Thursday, April 06, 2006


The mememememe that everyone else has done, because I am having problems coming up with ideas about posts at the moment.

1. A track from your early childhood: Excerpt From A Teenage Opera - Keith West
This makes me think of pre-school endlessly sundrenched days in the summer of love, high on strawberry flavoured Junior Disprin and overcome with excitement thinking about a shopping trip to Cannock (these were simple times. In my case, very simple times). Tremendous song though.

2. A track that you associate with your first love: Dizzy by Tommy Roe

3. A track that reminds you of a holiday trip: Mr Vain - Culturebeat
Heard in a taxi travelling back to our apartment on a Greek island. The taxi screeched to a halt and drove on. Apparently the driver had run over a cat. Everyone else in our car was shocked that he hadn't bothered to do an emergency stop or get out of the car to look for the injured/dead cat. I wasn't that concerned because I don't like cats and was a bit pissed and tired. All I wanted was to get back to the apartment and fall asleep.

4. A track that you like but wouldn't want to be associated with in public: Mad World by Tears For Fears

5. A track that accompanied you when you were lovesick: True Faith by New Order
Don't ask.

6. A track that you have probably listened to most often: Dancing Queen by Abba
I know what you're thinking: "oh, fat stupid middle aged slapper music". Pretty accurate description of me. Apart from the fat bit. Still, when I first heard this at the age of 13 I had an epiphany. I realised that friends may let you down, family may let you down, capitalism lets you down, your physical health lets you down and we all lose our charms in the end, but GREAT MUSIC NEVER LETS YOU DOWN. Unless you go deaf.

7. A track that is your favourite instrumental: The Crunch by The Rah Band, or The Liquidator by Harry J. All Stars, or Rhapsody In Blue by Mr Gershwin, or Magic Fly by Space, or Quixote by Polygon Window, or R-Theme by Derrick May
I had difficulty choosing just one.

8. A track that represents one of your favourite bands: Marquee Moon - Television

9. A track which represents yourself best: Dancing Fool - Frank Zappa. That's Me - Abba. Heh heh.

10. A track that reminds you of a special occasion (which one?): a whole album really - Echo And The Bunnymen's Heaven Up Here
It reminds me of leaving school because it was released around that time and I listened to it incessantly. C'mon, I was 17! There's nothing sweeter than walking through those school gates for the last time, which makes me feel very suspicious of people who spend so much time visiting Friends Reunited. As the Little Dog's Day man said, the three most depressing places on earth are Rhyl, Lidl and Friends Reunited.

11. A track that you can relax to: Love Is Blue by Paul Mauriat

12. A track that stands for a really good time in your life: The Trouble With Me - Black Legend I heard this as I drifted in and out of sleep with the sun streaming through the curtains in an apartment on Lanzarote on the radio. I think it was Radio Fuerteventura, and the dj was playing a Very Much Extended mix of the song. Perfect weather, perfect holiday destination, good times.

13. A track that is currently your favourite: bear in mind that I never listen to the radio and am old and out of touch, but pop music seems to be going through a bit of a lull at the moment. I suppose the recent Sugababes one was alright, as is Golden Lion by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs featuring Pat Coombes. Or Dancing by Aaron Smith. Or Speechless by Mish Mash. They aren't exactly life changing though. Anyone who can suggest otherwise is free to do so in the comments bit, or by e-mail or at the usual address.

14. A track that you dedicate to your best friend: don't people grow out of having best fwiends when they are about 14? So I would have to dedicate it to my best friend from when I was 14. So it would have to be bloodybastardawful Don't Give Up On Us Baybeee by David Soul.

15. A track that you like especially for its lyrics: The Day Before You Came - Abba, or God Save The Queen or Bodies by the Sex Pistols, or Common People by Pulp, or She Is Beyond Good And Evil by the Pop Group.
I can't help it, I'm a romantic fool.

