Soundtrack Of My Life: ‘Gogglebox’s Louis Michael

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The first song I fell in love with

Frank Ocean – ‘Bad Religion’

“I was at my friend’s house and we’d all fallen asleep and he’d left Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ album on. I woke up at 3am and ended up just sitting there listening to the whole album. ‘Bad Religion’ was the first song where I really started to take notice of music and develop my own personal taste. I remember thinking his lyrics were like poetry. Frank Ocean’s voice is iconic.”



The first gig I went to

Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘Brighton Dome’

“I was 14 – it was like a social event at my school. Everyone was going. I remember thinking I was so grown-up. There were mosh pits – I think all the kids were just trying to get hyped up. But mosh pits aren’t really appropriate at Bombay Bicycle Club, are they?”



The first song I remember hearing

Elvis PRESLEY – ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’

“My mum loves Elvis, so all my earliest memories are of Elvis. I remember her being in the kitchen and listening to Elvis. She would always sing when she cooked and I would sit on the counter top and try to learn every Elvis song off by heart.”


The song I can no longer listen to

Adele – ‘Make You Feel My Love’

“When I was quite young I had a crazy ‘young love’ crush. It was always unrequited. One time I was coming home from school and I was on my own on the bus. It was raining and I had my head against the window. I did the classic ‘I’m in a music video’ thing and I was like ‘I’m such a wounded soul!’ I can’t listen to that song now without being thrown back to that time and it makes me cringe.”


The song I do at karaoke

Kate Bush – ‘Wuthering Heights’

“Undoubtedly ‘Wuthering Heights’. I’ve got a bunch of siblings and they’re never at home because we’re always scattered across the country. We were all back for Christmas and we went to a karaoke place in Brighton and we did ‘Wuthering Heights’ as a family, all six of us. It was jokes.”


The song that makes me want to dance

Bacarra – ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’

“Recently I’ve been getting into disco. I’m not a good dancer, though. There’s a lot of hand gestures.”


The song I can’t get out of my head

Florence and the Machine – ‘Ship To Wreck’

“‘Ship To Wreck’ is so catchy. I haven’t been able to stop singing that for two weeks. I have so much love for Florence. Her music makes my soul move.”


The song I want played at my funeral

Camille Saint-SaËns – ‘The Swan’

“Can I be a little bit pretentious here and 
go classical? My 
mum introduced me 
to classical music when I was quite young. At first 
I hated it, like everyone, but then you do your 
own exploring. ‘The Swan’ is just gorgeous. When I listen to it I can’t help feeling really calm and at peace, and that’s the feeling I want to 
leave people with at 
my funeral.”


The song I associate with Gogglebox

Nina Simone – ‘Feeling Good’

“Whenever we start filming on a new day, we’ll sing the ‘It’s a new dawn /It’s a new day’ line at the beginning. It started off as a kind of joke, but 
now it’s become more 
of a ritual.”