In the last Playdium Picks, Dawn Clarke took us back to youth clubs of the 90s with Ice Ice Baby and the Running Man dance. As we kick off 2018, Andrew Jones, owner of Second City Leisure, remembers the sound of The Midlands in the 80’s with 2 Tone Records and ska.
After spending seven years in the army as a regular soldier, as well as 27 years serving with the Territorial Army, Andrew Jones took his first steps into the industry with Otium Leisure Ltd as a way to ensure he spend more time with his newborn son.
Branching off on his own, Andrew launched Second City Leisure where he clocks up a fair bit of mileage supplying amusement equipment across the entire West Midlands area. From fixing and installing machines to sales support and advertising, Andrew’s role and expertise covers a bit of everything for his range of customers looking for a pool table, jukebox or even a used fruit machine.
First song you remember hearing?
Johnny Cash’s You Are My Sunshine. This is the song my late mother used to sing to me as a child and the record has been with me ever since. We even played this song at her funeral so it’s a lifetime song for me.
Song that reminds you of your teenage years?
One of my all time favourites from the youth clubs of Sutton Coldfield was One Step Beyond by Madness. I’ve remained a Madness fan all my life but now my kids look at me like I’m strange when I put this track on!
First single ever bought?
The Vapors song,Turning Japanese. I absolutely love this tune. My Grandma took me to Boots in Northampton and bought this for me as a Christmas present.
First album ever bought?
I remember buying Too Much Too Young by The Specials back in my youth club days when we were all into ska and 2 Tone living in the Midlands.This album still gets a lot of play on my iPod, classic.
Song you sing to in the shower?
With my dulcet tones I daren’t sing in the shower, the wife might leave me!
Song you can no longer stand?
Rihanna’s Umbrella. My children got into this song when it came out but I remember it coming on and my wife and I eventually just saying“No”. This has got to be one of the most annoying songs ever written.
In the last Playdium Picks, Dawn Clarke took us back to youth clubs of the 90s with Ice Ice Baby and the Running Man dance. As we kick off 2018, Andrew Jones, owner of Second City Leisure, remembers the sound of The Midlands in the 80s with 2 Tone Records and ska.
Song that is a guilty pleasure?
Heart of Glass by Blondie. Like most young lads in the 80s Debbie Harry’s poster was on my wall, and even though times have moved on this song still gets listened to a lot.
Song that makes you want to get up and dance?
Rhythm Is a Dancer by Snap. I defy anyone not to get up to this one. I re- member this from the clubbing days in Germany when I was in the army.
Song you want played at your funeral?
Too early to choose, I’m not planning on going yet!
Last song you heard before this moment?
Clean Bandit’s I Miss You. I love Clean Bandit, they’re a cracking group and so was happy to hear this song today.
What was the first song you paid to hear on a jukebox?
Coming full circle to my ska days, Mirror In The Bathroom by The Beat was one of the first songs I ever saw on a CD Jukebox in Sutton Coldfield which only had about 100 songs on it. Nowadays we have bespoke units catering to different customer bases or Playdium with over a million songs, how times have changed!
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