Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Musical Kayleigh

My daughter Kayleigh is really getting into writing music on the keyboard lately, especially now that she is doing music at her new school. Here's a couple of her masterpieces, including a lovely rendition of Harry Potter. She picks it up so quickly!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 45 - Heaven In My Hands (Level 42)



My first STRMOMC for 2019 is this classic from Level 42, called Heaven In My Hands, and was appropriately chosen because I finally reached my own personal Level 42 yesterday. Yes, I've reached 42 years old, and another year closer to getting my pension.  Woohoo!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 44 - Zambezi (The Piranhas)

Flipping heck... I hadn't heard this song in years until hearing it earlier today.  I remember loving it when I was kid.  Utter crap now, but boy it sure gave me flashbacks of my youth. 

A cover of Zambezi by Lou Busch and his Orchestra, this was released back in 1982 by The Piranhas (and featuring Boring Bob Grover - The Man With The Golden Trumpet) where it entered in to the UK Top 40 in September/October when I was but a 5 year old lad with obviously no decent taste in music.



"Well if my bank should phone, tell them I ain't at home,
Just say I packed my plastic bag and went away.
As for the landlord's rent, I spent it on a tent,
So if he's asking questions, you'll know what to say.
 
 

You don't get lyrics like that anymore.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 43 - Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (The Carpenters)

Yikes....  That's been a long hiatus, but I'm back with another "Song That Reminds Me Of My Childhood".  This time, we go back to when I was VERY little with The Carpenters version of "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft", originally released by them in September 1977 (I was only 7 months old), and in fact is a cover from a song by Klaatu which was used by the pirate radio station Radio Caroline as an opening song for their midnight transmissions - Thanks Wikipedia.  The original is not a bad version, but I prefer The Carpenters cover, especially the intro with All Hit Radio and the supposedly Mike Ledgerwood on the request line.

I vaguely remember first listening to this one night in the 80s when my Dad was listening to a Carpenters album, and I've loved it ever since.

It really doesn't get more 70's than this.

Hey babe, what would you like to hear?


Thursday, September 07, 2017

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 42 - Don't Lose My Number (Phil Collins)

Well, here's the first "Songs That Reminds Me Of My Childhood" in a very long time (sorry for the delay).  Whilst reacquainting myself with Phil Collins excellent "No Jacket Required" album, Don't Lose My Number gave me a massive flashback feeling.  Gosh, I forgot how much I love this song, and how good an album it is.

Enjoy!


Sunday, April 02, 2017

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 41 - Dancing Girls (Nik Kershaw)

Another S.T.R.M.O.M.C. to make up for a lack of them over the past year.  As I've probably mentioned before in a previous post, my sister was a massive fan of Nik Kershaw, and quite often when I was a small child in the mid 80s I would be able to hear his tunes coming through the wall between our two bedrooms.  At the time, I was not a fan but over the years I've grown to really like his music.

Whenever I listen to Dancing Girls, I have a vivid memory of helping my sister write a "Nik Kershaw" lyrics program on our Commodore Plus 4 computer in BASIC, a programme I still have stored on one of hundreds of old cassettes to this day, named "Nik 16"


Coincidently released exactly 33 years ago on this day - April 2nd 1984, (gosh, 33 years ago - I feel old), Dancing Girls was a single from his excellent "Human Racing" album and peaked in the UK charts at No. 13 around the same time as classic favourites of mine such as Queen's "I Want To Break Free", Depeche Mode's "People are People" and Blancemange's "Don't Tell Me"

Enjoy this classic example of mid 80's synth-pop


 
 

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 40 - Shattered Dreams (Shattered Dreams)

Blimey, I've been neglecting my poor Blog lately, and I can't believe it's been well over a year since my last "Songs That Remind Me Of My Childhood" post.  483 days to be precise.

Anyhoo, there are a large number of songs that remind me of family walks from Leigh-on-Sea to Southend, mostly because we used to stop off at different pubs on the way, and most had the songs of the day playing over the speakers.  This was around the mid to late 1980's where we'd jump on a Class 302 from Laindon, get off at Leigh-on-Sea, and stop for a quick drink at the Peterboat, Ye Olde Smack, and then onwards towards Southend-on-Sea with a quick stop at the Cliffs Pavilion for another bevvy - or in my case, another pint of orange squash!.

Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz is one of those songs that was played a lot in those pubs.  It was released in March 1987 and went straight to number 97 in the UK charts.  Only through lots of airtime on the radio did it finally reach a deserving number 5 two months later.

An absolute stonker of an 80s track.  Enjoy


Monday, December 07, 2015

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 39 - Keeping The Dream Alive (M√ľnchener Freiheit)

Wow, here's a blast from the past.  I loved this song when I was younger, and completely forgot about it until hearing it on the radio earlier today. 
 
I had some serious childhood flashbacks after hearing this one again after such a long time.
 
Released in 1988, it peaked at number 14 in the UK Charts during December of that year and is apparently known as being a Christmas song due to it being released during the festive season, even though the song has no link to Christmas at all.
 
Crank up the volume and listen to that awesome orchestral sound.  It always reminds me of a bit of a mix of ELO and the stuff Paul McCartney released in the 80s.
 
Enjoy.
 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 38 - A Good Heart (Feargal Sharkey)

Well, it's been a few weeks since my last "Songs That Remind Me Of My Childhood", so for this one I have decided to pick Feargal Sharkey's "A Good Heart" which coincidently became number one in the UK charts exactly 30 years ago this week.  Yep, November 1985 saw him get his one and only UK number one, and what a great song it is too.

