Originally published on So So Gay on 14 May 2014.
It’s hard to believe it was way back in 1997 that the phenomenal ‘Kiss The Rain’ graced our ears and brought Billie Myers to the attention of the world at large. Fast-forward 17 years and we find Billie busy promoting her latest album, Tea & Sympathy, alongside lots of admirable work with MIND in helping to remove the stigma attached to living with depression. Taking some time out for her friends here at So So Gay, Billie had a look through her music collection to let us know about some of her favourite songs.
For her #Recommended, Billie Myers told us the song that makes her…
‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. It might make him and Oprah cry, but it puts a smile on my face, however bad my day is going! Another favourite, and one I get teased mercilessly for loving but will not apologise for still being totally and utterly in love with, is Miley’s ‘Party in the the USA’. My hands definitely go up in the air every time it plays!
‘God’ by Prince. It recalls the book of Genesis so it definitely has something of a religious angle to it, but whether you are religious or not, it’s just an epic soundscape. It weaves a tapestry of unanswered questions that can’t help but leave you thinking and reflecting.
I know I’ve already said Pharrell, but I love a well-crafted pop song. They just make me smile… and in the case of ‘Happy’ it definitely gets your feet moving too! If I’m not allowed that then a track people may not be so familiar with, but I really would recommend checking out, is Christina Novelli’s performance on Gareth Emery’s ‘Concrete Angel’. I saw her perform in Miami recently and, while I’m not that much of a nightclub person any more, she had me up on my feet in no time. On top of that she’s also a total sweetie!
‘Like A Virgin’ by Madonna. Every time I hear it play it just takes me back to the first time I ever saw the video. It was on a Friday night on a show called The Tube that was presented by Jools Holland and Paula Yates – you have to remember back in those days there was no YouTube so the release of a video was a big thing! What little street cred I have is bound to disappear by mentioning this, but I have to admit I caught myself singing ‘Together Forever’ by Rick Astley the other day. That one definitely takes me right back to London when we all wanted to be Kylie or Jason (or both). Fun times!
Away from the standard Buddha Bar and Ibiza Lounge albums that everyone has, I’ve recently become reacquainted with Enya’s ‘Orinoco Flow’. It definitely has a calming influence on it and you can’t help but notice something new about it every time you listen to it… well that’s if you’re not driving yourself mad trying to figure out what she’s saying. I’m still not sure of any lyrics apart from ‘sail away’!
Well, that really depends on the scenario. If you want to get me up and cleaning then just switch on ‘Wannabe’ by the Spice Girls. Within seconds I’ll be rocking the mop and think I’m the sixth member (or maybe I could replace Ms Beckham if the rumors about their Las Vegas stint are true!). In the gym it’s ‘Ray of Light’ by Madonna every single time. It’s also what I still listen to every single time before I go on stage. It just hits every emotional milestone.
From a singer-songwriter perspective I’m not sure I can answer that. The truth is that some of the best songs out there end up having quite the opposite effect and making me wonder why I bother because they’re so fantastic!!
There are so many that just kill me. I honestly can’t pick one. The ultimate ‘just pass me the coffin and I’ll jump because they kill me’ playlist would have to be Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Thank You for Hearing Me’, Sarah McLachlan’s ‘Angel’, John Waite’s ‘Missing You’, Macy Gray’s ‘I Try’ and ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’ by Angel Haze. Each one is just so heartbreaking in so many different ways.
Last Listened To
Well that would have to be Pharrell’s ‘Happy’. If I’m honest I’m probably going to switch it on at the next available opportunity!