50 Ways to Prove I’m Rubbish #4

You’ll probably have noticed by now, there’s an era that most of the songs in this series are from: the early to mid 1980s. And there’s a reason for that.

See, in my book, there is never a more exciting time in your life than when you start exploring and discovering music for yourself. In my early teens, I discovered many a band that I connected with, that gave me that rush of recognition, that I’d found something special, a record I loved and was truly mine.

Certainly, it’s not a feeling I’ve experienced for a good thirty years or so, but that’s not to say I’ve remained stuck in the past and haven’t heard any good new bands in all that time, just that it doesn’t effect me in the same way any more. I simply can’t imagine myself becoming as obsessed with a new band I’ve heard now as I did back then.

If I had to pick my Top Ten Favourite Albums…Ever! then I can guarantee that every one of them would be one which I first heard or owned between the ages of 13 and 25.

So part of the reason I’m writing this series is to ask myself: “What If…?” Would my musical taste be any different now if I’d bought differently way back when?

When I finally bought this record, some five years or so after it came out, I bought the album it’s on: High Land, Hard Rain.

In fact, I actually bought their second album, Knife, first, and even that didn’t put me off (it’s not great).

But High Land... is an album that will constantly live in my Top Ten Favoutite Albums ever, there’s not a duff tune on there. But that’s also because I discovered it when I was a teenager, when such things mattered way more to me than they do now.

Of course, this is the most well-known song on it, and rightly so, it’s an absolute peach:


Aztec Camera – Oblivious

More soon.

Welcome Back

Amidst all the joyous football results this week (4-3, 3-3, oh, and apparently there’s another cup that Arsenal and Chelsea are still in, but I’ve not really seen anything about that), there’s been one more comeback which has probably passed you all by.

I don’t wish to place any undo pressure on her to start blogging again regularly, but I was utterly delighted when new posts by Lorraine over at Still Got Manners unexpectedly popped up in my notifications.

I’ve been meaning to tidy up my sidebar for a while, root out those that didn’t post anymore so that visitors here didn’t waste their time clicking on defunkt links, and, as she hadn’t posted anything in almost four years, hers was one which probably would have gone.

It turns out her hiatus was well justified, and now she’s back on the scene I’d heartily recommend you visit her blog; Lorraine predominantly writes eloquently and entertainingly about gigs she’s been to, and seems to lead a much more exciting social life than me, which probably isn’t saying much.

A majestic tune, then, to welcome her back to the blogging fold:


The Boo Radleys – Lazarus

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

After her initial impact with the utter glorious Video Games, which gave auditionees a new song to murder in the early rounds of The X Factor, I’ve been less than bothered about most of Lana Del Rey’s output.

And then in 2017, she released an album which had this, for my money her first truly heart-stoppingly gorgeous moment since that auspicious debut.

This is just beautiful:


Lana Del Rey – Change

Oh but Lana, a word to the wise: it’s probably best not to call your album Lust for Life, it can only draw unfavourable comparisons….

More soon.