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Nicola Sturgeon Reveals Her Love Of Duran Duran And Wham On Desert Island Discs

"I am, not withstanding all of this political chat, an '80s girl at heart," said the first minister.

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Nicola Sturgeon has revealed her love of Duran Duran, Wham, and Kate Bush, describing herself as "an '80s girl at heart".

Appearing on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, the first minister chose seven of her favourite tracks, mostly made up of '80s classics, but also including The Proclaimers, Cilla Black, and Scotland's national poet Robert Burns.

Introducing "Ordinary World" by Duran Duran, Sturgeon said: "I am, not withstanding all of this political chat, an '80s girl at heart. Duran Duran, Wham, were the soundtrack to my teenage years.

"This [track] is actually a later Duran Duran which, if I had to choose, out of many classic Duran Duran tracks, this would be my all-time favourite."

Sturgeon went on to say her teenage self would have "fainted" if she'd known Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon would tweet her in 2015.

@NicolaSturgeon Thought I recognised you from somewhere. Now I know - front row @TheBarrowlands The girl's got taste!

"He read somewhere that I was a Duran Duran fan, I think I'd been talking in an interview about going to the Barrowlands in Glasgow to see them, so he tweeted something along the lines of 'I always thought you had good sense'," said the first minister.

"I thought to myself, if I'd been able to go back in time and tell my 14-year-old self that one day Simon Le Bon would get in touch with me, I think she would have fainted."

Sturgeon said "Letter From America" by The Proclaimers was "the soundtrack to my political awakening", revealed that Eddi Reader's arrangement of Robert Burns's "Red, Red Rose" was the song played at her wedding, and said she used to listen to "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush "incessantly" while reading the Emily Brontë novel of the same name.


"I had a childhood obsession with the wonderful Cilla Black," said Sturgeon. "She was probably the cause of my first ever tantrum I remember, when I stood in Littlewoods demanding to get her album bought for me, and my mum and dad said no, but my wonderful granddad came along and bought it for me."

But it was the '80s that Sturgeon's musical tastes revolved around, and she said the Saturday night disco in her hometown of Irvine overlapped with her becoming politically aware as a teenager.

"The Magnum was probably the first of its kind of these big leisure centres in Irvine where I grew up. The ice rink had a Saturday night disco called Frosty's where we used to skate round and round and round and round to the sound of Wham and Duran Duran and Culture Club and all sorts of delights like that," she said.

"I'd have been about 14 or 15; there was a slight overlap between Frosty's and my political awakening."

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

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