Ed Sheeran talks about forgetting and relearning his own songs ahead of upcoming anniversary show. (Apple Music)
On August 12, 2021, English superstar, Ed Sheeran joined Rebecca Judd on Apple Music 1 to pick his favourite throwback classics, and reflects on the tenth anniversary of his debut album, ‘+’.
During the conversation he sings his first ever song, ‘Typical Average Teen’ to Judd and says it was nearly used by the creator of The Simpsons, reveals that following their first date, he and wife Cherry went for dinner with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and explains why he doesn’t believe in meeting his heroes unless they reach out to him.
He also looks back on his first, unexpected meeting with Van Morrison, working with Eminem, his relationship with Damien Rice, and more.
Ed Sheeran Tells Apple Music About His First Ever Song And How It Almost Featured In A Show By The Creator Of The Simpsons…
It was before I was a teenager and it was called ‘Typical Average Teen’ [sings]. The creator of the Simpsons was doing a show, my cousin knew him. And they were like, “Oh, they’re doing this show about a typical average teen.” And he was like, “My cousin wrote something like that.” So it was actually going to be the soundtrack to this thing for a while. I don’t know what happened, it would have been so weird to have my first song end up being the soundtrack of a TV show… I think that might have been the first time I’ve actually sung more than the first line of it.
Ed Sheeran Tells Apple Music About Relearning His Songs Ahead Of His Forthcoming ‘+’ Tenth Anniversary Show In London…
Ed Sheeran: I actually haven’t listened to it [‘+’] since it came out, but I’m doing a 10th anniversary show at some point this year, so I’m going to go back and relearn all of it. There’ll be songs that I’ll have to literally relearn the lyrics to, because I wouldn’t have played them since the tour in 2011.
Rebecca Judd: Do you think when you listen to them, you’re going to feel the same as you did when they released or you’re going to look back and be like, “Oh, this tune was actually rusty. Why did I put this out?”
Ed Sheeran: Of course. I think everything has a progression to it and it leads on to the next thing….I actually ended up listening to a song called ‘U.N.I’ from the record because Charlamagne tha God had emailed me being like, “Rod Wave covered you today.” And I was like, “What?” And yeah, he was like, “Yeah. And it was like a deep album cut.” And Rod Wave was on the Breakfast Club and had sung some of ‘U.N.I’. So I went back to listen to that because I couldn’t even remember the bit that he was singing. Like it’s been that long.