‘No Jacket Required would be the soundtrack of hell’: the Rev Richard Coles’s honest playlist

The former Communard says he knows every word to Jesus Christ Superstar – what else does he listen to away from the pulpit?

The first song I remember hearing
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, from a multi-coloured vinyl kids’ album. I liked it so much, I dressed up like the kid in the John Lewis advert and danced around the sunroom to the song in a bedspread and headdress to entertain my mother’s knit and natter group, but they just looked puzzled.

The song I inexplicably know every lyric to
I grew up in Kettering. We didn’t have culture. The nearest we got was Andrew Lloyd Webber. I went to see Jesus Christ Superstar, got the album, then the sheet music. So I probably know every word.

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