Each week, Keep Colchester Cool invites local faces to provide us with their top ten tracks of all time. There are no rules, some will explain why they’ve chosen particular tracks; other’s won’t. Either way, it promises to provide an insight into what has influenced some of our local heroes over the years.

This week, it’s the turn of Toby Freeman chairman of The Robin Cancer Trust. Following the untimely death of Toby’s brother Robin in 2011, the Freeman family founded a charity the aim of raising awareness of Germ Cell Cancers in 16-35 year olds. The following video provides a powerful insight into why the RCT exists. I urge everyone to watch it.

The RCT organises and attends many events throughout the year and this Saturday, 7th November at Three Wise Monkeys you are invited to join RCT for for an evening celebrating germ cell cancer awareness with live music from Sam Young Music, Tall Tree Tales, and SURGE – and you can pay what you’d like on the top floor door from 8pm.

Here are Toby Freeman’s top ten tracks of all time. Enjoy!

1. Frank Turner – Peggy Sang The Blues
This song contains my favourite lyric: ‘No-one gets remembered for the things they didn’t do’ and never fails to put me in a good mood, get me off my arse and get moving. This song is my go-to when I’m in need of a little inspiration.

2. Jurassic 5 – Concrete Schoolyard
I can still remember the first time I heard this song, introduced by my best friend when we were 13 – and I still love it as much now as I did then. In my opinion, it’s one of the best hip-hop songs ever written.

3. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Listen to this song, watch the video and try not to be happy! It always puts a smile on my face, especially when I remember cycling through the Scottish Highlands after about 700 miles and signing this song in its entirety with my team-mate, without any background music. One way to keep the spirits up eh?

4. Jay-Z/Linkin Park – Numb/Encore
I can remember how excited I was when I heard that Jay-Z and Linkin Park announced Collision Course… It blew my 14 year-old mind. And I still feel the same now to be honest! I think it’s time they toured again…

5. Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
I’ve inherited my love for Motown from my Dad, and this was the first song I ever listened to on Vinyl. Not a choice I regret… It’s an incredible song with an amazing story.

6. Matt Corby – Brother
I saw Matt Corby for the first time in the woods at Latitude 2013 – and this song stuck-out above everything else I saw that weekend (well, on par with #9!) it’s a hauntingly epic tune from an artist I’d highly recommend.

7. Killswitch Engage – Rose Of Sharyn
Growing up being influenced by my Mum’s love for heavy metal, Killswitch Engage are a family favourite, with this song having special meaning for us. I have the lyrics ‘I mourn for those who never knew you’ tattooed on me in honour of my brother.

8. Frank Turner – Love Live The Queen
I know it’s a bit strange to have two songs from the same artist, but this song was the soundtrack to the toughest year of my life and means a lot to me, and some of my best friends who saw me through it.

9. Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
Just sit back and enjoy that intro, as it only get’s better from there. I had the pleasure of watching the legend himself perform this live at Latitude 2013 – on one the of worst hangovers I’ve ever experienced. It was worth every second!

10. Warren G – Regulate
A bit of a wild-card, but I had to include this song as it reminds me of my time working behind the bar at Vbar – when DJ Freddy would see the night out (after some gentle persuasion!) with this tune.


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