Jay Aston: My six best albums – Kate Bush, David Bowie, The Police, Gwen Stefani | Music | Entertainment

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KATE BUSH: Hounds Of Love (Fish People/EMI)

I loved Wuthering Heights but this album had the most impact on me. I had left Bucks Fizz and was going through a difficult time but this took me to another place. She uses her voice to paint a picture and because I was hugely into dance I loved the fact that she used mime in her performance.

TRACY CHAPMAN: Tracy Chapman (Rhino)

I loved the bareness of this. So much from the 1980s was over-produced and synthesised, it was lovely to have the acoustic alternative. I found it cathartic and peaceful.

UNDERWORLD: Dubnobasswithmyheadman (V2)

I collaborated with Underworld towards the end of the 1980s then they had a big break with Born Slippy from Trainspotting. There’s a lot on this that’s similar to what I was doing with them.

THE POLICE: Synchronicity (A&M)

The 1970s and 1980s were the pinnacle of musicianship before technology took over. I was a huge fan of The Police and this was from a time when I was unhappy in the band. I had Every Breath You Take as the first dance at my wedding. And although my husband [Dave Colquhoun] is a great guitarist his rhythm certainly does not stretch to his toes.

GWEN STEFANI: Love Angel Music Baby (Polydor)

Her first solo album, with the classic Hollaback Girl. I met her in LA when she came to watch my husband play in Bow Wow Wow. I loved how she’d left a band and managed to have success as a solo artist.

DAVID BOWIE: Best Of Bowie (EMI)

These are classics. My older brother got me into music and he loved Bowie. I loved his theatricality and the way he told a story. He was incredibly charismatic and I really liked his voice. I was making show costumes from the age of 12, helping my mother, and I realised later that Bowie had influenced me.