After a sweeping selection of sixties songs from Tony Garlick, we pass the mic to Kevin Astley, Technical Director at Bob Rudd, who wants to break free with a kind of magic assortment of hits. So grab your bicycle and find somebody to love as these choices prepare to send shivers down your spine and do the fandango…
Kevin has been a part of the industry for some 35 years now, starting out as a workshop engineer at Associated Leisure then progressing through the ranks to become workshop technician, service engineer and then later as service supervisor working on everything from pool tables, fruit machines and of course, juke boxes. In 2004 he moved jobs taking charge of the day to day running across Bob Rudd’s six depot service departments across the North and Midlands. In addition to delivering service expertise across servicing, Kevin brings his passion for innovative methodology and analysis to developing Bob Rudd’s portfolio working closely with clients.
First song you remember hearing?
Queen’s song Killer Queen. My parents were big Queen fans so from an early age I learnt how to stomp and clap along to stadium rock music. Since then I’ve seen them on tour and at Live Aid and they’re a phenomenal band.
Song from your teenage years?
It was Matthew Wilder’s (Ain’t Nothing Gonna) Break My Stride. I didn’t actually like the song but the girl I was chasing at the time loved it so I went out and bought it for her and remember hearing it a lot back then.
First single ever bought?
Some might say this one’s a bit embarrassing but it was YMCA by Village People. It had nothing to do with the band or dance, I just thought it was a really catchy song.
First album ever bought?
The Works by Queen. I’d only really bought singles up until this point but then distinctly remember seeing the music video for Radio Ga Ga one afternoon and I rushed out to get this.
Song that is a guilty pleasure?
I actually quite like MIKA’s Grace Kelly. It’s a catchy tune with really good lyrics and some of his stuff reminds me of Queen too.
Last song you heard before now?
I’m mainly listening to talkSPORT but the last song I heard was myself and a colleague singing I Got You Babe quite badly at our Christmas party. Usually it would be fine because I wouldn’t have to hear it but someone put it on Facebook, I think I’ll go back to talkSPORT again now!
Song you sing to in the shower?
I’m actually partial to a bit of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. I prefer doing it in the bath so I’m underwater and won’t hear myself as much.
Song that makes you want to dance?
Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69 .Well this isn’t so much about getting up to dance, rather what makes me slide round the kitchen floor playing an air guitar to old classics like this.
Song which you can no longer stand?
(Ain’t Nothing Gonna) Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder because even after I went out and bought the bloody song, I still got dumped!
Song you want played at your funeral?
You’ve stumped me, this is genuinely something I’ve never thought about. Hopefully I won’t have to think about it properly for a while but if I had to pick one now, it would be Queen’s Who Wants To Live Forever.
First song you paid for on a jukebox?
Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy. I remember selecting quite a few times in my old local the Washington Arms in Washington Village.This is going back to the days of vinyl jukeboxes and this track was one of the only records which wasn’t scratched or labelled incorrectly in the pub, so it got quite a few plays in the end.
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