Former BELLE AND SEBASTIAN singer Isobel Campbell was so intent on recording a perfect whip sound for her next album she ended up buying the leather accessory from a sex shop.

Campbell incorporated the cracking sound into her upcoming duets album with Mark Lanegan, BALLAD OF THE BROKEN SEAS, but only found the ideal whip in a branch of British adult store Ann Summers.

She says, "I went in and said, 'Er, I'm a musician, do you have any whips?'

"So she showed me this whip and I said, 'Does it have a good crack?' She said, 'Well, the girl who specialises in whips isn't in today.'"