Soundtrack Of My Life: Anaïs Gallagher

She’s a model, her dad’s Noel G…

The first song I remember hearing

Christina Aguileria – ‘Genie In A Bottle ‘
“I must have been 
super-young when I first heard this. I remember being in my kitchen 
and it coming on the radio. I also remember watching the music 
video on MTV and 
– much to my mother’s horror – mimicking the dance moves.”

The first song I fell in love with

David Bowie – ‘Life On Mars?’
“Growing up in a family where music is the epicentre of life, I kind of felt the opposite. I never really got the big deal about music. I specifically remember being sat at a family friend’s house when I was six or seven. They were fussing over what to put on next. I was rolling my eyes and thinking, ‘Is it really that important? It’s just a bloody song.’ Then someone put on 
a vinyl copy of this. 
I remember thinking, ‘F**king hell. This is why music is important.’”

The song that gets me out of bed

The O’Jays – ‘Love Train’
“If you mean the person who literally gets me out of bed before school, I’d say my dad. Ha! But 
I have a playlist of 1970s disco music as my current alarm that always sets me up for a good day. I used to hate all that stuff, but now it gets me out of bed feeling pretty funky.”

The first album I ever bought

The Sex Pistols – ‘Never Mind The B******s Here’s The Sex Pistols’
“This is the point where my dad reads this and kills me. But as a millennial baby and a child of the digital age, 
I only ever bought individual songs, never full albums. I didn’t see the point until my dad bought me a record player to attempt to rescue me musically. So 
I started collecting vinyl. I’ve got a pretty good collection now. But this was the first album 
I bought, in Camden, 
on special offer on my way home from school.”

The first gig I can remember

Oasis – Wembley Stadium, 2009
“Obviously I went to lots of Oasis gigs, but this is the one I can remember most vividly. I particularly remember being very upset there were no Cadbury Buttons in the dressing room – a huge travesty for eight-year-
old me. People expect the memory of Oasis to have been just as crazy for me as it was for them, but I was born watching my dad onstage so it didn’t really faze me. 
I’ve only started getting properly emotional 
when I see him onstage recently. Before, I was slightly oblivious.”

The song that makes me want to dance

Declan McKenna – ‘Brazil’/’Isombard’
“Declan’s a good mate of mine. If you haven’t heard him, you should really check him out. All his songs really connect with me, but these two in particular are such good tunes to have a dance 
to, even if it’s just in front of your mirror.”

The song 
I can no longer listen to

Oasis – ‘Wonderwall’
“I know he likes to think differently, but I love my dad’s music genuinely more than anything. 
I bang out Oasis and 
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in my room super-loud all the time. But growing up, kids at school would tease me and shout ‘Wonderwall’ lyrics in my face. It’s
still something adults 
like to do after they’ve had a few drinks. I was back in Manchester 
in the summer with 
my mates. Some guys 
in the pub recognised 
me and subsequently serenaded me with ‘Wonderwall’.”

The song I do at karaoke

Blur – ‘Parklife’
“I’m not a karaoke person, but if I had 
to pick something I’d probably pick this 
– just for the irony.”