Thank you Brisbane band ‘Regurgitator’ for this line and quite frankly I
did prefer their old stuff to their newer stuff. If it’s true about music being sport then I was never a player nor an aficionado just something of a keen spectator at different times. I had a friend who could not only name bands from a line
in the tune but could tell you who was in the band, where they were from and many other little-known facts. He obviously studied the form guide way more than I ever did. There was a time long ago when I would avidly listen to music, when I knew
something of new bands and attended live performances both individual shows and music festivals.
Nowadays though, my repertoire is nowhere near what it used to be. For a start, I haven’t attended a live gig for a few years and just listening to music is an occasional treat rather than an almost
all-consuming regular event. It’s not that I don’t still appreciate music it’s just I now don’t seem as interested. It doesn’t help that I am now well away from the friends I use to go with, the live venues we use
to visit and my old stomping grounds. My musical taste appears to be stuck in the 1990s, mine was the grunge/alternative scene with a little rap mixed in, that was my twenty’s.
Not much new stuff interests me and the radio station I used to tune into to get my fix has now become more enamoured with dance and
electronic music. In my humble opinion you would need copious amounts of mind-altering substances to listen to that stuff. Not being interested in partaking I can’t see the appeal in most of it. Perhaps if I was standing in the midst
of a dance floor with a good group around having had a few drinks I could see that you might move along to the various beats and rhythms however it’s mostly re-hashed re-mixed loops anyway. I would rather listen to the heaviest of heavy metal than
trippy dance/trance/electronic sounds especially when doing anything else but standing on a dance floor. On a quiet night at home the last thing I want to listen to is dance music. Unfortunately, that’s usually what is playing at these times
So, I am reduced to listening to my favourite CDs and
hitting YouTube occasionally for a wander down memory lane. I once had a huge collection of CDs and tapes of bands but in the multiple moves of life I spring-cleaned out quite a bit. I kept a number of my favourites and have a range of stuff on
an old iPod. Of course, having an iPod is great but you need iTunes to recognise it and I haven’t been bothered to reload this on newer computers. I remember it being a pain to load in the first place, the idea of having to reload this program
does not fill me with joy. As a result my iPod has had the same stuff stuck on it since I first loaded it with music.
I would find it hard to nail down my ‘top ten’ songs. As for artists, TISM comes to mind, which was the subject of a previous post… A few worth mentioning though
is Nirvana, Bad Religion, Faith No More, the Offspring, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Helmet, Pennywise, Blink 182, Green Day, Live, REM, the Flaming Lips, the Cranberries, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails,
Eminem and Snoop Dogg. Let’s not forget the Australian contingent of Silverchair, Regurgitator, the Mark of Cain, the Fauves, the Cruel Sea and Powderfinger. These were
some of the bands and performers that we were listening to during adventures back in the day in BrisVegas. I saw many of them live at festivals and gigs, either as a ticketed audience member or simply standing outside the venue. See my ‘lemon yellow is the new black.’ post. Although Nirvana is one band I wished I’d have gotten to see live. I came to appreciate them on the tail end of their
reign and the lead singer Kurt Cobain died before I had a chance.
I may not have fully appreciated these experiences at the time but I am thankful now to all. This style of music may be dark and filled with angst, they may have had some controversial lyrical content but I found a taste for it. My music
appreciation path could have been very different if I had followed my parents’ musical tastes. For them it was a regular dose of the Fureys and the 3 Tenors on record or cassette. Now I can appreciate a bit of Irish folk music in an Irish
Pub with a Guinness in hand occasionally but when it’s the same record played over and over again at home filling the house, you tell me. Back in their youth apparently there was some live performances of Johnny O’Keefe at a local pub, at
least that I can respect, he was an early rocker. During my teens I liked Lionel Richie, KISS and pretty much anything a bit more upbeat. That was before I was introduced to grunge.
Talking about parents’ musical taste in general, a little while back I was visiting the house of a Filipino friend and they were playing karaoke.
Karaoke is very popular in the Philippines and most will have their favourite songs to belt out, just a microphone and the lines of lyrics across the screen with the music backing. When it came time to choose a song one of the young ladies present
chose the Cranberries ‘Zombie’ and sang it well. I couldn’t believe that someone from a different culture and of that much younger would know that particular song
so well. I asked her about it afterwards and she said it was on her dad’s playlist back home. Now I don’t know if she understood the message behind the song or had even seen the video clip. I’m not sure I could sing or even
want to know those songs on my parents’ playlist. At home, I would actively try to avoid listening to my parents’ choice of music, that and listening to talkback radio. At this same event I was told that I had a ‘rock voice’,
you know the one who screams and shouts.
for me is a time capsule and each person will fill it with their own contents, with the songs and performers that stir up memories. One such example for me is The Flaming Lips with ‘Do
You Realise’, this one brings back memories somewhat sad and is a postscript to a big overseas trip. As a result I rarely play it but when I do it brings up images of another time and another place. There are a few songs that will do
that and this is just one example. Some of the songs may not have been great on their own but with the addition of a clever video clip they really were burned into my brain.
Watching ‘Rage’ on ABC late at night was a favourite past-time of mine and that’s where I would see all the crazy video clips.
I may not have watched that particular program for a while I know it’s still going but life has moved in different directions, nowadays for me. Now, it’s more about watching back-to-back episodes of television series with my partner, series
such as Lost and Game of Thrones among others. This comes mostly off the internet with the advent of internet television such as Netflix and good old dvd that is my viewing habits these days. Technology has really advanced since the days of audio
and video tapes. I bought a T-shirt a while back that said ‘I Remember VHS’, took it to the young lady at the counter who said “What’s VHS?” When I told her “you know, Video”, she covered with “Oh
yeah, right”. I do indeed remember VHS well, it was those blank tapes that I use to record episodes of Rage off TV and watch them later the next day. Now it’s all about iView and TV on demand.