Romesh Ran­ganathan

Stand-up co­me­dian and up­stand­ing gent

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THE FIRST GIG I WENT To SALT-N-PEPA

Craw­ley Leisure Cen­tre “It was re­ally good. I don’t re­mem­ber any other gigs hap­pen­ing at Craw­ley Leisure Cen­tre; it has been knocked down now, sadly. I don’t know why they did it there – there was a the­atre up the road but they played in the Leisure Cen­tre. They did ‘Push It’ and I re­mem­ber think­ing that was a re­ally rude song. I re­mem­ber Salt singing, “Put your hands on your head… but not that head!” and ev­ery­one laugh­ing.”

THE SONG THAT CHANGED My LIFE ARC­TIC MON­KEYS

Bri­anstorm

“When I started do­ing stand-up, I had a reg­u­lar gig and that was the song that they used to play be­fore they’d put you on. That was around when I started to get paid for stand-up and when I was able to leave teach­ing. When­ever I hear that song, it al­ways re­minds me of when I re­alised, ‘Oh s**t, I can ac­tu­ally make it as a comic.’”

THE FIRST SONG I RE­MEM­BER HEAR­ING BONEY M

Brown Girl In The Ring “It’s a re­ally s**t song. My rec­ol­lec­tion of my mum and dad’s par­ties is that they’d in­vite loads of Sri Lankan peo­ple over and they’d al­ways play it. They’d start off with disco and pass around beers all the time and play songs like that.”

THE SONG THAT MADE ME WANT To PER­FORM pub­lic EN­EMY

Fight The Power

“It was just so ex­cit­ing. I re­mem­ber them say­ing some­thing about Elvis be­ing a racist and be­ing blown away by the fact that they said that. It was a song of em­pow­er­ment and it made me wish I could do some­thing like that.”

THE SONG I WANT played AT My FU­NERAL LUIS FONSI

Des­pac­ito

“I don’t think I want it to be sad; I sort of want them to lis­ten to some­thing that might pick them up a bit. So I think I would have ‘Des­pac­ito’.”

THE SONG I CAN No LONGER LIS­TEN To STE­VIE WON­DER

Part-time Lover

“When my wife went in to labour and had our first son, I re­mem­ber rush­ing to the hos­pi­tal and ‘Part-time Lover’ was play­ing in the car but I was los­ing my s**t. Now I can’t lis­ten to it, be­cause it re­minds me of that panic, that hor­ror and that feel­ing. It re­ally makes me feel phys­i­cally hor­ri­ble.”

THE FIRST AL­BUM I BOUGHT PRINCE

Bat­man

“I got it from Wool­worths in Craw­ley, be­cause

I had heard ‘Bat­dance’. You know Prince did that whole al­bum? I think ‘Bat­dance’ might have been pos­si­bly the worst song on it. I mean, I love ‘Lemon Crush’ but there were some re­ally s**t songs on there. There are songs that were scan­dalous but I’m speak­ing ill of the dead.”

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