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Top Ten Tunes

Alan Rickman


Special Guest DJ Thespian LEGEND, Alan RICKMAN Star of Bottleshock (Just to show this is in some small way connected to wine.)

Ladies aanndd Gentlemen! Tonight only, direct from Broadway, the utterly unique and completely brilliant Alan Rickman, right here in the Dayglo Disco spinning his discs just for you. And you. And you two in the corner. Yes it's Alan Rickman ... NOW I have your attention. Yes, it's the man who brought you Snape in Harry Potter (if you're under 20), Valmont in the RSC's Dangerous Liaisons (if you are grown up), the bad guy in Die Hard, he IS Colonel Brandon, Truly Madly ... oh alright you've got the picture ... and masses of other luminous performances on stage and screen. He is, like his namesake Chicken Rickman, sexy, charismatic and very scary. And here he is ... RESPECT ... sashaying up to the turntables with a stack o' wax under his immaculately cut armpit -- give it up, if you please, for one of the greatest actors of his and any other generation -- the simply great, the inimitable the fantastic ...Alan RICKMAN!!

These are songs to have grown up with:

  1. I Won't Dance - Fred Astaire

    My hero. Completely disciplined, completely free.

  2. I'm Easy - Keith Carradine

    From Robert Altman's great film, Nashville. The scene has an acting lesson from Lily Tomlin.

  3. Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts - Bob Dylan

    10am. Monday morning. RADA student. Our brilliant teacher, June Kemp, gets us moving.

  4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack

    Just listen.

  5. Desperado - Langley Schools Music Project

    Recorded in a school gym in 1976. The singer is 9 years old.

  6. Dancing in the Street - Martha and The Vandellas

    Just dance.

  7. Real Good For Free - Joni Mitchell

    She says it all, really. No comment required.

  8. Coney Island - Van Morrison

    Nostalgia about everything. Everywhere.

  9. You've Lost That Loving Feeling - The Righteous Brothers

    Last dance at the party. A red light bulb. The dregs of cheap wine.

  10. Imagination - Little Jimmy Scott

    A great jazz singer rediscovered just in time.

Thanks to Alan from taking a few minutes from learning his lines and rehearsing Seminar for Broadway. Fascinating list, and illuminating too. Go see it if you can.

Oh, and when we said inimitable, we were exaggerating. In the Proprietor's experience, AR has one of those voices that actors all over the world absolutely love to imitate. Like Michael Caine and Sean Connery. And Christopher Walken. It's a compliment.

Anyway, we always love any Rickman performance. What's your favourite?

He is the Bee's Knees. Practice your Rickman with that phrase ... mutter through your teeth with eyes half closed and a kind of hypnotic drone “...heeez the beeez neeez." Good.

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