Following on from a trip to the swinging 60s with Norman Leftly, Kate Chambers, Managing Director at Clarion Gaming, picks up the Playdium Picks baton to take us through the cool as ICE glam of 1970s Britain, the ch-ch-changing faces of Bowie and which songs get her Tiger Feet tapping in 2018.
In her capacity as Managing Director of Clarion Gaming, Kate Chambers is responsible for many of the international industry’s most influential exhibitions and conferences. ICE London, which grew out of the much loved ATEI brand, continues to raise the bar with the 2018 edition occupying a record 43,500sq m of net space across 36 of the 44 halls at the ExCeL Centre. So what are the musical choices of one of the industry’s leading female voices?
First song you remember hearing?
Cat Stevens’ song Can’t Keep It In. My parents were big Cat Stevens fans in the 70s so I grew up listening to his songs and this one has stuck by me all this time and sums up the way I was brought up – to have a joy for life and a ‘just do it’ mentality.
Song that reminds you of your teenage years?
Tiger Feet by Mud, a song I loved which made my feet itchy to dance and still does. I grew up in the 70s so glam rock and K-Tel records’ compilation records were all I wanted and even now hearing MUD, The Bay City Rollers, etc. takes me back to parties and dancing around with friends in my parents living room.
First single ever bought?
I can’t really remember but my guess is it was a David Bowie single, probably Golden Years. Hours spent listening to David Bowie is the soundtrack of my youth, along with, bizarrely, Bat out of Hell – I know all the words to that album!
First album ever bought?
It was the soundtrack to the film Grease. Enough said.
What song do you sing in the shower?
Probably something by Queen – either I Want To Break Free or Fat Bottomed Girls – or Changes by David Bowie. Ch-ch-ch Changes… Such a great song, I love it!!
Song that makes you want to dance?
I’d have to choose The Promise by Girls Aloud – such a great song and puts me in a really good mood every time I hear it.
Song you can no longer stand?
I have never liked Careless Whisper by George Michael, I prefer his upbeat songs and later albums.
Song that is a guilty pleasure?
8 Mile by Eminem. I’m not really into hip hop but I do enjoy Eminem is and I even own several of his albums. He’s playing at Twickenham this summer and I’m lucky enough to have tickets.
Song you want at your funeral?
Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler. Although I want my funeral to be a celebration, there’s no harm in a few tears either.
Last song you heard before now?
It’s a track called This Is What You Came For. by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna. I like to do a random search on Spotify and this came up this morning so I listened on my way to work. I enjoyed it.
First song you paid for on a jukebox?
American Pie by Don McLean. Every week at College the jukebox man came and changed all the records apart from the top 10 most played. American Pie was always the most played so we kept it on the juke for a year. This was the first one I paid to play and probably spent most of my grant money on!
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