Quickfire Questions #34: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

By on Friday, 17th August 2012 at 11:00 am

We sent over our TGTF Quickfire Questions to singer/songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich, and he kindly obliged and answered them for us. What a gent. The Boss, the Fabs and the feuding Gallagher brothers all make appearances in his answers below. I think we may need to tease him a bit about his favourite funny song when he comes to DC in December, just saying….

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
My dad used to play lots of Beatles records when I was really young and I remember falling in love with that… I really loved ‘Octopus’s Garden’!

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
Again, lots of Beatles stuff… I loved ‘Let it Be’, ‘Yellow Submarine’, ‘Nowhere Man’. When I was about 8, I remember hearing Cher’s ‘Believe’ on the radio and loving the melody, haha…. Kind of embarassing…

3. What song makes you laugh?

That song which goes “BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM I WANT YOU IN MY ROOM!” [I had to do some digging and discover it’s actually called ‘Boom Boom Boom Boom! (I Want You in My Room) by Vengaboys, who also brought us that groanworthy, annoying dance song ‘We Like to Party’ – Ed.]


4. What song makes you cry?
A song by I Am Kloot called ‘Proof’. So, so beautiful, I’ve stopped listening to it whilst on tour because it cuts a bit too deep. Really, really wonderful song.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Ryan Adams’ cover of ‘Wonderwall’. I fell for a girl back in England whilst I was in Australia and that song really reminds me of how I felt. Beautiful song and amazing cover!

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
The Tallest Man on Earth – ‘Kids on the Run’. It makes me think of the kind of futility and pointlessness of fighting for young love when it’s just not happening. It’s a really beautiful song. Reminds me of someone special.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Oasis – ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)

Bruce Springsteen. My hero!

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d probably be working in Vanilla café in York. I really like it there.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Nebraska’. It’s my favorite album of all time and I’d want to be listening to it

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