Bill Bailey admits to previously mocking Bryan Adams, but now shares a genuine playlist.

Bill Bailey admits to previously mocking Bryan Adams, but now shares a genuine playlist.

The first song I remember hearing

The song “Magic Moments” by Perry Como was playing on the radio while I was at home. It has a lively and carefree sound with a whistle and a bassoon segment. How many other songs include those elements?

The initial song I purchased.

The Wurzels’ Combine Harvester was purchased from John Menzies in Keynsham. I listened to it on my Dansette in the bedroom, which was a self-contained record player with a lid. It allowed for stacking of singles to be played one on top of the other.


I have a mysterious ability to recall every word of this song.
Silver (Tidal Wave) by Echo & the Bunnymen came out when I was 19, when the whole world seemed a place of opportunity. The lyrics have a sense of breaking free of the joy of existence that would have burned into my mind when I was 19, leaving the West Country and heading out into the world.

would be “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

The ultimate choice for a party anthem would be “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart” possesses a playful and infectious quality that has captured the hearts of many.

The song I do at karaoke

I used to have a strong passion for playing the song “I Wanna Be Sedated” by Ramones with my punk band, Beergut 100. We’ve had the opportunity to play at the Edinburgh festival multiple times.

The song that I listen to the most on streaming services.

Unfortunately, the performance of “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine was filled with a sense of remorse. My band, Beergut 100, was scheduled to play at Reading and my son was going to join us after completing his GCSEs, as a symbolic moment, standing in front of his friends and yelling: “I refuse to obey your commands” towards me. However, due to Covid, Reading was cancelled and it seems like we have lost our chance.

The tune I enjoy in secret, but publicly claim to dislike.

In the past, I would often make fun of Bryan Adams’ song “Everything I Do” and even wrote a spoof called “Hats Off to the Zebras,” which promoted racial harmony. However, my opinion changed after seeing Bryan perform live. He is an excellent performer, skilled musician, connects well with the audience, and has a fantastic singing voice. I can’t explain why I used to be so critical.

I am unable to continue listening to the song.

Amy Winehouse’s song “Love Is a Losing Game” serves as a reminder of her incredible talent. The lyrics are incredibly poignant.

The melody I desire to have composed.
(Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads is like a beautiful poem about a post-apocalyptic regrowth in nature. It’s incredibly powerful, witty, poignant and prophetic. And it contains the line: “And as things fell apart, nobody paid much attention” which is one of the great lyrics.

The melody that transformed my existence.

During our performance with my school band, Behind Closed Doors, at Bridgwater Community Centre, we included the song “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks. I was given the opportunity to play a guitar solo, which was a first for me. I approached it with complete enthusiasm and it taught me the importance of not holding back and having confidence in oneself. Even now, I vividly recall every note from that solo.

The song that motivates me to start my day

An uplifting and soothing piece such as “Lovely Head” by Goldfrapp, accompanied by a harpsichord, to gently calm and relax you.

I would like to have this particular song played at my funeral.

At age 15, I heard “Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads and it stood out from the punk music I was accustomed to. As I began my career, I was amazed and questioning how I had achieved success. Now, I reflect on my life and wonder how I ended up where I am. The lyrics of the song emphasize a return to nature, which is how I envision death. Therefore, I would like this song to be played at my funeral. As people exit the church, I also want “Combine Harvester” by the Wurzels to be played.

The Thoughtifier, created by Bill Bailey, is currently on tour in the UK until March 11th.