Desert Island Discs: Episode 18, featuring Wrap Administration Manager Kathryn Holmes:
When I found out I had been chosen for my own Desert Island Discs my response was ‘Oh No’!
That’s because although I have been thinking about my choices for a few weeks (just in case my name was drawn out of the hat), my taste in music is very varied and I like a little bit of just about everything.
So trying to narrow it down to just eight tracks was tricky. Anyway, I have decided to choose the songs that I like to sing to very loudly (usually in the car so no-one else has to hear!) and these are the songs that I am still happy to listen to over and over again.
Disc One: More Than Words – Extreme
With some songs I have to hear them a few times before I really like them but this one I loved from the first time I heard it.
Disc Two: Jump Around – House of Pain
The late, great Robin Williams dancing on the table in the Mrs Doubtfire film! That was how I first heard this song and with some searching around HMV I found an imported CD single of it before it was all over the UK. I still don’t know all the words, so I just make up the ones I’m not sure of!
Disc Three: Like a Prayer – Madonna
I have liked Madonna’s music for as long as I can remember. True Blue was on one of my first mix tapes that my sister made for me when I was about six or seven-years-old (proper 80’s kid with a mix tape!!).
Disc Four: I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John
The music I like which has been influenced by my mum and dad includes Rock n Roll, Sixties, Queen, Abba, The Beatles, but I have chosen this one as this is the song I sing to in the car if I’m feeling a bit fed up. It sorts it out.
Disc Five: Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi
I have also liked Bon Jovi since I was young and it was between this and Keep the Faith to make it onto the list, but the intro to Bad Medicine is just brilliant.
Disc Six: I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker – Sandi Thom
This is another of those songs which I liked straight away. I have actually given myself a sore throat singing to this, oooops!
Disc Seven: Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio feat. LV
This takes me back to being a teenager. I just love it! My eldest niece and nephew will appreciate this being on the list as we all used to listen to this when we were younger.
Disc Eight: Half the World Away – Oasis
There are quite a few Oasis songs which I would like on the list (Don’t Look Back in Anger was a close second) but this is the song which introduced me to Oasis from hearing it as the theme tune to The Royle Family.
Choice of book: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
My favourite book of all time…….
Chocolate – and lots of it! It’s needed when reading Charlie & The Chocolate Factory…..