Ed Miliband Is A Secret Hard-Fi Fan

The Labour leader is appearing on Desert Island Discs this Sunday. But let’s see what music he used to like.

Labour leader Ed Miliband is on this weekend’s Desert Island Discs. He’s quite excited.

Ed Miliband


Really enjoyed recording Desert Island Discs today after a weekend rummaging through family record collection. Choices revealed on Sunday.

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Kirsty Young with this week’s castaway Labour Leader @Ed_Miliband http://t.co/ZCexqxh31I Sunday at 11.15am

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Miliband’s staying tight-lipped about the musical choices for this weekend’s show. But he has done this exercise before.

During the 2010 Labour leadership campaign the website Labour List asked Ed for his eight favourite records.

Here’s what he went for back then.

1. “Joe Hill” by Paul Robeson.

US civil rights protestor and left-wing campaigner who found himself blacklisted and unable to perform.

2. “A New England” by Billy Bragg.

Stalwart Labour supporter. Loved by 40-something left-wingers.

3. “Good Man” by Josh Ritter.

Steady as he goes.

4. “Stars of CCTV” by Hard-Fi.

An album track from Hard-Fi’s debut? Eh?

5. “Caravan of Love” by The Housemartins.

Can you spot a young Fatboy Slim?

6. “Angels” by Robbie Williams.

The most played song at UK funerals.

7. “Take On Me” by A-Ha.

In honour of this video we decided to see whether there is a pencil drawing of Ed Miliband anywhere on the internet. What we found was slightly terrifying.

8. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Ode to joy! A bit of oomph! About the only piece of classical music that most of us know!

Tune in on Sunday to find out what he’s gone for this time.

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Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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