Monday, February 27, 2006

Memories... light the corners of my mind...

The classic rock station is doing "30 years in 30 days." They started in 1966 and will wrap up Thursday with 1995. I've been listening intermittently, and I've been pleasantly surprised at some of the songs I've heard. When you're stuck playing songs from just one year on a given day, you pretty much have to delve deeper than the top 40 and play some obscure tracks. It's pretty cool to hear any obscure tracks on FM radio these days.

Today was 1992. I heard Screaming Trees' "Dollar Bill," which reminded me that I'd seen them in concert (with Spin Doctors and Soul Asylum) back in 1993. I haven't heard that song probably since then. I also heard two songs from Peter Gabriel's "Us" album. I saw that tour (also in 1993). I'd forgotten how great that album was--I don't think I've listened to it since college. I distinctly remember memorizing MacBeth's "tomorrow" soliloquy with the help of that CD. Specifically, reciting the soliloquy over and over again while playing "Fourteen Black Paintings" on repeat. I can still remember every word to this day, and I always hear that song in the background when I say it.

Think back to when you were in high school or college. What were your favorite albums that you never listen to anymore?


Blogger susan said...

Billy Joel's Piano Man. Boston. And lots of Beatles. The Wolfetones.

And another album whose name I can't recall (Gray Goose?) with a love song my friends and I thought was just the most romantic thing ever. It started "it's been, so long since i held you close enough to me..." which I've not thought of in forever. It's going to bug me I can't think of the album name now.

9:53 PM, February 27, 2006  
Anonymous Lisa V said...

I was a morose child- Janis Ian- Between the Lines- Mythical Kings and Iguanas - Dory Previn

Linda Ronstadt-Simple Man, Simple Dreams

Pat Benatar-Precious Time

B-52's, Billy Joel-Songs in the Attic, and the GoGos senior year.

10:01 PM, February 27, 2006  
Blogger ccw said...

In HS we listened to RHCPs "Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic" over and over. Now, I couldn't listen to most of it even if I wanted to because Kid L would realize it was full of "bad words".

I listened to REM for years and years, but realized the other day that I cannot remember the last time I had one of their CDs out.

9:07 AM, February 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anne Glamore said...

The early REM, early U2, Smithereens, Hoodoo Gurus, Squeeze, Lone Justice, dB's, Guadalcanal Diary, DIre Straits, Everything But The Girl when they still dressed punk, Specials, Buzzcocks, Sinead, INXS.

Could list more but am now compelled to go dig out my old cassettes and see what I haven't converted to iPod!

9:15 AM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger kenju said...

Their lassic rock playlist should have started in 1955 - not 1966 - LOL.

9:46 AM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Mommygoth said...

Dead Milkmen - Eat Your Paisley. I may have to drag that one out. Love and Rockets - Express. The Cult - Love. Ah, the memories!

10:52 AM, February 28, 2006  
Anonymous KathyR said...

You've seen Corndog's thing on the songs of 1978? That's when I graduated from high school. Not a lot of old favorites in there.

11:07 AM, February 28, 2006  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

Thanks! We just put it on, listening to Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad" - it must be 1993.

High school and college albums - lots of Billy Joel, Simon & Garfunkel (high school), Graceland (college), Indigo Girls, Cat Stevens

1:38 PM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Jenevieve said...

Alanis Morisette's "Jagged Little Pill". Okay, I do still listen to it, but at least it isn't the ONLY thing in my cd player now...

2:23 PM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Seeking Solace said...

I just ordered War and Boy by U2. I forgot how much I loved those CDs. Also, I have been listening to a lot of early REM lately.

2:25 PM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Gina said...

Oh, this is funny because just the other day I was at my parent's house and Hubba-hubba and I were going through my old vinyl albums that I owned in high school.

I had Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, tons of Duran Duran, The Fixx, Bryan Ferry, Kajagoogoo, (and to think I wasted my money on those guys!) Def Leppard, and some that I can't remember at this moment.

But the whole thing gets me to thinking about how with iTunes and such, we (at least me) never sit and actually listen to the whole album like you kind of had to back then. I can think of a few albums, like "The Joshua Tree" and "Dark Side of the Moon" that sound so much better as a whole than just individual songs.

4:15 PM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger DaniGirl said...

Funny you should post this, I was just sorting through some old cassettes a week or so ago and found Pretty In Pink and the Breakfast Club soundtracks. Feeling nostalgic, I put the Pretty in PInk one in the cassette player and it promptly snapped!

7:52 PM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger liz said...

The Decentz: Get in Trouble, Soft Cell: Non-stop Erotic Caberet, Lots of Hall & Oates and Duran Duran. Men Without Hats.

9:24 PM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Aethlos said...

van halen 5150 oh yeah

10:29 PM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Jessica said...

This is probably going to embarrass me....

High School: Appetite for Destruction - by GNR.

College: Bigger, Better, Faster, More - Four Non-Blondes

9:53 AM, March 02, 2006  
Blogger jo(e) said...

It's funny that people mention REM because my teenage kids play REM stuff all the time.

Should I admit here that I used to listen to Donny Osmond? I was just an innocent kid -- I didn't know any better ....

5:41 PM, March 03, 2006  
Blogger Oscar Madison said...

1992 wouldn't do much for me, but I could imagine becoming a basket case on the day that they did some years in the 70s. Not that the songs were that good, just their capacity to cause flashbacks to high school.

12:14 PM, March 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty much all my jazz and classical CDs. I'm not necessarily proud of this. It's a sign of a greater issue -- I'm no longer the serious music listener I was back then. I rarely, if ever, sit and listen intently to a new piece of music, regardless of genre.

I don't need to yank my Spyro Gyra CD off the shelf, and it's hard to imagine spending an hour in virtual meditation listening to Keith Jarrett. When I was 20, I wanted to BE Keith Jarrett -- I would (and could) sit at the piano and produce mellow, tuneful improvisations. I'm not in that state any more.

That said, it wouldn't hurt to listen to something with "Marsalis" on the side of the CD every once in a while.

Aside from that -- self-indulgent depression rock doesn't get quite as much play on my iPod as it did on my boombox. Husker Du's dark period is an occasional listen at best. I'm a little pickier in my Cure selections (though I was never one of those who found every Robert Smith utterance to be brilliant).

But most of my favorites are still around. I saw Rush live for the first time in 1983 and for the fourth time in 2002. I go through Beatles phases all the time. Early R.E.M. just gets better -- I just learned some of the lyrics to Harborcoat 20 years after the fact.

I haven't been playing The Police or Sting as much recently. But that might be my next phase. Just as soon as this Smithereens song ends.

Besides, today's music sucks. What else am I supposed to listen to?


8:54 PM, March 05, 2006  
Blogger Summer said...

High school: my CDs consisted of music from the early 90's grunge/alternative scene (i.e. Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana...etc) -- not too long ago, Husband and I popped Pearl Jam's Ten into the CD, the memories!

College and beyond: during my first year of college, I was introduced to music by Dave Matthews Band, and we've been DMB followers ever since.

9:23 AM, March 06, 2006  

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