Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Abi Roberts' Musical CID

I'm a guest on "Abi Roberts' Musical CID" at the Edinburgh Festival this August.


Abi's show is all abut music and the guests favourite records/songs/videos/etc

I filled in this questionnaire for it...

What music do you first remember listening to when you were a child?

Kids TV theme tunes: especially The Double Deckers. They lived in a bus, in London. I lived in London. I wanted to live in a bus.

Josie & The Pussycats cartoon theme. I wanted to be the blonde drummer.

What was the first single/album/CD you bought?

Single: Long Haired Lover From Liverpool by Jimmy Osmond.

Album: It was either The Police, The Slits or Talking Heads. I want to say Slits, but probably The Police.

CD: I didn’t have a CD player for ages. I had 1000’s of cassettes. 1st CD was The Pretenders Greatest Hits. 

What was the song you had your first kiss to or the song that was the background music to your first date/love affair?

Please Don’t Go by KC & The Sunshine Band 

What is or was the music you get ready to for a night out? 

Groove Is In The Heart by Deee-Lite

Ride On Time by Black Box

What’s your favourite music video? 

I didn’t really watch MTV. I was into the Rockabilly scene. I played drums VERY BADLY in a Rockabilly band. We were like The Cramps. But without the songs. Or the talent.

Prince Charming by Adam & The Ants. I liked the dance routine.

Most Madonna videos - as a waitress we’d dance around to them in the restaurant.

What’s your least favourite music video?

Hello by Lionel Richie. The weird pervy bloke stalking the blind girl. There was something deeply strange about that.

Michael Jackson. All of them. I thought his dancing was ridiculous. I only liked the early Jackson 5 stuff.

What is your “guilty pleasure” music on your IPod? (what song/artist would you NOT want your mates to know you listened to?)

Don’t have any. Don’t believe in ‘guilty pleasure’. You either like it or you don’t. You wouldn’t say that about food: “Spinach is my guilty pleasure, don’t tell anyone” … or footwear: “I’m so ashamed to admit this but I like Clarks black patent leather pumps”. Makes no sense to me.

What music/songs get you in the mood or fire you up on the way to a gig (on your IPod/car stereo etc)?

Anything loud and noisy. Anything that gets the adrenaline flowing.

The Ramones.

Love Is All Around by Joan Jett. (Brilliant cover of Mary Tyler Moore TV show theme tune)

Cruel To Be Kind by Letters To Cleo. (Harder, faster version of Nick Lowe song)

If you were doing the O2 arena, what music would you walk on to? 

Mr Big Stuff by Jean Knight.

I don’t like big guitar riff’s, then a comedian coming out and saying “Hello…”. I feel let down and want the music to keep playing.

If you had to rescue just ONE album from a fire, what album would it be and what track would you play?

I’d rescue London Calling by The Clash and play Train In Vain.

Or I’d rescue everything by The Rolling Stones. Everything!

What’s your favourite lyrics in a song and in your opinion? 

“I will give you my finest hour, the one I spent watching you shower, I will give you my finest hour, oh yeah.
All I want is a photo in my wallet, a small remembrance of something more solid, all I want is a picture of you” - Picture This by Blondie.

I listen to a lot of Lou Reed and Biggie Smalls. They have great lyrics. 

If you were single and fancied someone, what 3 tracks would you put on a mix-tape for that person? 

1) If I Can’t Have You by Yvonne Elliman.

2) Every Breath You Take by The Police.

3) Stan by Eminem.

That would say: ‘I’m available and interested, with just the correct hint of threatening menace’. Reject me at your peril.

What would be your self-indulgent break-up/being dumped song?

No Regrets by Scott Walker.

Nothing Compares To You by Sinead O’Conner.

What is/has been your ‘sexy-time’ song? 

Calling it ‘sexy-time’ has put me right off!

Anything that makes me think of my husband: something by Dexys Midnight Runners or something by Joe Strummer - yeah, “Arms Aloft” by Joe Strummer.

What makes you want to get up and DANCE?

Anything by KC & The Sunshine Band.

Soul City Walking by Archie Bell & The Drells.

Free Your Mind by En Vogue.

The Temptations.

70’s funk.

What music makes you sit down/retire from the dance floor? 

Modern R & B  divas - can’t stand all the vocal gymnastics. 

Cheap tiny techno music played in most bars. Thump. Thump. Thump.

What music would you/did you have for the first dance at your wedding? 

We didn’t dance. We walked through New York holding hands.

What’s your favourite piece of classical music and why?

I don’t know anything about *real* classical music.

I’ve got a lot of experimental classic pieces by people like John Cale (Paris 1919) and Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi). I think they’re a bit more sound track-y?

What music do you want played at your funeral?  

A mashup of the Hancock’s Half Hour theme tune and KC & The Sunshine Band.

What is your chosen karaoke song?

Free Your Mind by En Vogue. Especially the spoken intro.

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