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All About Music
Member Name: yummy87
All About Music
Date: 15/07/04, updated on 15/07/04 (90 review reads)
Advantages: I like them all
Disadvantages: Other people will realise what weird musical tastes I have
Oh I know I?m late and I deeply apologise but I really wanted to have a go at the music challenge, it was just finding the time to do it so I hope you?re not all groaning at the prospect of reading yet another musically challenged challenge!
If you do still want to have a go, the rules are simple and there?s only three you need to heed.
1) use all the letters of the alphabet.
2) only one choice per letter, i.e. no listing close seconds.
3) give reasons for your choices.
~ hints ~
using all the letters may seem an easy task , but believe me , you'll soon discover that some are considerably more difficult than others , then of course you have the enviable task of choosing just one record .
so here are some hints to help you complete the challenge :
1) solo artists , duo's or groups are allowed - use them wisely ,
eg.: lionel ritchie and the commodores could come under l , r and c
2) album tracks as well as single releases are allowed , but not whole albums.
3) proper names and stage names can be used
e.g.: fredrick mulsara = freddie mercury
Ok, that?s the rules sorted, so off I go with my selection.
Alive and Kicking ? Simple Minds. What better way to start this review off than with one of the super bands of all time. I remember seeing Simple Minsds at Wembley Stadium on 25th July 1999, and when Jim Kerr sang the opening line to this number, the shivers shot up and down my spine. It was a brilliant song sung live and their backing singers were absolutely amazing. When I hear this, the stereo gets pumped up full volume and brings back brilliant memories of a wonderful day.
Breathe ? Blu Cantrell (2003). This was the song that really first introduced me to the fantastic voice of Miss Cantrell alt
hough it was not her first single release. Sung as a duet with Sean Paul the video is pretty suggestive with the pair bumping and grinding over each other and Blu caked in make up but oh what a song???????
Commitments - Mustang Sally (1991) One of my husband?s favourite songs and his party piece if ever we go to karaoke. He?s got the voice of an angel, I?d never get up there and croak down the microphone! At home, he sings and the kids do backing vocals but when it comes to live performances, they disappear to the nearest toilet in the Social Club. We all absolutely love this song, oh and it has to be this version by the Commitments, nothing else will do.
Dilemma ? Nelly and Kelly. From the moment I first heard this track I just fell in love with it and we got just about every different mix of it that we could find. I still love it now and never tire of the video that accompanies it. Also my Dad and step-mum do a wicked salsa to it as their party piece at any parties we have :O)
Every Day Hurts ? Sad Café (1979) ? Once my youngest daughter was safely at school, I got a part-time job after 12 years at home with the children. It was in the factory that makes the Avent baby products and I hated every b****y minute of it, and only stayed there a few months before I got my present job on the council. The girls were bitches and were always arguing and acting like screaming banshees. I made some good mates there though, of which Skanky Sue was one, so-called because of her love of all thing smutty. To relieve the boredom, of which there was a lot, we used to sing and take turns doing either backing or lead. This was our favourite and used to make everyone smile, and even now when I talk to Sue on the phone years later we quite often blast out our rendition of this one.
Freeez ? I.O.U. (1983) A classic disco track from the early Eighties which reminds me of my mate Lisa and her boyfriend Geordie, who tried all morning one Sunday to teach me to do the moonwalk. This was one of his favourite songs. We met up a couple of years back in a club and both said how this song always took us back to those lazy Sundays when we had no mortgage or bill worries and could spend all day just doing nothing!
Get Down Saturday Night ? Oliver Cheatham (1983). This reminds me of the many drunken nights I used to spend with my mates Liz and Lisa, when we used to wear our lovely pedal pushers in either white or pastel shades and lip gloss was a must before you could even step out of the door. We thought we looked the absolute business although looking back at old photos I realise we were sadly mistaken. This track was re-released last year by Room 5 and was the song on the Lynx adverts. Classic track!
Happy Birthday ? Stevie Wonder (1980) Cripes, wasn?t this song played to the death when it was released?! It reminds me of my first proper holiday in Morrocco with my mate Mandy. I met a bloke there I thought was absolutely gorgeous and found we only lived an hour away from each other back home. This song reminds me of nights spent in the tiny club in the hotel complex where they played it EVERY night without fail along with ?Message in a Bottle? by The Pollice.
I?ll let you slide ? Luther Vandross (1983). This reminds me of my mate Posh Liz and the time when she was nanny to some children in a village not far from me. She sold me a naff stereo system and gave me a tape with this song on it, probably as an apology for the duff stereo. In all the concerts I?ve seen Luther do he has NEVE
2; sung this song which has to be one of his best ever releases although it?s not one of the well known ones.
Joss Stone ? The Soul Sessions (2003) Having been lucky enough to attend the VH1 Divas concert in Vegas earlier this year, we had the pleasure of seeing this young lady live on stage. With the voice of an angel she put the other ?divas? to shame and this whole album is perfect.
Kirsty MacColl ? Days. This is going in purely for sentimental reasons. I?ve never been much of a fan of Kirsty?s stuff, but this song brings back such strong memories of my Mum who died in 1995 from leukaemia that it holds a special place in my heart. It?s one of those songs that is guaranteed to send a shiver down my spine every time I hear it.
