The Beatles- A Day In The Life  

I actually have to stop work if this comes on, but I find it inspiring that you can get so far in five minutes.

Mount Vernon Arts Lab - One Minute Blasts Rising To Three Then Diminishing  

Music produced by remixing tapes of sounds recorded in disused nuclear bunkers. I was writing a book with a lot of underground scenes at the time. I thought this would help.

 Lustmord - The Monstrous Soul  


Stevie Wonder - Superstition  

The best version is the one he did live on Sesame Street; like a train constantly about to come off the rails but somehow managing to stay on track. I used to smoke when I needed a break. Now I play the riff from this on my guitar, badly.

Stephen P McGreevy - Music of the Magnetosphere  

Very and Extremely Low Frequency radio waves (ie ‘sferics) recorded in northern Canada and Alaska and then speeded up to render them audible. This came my way via the corresponding ‘atmospheric’ section of the ‘underground’ book.

Metallica - Master of Puppets  

Wonderful musicianship and great drive. This is real up and at ‘em music when you need a lift.

Fairport Convention – Liege and Lief  

'Tam Lin' is the stand-out track but Sandy Denny's vocals are a joy throughout. I go to this album for 'Englishness', and what you can do with Englishness. I never thiought I'd listen to Folk Rock with pleasure....

Toru Takemitsu - A Flock of Seagulls descends into the Pentagonal Garden  

How Takemitsu came to write this is almost as interesting as the music itself, which is quite loosely structured and gentle.

Nina Simone- Mister Bojangles  

'His dog upped and died. After twenty years... He still grieves.' A short story every other line.

Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks  

The only certain cure for Writer's Block.

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