As we Cha Cha Slide away from Tony Glanville’s dancefloor centric playlist, things take a decidely guitar heavy lead this week. Jo Waterland, Sales Adminstrator at Sound Leisure, brings her years of jukebox savvy to the table as she plays puppet master with a unique rock line-up of rebel youths, prog aliens and sweet children…
Jo got an early start in the jukebox sector, joining Sound Leisure in 1989 as a wide-eyed 16-year-old. Progressing from office junior in the accounts team, through the Operations Division and even a stint as office receptionist, she has now developed to Sales Administrator for the company.Tapping into her nearly 30 years of experience with the brand, Jo oversees the day-to-day running of the department whilst also selling the company’s amazing Classic Jukeboxes both nationally and internationally. With such an illustrious tenure at Sound Leisure, it’s lucky Jo says she really enjoys her job, well most days anyway!
First song you remember hearing?
It was Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. My dad would play this in our house on a Sunday morning and as a child, it scared me half to death! Da Da Daaaaa.
Song from your teenage years?
The one that sticks in my head is Youth Gone Wild by Skid Row. My brother and I would crank this up in his car and drive around like proper wild youths – those were the days.
First single ever bought?
The first single I used to play was My Sharona by The Knack but the first I ever purchased myself was New Order’s Blue Monday on 12”. I wonder if it’s worth something now?
First album ever bought?
As a youngster growing up in the 80s I remember distinctly going out to buy Master of Puppets by Metallica. I’m glad to say I’ve mellowed a lot since those days.
Song you sing to in the shower?
I may have mellowed but I still enjoy some heavy rock and my track of choice is Feeling Good, the Muse version. I’m known to do my best Matt Bellamy in the shower, much to my other half’s annoyance.
Last song you heard before now?
I can’t stop listening to LCD Soundsystem’s Oh Baby, it’s a real earworm of a track.A snippet of the song was on a trailer for a TV program and I immediately had to hear the whole thing. A great song which is definitely best played loud!