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    My Life: Autobiographical Vol.5

    OH WOW! 35 was a couple of weeks ago and I honestly thought I had posted this already. If you need to read My Life: Autobiographical Vol.1,  Vol.2 , Vol.3 & Vol.4, DO IT! Also our YouTube channel has a playlist of all the songs in the series so far, plus the ones included in this post. Skip to video 20 if you’ve already listened to the previous tunes from the series. WARNING! The most dangerous music I’ve ever heard is included in this post. Well, minus all the danger I already listed in parts 1-4.

    Finally, I’m In High School
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSPeg5Nw9Tk&feature=fvst
    During the summer before high school this gem came out. It spoke to me in a way music never had before and was a hybrid of what were becoming my two favourite genres of music, rap & metal. This song made me listen to all my Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Guns N’ Roses tapes even harder. Any just when I thought mainstream music couldn’t get any more, well, non-mainstream, September happened and I started high school and this little record came out…

    This album (movement really, read my Grunge blog post) caused a shift in all social circles. Guys grew their hair long and greasy. Girls shaved their heads. Everyone dressed in plaid, wore Dr. Martins and started smoking. There were the freaks and the sportos (meaning athletes). There were only a few people that could handle the cross over. OMG!!! Remember that time that Cathy started dating one of the sportos during winter break and then there was a huge brawl in the foyer of school when all the students came back because her new boyfriend was a sporto? (I think that’s how it happened, remember, it was about 17 years ago) Good times. FYI, MetallicaTenUse Your Illusion I & IINo More TearsTrompe le MondeCeremonyNevermindBlood Sugar Sex MagikBadmotorfinger and others all came out within the first 6 weeks of starting high school. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

    High School Dance

    First song I ever danced to in high school, with a girl! This song really would be awkward to slow dance to near the end and because the song is so long I’m surprised I didn’t get dizzy. What I really do remember about this song, and dance with said girl, was that I really wanted to see the video. I was a huge Gunners fan, but didn’t have cable and hadn’t seen the video AND the VJ’s played the WHOLE thing! My apologies to said girl for being more into music than you. Somethings never change.

    Not A Country Boy

    I’m surprised with myself. I had no idea that losing a friend to New Country had such an effect on me. I guess it could have been worse. I could have lost him to death. So cleanse your palette before more danger.

    Crush With Eyeliner

    One of my favourite bands of all time is Nine Inch Nails. I got Pretty Hate Machine from a friend that ordered it through Columbia House but didn’t like how “synthy” it was (I later found out he thought he was buying their follow-up album Broken, which is WAY heavier). I loved it! I liked Depeche Mode and INXS but I felt this had more edge and honesty. I traded in my Alternative Rock plaid for black jeans (which later evolved into leather pants), black band T-shirts, and in my early 20’s, black nail polish and eyeliner.

    Next On My Life…

    Look at that mane!

    We get funny. Cover my first job, my late teens and early 20’s. And don’t forget church!

    My Life: Autobiographical Vol.3

    Two weeks until my birthday. Which means I’m behind on my posting to finish all 40 songs in this playlist. I will pick up the pace. I promise. If you need to, read My Life: Autobiographical Vol.1  & Vol.2 to get caught up. Remember that this is a blog series I did based on Rob Gordon in High Fidelity sorting his records Autobiographically. I think we’re picking up the story of my life somewhere between 1987 and 1989.

    Family Fun Times

    It’s funny how times change. As a kid my Grandparents had a great party house. Swimming pool with a slide, a screened in room for playing cards, lawn-darts (yeah lawn darts!). In the evening the whole family, aunts, uncles, cousins, we’re talking about a dozen people, would gather around the player piano and have a sing-a-long. This is where I learned about The Great American Songbook. Later in life I got into Sinatra, Martin and Cole, but only because I already knew the songs from these times with family. Here is where the funny comes in. Last Family Day I spent in Bradford with my, well, family and we all gathered around the TV, singing along to Glee Karaoke. The times our family spend together haven’t changed that much, just the way enjoy music together.

    Enter The Danger

    In 1987 I heard something for the first time. Rap, Hip-Hop, whatever you want to call it, had taken the pop charts by storm and it was the most dangerous thing I’d ever heard. Beastie Boys, Run DMC & Public Enemy. This was something new for my generation and it kicked ass. Whether you like or not, the evolution the genre will make a great documentary series one day. VH1 can call me for the rights!

    Other Peoples Kids

    This song made the list for one reason only. The kid next door. He was a year older than me and dressed just like Billy Idol. Being religious, my parents didn’t appreciate Billy Idol, or Madonna for that matter, wearing crosses when they obviously weren’t singing anything about their faith and in fact were singing about quite the opposite of the morals they should be conveying most of the time. My neighbour dressed just like Idol. Vest, bracelets, ear pierced even! I wasn’t allowed to hangout with him too often. I think it was because I lied to my parents a lot and they blamed him.

    Corky Knows Best
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LedUjMuTR7Q
    Given that this playlist I made was for Name That Tune three years ago, I really can’t remember why this song was played at this particular time. The only thing I can think of is the TV show Life Goes On used it for their intro music. It was on Sunday nights, right after church, or America’s Funniest Home Videos (the Bob Saget years). I don’t even remember being a huge fan of the show but it’s the only reason I can think of for playing this song. I didn’t get into The White Album until much later in life and it wasn’t news worthy.

