Carol Decker tackles Cue & Play

Carol Decker: Stables-bound on Sunday
Carol Decker: Stables-bound on Sunday

T’Pau are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2013. The band - famously fronted by Carol Decker - are marking the milestone by releasing a Greatest Hits album and are currently taking big tunes like Heart & Soul and China in Your Hand direct to the fans with a UK tour.

On Sunday evening, they appear at The Stables in Wavendon.

Tickets are on sale from the box office on 01908 280800.

We asked Carol to share her musical likes and dislikes with us.

Tom Petty is a winner, but not so Gary Barlow in this week’s Cue and Play...

Tell us about the first record you bought/downloaded

The first single was Rocket Man by Elton John, and I saved up my Saturday job money at Tesco in Oakengates, Shropshire, to buy Got To Be There by Michael Jackson – his first solo album

An album you can’t live without – and why

Tom Petty with Full Moon Fever. I go back to it again and again. I love the beat on Running Down A Dream and the lyrics on Into The Great Wide Open

I love his laid back voice and the West Coast style and killer guitar leads

An album you wish you’d bought, but didn’t

Nevermind by Nirvana

What about your favourite artist of all time?

I have several favourites – The Stones, Tom Petty, The Pretenders, Tina Turner, Etta James, Nile Rodgers, The Clash...I have a very eclectic taste!

If we could grant you a wish to meet one band or musician, who would it be and why?

What question would you ask them?

Kurt Cobain, “Why were you so unhappy with all that talent and being so beautiful?”

Name a song that never fails to pick you up

Holiday by Madonna

And one that chills you out

Different For Girls, by Joe Jackson

What was the first gig you attended

Rod Stewart & The Faces, at Trentham Gardens, Stoke on Trent in 1970-something

They were red hot. Rod was not a boring crooner, he was rock-tastic, and Ronnie Wood was brilliant

Tell us about your favourite record shop or online store, and what the appeal is

I do miss rummaging through record shops, reading the sleeve notes, caressing the artwork.

I used to love Tower Records on Piccadilly Circus. Now it’s iTunes, and it has no charm like all internet shopping, but it is fast and now I carry all my songs in my phone

You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours.

Who do you choose and what do you do?

I don’t have an idol, but I’d step into the shoes of someone I admire – Chris Martin, to see how he gets his ideas, and Madonna, to see what she is really like

Is there a new or undiscovered artist you think we need to hear? Spill the beans

Check out Chris Corney, who is opening for us at The Stables.

I love his songs and guitar work – again it is my sort of West Coast USA vibe

You can banish one artist to the bargain bin. Who do you choose?

Gary Barlow!

You’ve got 10 songs to soundtrack your life. Give us the artist and the songs:

Side One:

Run To You – Bryan Adams

Romeo & Juliet – Dire Straits

Almost Hear You Sigh – The Rolling Stones

Nessun Dorma – Pavarotti

Hey Ya – Outkast

Side Two:

Running Down A Dream – Tom Petty

Funk Soul Brother – Fatboy Slim

Talk of the Town – The Pretenders

Missing You – John Waite

Mirror in the Bathroom – The Beat