New blog challenge topic…..Music

I stole this from Twitter from @Bennie_CE……A list of questions about songs, they may not be my favourite, they may not be classics but will be the first songs that come to my head.

  1. A song with a colour in the title: “Daydream in Blue” by I Monster: A really funky little tune which I’m still obsessed with despite its age. According to the man, the creators of this made better songs in another iteration of the band but from the first time I heard this song, it has stuck with me.
  2. A song with a number in the title: “3am Eternal” by the KLF: I love this dance classic, funky, fun, a great tune (still to this day will get me dancing) and a song I have on shuffle possibly more often than is strictly necessary!
  3. A song that reminds you of summertime: World (Hold On) by Bob Sinclar: I can remember being outside the place in Spain with my brother and girlfriend dancing to this in the sun. Always brings a smile to my face and sun to my mind.
  4. A song that reminds you of someone: There are so many! I suppose it would be “You could be Mine” by Guns and Roses: this reminds me of Stevie, a friend who was taken from us a few years back. I love thinking of her, and miss her so much, but I hate the fact this song was her funeral song. I want to think of the fun mental and caring Stevie, as opposed to her being dead.
  5.  A song that needs to be played LOUD: “Wish” by Nine Inch Nails is one of my favourites to play LOUD! It’s a good angry song and I’ve always found with NIN that they calm me down as opposed to make me angrier!
  6. A song that makes you want to dance: I love dancing, so to be honest, there’s lots of songs I use to dance to. An old classic is “No Good (start the dance)” by the Prodigy. I love them and apart from one time when I saw them and they were aggressive and angry, these are still one of my favourite bands to see live. This song makes me laugh and no matter what, the bassline lifts my spirits.
  7. A song to drive to: I don’t actually drive so cannot really answer this yet……
  8. A song about drugs or alcohol: Ebeneezer Goode by the Shamen. This is a classic from my youth and one that I sang along to a lot as a child probably before I really should have?! Anyway, still on my playlists and a fun song to have first thing in the morning on my dance to work.
  9. A song that makes you happy: There are so many!! I’m really lucky as there are so many songs that lift my spirits. but I think something dancey, poppy or upbeat is what I need to make me smile. I just turned on my shuffle to see what the first option was and Kitty Girl by RuPaul came up, made me smile and that answers the question for now.
  10. A song which makes you sad: Teardrop by Massive Attack. I used to really like this song but as time has gone on, maybe as I’ve got older and circumstances have changed me but now if I hear it, it can quite often bring tears to my eyes.
  11. A song you never get tired of: Cheap Thrills by Sia. I’m not a massive Sia fan but this song for some reason really sticks well with me. I love the video tto (which is rare as I almost never actually watch music videos. Plus, it’s got Sean Paul in it, so that helps make the song more like I should be hearing it on holiday or something!!
  12. A song from your preteen years: Groove is in the Heart by Deee-lite. This is a song which (ok, judge me as much as you want, I don’t care) is still on my playlist, is good for running to and is one that if the man and I are having a gaming night with the radio on, I will very happily groove round the house like a loony.
  13. One of your favourite 80’s songs: Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics. I love love love this song so much, it’s a classic from my childhood, a great slow dancing song, the video influenced me to shave my head (I did not look as good as Annie Lennox sadly, more like a cheap Billy Idol tribute act). I’ve made the man dance with me a couple of times to this and although dancing together suits neither of us, he does it to please me and I appreciate that a lot.
  14. A song you would love played at your wedding: I don’t think we’re ever going to get married – we have similar thoughts about that and although both of us come from happily married people, neither of us feels the need. We know we love each other, we know we don’t want anyone else so I don’t see the need for spending a ridiculous amount of money to throw what feels like a party for my friends and family.
  15. A song that is a cover by another artist: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Kanye West (a cover of Daft Punk -which is a much better song but still the cover is decent). I know KW is quite divisive so I’m not expecting people to be 100% on my bandwagon but I loved the original and was going through a more “funky” phase when this cover came out so it appealed to me quite a lot. Did make me feel old though when a younger pal of mine heard the original and her comment was “wow, did someone just rip off Kanye?”…..ahh the foibles of youth.
  16. One of your favourite classical pieces: Peer Gynt suite by Grieg. A stunning suite of music and both calming and aggressive all at once. I’ve told the man that if he comes home and this is on, it’s probably safer for him to back out again and come back later once i’ve calmed myself down! It gives me emotion, it’s clever, familiar to so many people (you’d be surprised) and one that I would say everyone should listen to at least once in their lives.
