I've got a bit of an admission though - I didn't always have such great taste in music. Oh no, there was a time in the mid 90s where I lost my way somewhat and I became absolutely obsessed with one group in particular. This obsession went far beyond buying their tapes/CDs (remember tapes kids? Possibly not!) Sit back, relax and let me tell you about my musical journey...
|Music from my childhood (80s)|
The only songs I discovered for myself as a child were Opposites Attract by Paula Abdul (1988) and Don't be a Stranger by Dina Carroll (1993). I had a birthday party and forced my parents to play the Paula Abdul song on repeat over and over as we played pass the parcel and musical chairs in the lounge. As for Dina Carroll, I used to shut my bedroom door and play the song on repeat, singing along whilst imagining I was singing to my one true love (I was 10, what did I know about love?!). I'm pretty sure I recorded it to tape from the Top 40. Did anyone else used to sit diligently on a Sunday, hand hovering over the record button on your tape deck, in the hope of catching your favourite songs? I used to get so angry when the DJ would talk over the end of the song!
|My two favourite songs from childhood|
It would be OK if the obsession ended with learning all of their lyrics but of course like all obsessions it was uncontrollable. I bought all of their tapes and then when CDs became the format of choice I spent all of my pocket money on re-buying all of their albums and singles. I couldn't just buy one of their CD singles, oh no, I had to have both versions because I didn't want to miss out on the different b-sides! I would go into obscure record stores and ask middle aged guys who worked there if they had the CDs I was looking for, to be met more than once with a sneer and a curt "we don't sell crap". I imagine pop music fans come up against this sort of snobbery even now! If I'd known who The Cure were at the time I would have realised that a store manned by a bloke wearing their t-shirt might not be selling Boyzone CDs.
|Other groups I liked as a teenager (90s)|
Now here's something of an admission within an admission - I didn't really like many of Boyzone's singles! Yes, you've read that correctly! The group I was bat shit crazy about had some truly awful songs. Picture of You - terrible. Baby Can I Hold You - terrible. I Love the Way You Love Me - terrible. I did however, and still do, think they had some great songs on their albums (please don't tell anyone!)
Here's something of a contradiction for you - although I spent the mid-90s liking groups that couldn't play bingo between them, let alone an instrument, I had a secret that I kept from everyone - I liked "real" music. In public I was strutting my stuff in Boyzone gear, writing my homework with a Boyzone pen and listening to Boyzone on my Discman. In private I was hoarding tapes full of Brit Pop. Christmas 1995 I received my first ever non pop music albums - Blur's Parklife and Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette. I loved both but hid them away for fear of my fellow Boyzone loving friends finding out about my dirty little secret. Soon after I added Definitely Maybe and Pulp's Different Class to my secret stash.
In early 1999 I started going out with the boy next door (technically he lived two doors down but that doesn't sound as catchy) and he and his family were big rock music fans. He didn't seem to be bothered by the hundreds of posters of Boyzone & Co. in my bedroom but within a few weeks I'd started to take them down. My then boyfriend played in a ska band and listened to a lot of rock music from Stereophonics to Iron Maiden and I couldn't help but get drawn in. I heard All the Small Things on MTV (remember when MTV used to play music?!) and I was hooked. I bought Blink 182's album and never looked back. Literally. I took down all of my posters, packed up all of the merchandise I'd accumulated in the last four years and started wearing tartan skirts and studded belts. I dumped one fandom for a brand new "scene". The rest, as they say, is history...
|A small selection of my current favourite bands|
Of course, since the late 90s my musical tastes have evolved and broadened from The Offspring and Blink 182. I arrived at rock music via Brit Pop so I've still got a soft spot for the classics (Stay Young is one of my favourite songs). I like a lot of rock bands that are flirting with the boundaries between pop and rock as well as old school rock like Guns N' Roses and Bon Jovi. I'm forever discovering new bands and sub-genres but it's generally rock related and I don't tend to stray these days. I've learnt to love music for the music and not the people in the bands. I don't tend to know that much about the bands I like, just that I love their songs. I don't know their names and dates of birth or what their pets are called - that kind of thing is a little bit unhealthy if you ask me. I'm not "down with the kids" and I won't like something just because it's flavour of the month anymore. I'm currently listening to a lot of glam metal whereas last year it was all about the acoustic!
I used to be unhealthily obsessed with a boyband and now I don't even know three quarters of the people in the Top 40! I'd love to hear about your musical journey! Were you ever as obsessed with a group as I was? Have you ever joined a band's fanclub? Let me know in the comments below.
I will give a prize to anyone who can name all of the groups/bands/artists in the 4 photo collages in this post. Really I will, because I'd be mightily impressed!
Hurry, you only have until 22:30 on Monday 9th June!
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