Morphing Into A Music Blog (2)
Spotted this music meme via Reidski's mate The Yorkshire Pudding . . . mmm, yorkshire puddings, gravy and roast potatoes . . . who mugged it from a Seattle blogger called Alkelda the Gleeful a/k/a Farida Dowler.
'My Life in Music Albums' is a music meme where you simply start from year you were born - in my case 1971 - and year on year, list the album that in your opinion was important for you in that particular year.
Granted I didn't really start getting into music until the early eighties, so my variation on the meme is that for every year I will try and pick an album that at some point in my life has been in my record/cassette/CD/mp3 collection. Where possible, rather than being a Monday Morning Leninist, I'll try and pick an album that was my favourite for that particular year, rather than opting for an album that I have subsequently discovered.
I'm taking Alkelda's wise advice by using Wikipedia's Tables of Years in Music as an aide memoire.
1971 - What's Going On, Marvin Gaye 1972 - Saint Dominic's Preview, Van Morrison 1973 - For Your Pleasure, Roxy Music 1974 - Slaughter on 10th Avenue, Mick Ronson 1975 - Between the Lines, Janis Ian 1976 - A New World Record, Electric Light Orchestra 1977 - Pink Flag, Wire 1978 - All Mod Cons, The Jam 1979 - Secondhand Daylight, Magazine 1980 - Sound Affects,The Jam 1981 - Penthouse and Pavement, Heaven 17 1982 - Lexicon of Love, ABC 1983 - The Hurting, Tears For Fears 1984 - The Smiths, The Smiths 1985 - Steve McQueen, Prefab Sprout 1986 - Infected, The The 1987 - Crooked Mile, Microdisney 1988 - Viva Hate, Morrissey 1989 - Stone Roses, Stone Roses 1990 - The La's, The La's 1991 - Don't Try This At Home, Billy Bragg 1992 - It's A Shame About Ray, The Lemonheads 1993 - Giant Steps, Boo Radleys 1994 - Dummy, Portishead 1995 - Grand Prix, Teenage Fanclub 1996 - Everything Must Go, Manic Street Preachers 1997 - Radiator, Super Furry Animals 1998 - This Is Hardcore, Pulp 1999 - Le Tigre, Le Tigre 2000 - The Great Eastern, The Delgados 2001 - Persevere, The Proclaimers 2002 - Redd Blood Cells, White Stripes (with Steven McDonald from Redd Kross) 2003 - Black Cherry, Goldfrapp 2004 - No Cities Left, The Dears 2005 - As Is Now, Paul Weller 2006 - Back to Black, Amy Winehouse 2007 - Yours Truly, Angry Mob, Kaiser Chiefs
If I'm being honest, '74 & '75 were the only difficult years to pin down, but the Mick Ronson and Janis Ian albums were honest enough picks. Just don't put me on the spot, and ask me to give you the name of track 3/ side 1 on either of the albums. Also, I couldn't have been listening to a lot of albums in 2002 if I had to plump for Redd Blood Cells, but I do remember loving the album at the time. White Stripes have passed me by ever since.
The usual suspects: Robin Scott; 'Chris' from the Kensington blog; Hogan Ephraim; Tina Fey; Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Reidski; Sarah Silverman.