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All About Music
Member Name: freediveheaven
All About Music
Date: 31/07/04, updated on 31/07/04 (87 review reads)
this challenge was initiated by competition_man.
to participate simply think of your favourite artists / duo's / groups etc., then choose your favourite track of theirs - then tell us your choices.
~ the rules ~
just three simple rules to adhere to:
1) use all the letters of the alphabet.
2) only one choice per letter, ie. 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/or c.
2) album tracks as well as single releases are allowed, but not whole albums.
3) proper names and stage names can be used.
eg.: fredrick bulsara = freddie mercury
This is my first challenge attempt, hope you enjoy my selection.
A ? Abba - Dancing Queen ?Where would we be without this classic filling the dance floor at weddings with assorted aunts and cousins.
B ? Bronski Beat ? Smalltown Boy ? Jimmy Somerville haunting lyrics telling the story of a runaway, I remember catching this band live while at uni at the Powerhouse in Birmingham,
they only did about 8 tracks as Jimmy had a cold but it still had the place jumping.
C ? Clapton Eric ? Before You Accuse Me ? Old slow hand has produced some pretty amazing music over his career but it is the acoustic sets which are my favourites when he plays the blues. I have managed to catch him live a couple of times at the Albert Hall and his shows are always sold out.
D ? Dylan Bob ? Like a Rolling Stone ?
A prolific career he is easily the artist of whom I own the most CD?s and I still can?t believe I have never seen him live.
E ? Erasure ? River Deep Mountain High ? This cover of a Tina Turner classic has special memories for me as it reminds me of a great summer working on a camp in New York.
F ? Franklin Aretha ? Think - Aretha really belts this baby out as part of the Blues Brothers movie and it is a great soul track.
G ? Gorillaz ? Clint Eastwood ? This Blur spin off project for Damon Albarn they produced some great tracks, and this was the best, but were most memorable for the great cartoon videos they produced.
H ? Hooker John Lee ? Ground Hog Blues ? Another of my blues heroes I was again spoilt for choice but opted for this track as being a fine example of John Lee vocals and guitar playing.
I ? INXS ? Heaven Sent ? A career cut too short following Hutchins suicide this is my favourite track of the album Welcome to wherever you are.
J ? Jools Holland ? Valentine Moon ? Featuring the vocals of Sam Brown this is a great tune. Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra never fail to put on a great show, they are all great muscisions and the parade of special guests never fails to delight the audience.
K ? King BB ? The Thrill is Gone - The God of Blues Guitar picking a favourite was almost impossible, his album with Eric Clapton was brilliant as it bought together two of my guitar heroes.
L ? Limp Bizkit ? Rollin - A great heavy beat with lyrics delivered with attitude I also loved the video for this song because of the sheer energy the band gave out.
M ? Madonna ? Don?t Tell Me ? Loved this track mostly for the video in which Mrs Ritchie was very horny looking. I think it was the cowboy hat.
N ? Nickleback ? How You Remind Me - This track nearly got worn out it was played so much when I first got this album and the kids loved it as well.
O ? Oasis ? Wonderw
all ? He may look like the missing link that proves Darwin was right but Liam really belts this classic out and his gravely vocals are just perfect.
P ? Pogues ? Streams of Whisky ? A cross between Irish folk music and punk this was the only band I ever saw live where the bouncers seemed more intent on keeping the band away from the audience. This particular track is one of their more upbeat high energy tracks , excellent for lumping about to.
Q ? Queen ? Killer Queen ? Fredde was a great performer and the live version o this taken from the Live Killers album is a Queen classic.
R- REM ? Losing My Religion ? My all time favourite track from my all time favourite band who I have been following since the mid eighties. And still going strong.
S ? Specials ? Too Much Too Young ? The Coventry Ska band led the way on the Two Tone label and had a raw energy that was great to experience live. This song about teenage pregnancy was one of their best.
T ? Talking Heads ? Burning Down the House ? A fantastic song for pyromaniacs everywhere and part of one of the great live performances Byrne used to devise.
U ? UB40 ? Food for Thought ? The Brummie reggae outfit had their best chart success with cover versions but their early work was full of biting lyrics aimed at social injustice and the impact that Maggie had on the working class. The first band I ever saw in a large stadium, my ears were ringing for days.
V ? Verve ? The Drugs Don?t Work ? Great lyrics with Richard Ashcroft possessing ones of those great voices which was born to sing to students.
W - White Strips ? Hotel Yorba ? This is a great sing along track from the brother and sister duo who have now put together two great back to back albums.
X ? X Ray Spex ? Identity ? This punk band was fronted by female vocalist Poly Styrene and make my list because I used to work with the drummer. Screeching vocals and off key sax laying were a featur
e of their music.
Y ? You took the words right out of my mouth ? Meat Loaf - I had to find a way to get a bit of Meat into my review, taken from The Bat out of Hell album which is one of my all time favourites.
Z ? ZZ Top ? Sharp Dressed Man ? I remember the video for this as well as the one for Legs, all red blooded males in their thirties will know the reason why I remember them.