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Me and my iPod – 10 March 2008

I dig music with the feel-good factor, which might explain why my top 10 iPod list starts with Guns ‘n’ Roses’ rock and ends with a swing classic by Frank Sinatram says Paul Chafer

Paul Chafer is commercial director at Stroud & Swindon

What goes on my iPod is determined by what makes me feel good. But choosing just 10 songs is not easy and this explains why the tracks recorded here are such an odd mix.

It may not be a band you’d normally associate with a building society director but I like Guns ‘n’ Roses, particularly when driving.

And as a boxer might use it to get the adrenaline going before entering the ring, Welcome to the jungle is ideal preparation for board meetings. I also like its ballad, November rain.

In my younger days I was a fan of dance music, specifically house.

House was developed by club DJs in Chicago in the mid-1980s and I particularly liked the style – heavy bass mixed with piano and vocals.

While no house classics make it onto my list, the genre led to my love of dance music. Dance music raises my spirits, which is why I love Sandstorm by Darude and Salva mea by Faithless. Similar but a bit more cheesy is Set me free by N-Trance.

I also like music from what was called Madchester. I never visited the Hacienda but I enjoy music by Happy Mondays, 808 State, Inspiral Carpets and The Stone Roses, whose Fools Gold is my next choice.

In my early 20s I travelled from Scunthorpe to Telford every week while working for NatWest and always had Deacon Blue on the cassette player of my Renault 5. Chocolate girl is a firm favourite.

I’m also a Van Morrison fan and love Bright side of the road because of its feel-good factor.

I’ve chosen Ashes by Embrace because it celebrates the band’s comeback and to complete the list I’ll go for a classic that’s the title music of my favourite film, Wall Street – Fly me to the moon by ol’ blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.


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