‘I run screaming and crying from karaoke’: Skin’s honest playlist

·2 min read

The Skunk Anansie star is in awe of Redemption Song and enjoys London Grammar in the bedroom, but which pop anthem was spoiled for her by Biden?

The first song I remember hearing
I was brought up in a nightclub in Brixton that was owned by my grandfather. Aged five or six, I remember sitting at the top of the steps, looking down and everybody doing these strange, jerky ska, swing moves to Al Capone by Prince Buster.

The first single I bought
A 10-inch from the early 1950s by Nina Simone that had I Loves You, Porgy, Love Me or Leave Me, Little Girl Blue and My Baby Just Cares for Me. I’ve still got it. My mum – who worked as a night nurse – had a front room that was full of lace and nice furniture, but I wasn’t allowed in. I only got to sneak in and use the record player when she forgot to lock it.

The song I do at karaoke
I run away, screaming and crying, from karaoke. The only time I did it, I sang Islands in the Stream by Dolly Parton [and Kenny Rogers].

The song I inexplicably know every lyric to
Baby Shark by Pinkfong, because I have a three-month-old daughter. I’ve no idea how it has sunk into my brain.

The best song to play at a party
Born Slippy (Nuxx) by Underworld makes people happy in practically any situation. People like a bit of aggression.

The song I secretly like, but tell everyone I hate
I really liked Firework by Katy Perry, but then when she sang it at Joe Biden’s inauguration, that was the cringiest moment in presidential history.

The song I can no longer listen to
It’s amazing that Amy Winehouse wrote Rehab when she was on such a downward spiral. It makes me sad because if only she had gone to rehab again, she might still be here now.

The song I wish I’d written
As a Jamaican, Redemption Song by Bob Marley. Black people do have to sometimes free ourselves from the way we are perceived. This is one of the great political songs of our time.

The best song to have sex to
Hell to the Liars by London Grammar. That album came out at the beginning of a relationship, so it makes me feel happy and brilliant.

The song I want played at my funeral
If I die young, then I don’t want any music because I want everybody to be miserable. But if I die when I’m old, then I want people to be happy, so I’ll have Dancing Queen by Abba.

Skunk Anansie release a new single and play UK shows including Glastonbury this June.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting