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27 May, 2007

Music Memories

The idea of this meme, discovered via Tim, is to list one's ten most played artists, then answer random questions about each one.  For most people, 'most played' would be a statistic derived from iTunes or similar, but my Creative Zen doesn't collect such data (nor would I particularly want it to, except when completing trivia such as this), so like Tim's, the following list is a bit of a guess.

It's also partly a reflection of the number of tracks in the library – I choose to listen to, say, Imogen Heap rather more frequently than Jethro Tull, but my player contains 1 CD by the former and 21 by the latter, so if I hit 'Random', Tull is presented more often.

The List:

1. Porcupine Tree
2. Marillion
3. Peter Gabriel
4. Pink Floyd
5. Bass Communion
6. Sigur Rós
7. Radiohead
8. Jethro Tull
9. Anathema
10. Fish

The Questions:

1. What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
Probably 'Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása', which is still a favourite.

2. What is your favorite album of 2?
'Brave'. No, 'Marbles'. No, 'Brave'.

3. What is your favorite lyric that 5 has sung?
Heh. Bass Communion is a dark-ambient project: instrumental-only, if one doesn't count the sampled EVP voices on the Andrew Liles 'reconstruction' of 'Ghosts On Magnetic Tape'.

4. How many times have you seen 4 live?
Never, though I've seen videos.
I have mixed feelings about that. I would have loved to see 'The Wall' live, but I don't think I'd have enjoyed stadium-sized concerts.
I certainly wouldn't be interested in seeing Roger Waters solo, David Gilmour solo, or a reformed Pink Floyd unless they had an album of brand new music to promote. No, 'On An Island' doesn't count; I don't need 'easy listening' music just yet, thanks.

5. What is your favourite song by 7?
Hmm. Not easy. Maybe 'Fake Plastic Trees'.

6. What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10?
Involving the music? There's one I'm not telling you about....
The concert at The Cavern, Liverpool in 2001 is a good memory. Oddly enough, the one concert I've attended which I no longer remember clearly was by Fish, too, in 2004 – stupidly, I drank too much.

7. Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
'I Grieve'.

8. How did you get into 3?
Via Genesis. Obvious answer.

9. What was the first song you heard by 1?
I don't remember. I must have liked it!

10. What is your favorite song by 4?
'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' is my all-time favourite piece of music, by any artist in any genre.

11. How many times have you seen 9 live?
None, yet. I've seen a DVD.

12. What is a good memory you have involving 2?
Again, several which are too personal to share.
The first few seconds of hearing the band play 'Bridge/Living With The Big Lie' live was a thrill I'll remember.

13. Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
I can't think of any. Well, apart from the entire contents of 'J-Tull.Com', which made me realise the band were has-beens (that doesn't diminish my respect for the 1971-95 albums!).

14. What is your favorite album of 5?
'Bass Communion II'.

15. What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung?
No particular phrases stand out as extra special.

16. What is your favorite song of 1?
'Even Less'.

17. What is your favorite song of 10?
Maybe 'The Company'.

18. How many times have you seen 8 live?
Once. It was more than enough.
It's funny: I was familiar with the band's music for a surprisingly long time – a matter of years – before I saw video footage or even still images of a Tull concert. The stage show didn't remotely match the preconception I'd derived from the music, and not in a good way.
I was largely prepared for that by the time I saw them in Manchester in 1995, but it was worse: a 47-year-old Anderson visibly strained to reproduce the stage act of an energetic 30-year-old (I mean himself c.1978), which was, well, embarrassing. It was also the loudest concert I've ever attended.

19. What is your favorite album of 1?
'Stupid Dream'.

20. What is a great memory you have considering 9?
I've only known about them for less than three years, but I do favourably recall the day I bought 'Alternative 4', for reasons unrelated to the music.

21. What was the first song you heard by 8?
'Strange Avenues'. Again, it's still a favourite.

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