"To this day, Sly's writing is probably the most exciting to me of any band. When I met Ian Dury, the influences that had been prevalent to the other musicians he'd worked with were more rockabilly, and I'd been tuning into African-American music, as well as rock stuff. When I heard War, James Brown, an amazing act called Mandrill, I just thought it was fantastic stuff. Things like that had a major impact on me, but it was Sly that was the most significant.
"If I had to choose my favourite Sly track, it'd probably be 'Family Affair' or 'Thank You'. He did that track twice, but the original is the best."
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