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by Sofia Villegas
15 December 2023
Political Spin: Rhoda Grant

Rhoda Grant MSP | Alamy

Political Spin: Rhoda Grant

What was the first record that you ever bought?

I bought The New Seekers single I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony) with my sisters. We all had to put pocket money together and we only had enough for one record so we decided after a bit of an argument that that was the one. 

What record will always get you on the dance floor?

Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Come On Eileen has a great beat that gets you going. Also, all ABBA stuff. I went to the ABBA Voyage and it was fab. I like dancing so it doesn’t take very much.

And what is your go-to karaoke song?

I can’t sing so I never get up for karaoke. Bars would start closing when they would ask me to sing – it would be one sure way of getting everyone out the door.

What songs or music are guaranteed to make you cry?

Sinéad O’Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U always brings a tear to the eye. 

What’s your favourite song?

I love Bruce Springsteen so his song If I Should Fall Behind, which he sings with his wife.

What music would you always associate with your childhood?

I grew up surrounded by Gaelic music. My grandfather wrote Gaelic songs and whenever I hear his tune Chì Mi’n Tìr it brings back these special memories of home.

What song cheers you up when you are having a bad day?

The Vatersay Boys’ Ciosmul Galley makes a difference. It starts slow but then picks up the pace and lifts you with it. 

What song was played on your wedding day?

Our first dance was just Tuireadh Iain Ruaidh but the one that sticks in my mind is Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton because the band played it and my husband sang it, which was a bit of a surprise.

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

I’m not a morning person but my husband is and he knows this, so he opens his eyes and sings Diamonds by Rhianna. It’s the first tune in the morning but the last thing I want.

And what was the last band or the last person you went to see in concert?

It wasn’t my choice. My friend had tickets to the Australian Pink Floyd but couldn’t go, which my husband was delighted about as he is a huge Pink Floyd fan. It was good, but I am still not a convert to their music. My head could appreciate it, but it didn’t quite sing to my heart.

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