SOUNDTRACK TO MY LIFE
On June 13th
2000, Reece Shearsmith appeared on
'Soundtrack to My Life', which aired on
UK Play. The programme is about celebrities
choosing songs that they feel would go on
the soundtrack to a movie of their life.
Here is what Mr Shearsmith chose...
Childhood - The Funky
Gibbon (The Goodies)
One of Reece's earliest memories was
choking on Monster Munch whilst sitting on
the back of his younger brother's Chopper
bike. There was also a strong smell of
Dettol permeating his entire childhood, as
he was "quite a violent child" and always
seemed to be getting scraps and bruises.
Reece chose 'The Funky Gibbon' as his tune
because he remembers loving it as a child.
Teenage - Close To Me (The Cure)
By the time Reece embarked on his teen-ages
(as Herr Lipp would say) he was a pretty
macabre teenager and had already developed
a penchant for horror. He and his Dad once
tried to make a plaster cast of his face;
Reece had two straws sticking out of his
nose so he could breathe and a sponge in
his mouth. Unfortunately the cast turned
out to be rubbish and they would have had
"better luck making a cast of an apple".
Reece chose 'Close To Me' as his song
because he remembers playing that kind of
music in his 6th form centre and he liked
Robert Smith's lips, although according to
Reece: "he doesn't have as nice a lips as
Love Scene - Stuck In The Middle
For Reece's love scene he would like to be
set on fire. The reason being that when he
had his first kiss, the girl he kissed was
"a pretty heavy smoker for a 14 year old"
and she burned a hole through his shirt and
burnt him. Reece's ideal leading lady would
be Julie Christie as he thinks she is
"staggeringly beautiful". The song chosen
for this scene is 'Stuck In The Middle'
because during a tour in Germany Reece's
friend Rick sent him the soundtrack to
Reservoir Dogs and it was during this tour
that his current girlfriend fell in love
On the Dole - National Express
After graduating from college, Reece
ditched the make-up and special effects for
life as an actor. He went to London to try
and find work, but didn't for many years.
He and his friend Robert lived in a dingy
flat where they scraped enough money
together to buy a tub of margarine - "not
to smear on our bodies though." They used
to partake in a daily ritual of putting
stuff down to try and combat the ants that
lived in the flat with them. Reece's choice
of tune for this time in his life is
'National Express' because it cheers him up
whenever he's feeling miserable.
Big Break - Dizzy (Vic Reeves and
After years and years of performing 'The
League of Gentlemen' on stage, he and the
other Gents decided to go to the Edinburgh
Festival in 1997 where they went on to win
the coveted Perrier Award. Reece picked
'Dizzy' because Reeves and Mortimer have
always been a big influence for him. He
remembers going to a signing in HMV and
getting his copy of 'Born Free' signed.
Upon meeting Vic, Reece said: "Vic Reeves -
you're a marvel!" To which Vic replied:
"Oh, thank you very much."
Final Scene - Bachelorette (Bijork)
For his closing scene Reece would like a
huge custard pie throwing fight, as he
thinks this is a traditional "comedic
ending" and one that was influenced by the
Mel Brooks film 'Blazing Saddles'. He would
like the last track to be Bachelorette
because he likes the way the video is a
story within a story - just like the movie
of his life would be.
Screenshots of Reece's appearance