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Trevor Johnson's Top Ten tunes

Trevor Johnson tells us his current top ten favourites

Published on April 2nd 2009.


Trevor Johnson's Top Ten tunes

Name: Trevor Johnson

Home Town: Salford, epicentre of the Universe. I now live in Hale, Cheshire

Job Title: Creative Director

What do you do?:
Visual communication

What types of music do you like?:
I can accommodate most types of music, from every era and every genre, except 70s ‘progressive’ rock of course. Sound has a profound effect on the formulation of your cultural identification but to me the most meaningful songs tend to be the ones which define a unique personal experience, and so depending on the circumstances, the songs which become most memorable do so because of the moment as much as the music.

I am unashamedly, totally biased towards all local musical heroes but especially Salford bands, and so I like all songs - and there are hundreds - by all Manc bands old and new equally, except James of course. I think Elbow have something special going on at the moment, and I love watching the Ting Tings. My current favourite local bands are The Would Be Emperors and The Black Marquee.

What is the song that means the most to you and why?:
Dirty Old Town - Ewan MacColl. Written in 1949, such a beautiful gift to the commonest people. It touches my soul. I feel my ancestors stir to join me every time I hear this rousing anthem.

(The Pogues also covered this song nearly 40 years later, and it was Ewan MacColls daughter, Kirsty, who sang vocals on Fairytale of New York with The Pogues.)

What are your top ten songs ever?:
You can get nostalgic about all periods of your life and its easier to select 10 songs from 1 artist, era, club or a particular genre, however this is my current all time top 10 songs ever

1 Lookin For Another Pure Love - Stevie Wonder. I was raised on Motown Chartbusters (volumes 3 - 7) where little Stevie Wonder was a giant among superstars. And then he got even better. This could be any one of ten brilliant songs from Talking Book, the greatest album ever made.

2 Glory, Glory Man Utd - K Stand’s Barmy Army. I never, ever tire of hearing this magnificent refrain. It means we have won something significant again… and is the sound of my ringtone.

3 My Sweet Lord - George Harrison. This was the first 45rpm single I ever bought, because it had a picture cover. The visual impact of this on me at the time was to become eventful. It was only recently I discovered that this song was No1 in the pop charts on the day my wife was born.

4 Anarchy in the UK - Sex Pistols. As an impressionable youth, the first time I heard this was like being electrocuted and run over by an express train at the same time. The effect of the impact of this sound on me has fortunately never diminished with time.

5 ELVIS (Presley), the reason music was invented. Any song really. Oh alright- One Night..., or The Wonder of You. Or…

6 Crying Laughing Loving Lying - Labi Siffre. This defines the most beautiful moments of my formulative years and elicits only the happiest memories.

7 From a Jack to a King - Ned Miller. I love pub songs and lyrics. This is my Salford childhood, my dad and drunken uncles, and the smell of the dust and electric charge from the record player.

8 There is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths. I was fortunate to be working in Manchester in the 1980s designing record sleeves and promotion for lots of Manchester bands and DJs. Thoroughout the Factory, Hacienda and Madchester period I recall the Queen is Dead album by The Smiths being played in my studio day and night more than any other. This is the epitome of glorious Manc maverick musical genius.

9 Dome Epais Le Jasmin (Lakmé) - Joan Sutherland & Jane Berbie. I really enjoy some opera, and ballet- which to me is just like watching football, only with two half times. We tend to associate classical with TV - Nessun Dorma by Puccini for instance captured the spirit of a culture beautifully and memorably at Italia 90. This is the enchanting Flower Duet from Lakmé by Delibes, first performed in Paris in 1883.

10 Won’t Get Fooled Again - The Who. The finest song by the greatest band ever. Invented pop music and stadium rock. I saw them perform this live and trash the stage at Manchester Odeon Cinema in 1971.

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Carraghers bit on the sideApril 2nd 2009.

''Hes half a boyHe's half a girlTorres Torres''In at number 11.

YETI!April 2nd 2009.

Trevor Johnson. Legend!

AnonymousApril 2nd 2009.

Love dirty old town - I'd put it in my top ten.

JinkiesApril 2nd 2009.

I love this column, what a great idea!

AnonymousApril 2nd 2009.

I shall be playing #2, "Glory, Glory Man Utd" constantly, on loop, come May for the benefit of my LFC-loving housemate.

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