24OWLS Playlist Series

 Never Gets Old – The Playlist by Stuart Waterman

As a teenager in the late 1990s, Stuart Waterman loved checking out new releases at the HMV flagship store at The Heeren and Tower Records at Pacific Plaza, both of which are now sadly gone.

“I’d go to the listening stations where they put up CDs, and that’s how I discovered music,” says Stuart, who is involved in client and partnership management, as well as venue management and operations for 24OWLS and 19SixtyFive.

This explains his eclectic, generation-leaping taste, which he sums up as “alternative, old rock, folk, dance, pop.” He says he’s not too fussy when it comes to music. “If it sounds good, then it’ll likely be put (and probably overplayed) on one of my many playlists. I basically have a playlist for almost every mood or occasion.”

As the only child of a Chinese Singaporean mother and an English father who worked in the oil industry, he moved around a lot, growing up. When the family was based in Thailand, he formed an alt-rock band with his mates called Fromage, which means “cheese” in French.

A graduate with a bachelors in sports science in the United Kingdom, Stuart is a sports buff who loves cycling and running, cooking (he apparently makes a tasty crackling roast pork belly), travelling and socialising (“going to the bar,” he elaborates).

Married with a seven-month-old boy, the new father offers an appropriately timeless playlist of songs “that’ll never get old.” For him, “every time any of these songs come on, no matter what I’m doing, it’ll either bring back some memories and lift my spirits.”

“Or if you’re unlucky,” he adds conspiratorially, “get me on my feet doing a silly dance.” Watch out!

Here’s his playlist:

1.  Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

“Just thought this is the perfect song to start a playlist called Never Gets Old, because this song…NEVER GETS OLD.”

2. Walk Of Life – Dire Straits

“When I was growing up, Dad always used to play his rock music (considered ‘old rock’ now) and thanks to that, I do love a bit of old rock tunes every so often…sometime too often. This song was one of my dad’s favourites…always used to whistle to it,”

3. You’re the Voice – John Farnham

“From my old rock playlist, this is one of the songs that just gets me going… head nodding, whistling.”

4. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

“Another ‘never gets old’ classic! When I head out with my mates for a few beverages, I love going to a bar with a live band, and this song would very likely be one of the songs I’d request for.”

5. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

“Let’s just say in University, you knew you were drunk when you and your mates stopped whatever you were doing, put your arms around each other and started dancing (more like jumping around) to this song.”

6. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Another Dad’s favourite and one of my favourite old rock tunes…and the guitar solo is awesome, perfect for some air guitar action!”

7. Zombie – The Cranberries

“First CD I ever bought – The Cranberries, No Need to Argue. And ‘Zombie’ was probably my first favourite and overplayed song.”

8. Song 2 – Blur

“So back in the day when I was about 12 or 13 living in Thailand, a few friends and I thought it’d be cool to start a band. Well, this was the first song we learnt how to play together – I was the drummer…well, I tried to be.”

9. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

“This was pretty much the song of my early teens.”

10. Mr. Brightside – The Killers

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11. Yellow – Coldplay

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12. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

“These three songs basically sum up the types of bands/music I was listening to during my three years in university in the UK. I remember Coldplay as a band getting bigger and bigger as every year went by. And being able to see them when they came to Singapore – one of the best concerts I’ve been to!”

13. Helena – My Chemical Romance

“Every time this song comes on it reminds me of my two years in National Service. I was a Field Instructor (aka PTI) in the Police and it was one of our songs that helped energise us.”

14. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon

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15. Wolf Like Me – TV On The Radio

“Nothing special to share about these two songs. Just that they get me going, especially for some pre- & during exercise encouragement.”

16. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

“This is a special one – we used it for our wedding montage video my wife and I made.”

17. Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

“Don’t know why, but I always think about the UK when I hear this song – my UK summer holidays with family and uni days.”

18. Crystals – Of Monsters and Men

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19. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers

“Two songs that had to make this list. I always get good vibes when I hear them.”

20. With or Without You – U2

“I have a lot of good memories from high school, and even to this day many of my close friends are from the same school. Long story short, this song brings back a lot of those memories, and I also thought it’d be a good song to end this playlist.”