It’s been a while since I’ve read a music magazine, but after picking up a few copies of the new, free NME magazine I’ve been engrossed in them. When you think about it though, it’s no wonder that traditional music magazines have met such a rapid decline. I mean, it’s great reading about new bands and music – but when you can go online and get a shit load of music news from Pitchfork (or other music blogs) and physically click through and listen to the track, then it’s kind of a non starter for most, reading it offline.
Anyway, pondering of traditional media aside, in the back pages of NME there’s a nice little feature where pseudo-celebrities shed some light on the soundtrack to their lives. Running the risk of completely ripping off the idea. here’s mine:
The First Song I Remember Hearing:
Apart from the songs from the only musical I can stand, Grease, I remember hearing many songs though various ways when I was a kid. I can’t quite remember which was the first, but Madonna singing Holiday on The Tube immediately springs to mind. Of course, this was on VHS tape as it was originally aired in 1984 and filmed at The Hacienda. I definitely remember trying to recreate the dance. Other than that, I have memories of Sex Pistols//God Save the Queen and Grandmaster Flash//The Message, both on vinyl.
The Song I Can No Longer Listen To:
Audioslave//Cochise immediately springs to mind on this one. I used to love this song when it first came out, but then I picked up on the constant tapping of the high hat symbol throughout the entire song and it really started to piss me off. I just tried to listen to it again and straight away zoned in on it and had to turn it off. Ugh.
The First Song I Fell In Love With:
Deftones//Be Quiet and Drive. It still gives me goosebumps when I listen to it. It’s one of those songs that just makes my tummy do a weird little flip and reminds me of being 18 again.
The First Gig I Went To:
Funnily enough, this was Deftones at the Apollo in Manchester in 2003(!). I remember really panicking about getting trains back, as we had to go from Crewe station and it was when I was at college and only getting £30 a week, which I’d already spent on the tickets for the gig and the train. Luckily enough we made it and it didn’t detract too much from the first-gig-experience.
The First Album I Bought:
The first proper album I bought from an actual band was Interpol//Turn on the Bright Lights. One of my absolute all time favourite albums to this day and comes in at a strong #4 in the Top 10 albums of my life. I was obsessed with Paul Banks and still remember relentlessly watching MTV2 at my exes house so we could watch Interpol videos when they came on haha.
The Song That Makes Me Dance:
It doesn’t take much to make me dance. I will literally dance to anything, but Ke$ha ranks highly on the personal Terri Dance Charts. If I’m looking for something to internally dance to whilst I’m at work (or need some music to snap me out of a mood swing), I always head to Vimeo and give ‘As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt 2’ a listen. It’s banging, that.
The Song I Want at my Funeral:
Always a tough one this, but I would definitely opt for something pretty upbeat. I always think about how nice it’d be to have something like Wham! Wake me up before you go-go, but then realise that some people might not want to burst in to dance when my life would be such a sad loss. Maybe Interpol//Leif Erikson would be a more fitting option.
On a separate note: I really want to read more UK music blogs. Who do you read the most? Let me know over on Twitter @HelloTerriLowe