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We asked comedy actor Kevin Eldon to do us a traditional LTW Top Ten – “Ten Songs That mean a lot to you or pick his own ‘theme’ for the a Desert Island Discs style ‘playlist’…”  and here is what the star of It’s Kevin, Big Train, Game of Thrones and loads of other great comedy came up with:

The theme is ‘2016 What’s going on here exactly?’ …

It’s been a funny old year. Is funny the right word? Or grim? Eukleave, Tories off the leash, Labour eating itself, Terror, Trump, X Factor. Ooo. I’d better not go on or I’ll be shuffling into the shower with a bottle of tequila . Actually. No. That’s not the solution. When the chips are down make a ruddy good sandwich, put on some good tunes and have a little dance. It’s the very least you can do.

1. On the Turning Away – Pink Floyd

When punk came along the likes of The Floyd were sternly tutted at. They and anything vaguely long haired or beardy were consigned to the dustbin of three minute lead breaks. Silly development that but it had its reasons I suppose. But you weren’t ALLOWED to listen to anything that wasn’t on the new ‘year zero’ list. I kind of went along with that nonsense too. I’m a bit dozy like that. Actually though I can confess now I was sneaking off every now and then and secretly buying Dean Friedman singles. Ha! The eighties was my psychedelic decade. It was then I discovered what I’d been missing with regards to Pink Floyd. And it was a lot.

2. The Darkest Place I Know – Leisure Society

These excellent folk make a decidedly super sound. Listen to the lyrics of this one and think of Eukeleave. The album which this is from, Sleeper, is beautiful. They asked me to be in a video for one of their songs once and I said yes and then had to pull out last minute. What a flakey twat! Sorry guys! I love you, not least because you are a great band.

3. We are Normal – Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

Look out. The Normals are taking over. The Bonzos are ace. I can quote swathes of stuff from their songs if you’re unlucky. There was never a sharper, more effortlessly funny man than Viv Stanshall even when he was off his trolley, which was often, and with the redoubtable Neil Innes and the rest of the gang in the ring with him, well, it was always going to produce JOY.

4. Liar –  Sex Pistols

Lying is the new telling the truth isn’t it. They’re all doing it. Yes, even them! 40 years on and the contempt and fury burns as brightly as it did in the beige years.


5.  Gimme Some Truth – John Lennon

And linking to that is John Ono’s howl of rage from 1971. He’s still channeling all the Nasty the primal scream therapy had dredged up a couple of years before and it’s thrillingly raw. Bit like being jabbed repeatedly in the ribs.

Kevin Eldon top 10 songs part 2 (numbers 6 to 10 is here)

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


  1. Ooh thank you for that. Kevin is a national treasure. And his love for the Bonzos only makes him more precious

  2. Very eclectic mixture Kevin! Where were Derek & Clive? Oh those curry and alcohol fuelled nights (into mornings) still love you man!! Big nose Palmer xxx


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