7 Songs in 7 (ish) days: Come As You Are Nirvana

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The other part of musical life at university was the discovery and growing love of seeing bands and wearing flannel and Docs and being grunge. Possibly the culmination of this was spending a summer floating around in the pool at Allen Grove reading a book and listening to Nevermind on repeat (meant I didn’t need to get out of the pool). Of course, I late had a moment of great shame when i didn’t realise I was on the same plane with the band when they toured sometime later until it was nearly too late.


7 Songs in 7 (ish) days: Bass (How low can you go)

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There were two major parts to music during university: one was dancing and the other was bands. Today, dancing. Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s going dancing was a big part of life, There were different clubs for different nights of the week. And they changed from time to time.. Those were the days when a phone call at 10ppm could get me out of bed and into town because we didn’t really start dancing til 11pm. The music ranged across the years from Salt ‘n’ Peppa amd Push It, through New Order and into house music, Here is an example of the kind of thing that would get one onto the dancefloor, even if you never knew its name.


7 Songs in 7 Days: Duran Duran Careless Memories

As a teenager music was very important to me and Duran Duran was everything. I slept under the giant poster, I cut up magazines and stuck them to my school books and folders, we debated who was our favourite (mine was Simon) and I saved up to buy their cassettes and singles and albums and everything. Duran Duran was the first concert I went to. I was entranced by the glamour of the videos for Rio, I loved the weirdness of the lyrics from Seven and the Ragged Tiger and while there were many bands I loved during the 1980s, none came close to Duran Duran. The best thing though is to find how much I still enjoy listening to their music, how much I shouted lyrics like a teenager when I saw them play again a couple of years ago, and that Simon still looks hot with a microphone in his hand.

7 Songs in & Days: Racey “Some Girls”

Here is Some Girls by Racey from the album Smash and Grab – the first album I ever purchased. Seventies pop at its finest, demonstrating some of the movement into synth that would dominate the 1980s. Nowadays there is a lot of other 1970s music I would listen to well before Racey, but to a ten year old with dollars to burn, Smash and Grab was the best. They were really my One Direction.

Fifteen in Fifteen

So I am going to share with you the facebook  meme brought to me by Bell’s Knits.

The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

1. Rio – Duran Duran

2. Mercy Seat – Nick Cave

3. The White Stripes – The White Stripes

4. Eponymous – R.E.M.

5 . Epic – Faith No More

6. Nevermind – Nirvana

7. Pablo Honey – Radiohead

8. Hazards of Love – The Decemberists

9. Somery – The Descendents

10. Tommy – The Wedding Present

11. Shame About Ray – the Lemonheads

12. Slanted and Enchanted – Pavement

13. Is This It – The Strokes

14. Flood – They Might Be Giants

15. Bleach – Nirvana

Wow, doing that it shows how much I tend to think about songs individually rather than albums. The iPod age means I rarely seem to listen to entire albums at a time, just snatches here and there. Perhaps this is revealed by the fact that not that many of those albums are from the last 10 years, and fewer from the last 10. It is interesting that our conception of music has moved away from the album thing which probably reached its peak in the 1970s and 1980s, but has died away now that cd shuffle and iPods and our other technologies of music have moved beyond the mix tape – we no longer have to listen to music in the manner in which artists carefully construct it for us.Oh, how could I have forgotten Pink Floyd and Dark Side of the Moon for that list? But I think of it now because its tracks always sound oddly out of place when they randomly show up on my iPod. But then again, so do some of those by Eminem or OutKast – so maybe album construction isn’t totally dead.

All right, those of you who read this – I challenge you to construct your own and link back here – then I will return the favour by linking to you.