I’m now of the age where I only know who is in the charts if I hear them on a TV ad.
Today was spent listening to ‘classic’ music from the 1990’s, I am a member of Generation X but we are being left behind in the alphabetisation of time. No more so than my taste in music which is certainly showing my age.
Here are a few of those albums that are stuck on my playlist to show I am too cool for those older, but to fusty for those below. This is obviously a reflection on my music taste and I therefore make no apologies for the quality.
Meatloaf – Bat out of Hell
I like big music, and the combination of the Wagnerian tunes by Jim Steinman and the operatic quality of Meat’s vocals make this one of my favourite (and also the first) album I have. This is music intended to be played loud. It is brash and bombastic and requires uninhibited air guitar. The sirens ARE screaming, and the fires ARE howling way down in the valley tonight.
Jean Michel Jarre – Rendez-Vous
French electronica, that’s on my list. There are better JMJ albums but this has my favourite track on. It was the theme to the TV coverage of 1998 world cup and often the encore at his concerts. Either way this is the track I will use when any G-sprogs get into club music to show how it was in the ‘old days’.
The Beatles – Revolver.
It’s a cliché to choose a Beatles album, but I don’t care. I’m not choosing Sgt Pepper so it’s not like I’m going with the consensus of picking ‘the greatest album ever’ (In fact it’s not even in my top 5 Beatles albums).
It’s a test run for psychedelia, yet still designed for live performances. It’s an album by a band mastering their studio-craft, an album that probably signals the end of The Beatles, and the start of the four guys who happen to play in the same band. It’s the pinnacle of Lennon and McCartney. Revolver signalled the end and beginning of ‘pop’ as it splits modern popular music into that which came before, and those that followed.
It ends with my favourite song, a 2:47 adaptation from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Tomorrow Never Knows. A track that defies time and genres Trippy and surreal, it’s also simple. A simple drumbeat and chords.
Fight like Apes – Fight like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion
A more modern, and shouty screamy, album. Full of geek references, this album has let me get rid of a lot of pent-up frustration. Being stuck on an island, this may be quite useful. Primal screaming for the iPod generation. This is my favourite album to listen to on a Friday afternoon when counting down the hours to hometime.
Rufus Wainwright – Want One
I’ll admit, I don’t get Rufus Wainwright’s voice, I haven’t a clue what he is singing. That makes this album even better for me, it is like he has provided a frame for me to place my own thoughts on. I’m not playing karaoke with Rufus, he is playing for me to sing my own soundtrack to life.