Author Archives: Naomi Hefford

About Naomi Hefford

I'm a musoholic - I play, sing, dance, share and live music. My show, The Perfect Playlist, on Phoenixfm delves into the idiosyncratic way we all relate to the music that surrounds us. With 9 simple questions each week, the answers can be so varied from person to person it is absolutely fascinating to me.

The ULTIMATE Playlist (Final Show)

This week marked the final Perfect Playlist show and boy did we celebrate!

Firstly, we have to conclude the ongoing bants bananza with cheeky Charlie off of Drive.

Over the last 3 months or so, since Charlie took over the drive show, he’s been being very cheeky! Finding all sorts of completely innocent clips of other presenters, quite often yours truly, and played them out of context to make them sound all rude!

I’d tried in the past to get him back, first with his own “Innuendo Charlie” mix:

But that didn’t work, he still kept coming back with more little clips, even cutting up a paragraph of me saying “You can have a semibreve, a crotchet or a quaver, which they’d call a Full, Half or Quarter” when describing the real musical terms for those notes you could use on an old Nokia to make yourself a ringtone, into “You can have a semi full crotch”! So I tried another tact and came up with his very own “Mambo Charlie” where I cut up all his famous and common expressions in place of the girly names:

But I never really won. Until Today!!!!

 

Yes! I played a game with Charlie and my special guest Justin, where I played both of them completely innocent previously broadcast chat, and censored it in certain strategic places to make it sound like it might have been a little bit rude (when it wasn’t!). I asked the chaps to guess what the real words had been, before I censored it.

You can listen to that game and following on from that, the whole final last ever most awesome totally ultimate ULTIMATE PERFECT PLAYLIST here: (yes… a little emosh)

Justin was my very first guest back when the show started and he very kindly came back for the last show. This time, instead of bringing his own perfect playlist (for a second time) he helped me sort through all the answers we’ve ever had and select our ultimate playlist.

 

I’ll be honest, we totally threw the rule book out the window! We also invited a very large group of people to pop up once in a while to clap or play trumpets, but other than that they were very quiet……

 

It’s been a blast – Thanks for listening!

Naomi


The Perfect Playlist – Richard Hayden

This week’s guest, Richard Hayden, describes his Perfect Playlist when he joined us on Tuesday 4th April to answer the big 9 questions…

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out:
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad:
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special:
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points:
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song:
6 Best Summer Anthem:
7 Best workout track:
8 Best song from a band that is no more:
9 Best cover version you know of:

Richard is recently retired and has been enjoying music for many years. He plays keyboard, guitar, cello, and basically any other instrument reliant on strings. He comes from Copthorne  and has a wonderfully eclectic and broad taste in music. His choice for number 9 was especially unexpected and brilliant! Hold on tight as he takes us through his choices on the Perfect playlist, Listen below 🙂

 


The Perfect Playlist – Millennium!

 

This week we celebrated all things the year 2000 and chose our songs only from that year! Each week we answer the same 9 questions with a song. Those questions are:

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out:
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad:
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special:
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points:
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song:
6 Best Summer Anthem:
7 Best Work out Track:
8 Best song from a band that is no more:
9 Best cover version you know of:

So which songs did we chose to truly celebrate the year 2000?

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out: Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad: Bob the builder – Can we fix it?
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special: Kylie Manogue – Spinning around (for Charlie Davy) AND Blink 182 – All the small things (for Sue Mills)
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points: Ronan Keating – Life Is A Rollercoaster
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song: Oxide & Neutrino – bound 4 the reload (Casualty)
6 Best Summer Anthem: STOMP – Steps
7 Best Work out Track: Modjo – Lady (Hear Me Tonight)
8 Best song from a band that is no more: Westlife – I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun
9 Best cover version you know of: Porcelain (originally Moby in year 2000) by 48th St Collective

So… what would YOUR perfect playlist be?

Email us: Radio@phoenixfm.com, or get in touch on facebook/twitter: phoenixfm – Or tweet me directly @Hammergirlheff and be in with a chance of coming on the show yourself and having your own personal playlist aired!


The Perfect Playlist – Best of British

First Things First….

Before we can even begin to talk about this weeks show we have to yet again, but thankfully for the last time, address the Charlie in the room…

Cheeky Charlie Davey (naughty Charlie as I now call him) from the Drive show has been picking on me for 3 weeks now…. He’s been catching me out with unwitting innuendo, cutting up things I say to make them sound silly and force-playing them to me! Well, I though I had got my revenge last week but he got me back way worse. So the ball was in my court… This is what I came up with:

Sadly however, yet again, I LOST! He had yet again gone one step further and caught me out so much worse. You can hear the painful moment on the best/worst of Drive on Friday. In the meantime, thankfully we’ve now agreed to a truce, so, all being well, I’M FREEEE!!!!

