Thursday, 16 April 2020
Albums I've Never Listened To (But Am Now) - An Expanding List
The whole reason I re-started this blog (temporarily) was essentially to give me something to do in the evenings to do after work during lockdown. In my spare time, I’ve never been a person for just slumping in front of the TV, so besides the occasional blog post, I've been busying myself in many different ways - just without going out.
Having read quite a bit about how people are turning to ‘comfort music’ at this time – stuff they already know – I have realised that that isn’t really for me. Instead I’ve started listening to one album per day (minimum of two plays) that I’ve never heard of before, sometimes by artists that I’ve never even heard a single song by. I’m trying to broaden my musical knowledge and purposefully not sticking in my comfort zones. Anything goes – any time period, any genre. This just wouldn't have been possible in the past, but now because of streaming it is - and all those articles complaining that there are too many choices in streaming and not enough time feel a bit silly to me right now. Especially now as I'm working from home, when I'm not in Skype meetings or on telephone calls I can actually play music - something I've never had the opportunity to do before when working in a busy office.
I’ve already mentioned I’m doing this on Twitter, but to enable myself to remember what I have listened to (and because I like lists generally), I am recording each record I listen to on this post and will update it daily until I stop doing this. So far (as of 16th April) I’ve yet to find anything that has truly blown me away or is likely to be on repeat in the future – but maybe that will come.
If you have any suggestions of records that you really think everyone should hear be they obvious classics or undiscovered gems – do suggest them to me via Twitter (@BMWavesBlog) or in the comments below (nobody uses the comments these days do they?) so I can give them a listen if I've never heard them before.
One final rule / note - on Friday there's always a plethora of new releases, so Friday will be the day when I listen to a new release that's right here right now. I may well listen to more than one new album then, but I'll only list one, the one I play the most that day.
Do let me know your recommendations!
The Never Listened List – Now Listened
12.04.2020 Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (1982)
13.04.2020 BB King – Live In Cook County Jail (1971)
14.04.2020 Scheme – Black And Whites (1986)
15.04.2020 Neneh Cherry – Raw Like Sushi (1989)
16.04.2020 Molly Nilsson – Zenith (2015)
17.04.2020 Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA (2020)
18.04.2020 Art Blakely & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin' (1959)
19.04.2020 Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin (2004)
20.04.2020 Felix Kubin - Filmmusik (1998)
21.04.2020 Francoise Hardy - Tous Les Gracons Et Les Filles (1962)
22.04.2020 The Cars - The Cars (1978)
23.04.2020 Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill (1991)
24.04.2020 Atomic Kitten - Right Now (2001)
25.04.2020 Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy (2018)
26.04.2020 Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons (2002)
27.04.2020 Sister Sledge - We Are Family (1979)
28.04.2020 Lesley Gore - I'll Cry If I Want To (1963)
29.04.2020 Steve Roach - Structures From Silence (1984)
30.04.2020 The Birthday Party - Junkyard (1982)
01.05.2020 Goldie - Timeless (1995)
02.05.2020 The Manimals - Multiverse (2018)
03.05.2020 Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings (1954)
04.05.2020 King of Woolworths - Ming Star (1991)
05.05.2020 The Field - From Here We Go Sublime (2007)
06.05.2020 Minnie Ripperton - Perfect Angel (1974)
07.05.2020 Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Somebody (1987)
08.05.2020 The Shirelles - Baby It's You (1962)
09.05.2020 World of Twist - Quality Street (1991)
10.05.2020 Wanda Jackson - Reckless Love Affair (1967)
11.05.2020 Megadeth - Countdown to Extinction (1992)
12.05.2020 Kajagoogoo - White Feathers (1983)