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AMs reveal the top of their pops
Cover of AMs' top tunes booklet
An insight into AMs' musical leanings for a good cause
They spend their days soberly pondering the fate of the nation, but beneath Assembly Members' sensible suits beat fast-beating Welsh musical hearts.

The 60 AMs have each revealed their top three tunes to raise money for the BBC's Children in Need appeal.

Not surprisingly, musical taste is as varied as political opinion, with the Sex Pistols, Schubert, Sinatra and Status Quo all making an appearance.

A 5 booklet will be launched at the Cardiff Bay assembly on Tuesday.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan makes some strikingly individual choices whose titles will no doubt invite analysis from amateur psychologists - and political opponents - about his leadership style.

I always sing it when I'm drunk which is why I can't remember the title!
Conservative Mark Isherwood fails to name that tune

His first is Buddy Can You Spare a Dime, by Bing Crosby, which he describes as "the best song ever written about the great depression".

Second is I Tort I Saw a Puddy Tat a Cweeping up on Me, by Mel Blanc, the voice behind classic cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. Mr Morgan, who was born in 1939, discloses that it was the first record he bought.

Bing Crosby and Rhodri Morgan
Bing Crosby sets Rhodri Morgan on the road to musical heaven

Third in Mr Morgan's list is I Got What it Takes, by Clarence Williams and his Washboard Five, which he calls "classic jazz music and wonderful".

The other three main party leaders go for perhaps more predictable pop picking - even if the titles may again prove either hostages to fortune, or just grounds for cheap jibes.

Conservative Nick Bourne includes Katie Melua's Closest Thing to Crazy, Liberal Democrat Mike German has Buddy Holly's That'll Be the Day, and Plaid Cymru's Ieuan Wyn Jones opts for Edward H Dafis' Mistar Duw (Mr God).

Plunge deeper into the booklet, and some intriguing choices emerge. So here are the BBC Wales news website political pop honours.

The Non-Partisan Award: Conservative Glyn Davies, who picks Yma o Hyd by Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Iwan - even if he does spoil it slightly by adding: "He's a good singer and should concentrate on what he's good at!"

Sex Pistols and Leanne Wood
Monarchical musings: the Sex Pistols and Leanne Wood
The Partisan It's My Party and I'll Make a Political Point if I Want to Award, Pt One: Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd and Janet Davies, who each choose three Dafydd Iwan songs. Runners-up: Plaid's Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Owen John Thomas (one Dafydd Iwan song each)

The Partisan It's My Party etc... Award, Pt Two: Labour's Ann Jones (Things Can Only Get Better - "reminder of the 1997 general election" and The Internationale - "reminds me of why we should all be socialists"). Runner-up: Labour's John Griffiths (The Internationale - "song of international socialism".

The Punk's Not Dead Award: Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood, who was once thrown out of the assembly chamber for calling the Queen "Mrs Windsor," picks God Save the Queen, by the Sex Pistols.

The Refreshing Honesty Award: Conservative Mark Isherwood, whose selection includes "A Welsh folk song - I always sing it when I'm drunk which is why I can't remember the title!"

The booklet has been compiled by Cardiff South and Penarth Labour AM Lorraine Barrett and Lib Dem Montgomeryshire AM Mick Bates.




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