Long Hot Summer ? Style Council (1983). There?s always a track that reminds you of the Summer months and this is my favourite one to bring back brilliant memories of the Eighties and days spent sitting on the beach eating egg sandwiches with the obligatory bit of sand in them. It also brings back great memories of one of the big loves of my life.
George Michael - Careless Whisper (1984) ? I?d like to know if there?s anyone who was madly, slushily in love in the Eighties when this song was released and didn't dance to it at the end of the night when the slow ones came on. Georgie baby at his best and oh how I wanted to scratch that flat faced girl?s eyes out who he was cavorting with on the bed in the video
Never too much ? Luther Vandross (1981) ? This reminds me of my best mate Sue and nights spent at The Gainsborough pub which was the ?in? place to go at this time of our life. This was a song that the DJ there played every week without fail and where my obsession with anything Luther began. Litt
le did I realise then what an impact Luther has had on my life, and I have most of his albums and songs now. He has sung this song every time I have seen him in concert and I swear that every time it sounds better and is guaranteed to get everyone at a Luther concert up and boogying.
Outkast ? Roses. Another track which I love just because my two children play it so much. They only like it for the fact that one of the lines in the song says ?Your roses really smell like poo poo? but this is such a catchy track it?s difficult not to sing along with it.
Prince ? Cream (1991) ? I loved this song because it was so RUDE and Prince does all those sexual innuendoes were brilliant. I bought the Diamonds and Pearls album just for this song although it was such a brilliant album it certainly wasn?t a waste of my money. This is another track that reminds me of my time in the Avent factory as there was some poor chap who reminded us of Prince and every time he walked past we would sing this song to him.
Queen ? Somebody to Love. Eeek ok I admit I was stuck for Q so had to put this one in. I?ve never been big on Queen and always thought they were horrendously over-rated but I do like this track and I like it even more when George Michael sang it with them. Yum.
Rendezvous ? Craig David (2001) ? I first came across Craig when he released ?Fill Me In? back in 2000 and have bought everything he?s released ever since. Although some of the sexual lyrics in his songs lack experience, he has fantastic rhythm and a voice full of soul and this is a great track telling of a first emeting with a new girl in his life. Awwww.
Sunflower ? Paul Weller (1993). Oh what can I say about this song that reviews on any music site haven?
t said already. Paul Weller is a God and this track, taken from his Modern Classics Album, which incidentally is one of the best albums ever, would easily get into my top three singles of all time. I?ve worn two copies of ?Modern Classics? out already and this track will always get put on repeat a couple of times when I?m listening to it.
Trick Me ? Kelis. There?s something about Kelis and I can never put my finger on exactly what it is but she just oozes attitude and this is her latest single. Another song that will grow on you in time, and when I first heard it I wasn?t sure but now this is played over and over again in our house!
Until you?re resting here with me ? Dido (2001) ? Although this song is one I?d class as special to myself and hubby, I remember when I first saw the video to this (probably on MTV) and thought how revolting Dido?s eye shadow was. It?s one of those tracks that grows on you though and it still sounds as good now as it did back then.
Van Morrison ? Moondance (1970) ? Anyone who has seen the film ?American Werewolf in London" will be familiar with this track which was a masterpiece and totally made the film! It?s one of those really simple songs that needs no frills and although I wouldn?t say I?m a Van fan, I do have his Greatest Hits album, but only on the strength of this and ?Brown Eyed Girl?.
Kanye West ? All Fall Down. I?m totally obsessed with this track and so is my teenage son. If it comes on any of the Sky music channels we pump up the volume through the surround sound so that the house is nearly shaking ? just as well we live in a detached residence really! Kanye West seems to be guesting on loads of R&B tracks at the moment, but this is a solo effort and is
X Ray Spex ? Germ Free Alodescents (1978) ? In the days of Punk and everything revolved around dirt and spit, X Ray Spex and their lead singer Poly Styrene were at the top of my list of favourite bands. I adored this song when it was released. I just loved Poly Styrenes manky teeth really, she had the most brown fangs I?ve ever had the misfortune to come across and I used to have my head on the television screen just to see if they were really as bad as they looked. A vastly underated song and this still gets an airing in our house regularly.
You?re never too young ? Cool Notes (circa 1983) ? I used to love this group as the lead singer had such a distinctive voice but they weren?t too well known apart from on the club circuit when I was in my late teens. This reminds me of my mate Mad Liz, and the time we both went to spend a penny in a field after a night down the pub. This was playing on the cassette on the car and I?d left it playing while we hopped out to do our business. We didn?t realise there was a ditch beside the road as it was pitch dark, and she went down first with me landing on top of her. She was laying in a patch of stinging nettles so she cushioned my fall, as well as preventing me from being stung - that?s what you call a true mate. We still laugh about this now although she says she has had a weak back ever since that night - she lies :-)
Zoom ? Fat Larry?s Band (1982) ? at the thime this was released it was completely overplayed on the radio and got on my nerves but now I listen to it and it brings back great memories of the early Eighties.
Eeek well this has gone on a bit, and apart from Q I didn?t find it difficult at all. As always when it comes to music I?ve got a bit of variety in there and there?s so many more I?
d have loved to add but there were only 26 letters!