Charlie Cooper

Scriptwriter & actor — Cirencester

Name, where are you from?
Charlie Cooper. Cirencester, the Cotswolds.

What do you do?
Comedy scriptwriter and actor.

Describe your style in three words:
Plain, practical, unwashed.

What has been your all-time favourite gig?
Recently saw The Maccabees farewell gig at Alexandra Palace which was pretty emotional. First saw them with the same group of friends at Camden Barfly over ten years ago when they were still relatively unknown. We ended up missing the last National Express bus back home and spent the rest of the night dozing off in a 24-hour McDonalds until the next morning when we could catch the next one. The next day we all got our hair cut like Orlando and brought Reebok classic hi-tops. From then on we became serious Indie kids. It’s a great feeling to grow up with a band and see them evolve as you get older. Will be sorely missed.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Three Lions' by Baddiel and Skinner during the summer of ‘96 on my mum’s old half melted cassette player. It drove my sister insane.

Which music defines the teenage you?
In my early teens I was obsessed with American pop-punk bands like Blink 182 and the Offspring, but the most specifically defining was the song ‘Heaven Is A Halfpipe’ by OPM. I was heavily into skateboarding despite having no natural talent for it. The fad soon disappeared as quickly as OPM disappeared off the face of the earth.

A song from your favourite album?
‘Time For Heroes’ from ‘Up the Bracket’ by the Libertines. This album and band genuinely changed my life. I spent countless weekends wandering around Camden Market wearing a red military jacket and a trilby hoping to bump into Pete Doherty. I never did unfortunately.

A song you wish you’d written?
‘There She Goes’ by the La’s. Probably the greatest pop song of all time. Although I actually did write a very similar song called ‘Here she comes’ which was equally as good.

What is the last piece of music you bought?
‘Blood on the Tracks’ by Bob Dylan. Brilliant album.

Most meaningful lyrics to inspire change?
Whenever I hear any of Ed Sheeran’s lyrics I’m pretty inspired to get up and change the song.

Best song to bring people together?
‘500 miles’ by the Proclaimers. Classic wedding disco banger.

Best love song of all time?
‘Dancing in the Dark’ by Bruce Springsteen. First song I sang to a girl. She dumped me soon after.

Is there a song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You’ from the Disney film Mulan. That whole soundtrack is seriously underrated in comparison to other Disneys.

What new music/bands are you listening to?
They’ve been around for a few years now but the Fat White Family are a band that excites me a lot.

Name, where are you from?
Charlie Cooper. Cirencester, the Cotswolds.

What do you do?
Comedy scriptwriter and actor.

Describe your style in three words:
Plain, practical, unwashed.

What has been your all-time favourite gig?
Recently saw The Maccabees farewell gig at Alexandra Palace which was pretty emotional. First saw them with the same group of friends at Camden Barfly over ten years ago when they were still relatively unknown. We ended up missing the last National Express bus back home and spent the rest of the night dozing off in a 24-hour McDonalds until the next morning when we could catch the next one. The next day we all got our hair cut like Orlando and brought Reebok classic hi-tops. From then on we became serious Indie kids. It’s a great feeling to grow up with a band and see them evolve as you get older. Will be sorely missed.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Three Lions' by Baddiel and Skinner during the summer of ‘96 on my mum’s old half melted cassette player. It drove my sister insane.

Which music defines the teenage you?
In my early teens I was obsessed with American pop-punk bands like Blink 182 and the Offspring, but the most specifically defining was the song ‘Heaven Is A Halfpipe’ by OPM. I was heavily into skateboarding despite having no natural talent for it. The fad soon disappeared as quickly as OPM disappeared off the face of the earth.

A song from your favourite album?
‘Time For Heroes’ from ‘Up the Bracket’ by the Libertines. This album and band genuinely changed my life. I spent countless weekends wandering around Camden Market wearing a red military jacket and a trilby hoping to bump into Pete Doherty. I never did unfortunately.

A song you wish you’d written?
‘There She Goes’ by the La’s. Probably the greatest pop song of all time. Although I actually did write a very similar song called ‘Here she comes’ which was equally as good.

What is the last piece of music you bought?
‘Blood on the Tracks’ by Bob Dylan. Brilliant album.

Most meaningful lyrics to inspire change?
Whenever I hear any of Ed Sheeran’s lyrics I’m pretty inspired to get up and change the song.

Best song to bring people together?
‘500 miles’ by the Proclaimers. Classic wedding disco banger.

Best love song of all time?
‘Dancing in the Dark’ by Bruce Springsteen. First song I sang to a girl. She dumped me soon after.

Is there a song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You’ from the Disney film Mulan. That whole soundtrack is seriously underrated in comparison to other Disneys.

What new music/bands are you listening to?
They’ve been around for a few years now but the Fat White Family are a band that excites me a lot.

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