled one, and it had Rhiannon on it.
David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
“Before The Police and Fleetwood Mac, there was Bowie. I remember I went up to this wake with my mum and there was this very odd kid there who was fascinated with David Bowie. It was the Ziggy Stardust record.
This Mortal Coil - It'll End In Tears
“There are three singers that have remained transformative. Freddie Mercury is one, so is Edith Piaf and, for me, the other was Elizabeth Fraser from Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil.
The Clash - London Calling
“Years after hearing this I tried to cover a Clash song, Train In Vain – and it’s a terrible idea to ever try to cover The Clash. They’re so deceptively good as a band because they were punk rock, but their groove, you just cannot replicate it.
De La Soul - Three Feet High And Rising
“This record had such a huge effect on me.
Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
“I loved the way Jane’s Addiction would play – [half the time] it was just two chords.