Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

David Cameron's choice of songs turned G8 air blue

All the G8 leaders were given a compilation album by David Cameron
All the G8 leaders were given a compilation album by David Cameron

Strong language is not unknown at high-level political summits – but world leaders at this year's G8 meeting probably didn't expect to hear the airwaves turn blue when they listened to an album from David Cameron.

The premiers, including US President Barack Obama, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, were all given USB sticks featuring 10 songs at last month's conference.

The stick, which included tracks by Mercury Prize winners Alt-J, Jake Bugg and Rudimental, featured Tom Odell's hit Another Love. The song is marked "explicit" on digital music site Spotify and include the lyrics: "So I'll use my voice, I'll be so f****** rude, Words they always win, but I know I'll lose".

The Prime Minister's office said the playlist was "a bespoke creation for the leaders" that was not "available for reproduction", although the list is on Spotify.

The PM's love of pop is well-documented and last month he joked that he had been forced to find a new band to listen to after Morrissey and Johnny Marr forbade him from listening to The Smiths.

He often talks about his love of the band, but its embarrassed songwriters told him to stop.

David Cameron's playlist:

Alt-J – Tessellate

Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt

Laura Mvula – Green Garden

Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?

Ben Howard – Only Love

Gabrielle Aplin – Home

Tom Odell – Another Love

Rudimental ft John Newman – Feel the Love

Birdy – Skinny Love

Conor Maynard – Can't Say No

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