Aneurin Barnard, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome back to the Dayglo, and tonight we are pleased to announce the all-you-can-eat buffet is as fresh as you like -- the Health Dept threw out last week's -- so tuck in. In addition, Dave, our short order cook, did a runner to Marbella, so we won't be having a repeat of the prawn disaster of last month, with any luck, enough said. So! Tonight our DJ is a startling new talent -- oy, we'll have none of that screaming from you girls down the front thank you very much -- an arresting new talent from Wales, that fount of incredible actors, a man you'll be seeing a great deal more of in the years to come, a lovely fellow to boot as well as a fantastic thesp...someone the Prop loved working with on Mariah Mundi (out in a cinema near to you some time next year we assume) ...we thought he was fantastic in We'll Take Manhattan, playing the young David Bailey (bringing to mind not entirely coincidentally the young David Hemmings in Blow Up) ...he took London by storm in Spring Awakening, and drove most of the female population of Britain wild in Hunky Dory ... and so on. Here he is, flown directly First Class on Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (even if your seat doesn't work, there's complimentary champagne all the way: it's not exactly free, but we always say something nice about you when we pour!), all the way from the Valleys, a man who can actually sing, and sing beautifully -- well he's Welsh, he would, wouldn't he? - an excellent new bona fide star from Britain, a cracking bloke ... bring him up to the stage, the completely charming, the ridiculously handsome, the outrageously gifted ...MR....ANEURIN BARNARD!!!
Ok so here we have the list of 10 songs that I have picked. There were soooo many that I would have loved to have put on this list.t
Such as :
Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Kings of Leon, Gotye, Incubus, Tempar Trap, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Scott Matthews, Jeff Buckley, Stevie Wonder, Mumford and Sons, Elbow, various soundtracks to movies... And so many more
But had to draw the line somewhere, so here are the ones that I have chosen.
I am a huge Beatles fan so took great difficulty in trying to figure out from many which Beatles song was one of my favourites. I have chosen this song because I think it's them writing musically and lyrically to their most talented standard... There are many ot their songs that do this .. But for me when I hear this song it always make me marvel at their talent!
Basically every time my grandmother has had too many glasses of vodka and orange juice, she ends up singing this song to me. This song is very close to my grandmothers heart (and now mine) as it was her and my grandfathers song. So it always reminds me of the love they had for one another and how two people can live their lives together, and always through thick and thin and find complete happiness, joy and excitement within one another! Simply Beautiful.
Now then...i picked this song as when I was a kid/teenager, I use to go to a boys and girls club. Which was kinda like a youth centre where you could go play indoor football, play pool, snooker, darts and several other games. And always Stereophonics where playing on the tape player every time I was there. So when I hear this song it takes me straight back to this youth club deep within the welsh Valley where I grew up!
Again a band that I love all their songs so was near impossible to pick one from many that I loved by them! But this one seems right, as it was basically played through my teenage years with me and most of my friends.
This may seem like an odd choice, but I shall explain. When I was a kid my father had an organ and old Lesley speaker in my living room at home. So now and then on the weekends my father would jam out a few tunes on it.. including Telstar. At this point I did not know that this song was written to evoke the dawn of space age, complete with sound effects that were meant to sound "space-like". As this song was named after the AT&T Communications satellite Telstar which was launched into Orbit in July 1962. But after all that rambling, I simply was amazed by listening to my father create this amazing sound from the mahogany table like instrument!
This band to me is one of the greatest modern sounding bands, who have merged old sounds with new to the most incredible musical stature! All their albums and songs are unique and faultless. I picked this song as I can listen to it at any time of the day or night, any kind of mood - happy or sad -and really enjoy it! Also I heard it life and it was a momentous moment of live music at its best!
This song reminds me of when I was just finishing A-levels, upper school, college and whatever else you may call it, as I used to listen to this song whilst driving to the beach after picking up an ex girlfriend or friends to go chill in the sun!
Whilst I'm away filming most of the time, and now I live in London , my family home is still in Wales where I grew up, and so are most of my family. So this song, no matter where I am, makes me think of them and home and instantly makes me home sick, resulting in me in that split second, picking up my phone and calling my mother, father and sister to tell them I'm missing them and thinking of them no matter where I may be!
Haa! Again I have to explain this choice. I loved and still do love the classic 80's movies. This song was the theme tune for the movie Highlander. I remember that movie as a kid so vividly and then onto Willow, Dark Crystal, The Labyrinth, Neverending Story and others of that era. So this song pays homage not just to Queen and the late very great Freddie Mercury, but also all those classic 80's genres movies!
Now finally I have a song that has a story to it that only came back to me whilst trying to figure out this list...
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