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by Ruaraidh Gilmour
02 February 2024
Siobhian Brown: We didn't have a first dance at our wedding because 'we just ran away and did it'

Siobhian Brown: We didn't have a first dance at our wedding because 'we just ran away and did it'

What was the first record that you ever bought?

It would have been the soundtrack to Grease. I was a big fan of the film at the time, I must have been about seven or eight years old.

I can vividly remember the LP. It’s quite hard to remember what else I had at the time – I was so young.

What record will always get you on the dance floor?

It would probably be Set You Free by N-Trance, which is a classic, I love it. It was in the early 90s, when it was all about rave music. I was always out when I was younger, now I am never out. But the song brings back good memories.

I have quite a wide variety of music tastes, but I do still quite like some dance or rave music. My daughter is seven and I always have Pump Up the Jam playing in the house, she loves that. Although I don’t think any of her friends would know about that song, we always have it in the house. 

What is your karaoke song?

I don’t do karaoke. I know that sounds boring, but I have the worst voice. I do everything that is possible not to be dragged up on the stage to sing.  I never feel enticed to go along if it’s a karaoke night because I know inevitably at some point someone will try to drag me up.

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

We actually didn’t have a first dance. We went and got married at the registry office with the kids. We didn’t tell anyone; it was my husband’s 50th birthday and we just ran away and did it ourselves. So, after that we had our friends come and meet us at a local pub and told them that we had got married. There wasn’t a first dance – we didn’t dance at all. There was music playing in the pub but there was nothing official.

What songs do you want played at your funeral?

I need to think about this one. It has to be Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Guns N’ Roses. I love them.

What song/music is guaranteed to make you cry?

I don’t really cry at songs as such. But the ones that I love that are quite emotional are Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits and First Cut is the Deepest by Rod Stewart. But I wouldn’t say I put them on to have a good cry or anything like that.

They are just two nice, emotional songs. I have always particularly liked Romeo and Juliet since I was a teenager; I love the lyrics.

What music would you always associate with your childhood?
My dad was really into his music. So, we grew up with bands like The Jam, The Specials, The Police, and The Style Council. They all often played in the house.

He had so many albums that they filled a whole wall. The music was more often played by my dad than my mum. I still like The Specials; they bring back so many good childhood memories.

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

There isn’t one that I can think about that I loathe, that’s probably because I have quite a lot on my mind rather than bad songs.

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

I always remember having Cyndi Lauper; I loved her when I was younger. She and probably Boy George from the Culture Club. I would have been about 10 or 11 and I used to cut out all the pictures from the newspapers and magazines and put them on my bedroom wall. I’m not so much of a fan anymore.

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

I went to see The Cure in Glasgow with my husband a couple of years ago. I don’t go to gigs that often because we have a seven-year-old. It is very hard for us to get out.

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