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Listen to John Locke's top ten tunes

The Northern's John Locke tells us what songs make him cry

Published on March 5th 2009.


Listen to John Locke's top ten tunes

Tell us about yourself
I'm co-owner of The Northern pub in Manchester city centre. I'm responsible for all marketing, PR, artist booking, entertainments, DJ booking, and I DJ myself. I also wait tables, clean toilets, empty ashtrays...basically I'm chief cook and bottle washer.

I set up and conceived MoHo Live, and was the former co-ordinator of Manchester Comedy Festival, as well as a former booker and promoter at Band on the Wall. I've DJ'd for Cream, MTV, Homelands and many other clubs and festivals.

I've also written and directed documentaries for TV, and produced, written and performed as a dance music artist in the eighties and nineties.

What types of music do you like?
I like all genres of music.

What's the song that means the most to you and why?
‘Together Again’ by Janet Jackson as we played it at my mother's funeral...still can’t hear it without crying.

What are your top ten favourite songs?

1 'Mercy, Mercy Me' by Marvin Gaye
The finest song from the greatest album ever, What’s Going On.

2 'The Long and Winding Road' by The Beatles
Reminds me of my Mrs, Theresa, and has sent shivers down my spine every time I've heard it since childhood.

3 'The Bottle' by Gil Scot Heron
The God-like-genius’s finest moment...I remixed a cover version of this song for The Christians and have seen Gil Scot live countless times...a genuine giant of political music and one of the first ‘rap artists’ ever.

4 'All Possibilities' by Badly Drawn Boy
The current bard of Manchester songwriters and a fantastic video for this song to boot!

5 'Beyond the Sea' by Bobby Darren
Never get sick of hearing this song. It makes me dream of beaches and beautiful girls whilst drinking champagne outside the Carlton on the beach in Cannes, after DJ’ing at the MTV awards in 2000!

6 'Somewhere' by Tom Waits
The saddest , most haunting cover version ever of the best somg from Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story'...I want this played at my own funeral...this will have 'em blubbing!

7 'Thunder Road' by Bruce Springsteen
The Boss – this song can make me cry on the right day and is wonderfully evocative of the romantic ideal of the open road and hopeless love against the backdrop of the non-existent American dream.

8 'Walk on By' by Dionne Warwick
I have loved this song since I was a kid and any song by Bacharach and David – but this is the bomb by Dionne.

9 'I Say a Little Prayer' by Aretha Franklin
I can play this song anywhere and everyone joins in singing at some point. Quite simply, it's perfection in lyric and melody. She's the best female soul singer ever – fact.

10 'I Get a Kick Out of You' by Frank Sinatra
One of the best lyrics and tunes sung by the greatest ever exponent of popular singing – ‘nuff said.

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