Music Talks

Episode 75 - Jeff Smith - DJ to MP

August 25, 2022 Terry Smith Season 4 Episode 16
Music Talks
Episode 75 - Jeff Smith - DJ to MP
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My guest in this episode is Jeff Smith, MP. 

A recent press article highlighted that the number of ‘career politicians’ in Westminster who have never had what most of us would recognise as ‘a proper job’. It also said working class politicians were ‘an endangered species. I’m delighted to say that Jeff bucks both of those trends. 

Whilst Jeff grew up in a political household and studied  Politics at Manchester University  being an MP was never in the plan, as can be seen by his subsequent career choice.  

After graduation he became the Entertainments Officer for Manchester Students Union which led on to a career as an event manager and DJ. He performed  regularly at V Festival and numerous club nights including  Poptastic in Manchester and Star in Leeds

He had lived almost all his life in Manchester and in 1997 he started to combine his DJ work with being a member of Manchester City Council. This eventually led in 2015 to an unexpected opportunity to become the MP for his ‘home seat’ of Withington in Manchester and he successfully regained the seat for Labour (from the Liberal Democrats). Last December, he was appointed as Shadow Minister for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Music, a role for which he is clearly uniquely qualified. 

Jeff’s musical tastes and choices are as interesting as his CV. Like me he is a Springsteen devotee, and he gets a special Music Talks Award for choosing my favourite ever song – Thunder Road . His song choices are:

60’s       All My Loving                                                                                         The Beatles 

70’s       Thunder Road                                                                                        Bruce Springsteen 

80’s       What Difference Does It Make?                                                 The Smiths 

90’s       12 Reasons Why I Love Her                                                           My Life Story

00’s       Grey Day (Paper Faces Mix)                                                          Zoot Woman

10’s       Love Song                                                                                                   Lana Del Rey

20’s       I’ve Got You Under My Skin                                                            Frank Sinatra

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Intro & Background
The 60's - All My Loving - The Beatles
The 70's - Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
The 80's - What Difference Does It Make - The Smiths
The 90's - 12 Reasons Why - My Life Story
The 00's - Grey Day - Zoot Woman (Paper Faces Remix)
The 10's - Love Song - Lana Del Ray
The 20's - I've Got You Under My Skin
Final Thoughts & Close