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Hear Toby Hadoke's top ten tunes

Comedian Toby Hadoke reveals a soft spot for 1980s power ballads in the first of our top tens by top Mancunians

Published on February 20th 2009.


Hear Toby Hadoke's top ten tunes

Tell us about yourself

I'm a regular compère of XS Malarkey, and I'm currently on an international tour of my one man show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf (which is also available on a Sony nominated CD). I'm also touring in Totally Looped with Phill Jupitus, Marcus Brigstocke and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

What types of music do you like?

I can pretty much listen to anything, so my tastes are very eclectic. I tend to listen to a lot of the stuff that was about when I was younger, so as a teenager from the 80’s I like The Police, The Specials, Madness, Tracy Chapman and the much missed Kirsty MacColl.

What's the song that means the most to you and why?

Cheesily, at the moment I’d say 'I’ve Had The Time Of My Life' from Dirty Dancing because my fiancée loves it and, as a professional singer, sings it beautifully. She sometimes forces me to join in. The results aren’t quite so beautiful, but we have such fun times together it doesn’t matter.

I also love 'Mr Blue Sky' by ELO – that’ll probably be played at my funeral (it features heavily in an episode of Doctor Who too, which is a bonus).

What are your top ten favourite songs?

  1. Mr Blue Sky by ELO
  2. Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
  3. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O’Connor
  4. Camouflage by Stan Ridgway
  5. All That You Have Is Your Soul by Tracy Chapman
  6. Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones
  7. Livin’ Thing by ELO
  8. Up the Junction by Squeeze
  9. House of Fun by Madness
  10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps by George Harrison

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