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A-Z - My Turn to Play!
All About Music
Member Name: skittle
All About Music
Date: 30/06/04, updated on 30/06/04 (98 review reads)
Advantages: Make me smile
Disadvantages: Might Bore You to Tears
Here?s my effort to add to those that have come before:
A) Adam Ant ? Prince Charming
One of my very earliest memories is of my precious and beloved red, velvet pedal pushers, and white pirate blouse with huge lacy collar and cuffs, all pulled together with a natty little gold belt of super-trendy thinness! I thought I was the bees knees at my School Christmas Party, dancing to Prince Charming. Ah, he was ahead of his time, was Mr Ant. With his white nose stripe and his funny, arm crossing dance moves, I wanted to be him, which is an odd aspiration for a little girl?
B) Bon Jovi ? Livin? On a Prayer
Bon Jovi were the first band that I ever saw live in concert at the tender age of 15 (I mean that I was 15, Bon Jovi were somewhat older at the time!) This is the song that initiated me into the world of Glam Rock in the late 80?s/early 90?s, which resulted in more years than I care to remember of never allowing myself to be seen in public wearing any colour other than black and purple, wearing only leather, denim, or lycra (as long as it was black or purple, of course) and spending far too much time in the local heavy metal hangouts, listening to music so loud it almost made your ears bleed!
C) David Coverdale ? The Last Note of Freedom
Whitesnake have always been particular favourites of mine, but I?ve included this particular song, a solo effort by David Coverdale, because I?ve always found the intro to be completely haunting and beautiful. Just hearing the first few bars of The Last Note of Freedom is enough to make me catch my breath. One of my favourite songs ever, especially as it was used in Days of Thunder, when Tom Cruise was at his most alluring in my hormone-fuelled teenage eye
D) Dexy?s Midnight Runners ? Come On Eileen
An utter, utter classic that I?m absolutely sure needs no introduction! If the sheer rubbishness of the video isn?t enough to warrant inclusion in this list, then surely the fact that it?s the first song that I can remember dancing to at the Junior School disco must be enough!
E) Electric Light Orchestra ? Mr Blue Sky
Ah, ELO, you?ve gotta love them! Mr Blue Sky is probably their most popular song ever. It?s been given a new lease of life in the recent Jim Carrey film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Mr Blue Sky is just the essence of summer!
F) Faith No More ? Easy
Another cover version, there?ll probably be loads of them in this list! Faith No More?s version of Easy is just so laid back it?s practically vertical, man! With an amazing guitar break in the middle, this song can?t be faulted.
G) Gloria Gaynor ? I Will Survive
I Will Survive has got me through many a drunken night out when I or one of my girlfriends was having man trouble (which was usually at least once a week!) The ultimate in Girl Power, long before the Spice Girls started wittering that you?ve ?gotta get with my friends?. Gloria knows what it is to be a woman, long may she reign!
H) Harry Nillson ? Without You
Simple one to answer, this. My mum loved this song, listening to it reminds me of being a kid and hearing it over and over as my mum sang along, doing the housework around me and my sisters as we played.
I) Ian Dury ? Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Again, I absolutely loved this as a kid, although I had abs
olutely no idea what a rhythm stick actually was, or why you might want someone to hit you with it? Still, another great tune from my youth to add to the list.
J) Jamiroquai ? Virtual Insanity
I?d had no time for Jamiroquai before hearing this song, but I loved this the first time I heard it. The reason I have to give for the inclusion of this song, though, is the video ? which I think is probably the best Jamiroquai video I?ve seen.
K) The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl ? Fairytale of New York
Love it, love it, love it! Surely the finest Christmas song ever, and the best that the Pogues have ever produced. Another of my all-time favourites.
L) Lemonheads ? Luka
Yet another one of my very favourite songs of all time. This one?s another cover, and I have to admit that I?m very fond of cover versions in general, as long as they?re done well? The Lemonheads cover of Luka is absolutely sublime, in a vastly superior league to Suzanne Vega?s original.
