As it’s nearly Mother’s Day I thought I’d share some memories of music that my Mum has given me over the years. Now to be fair most of my memories of music from her are Simply Red, which I passionately despise. Car journeys would have me reaching for my Walkman to drown out the likes of “Fairground” and “Monies to Tight to Mention”. Middle aged music for a middle class generation was far from the music for a jilted generation I was listening too.
But it wasn’t all bad…………
Jive Bunny – Swing the Mood
Being about four or five this is one of my first really vivid memories of music that my mum would play. Once my baby sister was in bed we would play this and like the mad hyper active child I was I would dance all over the living room, bouncing off of grey velour sofa, on to my Care Bears beanbag. Sweaty mess was an understatement when I listened to this. I can still picture the colourful artwork of the Jive Bunny to this day.
The three of us living in a flat in Eastleigh, a typical big ’90’s JVC boom box playing the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Of all the songs on that album, which as I’ve got older I can now appreciate how many perfectly formed pop songs there are but it is “Hungry Eyes” that I always asked to be put on. Being to young to understand the lyrics properly and just liking the musical arrangements and Eric Carmens voice. Sometimes just liking a song for its sound is better than investing to much time into what it stands for or the message. About once a month I’ll play this and instantly be taken back to a time where all I had to worry about was which teenage mutant turtle I wanted to be and that my milk was poured in my favourite Milky Way plastic cup. Saxophone solo 🎷🎷🎷🎷🎷🎷
Now this may be a surprise to you but not as much as it was to me to hear my mum listening to this while cooking a Sunday roast. Whether it was Rod Stewart that made it ok for a suburban middle aged woman listen to this I don’t know. Finally, I thought to myself, we can talk about hip hop and can introduce her to a world of possibilities. Alas no, this was a one off and as yet have failed to hear any Dr. Dre or Nas play. Still it was 4:21 that no Simply Red played.
Off the new album Prisoner, this is a soft a rock with hints of synths melded into a song tinged with regret and hints of heartbreak. A reflection we all have at some points in our life while staring out of the window onto a raining dark night while drinking. However bleak the lyrics may seem, I can’t help but sing a long to a chorus constructed for arena level gigs. Throw in a guitar solo and this song brings a smile to the face, even if it pulls on the heart strings.
For those of us old enough to remember Hybrid Theory coming out and launching the new wave of nu-metal, this is a far cry fro, those screaming roots. At first I dismissed this as nothing more than Transformers needing a new song for its upcoming film but to my surprise after a few more plays it has grown on me. I mean I can’t see me revisiting this in 3 years time but for a radio friendly unit shifter it ticks the box. Kiiara’s vocals blend well with Chesters. Part of me will always long for the raspy screams of “one step closer” but I guess we shall have to wait and see if new album One More Light can take me back to my 16 year old days of moshing with baggy jeans and skate wear.
A Surgeon – Ready Or Not (feat. The Fugees) [remix]
For those of you lucking enough to be finishing for the weekend, put this on LOUD and party into the night. Drum & Bass nostalgia mixed with timeless Ready Or Not will get you going for whatever your weekend plans. Just.Listen.Loud!!!
So after months of taking the piss with my girlfriend that I had a music blog and sending her short reviews of my “banging choons”, I finally thought I’d give it a crack. Sooo if your a fan of great music and have a thirst for poorly written reviews of music this could just make your week (I mean it’s not going to, but sex with a fat person isn’t going to make your week but it’s still enjoyable right?!?)
My objective is to post at least one song that I’ve discovered over the course of a week. It might be mainstream pop, it might be the grimyist of grime or a catchy little number from unknown indie hipsters. I love all types of music and hope I inspire at least one person to listen to something they haven’t heard.
Have a great week and let me know of any music suggestions
As this is my first post I’m going to give you a few songs to give you a feel of what I’m listening to.
Let’s us begin……..
Trampled By Turtles – Wait So Long
I first heard this song at a shit job 5 years ago. Now the job was shit but the people I met there are some of my closet friends, to the extent that I’m best man for one in a couple of months. We used to put this on in the shop and have a great ho down, picture hillbillys with straw hats and dungarees and that was us.
It will make you tap your foot and grab someone to do-see-do but it’s lyrics are a tale of missed opportunities and how insignificant we are. “I’m just a raindrop in a river, just a little bitty grain of sand” resonate to make you feel small but juxtaposed to the rhythm of blue grass you can’t help but feel good after this 3:26 masterpiece.
Dusky feat. Wiley – Sort It Out Sharon
Moving swiftly on to an absolute banger now, turn your bass up, wind your windows down and throw up some bad man hand signs (my love for ironic urban slang use should not be misconstrued as me being anything other than a middle class white man). This first came to my attention but ultimately slipped under my radar from my other love, football, when adidas used it in their blah blah blah ad back in the summer (2016).
Fast forward 5 months and on a trip to see Aston Villa disappoint (I’m not a villa fan) Jonny Dickfingers, the only man I let control my music when I’m driving puts this on. Hearing properly for the first time made me instantly jealous that I wasn’t the one sharing this song to everyone in the car but that’s why I let him dj……..sometimes.
Sundowners – Great Beauty
The joy of working nights mean I get to hear more independent music and discover little gems, from this Merseyside band. A swooping guitar laden track with a majestic duelling vocal harmony, give this song a sixties feel but with an intense modern indie twist.
Sit back turn the lights down and drink it all in.