The brutal reality of life – the bit that doesn’t make the movies – teaches you that no matter how hard you try, you’re just not cut out for some things.
When I was a kid I dreamed of becoming a Formula 1 racer or a professional footballer, which clearly I am not. Little did I know then, though, that less affluent F1 teams employ drivers who cough up millions of pounds to get on the grid. And just last year I watched a friendly match at Celtic Park which a fan had paid £20,000 in an auction to star alongside his heroes, so in hindsight perhaps being loaded would have been a more pragmatic ambition in order to realise my true desires.
However, running The Pop Cop has thrown up the occasional money-can’t-buy adventure my way, such as meeting some of my all-time music idols, being invited to DJ in a nightclub despite having no prior experience and hosting a two-hour radio show in Edinburgh during the Fringe, again with absolutely zero training.
The radio presenting, in particular, proved so much fun (for me anyway – I can’t speak for the listener who emailed in to complain about hearing a completely unironic play of Take That’s Greatest Day) that I brazenly asked Glasgow University’s prestigious SUBCITY RADIO station if they fancied giving me my own monthly show… and they’ve only gone and said yes!
So, from November 7, I’ll be broadcasting every four Sunday evenings from 7-8pm when I will attempt to shoehorn in exclusive live sessions from Scotland’s most tuneful musicians, cheeky chat and your fill of the best in indie-pop, folk-pop and hip-pop.
Frank Turner – Greatest Day (Take That cover)