Songs that Changed The Lives of Johnny Marr, Brandon Flowers and Matt Bellamy of Muse

(Gibson) To mark this week's Ivor Novello Awards for songwriters, held in London on Thursday, the Independent newspaper asked several top songwriters to name the song that changed their lives.

Matt Bellamy of Muse picked Tom Waits' "Blue Valentines," saying that the song has "some of the greatest lyrics ever written. " He explained that the "song says it all about how I feel about the past. Dom [Howard, Muse's drummer] and I went to see Tom Waits in New York and it was immense. He's a huge influence on Muse in the way that he uses sounds and textures to create atmospheres even if you can't directly hear it in our music."

Johnny Marr nominated "Metal Guru" by T. Rex as the song that changed his life. "I would have been about 11 when I first heard this," he said. "T. Rex were the first band I was a fan of and Marc Bolan was my hero at the time. As a song it's quite nonsensical, but that doesn't matter; a great record doesn't necessarily have to be a great song. Once you've been affected by any art in such a powerful way, it stays with you."

Brandon Flowers of The Killers not surprisingly chose a David Bowie track, "Changes." He said: "I still remember when I heard 'Changes' for the first time. I thought it was Bob Dylan because of the way he sings the verses. I found out it was Bowie and it was from this album called Hunky Dory. It's the most important record to me, ever. I appreciate that he's still able to write songs, because even when there's a rough album, there will always be that one song on there that grabs you. But Hunky Dory is the pinnacle there's not one song I skip past." more on this story

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