I've listed my studio music chronologically.

The Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs  

Bought this when I was 9 after a friend's recommendation – thanks Brendan. A violin has never sounded better, although Laurie Anderson does a good job 18 years later on United States.

Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Chile  

Studio listening for an Autumnal afternoon. Love the Steve Winwood organ. Make sure you listen to the 15 minute version.

The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps  

So Eric Clapton sneaks into my list, although I should have included a Cream track, maybe Tales of Brave Ulysses for its great wah-wah.

Jimi Hendrix – We Gotta Live Together  

When I can't think straight I get on a bus, select this on the iPod and dream away. It was almost impossible to choose a single track from the Band of Gypsys album – genius. Hendrix was my childhood hero.

Glenn Branca – The Ascension  

I bought a lot of vinyl in New York in the 80s to listen in my studio whilst working on my Terminator Line project. Music met art on those dangerous streets. Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth is one of the many guitarists here.

The Smiths – How Soon Is Now?  

Back home the captivating Johnny Marr can do no wrong. An intoxicating piece of guitar.

Sonic Youth – Mildred Pierce    

I love the guitar de-tuning by Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo (who I've had the privilege to work with). But this track from the exceptional Goo album uses standard guitar tuning. The title refers to the film noir of the same name directed by Michael Curtiz starring Joan Crawford and Zachary Scott.

Nirvana – Territorial Pissings  

A year later, and another frantic guitar track that is almost as good as getting drunk.

Radiohead – The National Anthem  

Good alongside an afternoon coffee when you need a jolt.

Gillian Welch – Revelator  

My chronological list has put this beautiful, delicate track last. Don't be fooled though, I almost put Propane Nightmares by Pendulum as my no.10. Studio closed, off to the kitchen.

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