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LENNY KRAVITZ: SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE

After revisiting number one courtesy of some ad or other, he reveals the songs that made his hair curl...

Lenny Kravitz on the songs that made him a man

Unlikely as it seems, he's a fan of Matt Munro and reckons his own voice is enough to clear the tourbus...

FIRST RECORD YOU CAN REMEMBER

'Born Free' - Matt Munro

"I was about two, I think, and I remember being at my grandma's house and always wanting to play this record again and again. It was the theme to a TV show about lions called Born Free that I used to watch, so that must have had something to do with it."

RECORD THAT REMINDS YOU OF SCHOOL

'Dirty Mind' - Prince


"This album reminds me of school because when it came out, must have been around 1980, it was about the time when Walkmans first became popular and I would listen to it really loud on my Walkman in classes and get caught and shouted at by the teachers, because I was just blasting it and singing along."

RECORD YOU FELL IN LOVE TO

'Talking Book' - Stevie Wonder


"Not for any particular reason, this record just happened to be around, and it ended up being played a lot. We'd just put it on."

HEARTBREAK SONG

'It Ain't Over Til It's Over' - Lenny Kravitz


"I'm going to have to choose my own song for this one. My ex-wife and I broke up, and I wrote 'It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over'. Says it all, really."

SONG THAT EVOKES THE GREATEST SUMMER OF YOUR LIFE

'Everybody Loves The Sunshine' - Roy Ayers


"Oh God, I really have no idea. The years are just morphing together. All of my summers are spent on tour, I've been on tour for ten years straight, so all the summers are the same to me. Although there was one summer, a few years ago, that I spent in New York in my loft, that was probably the best summer I had in a long time. We used to play 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine' a lot. I actually got to spend the summer at home, which I hadn't done in a long time, and I love summers in New York. I was living in this loft in Soho and it was a great time."

RECORD FOR A NIGHT ON THE TILES

'Knee Deep' - Funkadelic


"I don't get drunk. I've never been drunk in my life. But back in the days it was 'Knee Deep' P it's a great funky tune to get you up, a great party tune. I haven't put it on in a while, though, I played that stuff out a long time ago. Now I just listen to whatever makes me happy."

RECORD THAT INSPIRED YOU TO FORM A BAND

'The Love You Save' - The Jackson Five


"That was the first single that I bought and thought, 'Yeah, this is what I want to do.' I was really young, probably only about five. I guess I started playing instruments and stuff at about the same time, but I was bullshitting, you know, just banging on things. But that's when I took an interest, definitely."

RECORD GUARANTEED TO CLEAR THE TOURBUS

Me

"We all like almost exactly the same stuff, so I've never cleared the tourbus by putting any music on. The tape that I put on that will clear the tourbus is my vocalising tape that I put on before a show. It's not music, but it's a recording, and when I put it on, everybody gets out."

NEW YEAR'S EVE 1999, WHAT'S ON THE HI-FI?

Bob Marley

"Oh fuck, I don't know. You know what? New Year's Eve, 1999, I'm probably gonna be in the middle of the Caribbean floating in the water with no music, to tell you the truth. If I'm not, and I had to choose, it would probably be something by Bob Marley."

WHAT SONG WOULD YOU LIKE PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL?

Nothing

"I don't care. I won't be there. They can play whatever they want."

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