M) Madness ? It Must be Love
Easy one to give a reason for, this one! It Must be Love is the song that my husband and I danced to on our wedding night. Even more aptly, we?ll have been married for ten years in less than a fortnight (I was a child bride, you know!)
N) Natalie Imbruglia ? Torn
I never thought I?d see the day when an Australian Soap actor actually released a reasonable song. Natalie Imbruglia (Beth from Neighbours) utterly shattered my preconceptions with this song. Ok, she didn?t write it, but it put her on the map as a serious musician.
O) Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark ? Enola Gay
I remember being absolutely fascinated wit
h this song as a youngster, not just because it?s a great song, but because I had absolutely no idea who or what Enola Gay was. I still don?t know, some things never change!
P) Poison ? Life Goes On
Everybody raved about Every Rose Has It?s Thorn, but for me, Poison?s finest ballad had to be Life Goes On. Tuneful, soulful? Oh Bret, I love you Bret, marry me Bret? Sorry, reverted back to my teenage self for a moment then, but I?m all better now!
Q) Queen ? Who Wants to Live Forever?
Absolutely loved the film (Highlander) and the song is definitely one of the strongest ever produced by the genius that was Freddie Mercury, oh, and the rest of Queen as well, of course!
R) Red Box ? For America
It was the ?urelei urelei? bit that really did it for me! I?ve got a definite 'thing' about songs incorporating meaningless words, and in my teenage angst phase I found this song particularly deep and meaningful!
S) Senseless Things ? Pony Boy
Written about the character of the same name from the film The Outsiders. Not only do I love the film, but the song is Senseless Things at their very, very best. One of my all time favourites.
T) Tenpole Tudor ? Swords of a Thousand Men
My husband used to sing in a band, you know? No, not Tenpole Tudor, but they did support Tenpole Tudor once at the Spiders Web in Grimsby (yes, he?s played at ALL of the best venues!) I?ve always loved this song anyway, but it?s got a special place in my heart after I heard it that night, as it?ll forever remind me that my husband managed to burst Ed Tudorpole?s eardrum, as Ed happened to wa
lk in front of the speaker as my husband did a soundcheck?
U) U2 ? One
This is a difficult one, (One, geddit?) I love this song, but I can?t explain why? Still, if I really have to give a reason, then it?ll have to be that this is the first song that really made me sit up and take notice of U2, and I don?t think they?ve produced anything better before or since. Oh, and please, U2 fans, remember that this is only my humble opinion before you lynch me!
V) Van Halen ? Why Can?t This Be Love?
I often asked myself the same question as I mooned over posters of Dave Lee Roth. Oh, but I was a sad, sad teenager? Cool song, though!
W) Walter Murphy ? California Strut
No lyrics to this one, unless you count ?do, do, do, do, dooo, do, do, California Strut!? but it?s earned its place in my A-Z as it will forever remind me of drunken ballroom dancing with the girls at chucking out time in our local nightclub. Ah, those were the days!
X) XYZ ? Come On N? Love Me
Wow, this was the really, really hard one. I finally had to plump for this song, as it?s one that used to be played in my local (remember the black leather, purple lycra etc?) but it isn?t a song that I particularly enjoyed, it?s just that X is so blasted difficult!
Y) Paul Young ? Everytime You Go Away
Another cover, but this song has always been my favourite from the album ?The Secret of Association? which my sister bought me for my birthday when I was very young. It was the first LP I?d ever owned and I was ecstatic, it was my most treasured possession for years and years and years?
Z) Led Zeppelin ? Stairway to Heaven
OK, so not strictly a Z? But this is simply one of the best rock songs ever written, and surely the first thing that anybody anywhere ever learns to play on a guitar? I?d include it just for the ?No Stairway to Heaven? sign in the record shop in Wayne?s World, even if it wasn?t one of the finest rock songs in the world. A true classic in every sense of the word.
Oh dear, what a loads of blasts from the past for me in this list. That did surprise me, if I?m honest, as it wasn?t what I was intending when I began? I must just be in a wistful kind of mood!
And did anybody else really, really struggle with X, or am I just rubbish???