Jon Ron­son

Broad­caster, The Psy­chopath Test au­thor, guy we’d all like to hang out with


THE FIRST Song I Can re­mem­ber Hear­ing david BOWIE

Life On Mars?

“My Aun­tie Mavis used to pho­to­graph peo­ple like The Rolling Stones.

She’d send records from Lon­don and this one was prob­a­bly the first

I re­ally re­mem­ber.”

THE Song THAT Changed my life Tom WAITS


“This came to me when I was first imag­in­ing a life out­side of Cardiff, so I’d of­ten get into things that of­fered me in­sights to things far away. I’d never heard any­thing like it.”

THE Song THAT I Can’t GET out of my Head Stor­mzy

Shut Up

“My son gets me into a lot of mu­sic, but this just snaked into my head. I f**king love it. Stor­mzy is a na­tional trea­sure.”



Cardiff, 1979

“I pre­tended to faint so I could stand back­stage and I got to watch them from the wings. I got lifted over the bar­rier, and [singer] Terry Hall asked if I was OK. I just asked if he was in The Spe­cials!”

THE Song I Can’t LIS­TEN To any­more Span­dau bal­let


“When I reached 13, 14, new-ro­man­tic bands like Du­ran Du­ran, Span­dau Bal­let and ABC be­came all the rage, and I just hated it all. It was just lounge mu­sic to me. But the good thing is that it helped me dis­cover Tom Waits, The Bea­tles – much bet­ter mu­sic.”

THE FIRST record I Ever bought SQUEEZE

Cool For Cats

“I got re­ally into punk when I was about 10, and I saved up my pocket money and went to Dis­tiller Records in Cardiff and got this one on beau­ti­ful pink vinyl.”


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