Phil Silver’s Playdium Picks

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After Quentin Stott’s recent championing of new kids in town, The Eagles, it’s time to go a bit more Radio 3 or 4 according to our latest selector. This week industry veteran, Phil Silver, brings a classic edge to Playdium Picks with some classic rock, classic beers and even some classic Hollywood choreography…

Phil has had one foot in the gaming industry since his early days working at Battersea Funfair, while the other has always been firmly planted in compliance.Throughout his career there has always been a key focus on people, from his time in the Merchant Navy and Scotland Yard, to his three decades as Head of Compliance for bacta leading the association to become the first gaming industry body to work in partnership with GamCare. Phil has also made invaluable contributions as a Trustee of the Gordon Moody Association helping develop the industry into one which upholds the highest standards of social responsibility.

First song you remember hearing?

Well the first was Sh-Boom by The Crew Cuts, but only the tune. The first track I truly remember was Lonnie Donegan’s The Battle of New Orleans. My friends and I used to perform it in our makeshift Skiffle group on the estate in Roehampton – I was a dab hand at the washboard!

Song from your teenage years?

A song which is so strong in my mind from that age was It’s All Over Now by The Rolling Stones as it was played incessantly while I worked the dodgems at Battersea Funfair. As a rebellious teenager, their music was so different to everything else.

First single ever bought?

Why by Antony Newley. I bought it for my first crush but it didn’t turn out as a particularly good investment, and she never even gave it back!

First album ever bought?

Help! by the Beatles. I bought it in Birkenhead before joining my first merchant navy ship and only had this one record on a six-month voyage.

Song you sing to in the shower?

I sometimes bellow out the tune Singin’ In The Rain by Gene Kelly which is an appropriate choice don’t you think? I don’t do the dance moves though, so no kicking up the tiles or swinging on the curtain pole.

Song you can no longer stand?

Anything by Cliff Richard. There’s no doubt about this one, I don’t know what it is about his music but it’s a no from me – I won’t even go to Wimbledon if rain threatens now.

Song that is a guilty pleasure?

I feel so guilty that this record is for my ears only. My rendering of Handel’s Ye Men of Gaza Hither Bring was recorded live when I was Head Choirboy at St Margarets, Westminster, and I still have the 78 vinyl.

Song that makes you want to dance?

In the past Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles always got me up but now it’s more likely to be Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, more popularly known as The Funeral March!

Song you want played at your funeral?

Well rather than Chopin I’ll go for Stayin’Alive by The Bee Gees.You never know, there might be an afterlife so I might just need to stay alive.

Last song you heard before now?

I’m currently in London getting my trike kitted out for the next bacta Bikers trip and on the M25 I had God Is A Woman by Ariana Grande blaring out.Who knows, maybe this can become the group’s new theme?

First song you played on a jukebox?

American Pie by Don McLean. I recall being in the Crabtree public house near my home in Fulham listening to this record whilst supping a Double Diamond light and bitter or a bottle of Worthington Green Shield. Ah nostalgia. It isn’t what it used to be!

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