Although these days, I have a passion for post-rock and Mike Patton, I think it's fair to say that as I was growing up, my taste in music was fairly theatrical.
The very first album I ever bought was Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (with Jason Donovan, natch). To this day, I can still remember it word for word.
All throughout school and university, I sang soprano in chamber and chapel choirs and as part of an a cappella ensemble. Frankly, it was all a bit Glee.
I even sang tenor in a male voice group (I am female, I just happen to have quite a broad vocal range and I was at an all-boys school at the time - I'll explain another day) where we merrily piped out barbershop tunes such as "My Evaline" and "Old Man Noah".
Sadly, the only time I get to sing these days is at karaoke. Although I did do a tiny set at a company shindig last October, which was a pretty damn cool experience and managed to assuage my rock star aspirations somewhat. I got to belt out an old Sleeper hit called "Shrinkwrapped" and a Kim Deal, Tanya Donelly track called "You and Your Sister".
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you a song which was my absolute favourite when I was ten. Loved it then, love it now.
Liza Minnelli and the Pet Shop Boys perform Stephen Sondheim's "Losing My Mind" from the musical Follies.
With thanks to Marmaduke Dando, a professional singer who reminded me that this tune existed.
My first single was White Lines by Grandmaster Melle Mel. I have no recollection whatsoever what my first album was, though I think it might have been Madonna, the same year.
@Kavey - Tis a corker, innit? Yeah, Madonna is good.
I totally loved PSB with Dusty Springfield-What Have Done to Deserve This.
Yeah, I love that - it's the other reason why I was thinking of the Pet Shop Boys - because they performed What Have Done to Deserve This at Glastonbury and I sang Dusty's part :)
Can't wait to karaoke with you!