I moved house recently. This is when you find out exactly how much rubbish you had been keeping at the back of a cupboard “just in case”!!
However I was able to let a lot of my comics go. If you are in Aberdeen and frequent the charity shops, then you may well end up with a bargain. I cannot tell you how freeing it was to just give away my comics.
Yes I could have gone through the hassle of selling them but to be honest, I could not face moving with them and since I have not read the majority of them since I bought them (In some cases over 20+ years ago) there was no point in keeping them on the off chance that they may have been worth something.
Sorting through CDs that I have and revisiting some old favourites (Mainly to brainwash the Bat-kids to like real music) I decided that I should share with you some of the music of the 80’s that I love and the reasons why. Make with the clicky on the song and it should play the You tube link)
I apologise in advance!
The Icicle Works – Love is a Wonderful Colour – The opening to this track feels like it was formed from pure joy and a love of life that can never fail to lift my spirits. I vaguely remember this track from the first time around but it left a big enough impression that when I heard it again on a compilation, I was instantly transported back to my youth. beautiful Song.
A Flock of Seagulls – Wishing I had a photograph of you – Another track with a great opening. The synth always makes me feel like playing an air synth, which is only slightly less wanky than an air guitar. Plus the hair…..how can you not be impressed with the hair? Actually if your children want to wear stuff that is in fashion, despite the fact that it makes them look daft, show them this video and remind them that the hair was very fashionable at the time…well I think it was anyway. Plus the end of the song is just a musical massage of the memory. Lifting and soothing my mood, pointing out the potential that is out there and encouraging me to go for it.
(Interlude – Mental as Anything – Live it up – I had forgotten about this song and stumbled upon it. Ah the memories…..It has not aged well though. i vaguely remember finding the girl in the video quite attractive…sadly this is not that video!)
Jane Wiedlin – Rush Hour – Jane Wiedlin is beautiful and was in Bill and Ted as Joan of Arc.
What? you want more reasons?
Ok this is another song that sounds as if it was penned by someone who was really happy. From the opening to the ending, there is joy here. Looking back I am surprised that I liked all this upbeat music…I do not remember the 80’s being that way!
Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance Again I had a crush on Neneh which probably drew me to this song at first. At this time I had just discovered Rap Music (well the Brit version anyway – see next track) and this stood out because of the “Mockney” bits in it. Still sounds good though
Derek B – Bad Young Brother – this was the first Rap album I ever bought. I loved this song (again the “Mockney” bits made me smile….I have no explanation as to why they still do though!) This guy was taken far too early.
MC Tunes – The Only Rhyme that bites – First 12 inch I ever bought. Also bought his album but this was the only track I liked. I so wanted to be this guy. For reasons that I cannot remember but probably to do with the time and my age, MC tunes seemed the coolest motherfucker in the world. I am pretty sure that this was released in 1990 but it stays in this list purely because it still sounds good. Well that and it has the lyric “Leaves you chill like the fridge in a meat van” and that is possibly the best lyric ever…..in that song!
Silver Bullet – 20 Seconds to Comply – Just pure attitude in a rap song, with great sampling from Robocop.
Speaking of sampling…I will leave you with this lovely tune from a band I did not get into until the 80’s had finished and the 90’s were leeching my soul away. Luckily their music helped move me away from the blandness of the 90’s and made me realise that what I really liked was ok.
Thank you for indulging me