As we follow this year’s EAG and Marc Bird’s crusade through Coventry, Madchester and Las Vegas music, this week Lee Willows, Founder and CEO
of YGAM, prepares for ICE London with a cool collection of classics… plus Paul McCartney’s frog song. Bringing together a love of 80s new wave, rave culture and even modern day musicals, this list is definitely one for the glow stick massive.
Lee Willows is founder and CEO of the highly respected YGAM (Young Gamblers Education Trust) charity, an organisation that works in partnership with the industry to inform, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling. Prior to founding YGAM Lee held senior leadership positions with a range of organisations including Trailblazers and Princess Trust.
First song you remember hearing?
Has to be Marc Bolan & T.Rex – Hot Love. My parents were great fans
and I remember this blazing through the house as I was growing up.That was in the days of vinyl and we have 1000s of records gathering dust in the loft, writing this has triggered my mind to sort them out.
Song from your teenage years?
I was a child of the 80s and was one of those kids who took great pride in collecting the Now That’s What I Call Music LPs growing up. I used to love classics like Bowie, Prince,Tears for Fears, Human League, Duran Duran and all the way through to rave, but more on that later!
First single ever bought?
Dare I say this, it was Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus’ We All Stand Together, which I remember playing on my first record player. The song was from the Rupert the Bear cartoon in the 80s, I really was rock and roll growing up.
Song that is a guilty pleasure?
I’m going to go with the 1983 hit High Energy by Evelyn Thomas which started off the HI-NRG genre. A classic slice of disco or what?
Song that makes you want to dance?
I’m going to get my glow sticks out now. It has to be The Prodigy, Utah Saints, Scooter, Orbital,Technotronic, or any of these classic tracks which bring back memories of happy times when I used to organise raves.
Song which you can no longer stand?
I’ve never really been an R&B fan and I used to head for the bar in my clubbing days whenever any of it came on. Not much has changed, still don’t care for it but now I just head for the kettle and make a cup of tea.
Song you sing to in the shower?
I am terrible at singing, so luckily for your sakes, you’d never enjoy the pleasure of listening to me.
Song you want played at your funeral?
It has to be David Bowie’s Space Oddity. I find the universe fascinating and hope I am around when we find life on another planet or reach our neighbours in Alpha Centauri. Ground Control to Major Tom…
Last song you heard before now?
I was literally just listening to From Now On which is from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. I love that film and its story line plus working with BACTA members I know a few real life showmen now too – bonus!
First song you paid for on a jukebox?
Being the son of coal miner, my dad would take me down the Welfare and I used to love listening to (and watching) Auf Wiedersehen Pet.A classic TV show and the theme song, That’s Living Alright by Joe Fagin was always on the jukebox.
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