The first single I ever bought
Pray by Take That. I was 11 and walked straight to HMV for the CD single. I’m not proud of myself but, come on, I was 11! I probably didn’t even have pubes. My favorite member? The little one – I don’t even remember his name. [PR chips in] Oh, Mark! The little! They were the original boyband. [PR chips in] Come on, they shit all over East 17! Boyz II Men?! [Lively debate ensues] Take That ruled the world – I’m not moving.
My karaoke date
I’m definitely not a karaoke person, but I’m going for Don’t Leave Me This Way, the version [by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes] with Teddy Pendergrass. You really feel his agony, and he’s also very attractive. It’s super funky, super moving, and it’s kind of in my field to be able to sing it.
The song that made my best concert experience
I’m very lucky: my sister is in a band [Brody Dalle of the Distillers] and I often have the opportunity to go behind the scenes. This time it was the White Stripes in London and when they sang Jolene it blew me away. It’s so haunting. You feel Jack White’s pain, his anguish – and I love how he didn’t change the pronouns. It’s one of those songs that goes right through you. Not like diarrhea! Like a ball.
best song for making love
Keep It Up by Milton Wright. Of course, it depends on the type of sex you have; there are many different types: cuddly sex, naughty sex with ties – different shots for different people. But I think I could have quite a few different sex types for this one. Plus, it’s absolutely one of my favorite tracks in the world, a desert island record. Desert Island Dick, ha ha!
The song I would like for my entrance music
Whole Lotta Money by BIA and Nicki Minaj – ironically, in some sort of character, preferably in slow motion with a wind turbine, please. And really cool sneakers, so I look like I’m with the kids. Just for when I go to Pret to get my sandwich.
The song I want to play at my funeral
Black Sabbath’s Planet Caravan feeds my soul – it’s so supernatural. When you die and move on to another realm, this would be the perfect thing to serenade you. People forget what a legend Ozzy Osbourne was before he was on TV all the time, saying, “There’s dog mess all over the house.”
The song I pretend to hate that I secretly love
Breathtaking Berlin. I blame Top Gun. I was about five years old when Top Gun came out and – this rings false – I used to put it on hiatus when Iceman came along and smooch the TV.
My favorite song of all time
At the End of the Line by Gerry Rafferty. I actually got a boy back with this song. He was really mean to me, I told him to leave, I didn’t talk to him for months, then I sent him this track – and he cried. It was finished in two strokes of a lamb’s tail. He may not care now, but me and one of my best friends play it all the time.
My favorite song right now
Dreamflower by Tarika Blue, a funky 1970s fusion band. It’s so dreamy and blissful – listen to it in the middle of a bottle of wine or a joint or whatever you have on hand and relax- you.
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