Soundtrack Of My Life: Dominic Monaghan

Mancunian movie star, former hobbit


The first song I remember hearing

The Beatles – ‘Mr Moonlight’

“My dad drove an old Volvo and I remember sitting in the back with my brother and hearing John Lennon. I just thought ‘oh wow, that’s amazing singing!’ It was just like someone was screaming into the night air. The Beatles were the biggest music thing in my life and continue to be now.”


The first song I fell in love with

Chaka Khan – ‘I Feel For You’

My mum and dad got my brother and I a single each for Christmas in 1984. My brother got ‘Wild Boys’ by Duran Duran, – an absolute classic – and I got Chaka Khan ‘I Feel For You’. I honestly didn’t know what was going on in the song when the record would scratch. I couldn’t understand it but I was obsessed by that noise. Prince became a massive deal for me in my mid-teens, so knowing he wrote that was huge.”

The first album I bought

Dire Straits – ‘Brothers In Arms’

“It was because of ‘Money For Nothing’, because of that riff. I had a bit of pocket money and we were walking round the shops and I picked up, I said to my Dad ‘I want that ‘Money For Nothing’ song.’ And my dad said ‘Well if you get this album, you get nine other songs with it.’”


The first gig I went to

MC Hammer – Manchester G-Mex

“He was a big deal. My mum and dad got me surprise tickets. I was tiny so I got to go up on my cousin’s shoulders and watch the show. It was very exciting. I came second in a ‘U Can’t Touch This’ dancing competition in school. The only reason I came second was because a really hard girl came first because no one wanted to say that she was worse than me.”

The song I do at karaoke

Van Morrison – ‘Brown Eyed Girl’

“I’ve definitely done it with the guys from Lord Of The Rings in New Zealand a few times. It’s all based on how drunk I am. If I’m really drunk I do ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ by The Rolling Stones.”

The song that makes me dance

The Jackson 5 – ‘ABC’

“The Jackson 5 are generally all full of positivity and light and love, they did do a few ballads, but generally they were just like ‘forget about your worries and get up on the dance floor.’ Which is what you want on a Friday night.”

The song that reminds me of home

The Stone Roses – ‘This Is The One’

“The Stone Roses’ first album all the way through just reminds me of Manchester. Man United come out to ‘This Is The One’, and that’s a pretty epic tune by an amazing band.”

The song I want played at my funeral

Derek and Clive – ‘Jump’

“There’s a beautiful song by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore called ‘Jump’. Which is about a guy seeing a guy who wants to jump out of a building and he tells him to do it because he has a blanket, but he doesn’t have a blanket and the guy jumps to his death. It’s very, very dark and sinister but it’s very fun song.”