Interview with Simon Mayo & Jamie Cullum
What’s your favourite driving song?
Simon: “Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen is a brilliant song to play in the car, and Busy Being Fabulous from the last Eagles record Long Road out of Eden is also a good one – anything that’s uplifting, shout-along and makes you want to try to sing the harmonies.
If it makes you want to drive faster, then it’s a great one to play in the car – unless you can’t, in which case I can always listen to a bit of Paul Simon. I think I own everything he has ever done, including the obscure stuff. It’s a fascination that started with the first album I bought – Bridge over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel – and has been with me all my life.
I bought it aged 13 from the Bullring in Birmingham. It cost me £2.17 – the majority of my Christmas vouchers. Paul Simon was also the person I paid to see in concert – that cost me £5 at the London Palladium. I’m interviewing him again soon for Radio 2 while he’s here playing Glastonbury, but I won’t be going – I prefer listening to him in comfort.”
Jamie: “I was 17 when I bought my first car, a green Vauxhall Corsa, and the song that I most clearly remember playing in it was It’s a Gas by an indie rock band from Leeds called the Wedding Present, so I would have to say that’s the one that I still love turning up in the car, winding down the windows and speeding off to.
I guess it reminds me of that thrill of driving for the first time.
It’s the perfect, upbeat, drive-faster kind of song. I also have great memories of Kate by Ben Folds Five – it reminds me of being in the Sixth Form at school and driving around in my friend’s car. Simpler times, I guess.
But to be honest I’m open-minded about all types of music – there are great elements to country and some manufactured pop is amazing to listen to when you’re stuck in a traffic jam. And I love house music – house really makes me turn the radio up.”