Channelling the rebellious side of Gabi Stergides’ previous musical journey, this week Mike Clokie, Managing Director at E-Service, brings a punk rock sensibility to Playdium Picks as he blurs the musical lines between bubblegum pop, new wave art-rock, post-punk and… Barry Manilow?
Mike has been a part of the industry for over 30 years, starting out with a cashless vending company and later working on a joint venture by Powerhouse and Eurocoin with Nick and Colin Veitch during the early 90s, a relationship which would play a key part in his later career. A self-confessed “qualified electronic engineer with a passion for business”, Mike wanted a change after working in Eastern Europe with Deith and Sega, and so co-founded, E-Service, the UK’s first dedicated independent spares, service and after-sales support company with his“business angels”
– the Veitch brothers. The company has gone from strength-to-strength growing from a four person outfit to now employing over 40 people.
First song you remember hearing?
That’s a difficult one but I think it would be Tony Orlando and Dawn’s Knock Three Times. My mum loved that song and would turn it up whenever it was on the radio. However, it could also have been Mary Hopkin’s Those Were The Days – you’ve got me thinking now.
Song that reminds you of your teenage years?
Hey Mickey by Toni Basil. I had a mad crush on her and I can’t believe she was 40 when it was released, she certainly helped me through my formative years.
First single ever bought?
It was Ian Dury & The Blockheads’ Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick in the late 70s, I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing or seeing.
First album ever bought?
I’ve always favoured the raw sound of punk so it’s no surprise Give ‘Em Enough Rope by The Clash was my first album and never off the record player. I love late 70s and early 80s punk and I’m drawn to modern day post-punk revival bands like Bloc Party, Green Day and Blink 182 too.
Song that makes you want to dance?
Well I don’t want to court controversy but, I’d have to choose Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke feat. T.I and Pharrell. You’ve just got to get up and dance to it!
What song do you sing in the shower?
I consider myself a bit of a crooner and I’m a karaoke nut so it’s got to be Sinatra’s Fly MeToThe Moon. Who can resist a bit of Ol’ Blue Eyes?
Song you can no longer stand?
Europe’s The Final Countdown. It really is the final count down and the most repetitive, irritating song ever.
Last song you heard before now?
James Bay’s Pink Lemonade. It’s a very catchy little tune.
Song you want at your funeral?
I’d have Firestarter by The Prodigy playing and every copy of Europe’s The Final Countdown placed on the coffin to be incinerated with me.
Song that is a guilty pleasure?
This is our little secret right? Mine is Copacabana by Barry Manilow – “His name was Rico, he wore a diamond….”
First song you paid for on a jukebox?
I remember this well, it was Wordy Rappinghood by Tom Tom Club
on the day of Charles and Diana’s wedding in a pub with my dad near Prinknash Abbey. As it was 1981 I promise it was just a coke and crisps for me.
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