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Mercury Music: Your Friday playlist with... James Willis-Boden

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:03 31 March 2017

James Willis-Boden of the Imperial in South Parade, Weston-super-Mare.

James Willis-Boden of the Imperial in South Parade, Weston-super-Mare.


Once again, we are inviting someone to share their top 10 songs in a Weston-super-Mare version of Desert Island Discs, based on Flat Holm island. This week is James Willis-Boden, of the Imperial in South Parade.

James hosts regular live music nights at the pub, and has chosen Weston band The Leylines among his top 10. Here is his selection:

Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror

This song means a lot to me coming through my youth relatively unscathed. How Michael delivered this song and how he showed how much the song meant to him.

Soloman Burke – Cry To Me

My mum’s influence.

Bear’s Den – Agape

[Chosen for] the lyrics and meaning.

Free – Mr Big

Tribute to a great guitarist who died too early.

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The Leylines – Runaway

Emotional song and sung by the best guy you’ll meet.

Foy Vance – Casanova

Love the perfect combo of country and blues. You can’t stop yourself from moving your limbs to this song.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – St James

An amazing voice and melancholy song. Don’t forget where Rory started.

Rolling Stones – Gimmie Shelter

Choice between this and Sympathy For The Devil. Real motivational song from the greatest rock band.

Michael Jackson – Come Together

Love the rawness and true range Michael shows here. One of the only covers I believe to be better than the original.

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On

The sexiest song ever. Gets you in the mood whether it’s singing or dancing.

* The next music night at the Imperial is Mohawk Radio tomorrow (Saturday) at 8pm, followed by the Fabulous Dough Boys on April 8 at 9pm.

Last week’s Mercury Music playlist with Alex Lipinski.

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