I’ve mentioned before that my husband and I are discovering new podcasts for our commute to work. A particular favourite of ours has been Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster, which I wrote a themed post on a while back. After the series ended, we became quite keen on finding something else to entertain us every morning, and we came across the Teenage Mixtape podcast.
The Teenage Mixtape podcast is hosted by Joel Dommett and Steve Dunne, and every week they have a celebrity guest who talks about their musical tastes from back in the day. It’s incredibly funny, and often the guests will bring up some absolute bangers that you will have forgotten about. Each week, they put together a Spotify playlist for each guest so that you can listen to and enjoy the tunes. My favourite thing about this podcast is that while a couple of songs have come up a few times after being chosen by different guests, each one has a different story behind it, which really shows how amazing our relationship with music can be.
Of course, I’ll never be famous enough to make an appearance on the Teenage Mixtape podcast, but after listening to it each week, I’ve been thinking about what my choices would be. Naturally, I thought it’d be a good idea for a blog post. While the questions each week differ ever so slightly, I’ve put together some answers to the questions that are most commonly asked. Feel free to steal the idea if you like, and be sure to give the podcast a listen!
All recommendations in this post are my own 🙂
What Was the First Single You Ever Bought?
I really toyed with answer, believe it or not. With my brain’s tendency to overthink things, I spent a while thinking as to whether this was the first single you ever received or genuinely bought with your own money. I decided to take it literally, and went with the latter. The first single I bought with my pocket money was the double A-side by Steps – Heartbeat and Tragedy. At the time I saw them on Top of the Pops, it was Tragedy that I fell in love with. As an adult, I now actually prefer Heartbeat out of the two, but still, if the DJ starts playing Tragedy at any party/social event, you can bet your sweet ass I will be on the dancefloor rocking the routine, as the little insert to the single showed me how. That’s what I always loved about Steps, whenever you bought the single to one of their songs, the insert would have a step by step guide to the dance routine. That of course made my childhood, and was the fuel behind the “concerts” that my friend and I would put on for our Mums in our living rooms.
What Music Did Your Parents Listen To?
My Mum used to love the legends. Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue. At the time I’d be a complete dick about it and be like “Mum, your music is SHIT.” But looking back, I bloody love each and every one of these ladies. Shania Twain was just the queen of sass, and even now, when you hear “…let’s go girls” you’re just like YAAAAAASSSS (as me and several of my friends were on my hen night). Although, if I had to pick one Shania song, it would probably be That Don’t Impress Me Much, because it was the first song of hers that I listened to. As for Celine Dion, she is just bloody amazing – I’ll admit, at the time, I didn’t quite see it, but now, every time I hear her music I just instantly want to grab a microphone and get into those air grabs with her. I recently watched the Carpool Karaoke with her and I genuinely felt a bit emotional.
That voice. Omfg I love her. I still have some of her best songs saved on Spotify for when I’m alone, either in the car or doing the cleaning and ready to perform. I think the song I remember my Mum playing the most was It’s All Coming Back to Me Now, and until an episode of Glee years later where Rachel sings it, I’d forgotten all about it. I can now belt it out word for word.
As for Kylie, she will always have a place in my heart. She is just the loveliest person and her music never fails to get me dancing. Of course I wasn’t born back in the days of I Should Be So Lucky and Especially for You, but Mama J had plenty of albums that I could ultimately listen to and fall in love with. Kylie has thrown out plenty of bangers over the years, and it’s almost impossible to pick my favourite, but back in the day I seemed to really enjoy Did It Again, which is one of her more underrated songs. I also really loved the music video which was 4 Kylies ultimately scrapping with one another.
What Was the First Gig You Went To?
I remember when I was 14, I went with some of my friends to a music festival called Butserfest with the sole intention of seeing a band called Elliot Minor. We fangirled hard as we met the band members and had pictures with them, before spending hours traipsing around the festival waiting for their set. As they were the headline act, it was of course the last one of the evening. The song I remember most from my angsty wannabe emo phase was probably Jessica, which they performed during their set.
If we’re talking about a full-on gig that was actually spent watching an act rather than sitting in a field for 90% of the time, it was a good one. My Mum and I went to see Michael Bublé at what used to be the NIA in Birmingham. At the time I wasn’t particularly a fan of Mickey Bubbles, but Mama J had been given the tickets from her husband for her birthday and she wanted me to come with her. Of course, free night out – I went for it. It’s safe to say, after that night I became a full on lover of the Bubbles. What a showman. He put on the most amazing concert, and anyone who’s seen him before will know that he puts out some top quality banter. He performed pretty much all of his best hits, but my favourite of the whole show was Cry Me a River. It was his encore and he belted out the final line acapella, and it just showed how incredible his voice is.
What Song Reminds You of a Teenage Crush?
I was an awkward teenager, in that my ‘teenage crush’ wasn’t a person who knew I existed. Not in the cliché way of them being on the football team, but in that I was madly in love with Dec. Of Ant and Dec. So, I didn’t actually have a teenage crush song until much later, and the obvious choice would probably be Waiting for a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl. This was playing when my husband first asked me to be his girlfriend and thus it became “our song.” Despite it having a fair amount of significance in the start of our relationship, we decided against it for our first dance at our wedding, just because it felt a smidge on the cheesy side.
What Song is Your Guilty Pleasure?
I have loads. In all fairness, a large amount of my Spotify library could probably be seen as ‘guilty pleasures,’ because there is so much cheese. I’m a massive fan of 90s and early 00s music, so I’d probably have to say most things that fall into this genre – Steps, Spice Girls, S Club 7, you name it. My other main guilty pleasure is probably Disney songs. I swear I listen to more Disney songs now than I did when I was a child. As a teenager, it was all about High School Musical, which took up most room on my iPod, with my favourite song being Scream from the third movie. Holy shit – that entire part of the movie definitely sparked my love for Zac Efron. It also became reason for me buying a Rolling Stone cover poster of him, which my husband still never lets me live down. If you want to combine these two guilty pleasures, I have a song for that too. In 1997, Disney re-released The Little Mermaid, and with it, Peter Andre did his very own version of Kiss the Girl, which is a song that currently resides in the ‘most-played’ folder of my music.
What Would You Add to the Playlist Based on Your Music Tastes Now?
Regular readers of my blog will know that my music taste consists mainly of Taylor Swift, so I’d have to throw in some of her songs. At the moment, she’s KILLING IT with Me! and You Need to Calm Down, so I would most definitely include these. I’ve also been loving Lewis Capaldi recently too, and I’d recommend giving his album a listen if you haven’t already done so. Hold Me While You Wait is probably my current favourite, but pretty much anything he sings is amazing. I’m also listening to a lot of Dua Lipa lately too, especially IDAGF, which is a complete banger and so full of sass.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my choices for my teenage mixtape, and I hope you feel inspired to perhaps put together your own list. I’ve also popped a link to my Spotify playlist below if you’d like to give any of the tunes a listen! Also make sure to check out the Teenage Mixtape podcast for your next commute! I’ve put a list of my favourite episodes below for you to get started.
- Episode 1: Emily Atack
- Episode 4: Aaron Crascall
- Episode 7: Melody Thornton
- Episode 8: Tom Read Wilson
- Episode 10: Paddy McGuinness