Another musical meme, & it’s good’un! I’ve been tagged for this one by the very musical Not Just Another Blogger, so “thang you verry muchh”
These memes, & this one in particular, are very much a double-edged sword for me. I enjoy doing them, especially the musical ones, but there’s always a danger of giving away too much information.
So what’s the problem? Well, answering these questions honestly will properly date me, even more so than the last one. And the thing is: I’m really quite old. Think “That old?” then add some. OK? I don’t like to admit it, even though I allude to it in my “Who’s the Daddy?” spiel, but I am. Compared with you lot, anyway.
And to be honest, I’m a bit embarassed about it. We all like to belong, we don’t like to be different, the outsider. Especially as for most of my life I have been the outsider, the one who doesn’t quite fit in, the fish out of water.
So what the hell! “Publish & be jammed!”, as they say. Or something:
1) What was the first 7 inch single you bought ?
Actually I can’t remember. It was long time ago, see? And the memory’s not quite what it was…
I do remember though owning a 7″ single really early on but it may have been bought for me by my parents. I played it over & over & over, as kids do, on a dinky little plastic record player & drove them to near insanity. I liked it.
I would like to point out this stage, if I may, that there was often a delay back then of several years before big songs & TV shows made their way downunder from the USA. The date on this one surprised even me!
I was also about to comment on how uncool this is – then I noticed that it was written by the great Carole King & Gerry Goffin. And was covered by a little group called The Beatles, among others. Starting to feel a bit better now, thanks.
2) What was the first full album you bought ? (Any format)
Again, I can’t remember! *sniff”*. I think it may have been Pink Floyd’s epic prog-rock classic concept album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’. Still 1 of my favourite albums, & this from it is still 1 of my favourite songs. Darkly beautiful, & very profound:
So here’s where I establish once-&-for-all my ‘music geek’ credentials. At school when I was bored I would play this album in my head, & I knew every note, every word, every pause, every nuance, exactly as recorded. I kid you not. It occurs to me that maybe I should have paid more attention…
3) What album do you own that you are most embarassed to own up to?
Do I have to answer this one? Oh, alright then, meany! Actually there are quite a few; I have wide & varied taste in music. I’m something of a completionist & to that end I’m gradually replacing my old cassette tapes with CDs & downloads. 1 of these that I recently bought was The Bee Gees’ Greatest Hits. This song, believe it or not, was my favourite song for a while back in the 70s. And actually, dammit, it’s still kinda nice!
4) What was the last album you bought?
Again, I’m not sure but I think it was probably Basement Jaxx: The Singles. From it here’s a great song with slightly disturbing video:
5) What is your favourite album of all time?
Probably a toss-up between U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ & Radiohead’s ‘The Bends’. But I think U2 just shades it.
This from it is I think 1 of its & U2’s most under-rated songs: beautiful not only musically but also lyrically. Bono, in my opinion, is very under-rated as a lyricist.
It’s a really stupid video – the song is about heroin addiction – but it’s the only one I could find with the studio version of the song:
6) What is your favourite song of all time?
U2 again sorry, & from ‘The Joshua Tree’! Starting slowly, menacingly, mysteriously, it builds & builds until ending in a passionate primal scream amidst crashing guitars & drums: a masterful slow burning dark love song. Stunning:
7) If you could use 3 words to describe your musical tastes what would they be?
Eclectic, intense, beautiful.
That was fun! For an exercise in humiliation.
So I now tag:
MusoDad – if he can tempted to do another session
Go on, bare your souls!
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