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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.4

    If you need to, read My Life: Autobiographical Vol.1,  Vol.2 , & Vol.3. Also our YouTube channel has a playlist of all the songs in the series so far, plus the ones included in this post, that I will just keep adding to as I go. Skip to video 14 if you’ve already listened to the previous tunes from the series.

    Danger Is My Middle Name

    So in 1984 Run DMC was the most dangerous thing I’d ever heard, but then this happened, and  I’ve been a lover of Heavy Metal ever since. I saw Axl a few years back with his new version of GNR, and then we saw Velvet Revolver to see most of the other band members. I wish I had a time machine to see them in their original glory. Velvet Revolver was the better of the two shows. Anyway, Appetite For Destruction is still in my Top 40 albums of all time.

    Two For Ms. Shannon’s Class

    In 1988 the first of my generation’s boy bands emerged. I don’t remember what my feelings about the NKOTB were then. I’m guessing that as an 11 year old I thought they were pretty cool. They did have pretty sweet dance moves, but I really have no idea. I know I was in grade 6, and I know all the girls in my class LOVED them.

    I almost Rick Rolled you. This one goes out to my sixth grade class and our french teacher, Miss Ferguson. She danced like him, dressed like him. This was the only music we were allowed to play in french class. She was probably the most stylishly dressed teacher I ever had. I remember a few altercations with the teacher losing her cool but never at me.

    Driving Tunes

    I already mentioned that there where only a few songs me and my best friend could agree on. This is one of them. Don’t judge me for liking Young MC when I was twelve. Judge me for still knowing most the words today.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4qZec7B6oU
    I really don’t know how my buddy’s Dad dealt with listening to these cassettes over and over. We loved them but you’d
    have to be a special kind of patient man to put up with these songs every time he had to drive us around.

    Lost It Somehow

    There are a couple reasons why I might have picked this song a few years back. I remember having a vague crush on the lead singer. Not as big a crush as I had on Alyssa Milano but it might have been my first musician crush. It also could have been that Pretty Woman was a huge movie in 1990 and my Mom & sister loved it. Either way it was on the playlist so here it is.

    Next time on My Life…So MUCH Danger, my first Much Video Dance and some funny stuff.

    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!

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