Following on from Paul Valente’s school of rock, this week sees Tony Garlick, Business Manager at Sound Leisure, span decades with his perfect playlist. Ranging from the swinging sixties through to now, Tony’s love of music shines through in his list of all-time classics, era defining pioneers and nifty sax solos…
Music and the amusement industry have defined Tony’s life since childhood, from his early days at Gainesmead Group working on fruit machines with the man who interviewed and set him on his path, Alan Black, through to now. At Gainesmead, Tony saw in the advent of chromatic lighting boxes designed by Alan. Both then rubbed elbows with popstars
in the 70s as the company became MAM Records, MAM Inn Play and then Chrysalis Music. As the sector grew, Tony built on his engineering background and love of music joining Alan, who had set up Sound Leisure, delivering passion for the nuts and bolts inside jukeboxes and the heart and soul which comes out of them!
First song you remember hearing?
My best friend and I would sweep up the offcuts from the factory floor of his father’s dress manufacturers. I remember spending a lot of time there and hearing Gary U.S Bonds’ New Orleans – “I said hey, hey, hey yeah!”
Song from your teenage years?
I started helping out on rides and stalls at a fairground in my teens and fell in love with the industry and music at the same time. At those fairs they used to play Runaway by Del Shannon all the time. I was always amazed at how the record didn’t jump with all the bumps of The Waltzer but they used to balance the turntable on slingshot rubberbands so the needle didn’t jump. Ingenious!
First single ever bought?
The Dovells ’You Can’t Sit Down. I bought it on Cameo Parkway but you couldn’t get it in England so I ended up waiting six weeks for it to arrive.
First album ever bought?
I remember going out to buy Roxy Music by Roxy Music, you just knew when they came on the scene it was the start of a new era! Virginia Plain. Ferry and Eno.Whoosh!!!!.
Song that is a guilty pleasure?
Mink DeVille’s Spanish Stroll.This song was the first punky style song in the US and with that intro, the riff and everything it’s great! One of the best parts of my job back then was always having records sent to us, for a music lover like me it was heaven!
Song that makes you want to dance?
Disco 2000 by Pulp. Like Roxy Music, this was the start of another new era
Last song you heard before now?
Al Green’s How Can You Mend A Broken Heart. I play this so often just because I want to and I’m lucky enough to have it on a custom Sound Leisure CD Micro juke at home.
Song you sing to in the shower?
Whether humming or singing, it’s always Junior Walker & the All Stars’ hit, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You). I really nail it on the sax solo.
Song which you can no longer stand?
I Will Always Love You by anybody, it was just overplayed. Dolly herself said it best when asked about Whitney Houston’s version, “It’s wonderful every time my bank mentions it.”
Song you want played at your funeral?
There are so many I could choose from a lifetime of loving music but Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys just sums it all up.When John Lennon said Pet Sounds was ‘the greatest ever made’, he wasn’t lying.
First song you paid for on a jukebox?
Having worked with jukeboxes most of my adult life I never really paid for songs. However mending jukeboxes all those years ago I remember the first Seeberg LPC machine we worked on and it came with one test record which we must have played hundreds of times, Green Onions by Booker T. & the M.G.’s.What a classic!
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