Thursday and my attention here at work is starting to drift. In fact I’m daydreaming, about how I could be someone else, just for a little while. Perhaps an hour, just one little hour…Time for Scott Walker and the Jacques Brel number Jackie. This song just gallops on, taking you along on a wild ride of drunkenness and licentiousness.
Wednesday, and I’m working hard, and probably you are too. Although, hopefully you’re taking some time out to read this blog. Still, what does all this hard work give us? We’ll turn to Hoyt Axton for an answer.
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It’s Tuesday and time to add some sparks to the week, and by Sparks I mean the Brothers Mael. Here they are with their early 70’s band performing on TV, with their classic This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us. So over the top, it always lifts my sprits, and sees me joining in on the line “it ain’t me who’s gonna leeeeeeeeeaaaaave!”
The week begins and I need a little something to get me through. Something a little soulful and uplifting, and for that I turn to Terry Callier and his brilliant track Ordinary Joe.
Tips on how to be a music nerd.
I. Make lists. Anyone who saw High Fidelity probably had a laugh at all the top ten lists they made. Yet, such lists are a real pursuit of the music nerd. Be aware that many of the good lists have already been done, such as top ten songs to break up to, top ten songs for a Saturday night and so on. Hence there is scope for some original lists, and a real music nerd strives for originality. Here are some ideas for lists that I have started that you might like to use to get you going:
10 reasons that Tales of Topographic Oceans by Yes is a really good album.
- Rick Wakeman proved that it is good to eat a curry to.
10 highlights of Bill Wyman’s solo career
- A New Fashion from his eponymous album of 1982 is a really good song. (You think I’m joking don’t you? I’m not. I really like the song; it’s catchy)
Just as you will have your lists, other nerds will have theirs. It is important that you denigrate their choices just as much as you vehemently argue the case for yours. You are a connoisseur of fine music. They are idiots. And their lists are crap.
Why not make lists that reflect that, such as: The most overrated top 10 songs appearing on other peoples’ top 10 lists. Read the rest of this entry »