Traffic Lights hasn’t been so successful this week. It approached a number of Corner Shop owners and invited them to take part in our delightful questionnaire. Eyeing me beadily, they looked terrified – then sent me on my way with cries of ‘too much to do!’, ‘another time’ and plain ‘NO’.
I’m trying to think of ways to romance them into taking part. In the good old days, a mixed tape would do the trick. So I’m bringing back this long-lost, much loved, archaic wooing tool and preparing a playlist. This playlist:
Cornershop Brimful of Asha
Kings of Leon Milk
Gene Kelly Good Morning!
Cast of Oliver Food Glorious Food
Oasis Cigarettes and Alcohol
The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar
Sammy Davis Jnr The Candy Man
The Beatles Mean Mr Mustard
Larry Groce Junk Food Junkie
Las Ketchup The Ketchup Song
Shanks and Bigfoot Sweet like chocolate
Bow Wow Wow I want candy
Danny Kaye I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
Labelle Lady Marmalade
Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauce song
Monty Python Spam song
The Fat Boys All you can eat
Cast of Sweeney Todd The worst pies in London
And finally, as an ironic twist for the B side (since we all know they never close): Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Will keep you posted on progress.