"My Life On Record." Lauren Laverne Exclusively Reveals Her Favourite Songs

10 October 2012 by

When she's not presenting shows on tv or writing words in newspapers, Lauren Laverne can be found playing tunes to the nation on her BBC Radio 6 Music show. It seems only fitting then that we find out which songs make up the soundtrack to her life...

"The first song I was ever obsessed with...
Just Say No by the Grange Hill gang - I think I fancied Zamo at the time which wasn't quite the message they were trying to get across! I remember it fondly..."

"The first record I ever bought...
Leisure by Blur which was their debut album. I grew up with a lot of music so there were always records in the house but this was the first one I ever bought myself. It was a really important record for me."

"The song that sums up my teenage years...
Come Out Tonight by Kenickie. I was in a band when I was a teenager so I wrote quite a few songs! I was 15 when I wrote it and 16 when it came out. The lyrics are about going out and waiting for things to happen - that funny mixture of feeling like a grown up but you're still a little kid. I was in the middle of all that when i wrote it."

"The song that reminds me of my first crush...
Montague Terrace (In Blue) by Scott Walker. It's a very overblown, dramatic, ridiculous but beautiful song which I suppose is quite appropriate for a first love. Beautiful and ridiculous - mine certainly was!"

"My first break-up song...
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning by Frank Sinatra. I remember a particularly horrific breakup just before Christmas. My dad took me out for a drive on Christmas Eve to cheer me up as I was totally heartbroken. We were driving along the coast road in the North East which was desolate, pitch black. The rain was lashing down and the sea just looked like the end of the world. He put on Frank Sinatra and it was so acutely miserable that it actually became hilarious. I now look back and laugh that it happened."

"The song I'm currently obsessed with...
Fake Love by Blende. He's a London producer and it's an amazing track. There's a villa remix which we're playing a lot on the show. It's sort of become the offical theme for me and my producer Lisa that gets us up and dancing in the studio. It's a good Friday night going out tune."

"The first dance at my wedding...
Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles. My Mum and Dad used to play it a lot when I was little and then my husband and I loved it when we got together. He hates dancing so my brother, who is a music producer, re-edited it and took 40 seconds out so that Graeme wouldn't be embarrassed. In the end, I was the one who was more embarrassed about dancing in a room full of family and friends. It's a George Harrison song and even though Paul is my favourite Beatle, it's a really beautiful record. It was perfect for us."

"My favourite karaoke song is...
You Make Me Feel Mighty Real by Sylvester. I think if you're going to go for it, go hard or go home karaoke wise. I've got a real funky disco side to me but that's mainly for the dancing. The physical performance is a key part of my karaoke, er, show if I can call it that?!"

Lauren Laverne will be getting a sneak peek behind the scenes of BFI London Film Festival, part of the 2012 American Express Preferred Seating programme. Facebook.com/AmericanExpressUK


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