Thursday, August 14, 2008

Look What They've Done To My Song . . .

Well more like "Look What They've Done To My Music . . ." There is a budding meme starting by Tim Abbott over at Walking The Berkshires: What were the 10 most influential albums of your teenage years? What about your college years?

Jasia over at Creative Gene has also picked up on this and has a great post as well. I bet in a few hours it will be posted over at the Events section of the Genea-Bloggers group on Facebook so everyone can join in if they want.

I thought I'd give this meme a go, especially since I have been playing some of the music from my teen and college years lately. First, let me say that contrary to what you may have heard, my music was not played on wax cylinders or 78 rpm records. I may feel that old some days but I actually had 33 and 45 rpm vinyl, 8-track tapes, and casettes. It was not until college in the 1980s that I went exclusively to CDs.

The music I grew up with was varied - I mean the music my mother would play. It was country mostly and lots of Neil Diamond. And when I say country music, I mean the good old stuff like Tammy Wynette singing "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" or Loretta Lynn singing "You Aint' Woman Enough To Take My Man."

As my musical tastes developed during my teen and college years, I ventured into a very ecclectic group of albums:

Meatloaf: Bat Out Of Hell

Cheap Trick: At Budokan

Blondie: Parallel Lines

The B-52s: The B-52s

The Ramones: Rocket To Russia

The Housemartins: The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death

The Jam: The Sound of The Jam

The Pet Shop Boys: Please

Squeeze: Sweets From A Stranger

Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True

So there's my Top 10 - almost all New Wave and late 1970's/early 1980s. I think I was just born a little too late for the Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd stuff - in fact I just don't care for what I call "headbanger music" or "album-oriented rock."

But if you think I am all about the 80's, I'll need to fill you in on the rest of my 15,000 song iTunes collection on my external hard drive. That's for another post.


GreenmanTim said...

Thomas, this is great! And I'd be delighted if you propagated this meme by all means.

Jennifer said...

Ah, Squeeze. One of the great underrated bands of the eighties...