Following Mike Clokie’s musical pilgrimage across genres, this week Tony Boulton, Managing Director of Project, raises the stakes with a mega pot of stone cold classics from Guinness World Record breaking prog rock to female empowerment disco anthems
Tony Boulton, who launched Project alongside co-founder Ramon de Beneducci, is one of the most respected personalities in the industry and an important contributor to both Bacta and the Gambling Business Group. Tony started out converting Bally slot machines in the 70s before moving onto manufacturing for the UK market. The 80s saw Project create, Seven Heaven, one of the all time best selling machines in the domestic industry. The company has established a reputation for its independent thinking, a mindset that’s manifest in its portfolio of gaming products which consistently embrace the technologies of the day. Regarded as the industry’s poker game specialists, Project is active across B3, Category C and in specific export markets.
First song you remember hearing?
I remember as children we would sneak off to the funfair and they would always be playing Mungo Jerry’s In The Summer Time which would get stuck in our heads.
Song that reminds you of your teenage years?
Maggie May by Rod Stewart. My teenage years were in the middle of the Top of the Pops era and Rod Stewart and The Faces were on there being a bit wild, I’ve been a fan ever since!
First single ever bought?
I was just going into secondary school when I got interested in the charts and new music.There was only one chart back then so I spent my pocket money on a 45 of Ride A White Swan by T.Rex at Woolworths.
First album ever bought?
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. It’s an amazing mix of tracks and I was overwhelmed as this as my first foray out of pop and hearing something break new ground.
Song that makes you want to dance?
Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. I’m not a great dancer but this song never fails to get me and everyone else dancing.
What song do you sing in the shower?
I’d have to choose The River by Bruce Springsteen. He’s a great artist who gives it everything live and everytime I’ve seen him this is song where everyone really sings along.
Song you can no longer stand?
I used to really like Life Is A Rollercoaster by Ronan Keating when it came out. However, I heard it a month ago on the radio, and wondered how I ever enjoyed it!
Last song you heard before now?
The Way You Look Tonight by Elton John was just on the radio. I’m an Elton John fan and this is a lovely song so I’m happy to have it on my list.
Song you want at your funeral?
I’d never really considered what I’d have at my funeral but I love Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John and George Michael.
Song that is a guilty pleasure?
I recently saw Gloria Gaynor at an all day benefit gig and realised I Will Survive is my guilty pleasure. It’s typically a girl’s song but if I’m owning up to it, I think it’s a great anthem and so much fun too.
First song you paid for on a jukebox?
I was legally in a pub as I turned 18 and having been a big Rod Stewart fan in my teens I remember choosing his cover of The First Cut Is The Deepest. It’s a great song but I’m sure everyone in the pub was probably wondering who put such a sad song on in the pub on a Friday night!
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