16. A track that you like that's neither in English nor German: Si by Gigliola Cinquetti, or Marieke by Jacques Brel, or Les Amants D'un Jour by Edith Piaf, or The Ketchup Song by Las Ketchup

17. A track that lets you release tension best: I Feel Love by Donna Summer
Probably the best pop single of all time.

18. A track that you want to be played at your funeral: The Gift by the Velvet Underground Well, everyone could do with a laugh in that situation.

I'm supposed to narrow that list down a bit, aren't I?

Lee over at http://reprep.blogspot.com has the 'Golden Lion' video if anyone fancies a look....
Thank you, Doppelganger.

Well, I went over there for a look but nobody else seems interested. Bah.
In American blogland everyone is talking about weight-gain again. Good to be here; off to play Pulp's 'Bar Italia'.
Gold Lion is really, really great. I don't keep up with new stuff either, but I saw that one when I accidentally switched on MTV2 for a few minutes, and subsequently came to love it.

The rest of your list fills me with shame at my musical ignorance, Betty. But it's not often you see a reference to Polygon Window. Isn't PW that Aphex Twin chappie in disguise?
I'd COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN Gigliola Cinquetti. I'll be humming it all afternoon now. I may even have an espresso, just to set the mood.
Arabella - thanks. I suppose everyone in British blogland will be talking about bird flu (not that I would know. I live in my own little world. Nuclear annihilation could be happening even as I speak for all I know).

Patroclus - I wouldn't say I was musically clued up. I don't know about the ins and outs of Bob Dylan's back catalogue. It's probably down to being old and having "a rich history" (hem hem) to draw from.

Polygon Window is the Aphex Twin in one of his guises. That album was a bit more melodic than the falling-down-the-stairs percussive style he's best known for.

Rhino 75 - a great song, although I'm more familiar with the English version, so I was cheating a bit.

If I was to have an espresso I would probably start hyperventilating. Oh, the perils of middle age.
You're right. It doesn't let you down. What an interesting thought...
Mark - welcome back before you disappear again.

I'm sure I've listened to certain records too much and music's let me down in that sense. Also, your favourite bands/musicians always let you down at some point.

So I've just contradicted what I'd written originally. I've let myself down.
The Lilac Time!!!

Blimey, I never thought I'd hear of that lot again.

(Even though I've heard the song about a million times by now, I though she was singing "Gold Line, tell me what the time is". I'm not great with lyrics.)
The lyrics that you think are being sung are usually better than the real ones anyway.

For example, when I was about 12 I just assumed that the Abba girls were singing "my my, in me now or never" in the song Mamma Mia because Swedish women have a very healthy, progressive attitude towards sex. This is the truth, unfortunately.

Anyway, moving swiftly on ...
Hey Spinny, I love the Lilac Time, me. I had a crush on Stephen Duffy for *years*. God knows why. But why are we talking about this on Betty's blog? Or is Betty secretly also a fan?
We've got a whole rack of Lilac Time CDs.

They're filed in between The Levellers and Lynnrd Skynnrd.

We get them all out when we want to have a good time.
There is absolutely no shame in liking 'Dancing Queen' - it's a brilliant, brilliant song!

And 'The Gift' - what a track that is. Doubt I've heard a much more arresting lyrical conclusion to a song than that...
Patroclus - Geoff is lying. The only cd's we have filed in the L section are by the Lurkers and Lulu and the Luvvers.

Ben - I feel that I'd be having the the last laugh by having The Gift played at my funeral.

My favourite fantasy funeral song is Tornado by the Telstars played at great volume on a ghetto blaster as Margaret Thatcher's coffin slides along a conveyor belt and falls into her grave. Well, it is her favourite song and the image always cheers me up.
Patroclus - I got confused, I read your and Betty's lists in quick succession and got them all mixed up.

I am not very bright and easily bewildered. I'm going to bed now before I say anything else stupid.
I might give this one a go. I have other ideas for blogs, but no time to dawdle over them. This seems kind of straight forward, and I love music memes.
I think I'm going to just have to post up memes if I don't come up with some other ideas soon ...
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