Friday, 20 November 2009

memorable musical moments meme

I was tagged by Jonathan Evens for this meme that’s been doing the rounds.

Think of eight memorable musical moments, not necessarily all time favourites, but those when, for example, you felt compelled to wait in the car when listening to this amazing song on the radio because you just had to know who it was by. Or the piece you heard on the tv in a drama that drove you straight onto iTunes to download... (remember once we spent the princely sum of 6s 8d on a vinyl single?!). Optional details for each song give where, why and Spotify or youtube links ...

  1. Dr Who theme. Saturday evenings in my Gran’s house in Belfast where we lived during the mid 60s. I’d had my bath and the football results were in and then the highlight of the week as the theme to Dr Who started up – magical memories.
  2. Get It On – T. Rex from Electric Warrior. My first Christmas present album (1971/2?); the black cover with Bolan in outline posing with a Gibson Les Paul in front of a Marshall stack summed up rock n’ roll.
  3. House of the Rising Sun – The Animals. My sister had this on the Stardust (David Essex & Adam Faith) film soundtrack and it was the first song my band played in school assembly, 1974? I was on guitar, an electric with a tele style body and strat neck – I loved that guitar but can’t remember what happened to it after I switched to drums.
  4. Echoes – Pink Floyd. Saw the film Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii at the Chelmsford Odeon (1974?) and it blew me away. My musical transition from glam rock to prog rock was complete (sorry Banksyboy).
  5. Rock n’ Roll – Led Zeppelin. I was at Earls Court for the first night of Zeppelin’s legendary five nights in 1975 aged 15. When Bonham’s bass drum kicked in and Page struck up his riff and duck walked across the stage, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck and stayed like that for two and a half hours. I got home from London at 2:30am and my mum went mad; at church that morning I couldn’t hear a thing as my ears were still ringing, but my fate was sealed and Zeppelin remain my favourite band. I saw them again at Knebworth in ‘79 and both performances are immortalised on DVD.
  6. Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2. So much about this band resonates. They’re Irish, they keep evolving, they sing in the light of Christ and occasionally about Christ (as in this song) and they make great music. For me U2 summed up Live Aid in 1985 and opened their set with this song which has it all; great drums, unique guitar sound, solid bass and a gobby singer who isn’t afraid to make a fool of himself and really does get angry about sin, including his own.
  7. The Island – Iona. I saw Iona at Greenbelt in 1992 standing next to a gorgeous young woman who I was desperate to ask out; we got married the next year. Runrig were headlining but Iona had the class and played a great set. I could even forgive Nick Beggs who is an amazing bass player for the abuse of the senses that was Kajagoogooo.
  8. Old Man – Neil Young. I finally saw Neil Young at the Hop Festival in 2008 and fulfilled a lifetime’s musical ambition. Young is a force of nature capable of incredible sonic assaults and then the most exquisite melodies. As a teenager I used to lie in bed for hours listening to Young’s triple album Decade. It was a difficult choice between Old Man and Don’t Let It Bring You Down but the Old Man just edges it.

Loads more I could have added but I decided to resist the temptation Sam Norton succumbed to. I tag Anna, Alice, +Nick, Tim, David and Elwin.


Jesus Hold My Hand said...

Ummm I had to think about this question for second out of fear of giving my age away. LOL

(1) The Lion Sleeps Tonight - by the Tokens. I first heard this song sometime in the 1960's on my crystal radio. It has a catchy tune to it and it quickly zoomed to the top of the radio charts.

(2) To Know Him Is To Love Him - by the Teddy Bears. It's probably one of my all time favorite songs. The reason why I remember this song is because my mom got so tired of me playing it over and over and over again, she finally came into my bedroom and smashed the 45rpm record into pieces!

(3) Louie Louie - by somebody I can't remember who right now. This record became famous around my school because it was rumored to have a bad word in it. Everybody bought the record trying to figure out what the bad word was. I never did figure it out.

(4) Unchained Melody - the Righteous Brothers. There's a story behind this song. Supposedly one of the brothers was late getting to the recording studio, and so the song was recorded by only one of the brothers and it went on to become one of the greatest hits of all time. I wonder how the brother who was late felt about being left out of the recording?

(5) Imagine, Let it Be, and dozens of other songs by the Beatles too numerous to mention. The Beatles songs never seem to age. Their songs are just as fresh today as they were back then.

(6) Bob Marley - One Love. I can't remember when I first heard that song. But, I've enjoyed listening to it over the years.

(7) La Bamba - Richie Valens - Growing up in the southwest U.S. that song was huge among the latino population. It still is today.

And least but not least . . .

(8) What a Wonderful World - Louie Armstrong. I didn't really enjoy this song until later in my life. When I was younger the song seemed too slow to me. But now I seem too slow for the song! LOL

I've included your blog into my blog list. I was wondering if you'd do the same for me?

Jesus Hold My Hand

May God Bless you and all those you love.

David Hodgson said...

Waiting in Vain by Annie Lennox. For reasons unknown I didn't become aware of Annie Lennox's superb voice until the mid-1990s when I was spell-bound by this track on the car radio whilst driving home through Essex on a dark winter's evening after a day doing my rounds as industrial chaplain to Harlow.

Elwin said...

Great list, Phil. You have set me thinking, but it's going to me a while to boil my list down. Watch this space.

Philip Ritchie said...

Thanks for the comments guys.

Jesus Hold My Hand, I'll put a link on my blog to yours.

David, I like Lennox from the early days but found she got a bit predictable after a while. Her version of Neil Young's Don't Let It Bring You Down from the film American Beauty is stunning.

Elwin, I look forward to your list in due course.

dmk said...

Tis done

nice trip down memory lane. Good to find most of them on LastFm as well.