Well, dear Old Cheeser has tagged me for a Top 10 albums blog. I hope you are all scared right now, you should be! I am terribly erratic with my music. The Stud is always complaining about that but as we have just clocked up 13 years together, I figure his opinion can't really be trusted!!
Anyway, I guess I have to start and these are not really in any particular order. I had such a hard job narrowing the albums which have shaped my life thusfar down to 10, I figured I would pick the ones that have really done the job.
My all time favourite would have to be THE LAST WALTZ by The Band. I love Rick Danko to bits, shame he got sick and bloated and he's shuffled off his mortal coil/suffed it/popped his clogs/el morto... but he sure had fun before he went (that's Rick in the white tee shirt) and while inThe Band he was shaggingly-great! His vocals on "Twilight" would bring me to my knees even today (and not just cos he's dead!); this group have a never ending appeal. Even my kids like them. Honestly.
Then, a dart up to the 80's...ERASURE. I just love "Oh L'amour" just love the way the intro starts....and "Sometimes".. ( just love that Dobro guitar intro..and the poppy beat)I think they are on 2 different albums (Circus and Ersaure) but they are so bouncy and happy, dancefloor fillers without doubt. Plus my ex hated them, good enough for me to play them any chance I got! Even now I just love the happy-clappy feel I get from them. Anyone know where they are now?
Next, anything by QUEEN. Their Fat Bottom Girls is a treat as is Those are the Days of Our Lives...go Freddy. Such a flambouyant and loveable chap.
Now, MY FRIEND THE CHOCOLATE CAKE (yes, quite a mouthful as the actress said to the bishop)...their version of Danny Boy is soulful and I love their Midlife's Tale. An underated Australian band (if I say so myself).
Kirsty MacColl gets the next nod for TROPICAL RAINSTORM...just adore that "In these Shoes"..watch Kinky Boots for the song in action.
ZZ TOP - One foot in the Blues is fantastic boot stompin' butt twitchin' stuff. Its not on this album, but the first song of theirs I recall hearing was La Grange...I was in a bar in Hokitika and..no, sorry, that's another blog altogether...that was my um..biker era.
Dan Fogelberg - what can I say that would honour this guy as much as he deserves...he died only just recently but his Captured Angel album was the first I had even heard and used to put onto "repeat" on my stereo and fall asleep to for at least a year! He, of course, went on to other fantastic hits..Same Auld Lang Syne...The Leader of the Band...The Reach...
I have no idea how famous of otherwise this lady is, VAN ORLY, but she should be known from here to Mars and back. I have had the devils own job even trying to get her albums here, have had to resort to a relative getting them sent from Holland and we have made "back up" copies. She is such a strong singer/songwriter. In fact, even YOUTUBE had nothing! There, go and buy her stuff and make her even more famous so at least we get a clip on YouTube!!! However, tracks to watch for "Walking through this Fire" and "Somebody Hold me"....she is FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC.
Now moving right along, TOM WAITS...yeah I know, he sounds like Oscar the grouch 9according to my 10 year old) anyway, I love him. Heart Attack and Vine....The Heart Of Saturday Night...great stuff for late night whatever. When you're too drunk to move. And too stoned to care.
And, because I can only do 10...have chosen Herbie Mann and Cissy Houston (yup, Whitney's mama) "WATERBED/SURPRISES" as the lucky last. The version of CAJUN MOON (on the clip, you will have to forward it about half way to get this particular song)outdoes any other version on this planet. The EASTER RISING is equally stirring but you will have to track down the album cos YouTube ain't got this either!! By the way, if any of you want me to I can send copies of any of the above...email me. If they sang in church here like that I would be there everyday.
I know, I have missed out The Boss and The Eagles...Pink Floyd....and heaps of others who have shaped my life and given me memories that on some days I could do without. Without music however, there is little joy...I love the stuff. We have over 20,000 tracks in our home library...
My next mission is to finally work out how to put video clips on my blog - then you will all have every reason to be afraid.
I would be unstoppable if I could only just get started....