Monday 14 November 2011

That Was The Music That Made Me

For 42 weeks in 2011 on a Monday morning Breaking More Waves has carried a feature called Music That Made Me. The concept for these posts was a reaction against an arguably unhealthy throwaway culture, something which music blogs help perpetuate with their constant strive to find the new, often preferring to move towards the next buzz artist rather than relishing any quality time with music they already know. Songs these days seem to be all too quickly forgotten. The posts were autobiographical, showing influences and describing experiences.

The songs described weren’t necessarily the best or greatest, in fact some of them were pretty awful. It certainly wasn't a 'favourite songs of all time' list. Nor were the songs chosen to demonstrate some sort of all-rounded musical eclecticism in taste; they were just a list of tracks that at some point in life created an emotion or a memory. They also opened the curtains a little on some of the more personal aspects of this music blogger’s life.

Ironically having spent 42 weeks wallowing in nostalgia the conclusion that arose from the posts was that irrespective of the rights or wrongs of constantly striving to find the new, it’s what we feel most passionate and motivated about.

So this final post draws a line under the past. We’re raising our glass to the future.

Here’s a full list of the 42 songs we featured in Music That Made Me, some classic ones, some terrible ones, some you may have never heard of. Click on the relevant link if you want to hear or read more about any of the tracks and the memories behind them.

Sundays – Monochrome

James – She’s A Star

Broadcast – The Book Lovers

Howard Jones – What Is Love

Portishead – Roads

OMD – Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)

Herve Vilard – Reviens

David Gray – Please Forgive Me

Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode

Tindersticks – Travelling Light

Goodbye Mr Mackenzie – The Rattler

The Cure – Lullaby

Blue Roses – Doubtful Comforts

Underworld – Born Slippy

The Wombles – Remember You’re A Womble

Lone Justice – I Found Love

Kraftwerk – The Robots

Neil Diamond – I Am I Said

Thousand Yard Stare – Buttermouth

Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life

Pulp – Common People

Propaganda – Duel / Jewel

U2 – C’mon Everybody

Jim Jiminee – Hey Day

Astronaut – Three

Carter USM – Sheriff Fatman

Stornoway – Zorbing

Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene 4

Pixies – Debaser

The Cardigans – Sick & Tired

Aphex Twin – On

Peter, Paul & Mary – Puff the Magic Dragon

Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights

Suede – Animal Nitrate

King – Love & Pride

George Michael – Careless Whisper

Bentley Rhythm Ace – Bentley’s Gonna Sort You Out

Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

The Unthanks – The Testimony of Patience Kershaw

Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed

Nicola Roberts – Beat Of My Drum

1 comment:

Cara said...

Thank you for this series. It has made my monday morning bus ride into work very enjoyable. It's been funny and sometimes a little emotional- the ones about your friends were particularly sweet.

Whay are you goin to post on Mondays now ?