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by Sandhya Menon
08 September 2023
Maurice Golden: Dancing to Livin’ La Vida Loca with Alex Cole-Hamilton at Mardi Gras in Dundee

Maurice Golden | Alamy

Maurice Golden: Dancing to Livin’ La Vida Loca with Alex Cole-Hamilton at Mardi Gras in Dundee

What was the first record that you ever bought?

It was a tape actually but it was Hangin’ Tough by New Kids On The Block. It’s amazing to see how Donnie and Mark Wahlberg have grown since then, especially Mark. He’s doing really well. 

Were you a big fan of the band?

Yes I was, they were really good and they all looked cool. 

What record will always get you on the dance floor?

I’m not much of a dancer so at weddings and things like that it would probably be ceilidh music. I’m always one of the last on the dance floor rather than one of the first. I think I did dance to Livin’ La Vida Loca with Alex Cole-Hamilton at Mardi Gras in Dundee in the late 90s. We didn’t know each other then but we were there at the same time. 

What is your karaoke song?

I’m not a big karaoke person nor am I a very good singer, so I think if I did have to do one it would probably be something that didn’t involve much vocals. Something like Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice. I know the lyrics so I can just rap to it; it’s quite easy.

What song was your first dance at your wedding and why?

It was Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. That was a really nice track and I’m a big country fan as well.

What songs do you want played at your funeral?

That is quite a morbid question, hopefully I don’t need to worry about it any time soon! But I’d guess something like Amazing Grace and Lonestar’s I’m Already There, which are quite fitting ones, I think.

What songs/music is guaranteed to make you cry?

I’m not quite sure anything is but I suppose the best I can come up with is Garth Brooks’ Butterfly Kisses. It’s quite a poignant song.

What music would you always associate with your childhood?

Oh, my dad liked The Stranglers so I was brought up listening to them. And probably for Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, they were really big when I was growing up.

What record do you absolutely hate but can’t get out of your head?

This is an easy one - Barbie Girl! They’ve just released an updated version so it’s even worse. And yes, I have seen the Barbie movie as well.

What did you think of the movie?

I’m not quite sure how it’s done so well in the box office. I thought it was a good movie, but they just didn’t manage to get the storyline right. I did wear pink shirt going to it.

What record would you be embarrassed to owning up to having in your collection?

I’ve got quite a lot of the Boyzone albums and even the Ronan Keating ones when he went solo. That is quite embarrassing.

What was the last band you went to see and who with?

So, I went with my friends to see Simon Kempston at the Fringe. He plays a mixture of folk and blues. I was at school with him and we kept in touch. He’s now been a singer-songwriter for the last 15 years. But in terms of something more mainstream it was Bruce Springsteen – who I went to see with Simon Kempston.

Was this at Springsteen’s most recent concert at the Murrayfield Stadium?

No, it was a few years ago down in Manchester.

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