Vinnie Jones, Footballer, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! We regret to inform you that the Dayglo is off limits this week pending discussions with The Authorities who slapped various notices us this week -- certain safety issues relating to the disco dance floor, if you must know. We will keep you posted. In the meantime we sent the M.C. (the Prop), with time on his hands out on the road, in search of the next Top 10 contender. Didn't take him long to run down the living vivid legend ...Football Luminary, Hard Man, Really Nice Guy and Movie Star ... The one and only ... MR VINNIE JONES!!!
Vinnie Jones' Top 10 as told to the Prop on the set of The Tomb:
I would've been 8 or 9 years old. My Mum and Dad were big followers of Country and Western music. I'd put on the cassette when I was going to bed (we didn't have TV in the bedroom in them days,) and I was listening to it one night when I fell asleep. Woke up the next morning and I knew all the words. Amazing. To this day, 30 or 40 years later, I sing it to me Mum ; she'll say, “Go on Vinnie, sing Rodeo Cowboy.”
She remarried when I was 18, I gave her away, and I still sing it to her husband, 30 years on (laughs) -- “She won't go home with you, cowboy,” and he says, “We'll see about that.”
They're still together, very happy.
My Mum used to work in a hospital, and when we were on holidays, they had a sort of a recreation area for the kids. They had an old fashioned record player there, and only one record -- Hound Dog -- and we played it over and over again. That's when I fell in love with Elvis: I grew up thinking I was Elvis!
My wife loves Elvis, there isn't a film or a book on Elvis she hasn't read or seen. She's been to Graceland four times -- I've been only once.
I had a job when I was 18 and I'd listen to all sorts -- Jan and Dean, The Beach Boys... Monotonous: mowing up and down the rows, keeping them straight -- and I'd listen to them on the headphones...yeah, the Walkman. Then I discovered, out of the blue, this song -- Green Onions -- and I played it for days. There's a great part in it ... they're playing their instruments, and they all go "Ayeah" - it made it, you know ... human for me. It's my "wait for moment" in the tune.
I was working in the day, and training (for football) in the evening. I turned pro after that. Two years later we won the FA CUP.
Priceless moments -- we were at Elton John's, his party, at St Tropez -- all sorts there -- at my table Roger Moore, Shirley Bassey and so on....
Anyway much later, Elton had gone, and we sat by the pool. Ronnie Wood's a mate of mine, it's four in the morning, and he breaks off the neck of a Heineken bottle and starts playing bottleneck guitar. We sang Honky Tonk Woman. Richard E. Grant was doing laps in the pool.
Elton and I have a connection -- I played schoolboy football for Watford F.C.. He was Chairman at Watford F.C.
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