It's another song that reminds me of family walks along the seafront at Southend.  Many of the 'watering holes' between Leigh-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea would play this whilst I drank my pint of orange squash and spending many 10p's on the arcade machines.  Happy days.


Friday, January 09, 2015

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 32 - Always On My Mind (Pet Shop Boys)


Following on from my last blog post, I'm keeping with the Pet Shop Boys because Always on my Mind stands out as not only being one of the best cover songs ever made, but possibly one of the greatest pop songs of the 1980s (perhaps all time) and a massive favourite of mine since I was a wee lad.

It's quite appropriate that I have chosen this song as my STRMOMC as today marks 27 years (yes, TWENTY SEVEN YEARS) since the song entered its consecutive fourth fantastic week at the number 1 position on the Official UK Charts, after having been the Christmas number one a few weeks previously.

Why can't modern groups produce belters like this any more, instead of the usual Crap Factor turds.

Also, you've got to love the video, featuring clips from their rather bizarre movie "It Couldn't Happen Here", and of course starring De Nomolos himself (from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey) Joss Ackland, and even Biggles!


 
"Where are you going?"
 
"I'm going there....  But I like it here wherever it is".

Monday, January 05, 2015

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 31 - Heart (Pet Shop Boys)


The Pet Shop Boys were a band I was never particularly in to back in their heyday, which is surprising when you consider the similarities between them and my favourite synth group Erasure.  Sure, I loved West End Girls, It's a Sin, Always On My Mind and pretty much everything else on their "Please" and "Actually" albums, but I never paid much attention to what they produced after that until only a few years ago.  Boy, was I missing out.

Anyway.....

Having said that, I always had a fondness for Heart.  Released in 1988, it entered the charts in March at number 30 before rightfully reaching the number one spot the following month where it stayed for a few weeks.  I didn't realise until only recently that Sir Ian McKellen played the vampire in the accompanying video. 

Ahhhhhh...  I was just 11 years old at the time.  Life was so much easier (and less stressful) back then.



Saturday, September 06, 2014

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 28 - Raumschiff Edelweiss (Edelweiss)

Erm....  Where do I start with this one?

I'm feeling a bit down at the moment and while going through my vast library of songs on my hard drive, I was trying to find some tunes to cheer me up and put a smile on my face.  After a bit of searching, I found this...

...  So...  My next "STRMOMC" is a rarity from Austria which never actually made it in to the UK charts.  It was released in 1992 but I didn't get to hear it until early 1995 during a Star Trek documentary on MTV to coincide with the then imminent release of the movie Star Trek Generations.

Yes 1995, which means it only barely passes as a song from my childhood (I had only just turned 18) but since the song originally came out in 1992  I thought I would include it here.

The song in question is...  Raumschiff Edelweiss (or in English, Starship Edelweiss). 

Edeweiss were a popular eurodance/pop group in Europe during the late 80's and early 90s.  I don't suppose many readers of my blog will know who they were and you might be surprised to hear that their hit song Bring Me Edelweiss actually reached number 5 in the UK charts in May, 1989).  Now, I'm no expert on the group, and as far as I can tell they only ever released one album - but what an album!

Raumschiff Edelweiss is a Star Trek inspired spoof song (which in my opinion is miles better than The Firm's Star Trekkin') and features the original Star Trek theme, mixed with a dance track and some whacky visuals and a video that could only have been made with the use of some drugs and high levels of alchohol consumption.

Have a listen, and give it a chance....  It's not all that bad!


AND if you liked that...  The song had a follow up - called Planet Edelweiss (featured below) which I swear sounds like something that could have been 'tracked' on a Commodore Amiga!  That’s a good thing by the way.  


Yes they're cheesy, but I'm proud to admit I actually have this album in my music collection, and it always makes me smile.  It's also the only place you will ever get to see a Klingon rapping and singing reggae! 
 

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 26 - The Sign (Ace of Base)

Oh my, it's been just over a year since my last "Song that reminds me of my childhood".   To make up for it, here's one that some may argue was not a song from my childhood at all.  Here's "The Sign" from Ace of Base.




I've always said that my childhood pretty much ended the day I walked out of my secondary school on Friday, June the 25th 1993 but I'm going to stretch it a little here because this song came out in October of that same year, and will forever be imprinted in my memory due to the constant air time it had on the local radio station (Essex FM) when I was doing my work experience at the Echo newspaper during my brief time at Basildon College in 1994. 

Now for me, the 90's wasn't really a great decade.  Sure, it had a few good things going for it, but for me music wasn't one of them.  During the early 90s, my interest in music was pretty much non-existent apart from listening to Erasure, Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield.  I suppose this song, and The Beloved's Sweet Harmony are the two songs that really define my musical tastes from those early years of a decade that to me will always be fondly remembered by me for playing my Amiga 500, getting my head around playing Magic (some card game) with my friend Dan, ogling over Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax in Star Trek Deep Space Nine) and watching Noel's House Party on a Saturday evening.

Anyway, on a separate note - I do really hope to update my blog with more posts over the next couple of weeks.  Work has been considerably busy and stressful and has pretty much taken over my life.  I'm literally living and breathing servers, and computers to the point where I'm even losing sleep!  Yes I know it's not healthy, but what can I do....  It pays the bills!!!   The good news is that this time of year is usually a quiet time for us in the IT department at EHS (most of the students are either on study leave for their exams, or have left), so hopefully things will calm down for me so that I can get myself sorted again in time for the mass of work we'll be doing to the school network over the summer holiday. 

Onwards and upwards, and don't forget you can check out my other "Songs that remind me of my childhood" by clicking here.