What was the first single you ever bought?
Dermot: “I used to go to a roller rink every Saturday and they always played I Can’t Wait by Nu Shooz, so I saved up and bought it in WH Smith. I used to work there so I could get singles before they went out on the shelf, although I did have to pay for them.
The record department manager was called Jill Death and as lovely as she was, she would never give us any freebies. Soon after that I signed up to the Britannia music club — you paid £10 and they sent you three albums, but what you didn’t know was that it happened every month and you had no say on these albums.
Before I knew it, six Simply Red albums turned up at my house and my mum was like “I have a bill here, what are you up to?” But when I got Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run all the dud records became worth it. Thunder Road is just the most beautiful song.”
Jeremy: “I remember so clearly saving up to buy King of the Cops when I was 12, which was a silly take off of King of the Road and total music non-event. It was not an important record in any way — apart from to me. I now regret that purchase.
As I have got older I have come to hate stuff that is derivative — I can’t stand people who copy others. Cover versions leave me completely cold, in fact I think they should be made illegal.”
2Day on Radio 2 sees the station shake up their schedules and presenters for one day on Wednesday 22 June. Tune in to Dermot and Jeremy at 9.00am