Me and my iPod – 17 March 2008

My iPod playlist reflects what many would call my terrible taste in music. While some of the tunes motivate me at the gym, others raise questions about my lifestyle, says Jim Moulton

Jim Moulton is head of marketing at Commercial First
What goes on my iPod is what makes me feel good. But choosing just a few favourite songs is not easy and this explains why the tracks re­corded here are such an odd mix.

I unashamedly admit to having what many would call terrible taste in music.

It’s important to stress that 99% of the time when I use my iPod I’m either in the gym or on long journeys where decent literature is in short supply, i.e. when I can’t lay my hands on the latest FHM or Maxim.

It’s also important to point out that I was embarrassed to have only 40 songs on my 8Gb iPod, so I purchased large volumes of crap to boost my numbers. For those familiar with Facebook, it’s the same ‘pile them in’ principle.

My gym playlist includes albums such as the soundtracks from Rocky and Top Gun, the theme tune from Baywatch and rock greats from the 1980s including Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses and Def Leppard.

Anything that promotes the misguided feeling that I can fly an F14, out-box a large Russian or run in slow motion along a Californian beach is useful motivation for 40 minutes at the local LA Fitness branch.

My other playlist is for chilling out. As my last shred of dignity went with the words ‘Bon Jovi’, I might as well throw caution to the wind.

Some of my favourite artists are Cyndi Lauper, Brian McKnight, Phil Collins, Simon & Garfunkel and Elvis, and I believe the songs I’ve chosen are among their best.

To pre-empt the obvious questions that may arise from my music taste – no, I’m not 14, I’m not gay and I don’t live with my parents.

I’m hoping that the gems hidden on my iPod will appeal to fans of the stylish decade that was the 1980s. You know who you are.