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Ricky Gervais

1. DAVID BOWIE Aladdin Sane 1973 (Virgin) ”He is my all-time favorite artist. If Dylan put the politics into music, Bowie put in the art and theatrics.”

2. RADIOHEAD The Bends 1995 (Capitol) ”One of my most played albums in the last 10 years. The song ‘Bones’ always brings a lump to my throat.”

3. BOB DYLAN Blood on the Tracks 1975 (Columbia) ”People think he’s this politicized figure who’s just moaning about stuff. But he writes some of the most beautiful love songs you’ll ever hear.”

4. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Born to Run 1975 (Columbia) ”You could make a film of Springsteen’s songs. When I hear a lyric [about a place he mentions] I see that town, it’s so evocative.”

5. NEIL YOUNG Harvest 1972 (Reprise) ”There’s just something so melancholy about his sound, his voice, the things he sings about.”

6. CAT STEVENS Teaser & the Firecat 1971 (A&M) ”Beautiful, simple melodies. Like the wind. I sound like I’m from Spinal Tap. Just one thing can ruin a sentence and render it ridiculous because it’s like something Nigel Tufnel says.”

7. THE SMITHS The Smiths 1984 (Sire) ”This is that million-to-one piece of alchemy where two people come together and nail it their first time.”

8. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb 2004 (Interscope) ”I feel guilty. I hated them for 15 years. But one of us has changed, and it’s probably me. I’ve made amends overnight. It’s like My Name Is Earl. I can cross them from the list.”

9. THE VERVE Urban Hymns 1997 (Virgin) ”Rarely do you get an album with four great songs on it. It’s hard enough to write one brilliant song.”

10. NIRVANA Nevermind 1991 (DGC) ”When I heard ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ I had never heard a sound like it. It was just incredible. So intense, so real. They meant it.”

11. JIMMY WEBB Ten Easy Pieces 1996 (Guardian) ”It’s just him and a piano. I don’t have to intellectualize about it, it just hits me on another level.”

12. DEREK AND CLIVE Ad Nauseum 1978 (EMI International) ”Peter Cook and Dudley Moore went into a studio and recorded three [comedy] albums. By this last one, it’s just a stream of the most vile, drunken abuse. It’s phenomenal.”

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1. HOT CHIP Over and Over 2005 [Single] (Astralwerks) ”Fact — any song that mentions a monkey is always a hit. Hot Chip look, well, geeky, but don’t be fooled — they are a bunch of freaky Prince-loving panthers wearing tank tops. Their fluffy-jumper granddad-cardigan-and-tie fashions have been sorely lacking in pop.”

2. YMA SUMAC The Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection 2000 (Right Stuff) ”She has a fantastic pair of lungs, and on ‘Xtabay’ propels you from the ordinary world into magical honking rain forests and smoke-filled vistas.”