Howard Donald says all Take That songs are s***

Howard Donald says all Take That songs are s***

It’s common for artists to be critical of their work, but to call the music you’ve been making for 30 years “s***” takes self-deprecation to a whole new level.

And that’s exactly what Take That member Howard Donald has done.

Asked to name his favourite track from the group’s vast back catalogue during a podcast interview, Howard joked: “I don’t like any of them, they’re all s***.”

Donald, 52, then clarified to Events That Made Me host Liz Taylor that he prefers dance and electronic music to his band’s signature pop style.

“At the moment I’ve got 15 boxes of vinyl, all dance music from the late 80s and 90s, I’m sifting through – Beck, Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk, Human League, Gary Numan,” he explained.

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“I generally listen to a lot of electronic music - I listen to a lot of dance music.”

The singer-songwriter was one of Take That’s original five members before the Manchester-based band split in 1996.

He then joined Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, and Mark Owen for their much celebrated reunion in 2006.

Since then, Robbie Williams briefly rejoined the group for their album Progress, and Orange quit the band in 2014.

The band reunited for a festival in 2011

Over the rest of the Events that Made Me interview, Donald struck a more conciliatory note, praising Take That’s commitment to staging jaw-dropping concerts for their fans.

He said: “We’ve always said we want people to walk out of those arenas and say: ’Wow. It was an amazing show. I got my money’s worth.

“Production wise, you could spend anywhere between £10 million to £15 million producing a show like that. Then obviously you’ve got to do enough shows to get your money back, otherwise you would be doing it for free. And we are a business at the end of the day.”

He continued: “We never used to see guys at our show, and bit by bit the girlfriends would be bringing the guys, and the guys would have their arms in the air.

″[Then] you’d have boxes booked out with stag dos, singing along – whether they’re p***ed or not, it doesn’t really matter. They’ve come along because they know Take That’s going to deliver a performance – whether you like the music or not.”

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