and continues…Date sent: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 20:29:01 +1000
Glad to see such interesting and varied responses to this suggestion. Seeing as I started it yesterday I thought I'd better do my own. Like Gayle's list it's a mix of albums and songs.
In chronological order:
Bye Bye Birdie (the film soundtrack) This was the first album I bought, and I thought Anne Margaret and Bobby Rydell were the best thing since sliced bread (yes they did have sliced bread as a new innovation back then.) I also got put on detention by some nasty teacher, probably similar to the one I have become, for singing the theme song at the top of my voice in the girls toilet's. Was quite excited recently when I was able to order a cd copy of my very battered album from the USA.
Beatles -I bought their singles by walking 3 miles home from the train station each day instead of catching the bus. They were 10/6 in sterling. The first album I bought of theirs was Beatles for Sale (52/6). I never bought another single after that and I did get fitter from the walk. I'm now an avid collector of Beatles video bootlegs and have a fair collection of memorabilia, including a scarf, tracksuit patch, magazines, posters peeled off stations etc, all treasured since the sixties.
Jim Morrison and the Doors--only albums bought and since replaced with cds. Perhaps one of the most amazing men I've read about. Read Patricia Kennealy_Morrison's book My Life with and without Jim Morrison, and John Densmore's book for a different account to that presented by Oliver Stone. For a mix of Arhurian legend, fantasy and Jim (Gwydion, a Merlin equivalent) read her Keltiad, books 1,2 and 3. (Many of the descriptions of the character could apply to jb) This is someone whose images and music are as fresh today as they were when they were recorded. Ameriacn Prayer on cd, rather than the tape, completed the package, although I'd love some bootleg stuff, but the problem of having something to swap is always there. Made a pilgrimage to his grave last year--quite a moving experience, especially in the mist and rain--the only rainy, misty day in 3 weeks. As I'm now at the age where friends' parents are dying he also gave me the line to write on a card in such cases: 'Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings' --Susannah and Luke now know where the firefly alias came from.
marianne faithful's Broken English album. When I played this loud the kids knew to head for the hills for at least two hours because it meant I had a lot of aggro to get rid off. The Ballad of Lucy Jordan was an instrumental song in helpng me survive the marriage breakup, divorce etc.
Nirvana Unplugged this resulted in the opening up and appreciation of a whole new field of alternative music. A pivotal album for me.
Jeff Buckley Grace album one of the most amazing things I'd heard in a long time -- made the hairs stand up and after seeing him live the obsession became total, the only rovial being the obsession with Jim Morrison. Never before have I felt like I was transported somewhere else during a concert. It is also very important because it introduced me to the whole world of this list.
Sorry for going on, but I did enjoy reading other people's explanations. This list never ceases to be a terrific learning exercise.
Date sent: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 12:47:13 -0700
From: Roger Lord
Subject: Re: non-jb-top5 list
Alright. Top 5 Songs (in no particular order, and if anybody would ask me tomorrow, I would possibly come up with totally different songs)
* Zero - Smashing Pumpkins
* Dream Brother - Jeff Buckley (live at the Nighttown is just one of the best versions I ever heard)
* Theme from Turnpike - dEUS
* Texas - Boss Hog (great Gothic waltz by the band of Jon Spencer and his wife Cristina Martinez)
* Overcome - Tricky
Top 5 Concerts
* Tricky, Lowlands '95
* Weezer, Pukkelpop '96
* Moondog Jr, Fenix (Sittard, NL) '96
* Whale, Fenix (Sittard, NL) '95
* Smashing Pumpkins, Pinkpop '94
I can't put a JB concert here, because I simply haven't (really) been to one. I was at this festival where he was playing, and I had just hired Grace from the library, but the battery's on my Discman were flat, so I didn't know he was as brilliant as he is! And I didn't check him out (I must have had a bad day, because I also missed PJ Harvey, Belly and R.E.M. ).
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 1996 17:07:50 +1000 (EST)
From: Ashley C Brideson
Subject: Jb or not Jb... and some birthdays... etc..
2. Doug Anthony Allstars - Bottle (ICON) For anyone who thinks that the dougs are just a comedy group, do yourself a favour (molly! Ha!!!) and have a listen to this song. If you've ever gotten drunk and/or depressed, this song WILL make you cry. Beautiful. You have been warned. Runners up : I Want To Spill The Blood of a Hippy, Jack.
3. Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should Have Come Over live (Eternal Life EP) I've changed my Jeff song after remembering that this is the 5 songs that changed my life, not my favourites, and even though I like WYLD more at the moment, this has had far more effect on me then the others. And if you haven't heard it, the acoustic version on the EL EP is (IMHO) better than the Grace version (and it goes 4 minutes longer!) Runners up : Grace, Eternal Life.
4. Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Wish You Were Here) This is a groundbreaking song. As a friend of mine once said, 'this song really fucks with your mind, man...' And I think he was right. Runners Up : Comfortably Numb live, Terminal Frost.
5. Pearl Jam - Indifference (VS) THis really is a beautiful song; it conjures up so many images in my head of my life every time I listen to it. It wasn't the song that made me like PJ as much as I do, but it has the greatest affect mentally on me, and would have to be one of my favourites. Runners Up : Elderly Lady, State of Love and Trust.
6. Smashing Pumpkins - Stumbleine (Mellon Collie, etc...) I love this song because it reminds me of a girl who changed my life, and any song that does that, well, it changes my life for all of the three minutes that it goes for. I told her it reminded me of her because it was short and cute... Runners Up : Through the Eyes of Ruby, Cherub Rock
7. Pulp - Do You Remember The First Time (His 'n' Hers) Oh so many connotations, so many memories.... And besides, Jarvis is an absolute legend. This song is really moving, and it never fails to send a shiver down my spine every time I hear it. Runners Up : Babies, Bar Italia ---
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 1996 17:07:50 +1000 (EST)
I hope this isn't too much trouble to change... oh, and having 7 isn't cheating... I hope!
Date sent: Mon, 02 Sep 1996 00:35:51 +0700
Subject: re: weird Jeff dreams
Can I put my top 5 everything now?
1) wild thing - jimi hendrix
2) lover you should have come over - jeffy
3) my baby just cares for me - nina simone
4) rearviewmirror - pearl jam
5) i need love - sam phillips (for now! this list changes depending on my moods... can you make out my emotional thread right now?)
1) grace - jeffy
2) versus - pearl jam
3) bringing down the horse - wildflowers
4) private universe - crowded house
5) fumbling towards ecstacy - sarah mclachlan
(I have too many fav albums!!!! This is not fair but this is it for now.)
1) Pearl Jam - 4th March 1995 Singapore
2) Duran Duran - 1994 Singapore
3) Ryuichi Sakamoto - 8th August 1996 Singapore
4) Foo Fighters/Sonic Youth - 1996 Singapore
5) Henry Rollins Band - 1992 (this was the concert that incited the banning of slam-dancing/crowd surfing in Singapore... my friend was on the front page of the paper the next day!)
OK.... anytime you need a change or an update tell me... I don't think what I've written is totally representative of me!
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