While I don’t do it as much now (sadly), not only do I regularly moan and rave about music, but also play it myself. I have played the drums since I was 8, and in 2006-2010 studied BTEC Music Technology and HND Music Performance at South Downs College in Hampshire.

This is part of the end of year concert that took place at Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms in June 2009, for the BTEC and HND students on the music scheme to show off the covers that they had been jamming for the past few months. The band here was disappointingly untitled beyond ‘The HND1s’.

These are the six songs during which I make a racket from the back of the stage, and for some reason, wearing a woolly hat indoors.

  • Europe – The Final Countdown
  • Phil Collins – Easy Lover
  • Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
  • Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man
  • Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life
  • Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over

The HND1s were: Chris Brown, James Cutting, Liam Galvin, Rhys Huntley, Lauren Keenan, Zach Mudie, Kevin Osborne, Nick Pollard, Chris Waite.

And to anyone moaning that any of it is ‘wrong’, we were encouraged to make changes. So ner. Except when we almost made a student with her head in the 1960s cry, by playing The Doors’ ‘Roadhouse Blues’ at twice the tempo, and attempted a heavy metal version of the ever untouchable Beatles’ ‘Come Together’.

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