  17. A song you would sing on Karaoke: Karaoke? No way. Lip Sync is much more my style and to be fair, I’ve become better at this due to my morning entertainment (lip syncing in the lift – with the added bonus of having to potentially stop quickly in case i’m spotted!!). No Diggity by Blackstreet is a firm favourite, Worth It by Fifth Harmony is fun. Any RuPaul song is perfect for lip syncing and if i’m going the full on Drag Race route, it would have to be some kind of Paula Abdul classic.
  18. A song from the year you were born:The number one when I was born was “Save your Love” by Renee and Renato. Cheesy but fabulous and a sign that the music tastes in this country were as classy as now!!
  19. A song that makes you think about life: I think all music makes you think about life, I think. I mean, each song, whether I like it or not will have an effect on me. My mood, my personality, my attitude. I use music to pump myself up, to hide, to try and think things through so as far as I’m concerned every piece of music does this.
  20. A song that has many meanings to you: Again, these are tough, I don’t want to just narrow it down to 1 song only. This isn’t something I can do. I hate making decisions (if you are a friend of mine, this will be something you are very aware of) and will often be something that I will spend more time thinking about what song I want to hear than the song will probably last! I spend a lot of time listening to the NIN and I know that his music has always helped me in many ways and maybe that shows that the songs have many different meanings.
  21. A song with a person’s name in the title:  Polly by Nirvana. I should say first off that this was one of those songs people used to play around me as it has the same name as me. I’m not a fan of either the story or the song but was scraping the bottom of the barrel to try and find a song with someone’s name in it……(wait till I publish this, then about a million other options will no doubt come through to me!)
  22. A song that moves you forward: Vogue, by Madonna has been the most recent song that i’ve used for this. I’ve worked in our office for about 3 hours and only just realised how good the corridor is for vogueing down. I may look like a tit but I’ve got a smile on my face while I do.
  23. A song you think everyone should listen to: Justified and Ancient by the KLF ft Tammy Wynette
  24. A song by a band you wish were still together: I miss No Doubt. I used to love Gwen’s voice and I did like some of her solo stuff but No Doubt was more funky than her solo stuff appears to me. Better base, less ballads a lot of sweat. What’s not to love?
  25. A song by someone who is no longer living: From the Inside by Linkin Park. Ok, I know that LP were a band put together for the Nu Punk age and some will consider them cheeseballs but following Chester’s suicide last year I heard this song again and it made me look at their later stuff a bit deeper. As someone who has suffered from depression and has definitely considered suicide, they hit me more, the sadness and the pain that he sings through is quite emotive and is a good thing to hear, it gives me hope for the future and to know that if I am in a bad place, I am not alone.
  26. A song that makes you think about love: We’re in this together by the Nine Inch Nails is probably a romantic song, well they lyrics are about people being together, working together, getting better together. I knew when I met the man in my life that he was meant for me as he is one of the few people I know that when I casually dropped their name into our conversation, he was totally aware of who they were and we spent a long time just revelling in the finding of a fellow fan!
  27. A song which makes you sad: I try to avoid all songs which make me sad, I mean, there’s enough in my life which can make me sad so why do I need to help out! There is a lot of sad music that I listen to and it brings me to a happy place. I know that probably sounds perverse but that’s how I am.
  28. A song by an artist with a voice you love: Anything by Chris Cornell. I was gutted when he passed away last year, his voice was gravely raspy, sensual and soft. I loved Soundgarden – I think I got into them too late, everyone else wanted Nirvana stuff but I was more into the heavier side of grunge. Anyway, when he sang with Rage, or when he released his solo stuff, or even Audioslave. Those songs are stunning and his voice is amazing. If you haven’t heard it, try “Can’t Change me” it is sublime!
  29. A song you loved from your childhood: Remember you’re a womble. The wombles are a very cheesy choice I agree but I hope that this shows the fun side of my music tastes. I listen to anything really and this is an album (the Wombles Christmas album just FYI) that I am proud to have had such a dodgy past. Kids these days seem to be trying to be as cool as possible as early as possible and I’m still searching for whatever it is that makes me cool.
  30. A song which people say reminds them of you: No Good (Start the Dance) by the Prodigy. I’ve had a few friends say to me that they hear this and think of me, I don’t know why but i’ve loved this song since it came out. It speaks volumes about how I try and feel about life, I don’t want to NEED people, I want to have people in my life through choice, not by demand. It keeps me smiling and makes me dance – no matter when or where I hear it.


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