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16 August, 2004

Ooh; a music meme!

The following are the answers at the time of writing - if you were to ask again tomorrow, I might answer differently.

First Record Bought:
Adam & the Ants 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier' (1980). The dual drum kits sounded great to my 9-year-old ears.

First Concert:
While I was at University there were numerous occasions when I happened to be in a room where a band was playing, but the first time I specifically went to see a named band was probably Jethro Tull in Zaragoza, Spain, 5/4/92. However, I didn't start to go out of my way to attend concerts until seeing Hawkwind here in Lancaster, 13/10/95.

Favourite Music Movie:
Pink Floyd: 'The Wall'.

Favourite Music Book:
'Nick Drake: The Biography' (Patrick Humphries, 1998), though that's by default, as I don't recall having read any other music-related books.

Favourite Songwriter:
Until 1999, Ian Anderson. I can get as much enjoyment from reading his Jethro Tull lyrics as from hearing the songs themselves. However, I dislike the direction he's taken in recent years.

Favourite Producer:
Steven Wilson.

Favourite Record Label:
Inside Out, especially for their beyond-the-call-of-duty packaging. They also happen to be the record label/distributor of several of my favourite bands, which helps!

Favourite Magazine:
I don't regularly read any music magazines. I occasionally buy 'Record Collector' (perhaps once per year), for specific features.

Favourite Bassist:
Roger Waters or Dave Pegg.

Favourite Album Cover:
Marillion 'Brave'.

Favourite Teen Idol:
In my teens, I had no interest in music. At 32, I don't have much interest in 'teen idols'.

Artist Who Broke Your Heart:
I wasn't pleased when Ian Anderson 'mellowed'.

Artist You Will Always Believe In:
I'm not a loyal 'fan' of any artist - if a band ceases to interest me, I won't vainly cling to inferior remnants. At present, I like Steven Wilson's various projects (Porcupine Tree, Bass Communion, etc.), but it's possible his evolving interests could diverge from mine.

Singer Who Makes Your Skin Crawl:
Jon Anderson.

Singer Who Makes You Swoon:
Er.... Sandy Denny had a remarkable voice. I like Alanis Morissette's and Cerys Matthews' accents, if not necessarily their material. But 'swoon'? No singer has that extreme an effect on me.

Favourite Sound:
Helen's laugh.

Album You Will Always Defend:
I rarely feel inclined to argue matters of personal taste. If you don't like OSI's 'Office of Strategic Influence', that doesn't detract from my enjoyment.

Album You Own That No One Else Does:
I presume that doesn't mean literally! I doubt many copies of Karmakanic's 'Entering the Spectra' were sold. Given a second chance, I wouldn't have bought it either.

Classic Album You Own but Don't Like:
Led Zeppelin 'IV'. I tried, but Led Zep does nothing for me.

Artist You're Supposed to Like but Don't:
Since I like Jethro Tull (1971-95), Genesis (1970-75) and Pink Floyd (1969-94), it's often presumed I also like Yes, Gentle Giant, ELP and similar art/'prog' rock. I DON'T.

Song You Can't Stand by an Artist You Like:
Most maudlin Fish ballads! To pick one semi-randomly: 'Say It With Flowers', from the otherwise excellent 'Sunsets On Empire'.

Band That Should Break Up:
Jethro Tull. Seriously.

Band That Should Re-form:

Guilty Pleasure:
Shania Twain's 'Come On Over' was surprisingly good.

Favourite Music DVD:
For reasons I can't really explain, I rarely find/make time to watch music DVDs. Roger Waters 'In The Flesh - Live' is pretty good. Does 'Koyaanisqatsi' count as a music DVD?

Concert You Wish You'd Seen:
Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'.

Dream Collaboration:
I can't think of any; I don't dream of collaborations and 'what ifs'.

[Via Tim]


I think The Wall was the second concert I saw, after Hawkwind :)

Agree with you on Fish's maudlin ballads. Although I nominate his cover of Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air" as his worst ever recording.

Posted by Tim Hall at August 16, 2004 08:08 PM
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