Anyway, back to this weeks playlist…

The Perfect Playlist – Best of British!

This week we celebrated all things GB and answered the WHOLE playlist exclusively with brilliant British bands. Those questions are:

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out:
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad:
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special:
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points:
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song:
6 Best Summer Anthem:
7 Best Work out Track:
8 Best song from a band that is no more:
9 Best cover version you know of:

So which songs did we chose to truly celebrate Grrrreat Britain in all it’s glory?

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out: Queen – Don’t stop me now
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad: Radiohead – creep
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special: Blur – charmless man
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points: Beatles – a hard day’s night AND Elton John circle of life
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song: Spice girls – who do you think you are
6 Best Summer Anthem: Cliff Richard – Summer Holiday
7 Best Work out Track: Katy B – lights on
8 Best song from a band that is no more: Hear’Say – Pure and Simple
9 Best cover version you know of: Stella Starlight Trio – Can’t buy me love  AND Amy Winehouse, Our day will come
also played as part of our British bangers:
Big Spender: Shirley Bassey
The Reflex: Duran Duran
You Can’t Hurry Love: Phil Collins
Stockholm Syndrome: Muse
7 Days: Craig David
Let’s Dance: David Bowie
I’ll Be Ok: McFly
Amazing: George Michael
Paradise: Coldplay
What makes you beautiful: One Direction

So… what would YOUR perfect playlist be?

Email us: Radio@phoenixfm.com, or get in touch on facebook/twitter: phoenixfm – Or tweet me directly @Hammergirlheff and be in with a chance of coming on the show yourself and having your own personal playlist aired!


The Perfect Playlist – BOY POWER!

First Things First….

Before we can even begin to talk about this weeks show we have to address the Charlie in the room…

Cheeky Charlie Davey from the Drive show has been picking on me for 2 weeks now…. He’s been catching me out with unwitting innuendo and force-playing them to me, just to make me squirm! Well, I though I had got my revenge this week with this little labour of love:

 

Sadly however all this work was fruitless as he had yet again gone one step further and caught me out so much worse. Will this nightmare ever end?  I must have my revenge!  Anyway, back to the playlist…

The Perfect Playlist – BOY POWER!

This week we celebrated all things BOY and answered the WHOLE playlist exclusively with boy bands. Those questions are:

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out:
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad:
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special:
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points:
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song:
6 Best Summer Anthem:
7 Best Work out Track:
8 Best song from a band that is no more:
9 Best cover version you know of:

So which songs did we chose to truly celebrate Girl power in all it’s glory?

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out: Five – Keep on Moving
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad: Boyzone – when the going get’s tough (the tough get going)
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special: Busted – Sleeping with the light on
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points: Hanson – Mmmbop
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song: Backstreet boys – Everybody
6 Best Summer Anthem: N-Sync – I want you back
7 Best Work out Track:  Take That featuring Lulu – Relight my fire
8 Best song from a band that is no more: Wham! – Wake me up before you gogo
9 Best cover version you know of: Westlife – Uptown girl 

So… what would YOUR perfect playlist be?

Email us: Radio@phoenixfm.com, or get in touch on facebook/twitter: phoenixfm – Or tweet me directly @Hammergirlheff and be in with a chance of coming on the show yourself and having your own personal playlist aired!


The Perfect Playlist – GIRL POWER

This week we celebrated all things GIRL and answered the WHOLE playlist exclusively with girl bands and female artists. Those questions are:

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out:
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad:
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special:
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points:
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song:
6 Best Summer Anthem:
7 Best Work out Track:
8 Best song from a band that is no more:
9 Best cover version you know of:

So which songs did we chose to truly celebrate Girl power in all it’s glory?

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out: Jumpin’ Jumpin’, Destiny’s Child
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad: Emotions, Maria Carey
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special: Mama, Spice Girls, Dedicated to Mums everywhere!
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points: R.E.S.P.E.C.T, Aretha Franklin
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song: Toxic, Britney Spears
6 Best Summer Anthem: Pure shores, All Saints
7 Best Workout track: Don’t Stop The Music, Rihanna
8 Best song from a band that is no more: All the things she said, T.A.T.U AND Waterfalls, TLC AND Love Machine, Girls Aloud
9 Best cover version you know of: I will always love you, Whitney houston

So… what would YOUR perfect playlist be?

Email us: Radio@phoenixfm.com, or get in touch on facebook/twitter: phoenixfm – Or tweet me directly @Hammergirlheff and be in with a chance of having your own personal playlist aired!


