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Chas 'N Dave loving songbird
DESERT ISLAND DISC: "My husband bought me a B3 Hammond organ for Christmas last year, so I've been listening to Jimmy Smith's The Sermon. It's incredibly funky."
BEDTIME READING: "The last book that really touched me was The Shamanic Way of the Bee by Simon Buxton. It's a really profound and interesting story about the whole process of bee-keeping. It definitely inspired and influenced parts of my new album."
ESSENTIAL VIEWING: "At the minute, because it's winter, it has to be White Christmas with Bing Crosby. A lot of films from that era haven't aged well, but when I watched it recently I was amazed by how poignant and relevant the story still was."
GUILTY PLEASURE: "I wouldn't choose to go and see it at the cinema, but I often end up watching Harry Potter films with my daughter. She's only four, so she's transfixed by the special effects and the different characters. Me, I secretly enjoy listening to the score."
PET HATE: "Bad cover versions. I'm not pointing the finger at any particular artist. I just don't see the point of covering other people's songs unless you're going to do something imaginative to them. The whole point of my covers album, Strange Little Girls, or the Chas 'N Dave covers [B-side to 1996's "Caught A Lite Sneeze"], was to reinterpret those songs from a woman's perspective."
Interview by Sarah-Jane
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Tori Amos The Beekeeper
Thirteen years on from Little Earthquakes, Tori finds top form
For all her debt to Kate Bush, Amos can claim to have led the 90's stampede of female mavericks. Now settled in the UK, she can do her own thing. Pre-Raphaelite florid, abstract or frankly sexual, this eclectic epic is her best since '94's Under The Pink. There's rich drama to Parasol and The Power Of Orange Knickers , featuring Damien Rice, has swaggering momentum. The tense title song reminds of the atmosphere on Jane Siberry's The Walking - Amos has never been in rangier voice.
by Chris Roberts
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