Monthly Archives: November 2015

Way Out On The Kokomo

For years I only knew Chuck Berry for his totally atypical 1970s hit My Ding-A-Ling. I’d heard that he was meant to be some sort of rock pioneer but I couldn’t get away from the singalong, Bamforth postcard style lyrics that had been dropped in my brain at a young age.

Eventually in was inevitable that classics such as Johnny B Goode would work their way through my wall of denial and misconception. And whilst the songs are rocking you can also hear on occasion the seaside humour that went just to far on My D-A-L but can be forgiven when you consider classics such as No Particular Place to Go –

No particular place to go
So we parked way out on the Kokomo
The night was young and the moon was gold
So we both decided to take a stroll
Can you imagine the way I felt?
I couldn’t unfasten her safety belt!

This budget CD was bought ahead of a long drive down through France and unfortunately, if truth be told, I find it just too draining to play through in one sitting (car seat or otherwise). The is too much in the way of similarity between a lot of the songs and they tend to blend together in my brain, turning into just a sonic wall of Chuck Berry………

However picking the occasional track from the CD and mixing/matching with other artists works just fine.

Chuck Berry – 20 Great Tracks (1992) – CD

  • Maybellene
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Reelin’ and Rockin’
  • Rock and Roll Music
  • Sweet Little Sixteen
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • No Particular Place to Go
  • Memphis Tennessee
  • Wee Wee Hours
  • You Never Can Tell
  • Go Go Go
  • Downbound Train
  • No Money Down
  • Havana Moon
  • House of Blue Lights
  • Crying Steel
  • I’m Just a Lucky So and So
  • Promised Land
  • My Mustang Ford
  • Drifting Heart

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 29, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 685, Time: 50h 49m 12s

There’s A Fire Within My Soul

When compared with a lot of my listening shared to date this seems relatively atypical but if you knew my history you’d understand that’s the point of a lot of music I listen to.

Whilst it was Hawkwind and In Search of Space that made me realise that there was more to music than what I heard in the charts, it was ABBA that made me realise I was being pretentious when telling people what I liked.

It was the mid 80s, I was in my late teens and I was lying in hospital ‘under observation’. I had collapsed at home the previous day and ‘under observation’ meant that they didn’t have the faintest idea what was wrong with me but they thought I may have a brain tumour – if I collapsed again in controlled surroundings they could congratulate themselves on guessing right, if I didn’t there would be a lot of scratching heads. (In fact I didn’t collapse, they did scratch heads, they couldn’t find anything, they prescribed medication, I refused it on the grounds that they didn’t know what they were talking about and 30+ years later I’m still around hale and hearty).

But back then I was lying in bed, everyone had gone home and there was a genuine view (medical and personal) that I might only have very limited time left. I promised myself at that point that I wouldn’t live my life based on other’s expectations but on what I wanted, and needed, to do. It sounds like some sort of grand gesture now but it wasn’t, it was just a statement of fact that initially focused on one minor point – admitting to the sort of music I liked. I vividly remember lying there and thinking “why can’t I admit that I like listening to pop music like ABBA, pop music by definition is ‘popular’ so what’s wrong with it?”

And so began my eclectic progression through the world of music – nothing’s out of bounds and it’s solely my decision whether I like it or not, life’s too short to waste on worrying……….

And this CD is full of catchy, singalong, memorable songs that most people know (whether they realise it or not). Big night out in a few weeks complete with karaoke, who knows I may have a stab at one of these tracks (after all if Pierce Brosnan can do it……….)

Abba – Gold: Greatest Hits (1992) – CD

  • Dancing Queen
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Take a Chance on Me
  • Mamma Mia
  • Lay All Your Love on Me
  • Super Trouper
  • I Have a Dream
  • The Winner Takes It All
  • Money, Money, Money
  • S.O.S.
  • Chiquitita
  • Fernando
  • Voulez-Vous
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  • Does Your Mother Know
  • One of Us
  • The Name of the Game
  • Thank You for the Music
  • Waterloo

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 28, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 665, Time: 49h 55m 02s