Desert Island Disc-o: Tanya Stephenson, Ben Pavey, Annie-Lunnette Deakin Foster


This week’s cast-aways are POP MUSIC’s Lighting Designer Tanya Stephenson, Production Manager Ben Pavey and Movement Director Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster. We’ve asked each of them to choose their three Desert Island POP tracks. The accompanying Spotify Desert Island Disc-o playlist is growing at an alarming rate – find it at the bottom of this page. We’re open to new suggestions! Get in touch.


Tanya Stephenson:

Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

Because it still hasn’t got old for me and it reminds me that I can do things for myself.

Don’t Speak – No Doubt

Reminds me of being young, school dramas, breaking up, and I can sing every word.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross

Think I would need this on an island, it would uplift and encourage me to be strong and to dance like nobody’s watching.


Ben Pavey:

Times Like These – Foo Fighters

If I was pushed to name one band that summed up my transition from barely listening to terrible pop music on drive time radio to actively going out and buying my own CD’s, it would have to be the Foo Fighters. They had just enough street cred to be considered cool by the grungers and metalers throughout the early 00’s but still radio friendly enough to convince Mum to play it in the car (she would later go on to come with me and my brothers to see the Foo’s in concert several times).

Teardrops on the Dancefloor – Womack & Womack

I remember first hearing Rebecca Ferguson sing this song on the X Factor (to date the only performance on that show that stopped me in my tracks). Truly, has there ever been a more perfect pop song? It’s good to dance to, its good to cry to, if it comes on the iPod it’s simply unskippable.

Got to Give it Up – Marvin Gaye

I remember discovering this song when I was at university. This was in the late 00’s when literally the only song that was being played at any party was Sex is on Fire by the Kings of Leon and various different Dub-Step tracks (possibly the most undancable music of all time). I used to take great pride in putting this on at parties, and boogieing away to the first 30 seconds of the song before abruptly having it interrupted again by Sex is on Fire…


Annie-Lunnette Deakin Foster:

Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel – Tavares

Because it reminds me of all things happy, joyful and good! It’s almost 80% likely to be played at any Wedding and it’s 100% likely to get me up on the dance floor.

Bright Side of The Road – Van Morrison

I absolutely love Van Morrison, and this would be the perfect accompaniment to beached isolation. It’s happy go lucky & full of fun.

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

This song reminds me of extreme dancing nights out, great times with friends, and reminds me of my ethos of how to live life! Banging tune!


Spotify Playlist here:


Next week’s cast-aways are the team holding up the fort at the PPHQ London office – Senior Producer Hanna Streeter, Producer Sofia Stephanou and Production Assistant Phillippe Cato.

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