The Perfect Playlist – 2007

 

 

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out:

2 Best song for when you are feeling sad:

3 A special song to dedicate to someone special:

4 The song with the best Nostalgia points:

5 Most awesome School Disco memory song:

6 Best Summer Anthem:

7 Best work out track:

8 Best song from a band that is no more:

9 Best cover version you know of:

The songs we chose this week, from 2007 were:

  1. Candy Man, Christina Aguilera
  2. Linkin Park, What I’ve done
  3. She’s so lovely , Scouting for girls (for **)
  4. Ruby, Kaiser Cheifs
  5. Gimmy More, Brittany Spears
  6. Rhianna, Umbrella
  7. Standing in the way of control, The gossip
  8. Sugababes Vs Girls aloud, Walk this way
  9. Mark Ronson (Ft Amy Winehouse) Valerie

 

This week we delved into the year 2007 to find the answers to those big 9 questions that make up our Perfect Playlist

 


The Perfect Playlist – Reflections

The winners so far….

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out: September, by Earth, Wind and fire (From Sue Mills)
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad: Don’t you worry ’bout a thing, by Stevie Wonder (From Andrea Barns)
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special: Photograph, by Ed Sheeran (From Penny Seithal)
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points: Africa, by Toto (From Emily White)
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song: Baggy Trousers, by Madness (From Sue Mills)
6 Best Summer Anthem: Jamming, by Bob Marley and the Wailers (From Michelle Ward)
7 Best Work Out Track: …….No winner so far…. Eye of the tiger???? (that was mine…)
8 Best song from a band that is no more: It’s the end of the world as we know it, by REM (From Dan Dempsy)
9 Best cover version you know of: So many choices… maybe you have a better one????

So… what would YOUR perfect playlist be?

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out:
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad:
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special:
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points:
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song:
6 Best Summer Anthem:
7 Best Christmas Song:
8 Best song from a band that is no more:
9 Best cover version you know of:

Think you can topple these winners off the Ultimate Playlist?

Email us: Radio@phoenixfm.com, or get in touch on facebook/twitter: phoenixfm – Or tweet me directly @Hammergirlheff and be in with a chance of having your own personal playlist aired!


The Perfect Playlist – Sue Mills

 

This week’s guest, Sue Mills, describes her Perfect Playlist when she joined us on Tuesday 16th January to answer the big 9 questions…

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out:
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad:
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special:
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points:
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song:
6 Best Summer Anthem:
7 Best Christmas Song:
8 Best song from a band that is no more:
9 Best cover version you know of:

Sue is a tutor (previously primary school teacher) with a flare for facepainting and glitter. She comes from Suffolk and moved to Brentwood back in her uni days where she met her husband in the “Romance portacabin” (love shack!). Her taste in music is wonderfully nostalgic, hold on tight as she takes us through her choices on the Perfect playlist, and here’s what she chose:

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out: September, Earth Wind and Fire
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad: 3 Little Birds, Bob Marley
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special: Love Shack – to all those people who remember the Romance Portacabin!
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points: Laurel and Hardy Trail of the lonesome pine
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song: Madness, Baggy Trousers
6 Best Summer Anthem: Chan Chan, Buena Vista Social Club
7 Best Workout track: Rhythm on the loose, break of dawn
8 Best song from a band that is no more: Stand, REM
9 Best cover version you know of: Black Hole Sun, Postmodern Jukebox

So… what would YOUR perfect playlist be?

Email us: Radio@phoenixfm.com, or get in touch on facebook/twitter: phoenixfm – Or tweet me directly @Hammergirlheff and be in with a chance of having your own personal playlist aired!


The Perfect Playlist – Dan Dempsy

 

This week’s guest, Dan Dempsy, describes his Perfect Playlist when he joined us on Tuesday 9th January to answer the big 9 questions…

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out:
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad:
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special:
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points:
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song:
6 Best Summer Anthem:
7 Best Christmas Song:
8 Best song from a band that is no more:
9 Best cover version you know of:

Dan comes from colchester where he works at Essex University as a bit of a greeny working on improving the Universities carbon footprint. He’s a 90’s music lover and proud and when he decides he likes a song he listens to it over and over. We asked Dan to indulge us with his choices on the Perfect playlist, and here’s what he chose:

1 Best song to play when getting ready to go out: How gee, Black Machine
2 Best song for when you are feeling sad: Wandering Star, Portishead
3 A special song to dedicated to someone special: Bats in the attic, King Creosote
4 The song with the best Nostalgia points: To the end, Blur
5 Most awesome School Disco memory song: On a ragga tip, SL2
6 Best Summer Anthem: Second Hand News, Fleetwood mac
7 Best Workout track: Under control, Good shoes
8 Best song from a band that is no more: It’s the end of the world as we know it, REM
9 Best cover version you know of: Mrs Robinson, The Lemonheads

So… what would YOUR perfect playlist be?

Email us: Radio@phoenixfm.com, or get in touch on facebook/twitter: phoenixfm – Or tweet me directly @Hammergirlheff and be in with a chance of having your own personal playlist aired!