We are young: Alasdair Walker's musical landmarks

Active NextGen Planner Alasdair Walker is next up in our series of musical milestones. 

The Hunter Aitkenhead & Walker director covers the start of his career, moving town and British Steel with everything from rock to hip-hop. 

Read the first in our series with Gemma Siddle here and the second with Jamie Kyte here. If you want to contribute your own playlist, get in touch by emailing news@citywire.co.uk. We'd love to hear from you.

First up is Plan B, who I saw at a BBC 1Xtra live show at Sheffield Arena in 2009, when I was first starting in financial services at HSBC. 'Stay Too Long' feels appropriate as I very nearly walked into their mass redundancies right at the start of my career (though managed to dodge it by luck, rather than design).

I’m not afraid to admit to seeing Meat Loaf live three times. He’s my wife’s favourite artist, and he puts on a damn good stage show. This song stuck with me, as two years into our relationship, in 2011, I asked her to move 100 miles from home, with no job to move to, no family and no friends in the area, and (spoiler) she did!

Another arena gig. They don’t really have 'songs', but Blue Man Group were an amazing live experience, if a little overwhelming! A  bit like the hundreds of exams I felt I needed to pass before I could even sit down and properly speak to a client.

We saw Fun at Rock City in Nottingham in 2013. Much more my kind of venue. The chorus lyrics ring true with my revelation that financial planning didn’t need to be the preserve of the middle-aged man (and finding the NextGen group):

'Tonight, we are young

So let's set the world on fire

We can burn brighter

Than the sun.'

This one is a bit of a cheat, because I saw Imogen Heap live way back in the mid-2000s, but the gig and her music have stuck with me since. This B-side track, one of her lesser-known songs, was mesmerising live, and the start of the chorus put all my chartered exams into perspective!

'There, there baby

It's just textbook stuff

It's in the ABC of growing up.'

The first album I ever bought was Muse’s second album, Origin of Symmetry, and I finally got to see them live in 2013 at the Ricoh Arena. But who would have thought their lyrics would give such good career advice?

'Don't waste your time, or time will waste you.'

I’m seeing PSB in Leicester next month, and their latest release seems eerily relevant to our profession, in more ways than one. I was distraught at the British Steel pension scandal that is still rumbling on. But also the recruitment advert sampled in the song has the lines:

'Young men of Wales are finding

The industry that employed their fathers and their grandfathers

There's a future, a secure future, in Welsh coal today.'