    Read the next My Life: more DANGER, more DRIVING and more ROXETTE?

    My Life: Autobiographical Vol.2

    I almost bored all my readers to death with a Grammy recap but I figured I’d finish the second part of this series instead. In case you missed the first post in this series, My Life: Autobiographical Vol.1, get caught up! I last spoke of my first concert 1982 and I  gave you some Wham! So we’re up to 1984 which includes a lot of firsts for me.

    First Concert Disappointment
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUTFqxG-ziI&feature=fvwrel
    I was a huge Michael Jackson fan in 1984 and still am today. I think everyone was on some level. I don’t remember how I was almost able to go to this show. I was 7 years old so the details are a little foggy. All I know was that I was supposed to go to this show and all I got was a lousy T-shirt. I’m not kidding. I’m pretty sure it was this one! So my first big concert disappointment was one I never got to attend rather than a band I thought was awesome not delivering while on stage. I’m pretty sure the later happens more often. Come to think of it, 1984 was a pretty tough year for me. Let’s fast forward.
    My First Records
    We just jumped up to March 1986. My birthday. I’m not actually sure if I got these three albums all at once or if I got them spread out over a couple years but lets just say I got them all at once.

    I was a loyal Bryan Adams fan until 1991 at least. In fact, Waking Up The Neighbours was one of only 4 cassettes my best friend and I could agree on once we got our drivers licenses. In 1991 he started listening to New Country. I started listening to Nirvana. So we just listened to the stuff we used to as “kids”. Two of the other ones were Vanilla Ice, To The Extreme and Young MC‘s Stone Cold Rhymin’. Don’t judge me too harshly. ’87 to ’90 was a really confusing time in music. The forth album we could agree on will be talked about in my next post. I think Bryan Adams looks like a Footloose Kevin Bacon in this video.

    Boy In The Box was the second record of the set. Other than having the poster for it in my room and my Mom cutting my hair just like his as a kid I have no stories about Corey Hart so I’ll talk about two other things happened to me in 1986. First, I moved to Bradford from Kirkfield. It was a huge change! For example Kirkfield was a town of 400. In Bradford my new public school (Fred C. Cook alumni, what!) had almost that many students, and lockers to boot! In 1986 I also got my first brother. I’m the oldest of six kids and got two sisters first. Don’t get me wrong, I love my whole family but I’ve seen Anne Of Green Gables more than any man should.

    Twenty-seven years later and I’m still listening to The Boss and with good reason. If you missed his Super Bowl performance in 2009, here it is. If you missed the beginning and end of the (The BIG moment starts around 3:30min) Grammy‘s this year, well there you go. It’s really too bad that the awards mess up some really good performances but the only guitarists missing on that stage, in my opinion, are Slash, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page (and maybe Jack White but I still have forgave him for that Insane Clown Posse stunt). Anyway, Bruce Springsteen still rocks harder at 62 years old than most musicians do in their whole life, and I’ll fight anyone that says otherwise.

    Next time in My Life…Family Reunions and The Most Dangerous Music I’ve Ever Heard!

    Stuck In The 90s

    I may very well be stuck in the 90s. That’s where I first heard 75% of the musicians I still regularly listen to. So last week I was hanging with none other than THE Dylan Awesome from GAIN Music. Somehow we ended up listening to 90’s tunes and taking turns on Youtube trying to what only can be described as “Out 90ing” eachother.  Here’s a few tunes we played that day that you may have forgotten about.

    Where’s My Self Control?

    What a great pop song. It’s pretty much perfect in all aspects but for me I love when it’s over. Rather than dragging the song out repeating the chorus twice at the end like a lot of songs do, it sounds like Age Of Electric is about to start another verse. Then the song is over. Timing is everything…Or not.

    Fade Away

    Moist’s Silver came out right around the same time I started driving back and forth from Guelph and Bradford. One of my favourite driving CD’s for sure. What I really like about this song is the delivery. There is a certain desperation or panic behind every syllable. The video performance is amazing as well. Learn your craft, rock singers, delivery can make or break you. I feel the words because of the emotion put forth, behind the voice and the facial expressions. It makes me believe every word David Usher says. This can be essential for your audience to feel connected with you. To see this in action, check out Joshua Doherty (be ready for the 1:50 mark of the video) of Among Millions. They play every couple months in Guelph, I’ll make sure I give you lots of notice for their next show.

    Left Behind In A Troubled Time

    I remembering buying Scenery & Fish on impulse, because it was on the charts at Sunrise Records next to Alice In Chains Unplugged, which is the album I had gone in to the store to buy. It quickly became one of my favourite records. Somewhere along the line though, I lost the record. I forgot about it. Until the big breakup of 2006. I took all the money I intended on spending on my ex, it was her birthday shortly, to The Beat Goes On. It was the only time I’ve ever gone through the store A to Z and through the discount bin. I may have walked out with over 30 CDs. Scenery & Fish was $3. $3! I ran into THE Aaron Levy on my way home. We grabbed a few beers and went through the big bag of music. He liked my choices. I miss that guy! What a great music conversationalist.

    Strong & Free
    I just realized this whole list is made up of Canadian artists. Nice to remember the how good the pre-Nickel Back era of Canadian music was. Actually, if you live in the Guelph area, you should check out our homepage. Tonight’s shows are amazing and I’m still having a problem deciding which one I’m going to go to. What a great problem to have!

    What are your favourite 90’s tunes? I need more nostalgia!

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