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Songs you Liked When You Knew Shit About Music...

Songs you Liked When You Knew Shit About Music...
Created by: johnny_luddite
Tracks: 14
Length: 01:17:13
Keywords 1. Mix Contest 19
2. Mix Contest 19
3. Mix Contest 19
Created on 1/29/08 03:30am
Level 6
Points 2963
Total visitors 116
Unique visitors 58
This mix was ranked #1 out of 14 entries for this contest
description:
...Can often turn out to be far better than the stuff you thought was brilliant when you first considered yourself to be some kind of expert! I thought I knew everything there was to know about music by the time I was 16. This is what I listened to when I was 14, when I was open to anything, closed to nothing. We are talking 1971/2. I went to Finchley Manorhill Comprehensive school. I had greasy long hair and looked unpleasantly like the teenage boy out of 'Family Guy'. (I had black hair, but that was the only difference.) M7y sister was married with children and I had a fair deal of her sixties singles and albums collection. That formed the basis of my musical taste for a long time, but by the early 70's I was watching music television, listening to John Peel and Alan Black on BBC Radio One's 'Sounds of The Seventies', reading Melody Maker and NME, and also listening to off the wall stuff my Uncle Jim put my way. I scooped it all up, keeping what I liked, discarding what I didn't. This was still an honest exercise, I wouldn't have followed a trend if it had been leaving a trail of five pound notes. Anyway, early seventies, spotty adolescent wanker, red plastic Fidelity mono record player, a Fidelity reel to reel (also mono) and a rather nice Phillips FM radio. If I could turn back time...

tracklist

1 Led Zeppelin : Black Dog
My fifteen minutes of fame. Towards the end of the third year, some flyposters for Led Zeppelin's gig at nearb [...]
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Track 1 from Led Zeppelin IV
Length: 00:04:57
Year: 1971
Track Description:
My fifteen minutes of fame. Towards the end of the third year, some flyposters for Led Zeppelin's gig at nearby Alexander Palace appeared on our school wall. The blurb said "PETER GRANT PRESENTS (and then in smaller letters) Led Zeppelin." My name was and still is Pete Grant and this gained me fame and acknowledgement from the kids who would normally refuse to piss on me if I was on fire. They soon figured out that it must be a different Pete Grant but it was good while it lasted. It did get me curious about Led Zep though. I had heard Led Zep II and quite liked it, but when I first heard this track, soon after the poster incident, it seemed to me that In was destined to like this stuff!
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2 The Who : The Seeker
I had been around 'Who' music since the mid sixties. My sister was a mod and had seen them in 1964 during thei [...]
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Track 7 from Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
Length: 00:03:11
Year: 1971
Track Description:
I had been around 'Who' music since the mid sixties. My sister was a mod and had seen them in 1964 during their 'Maximum R & B' days at the Marquee club. Her copy of their first album, 'My Generation' was played to death by me. By The time I was 14 I was still devoted to them. I loved seeing Townshend do the windmill thing on TV, loved the idea of smashing up your gear, but mostly I loved the sound they made. I had the single of this, and also I had it on a greatest hits compilation, 'Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy' which I got as a present on my 14th birthday.
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3 Jimi Hendrix : All Along the Watchtower
I first became fully aware of Hendrix the day he died. I was watching the ITN Six O' Clock news with my folks [...]
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Track 5 from Experience Hendrix
Length: 00:03:58
Year: 1998
Track Description:
I first became fully aware of Hendrix the day he died. I was watching the ITN Six O' Clock news with my folks and the lead story was about his death. They showed a tiny bit of footage from the Isle Of Wight Festival which took place a short time before. Just that twenty seconds they played interested me. A few months later, there was a maxi single out with Voodoo Chile, Hey Joe and this. The second lead guitar solo actually got me sexually excited when I heard it. Ok, I was 14, just about anything could do that, but this was very very special.
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4 Eddie Cochran : Twenty Flight Rock
The theory goes that there tends to be a revival of the popular music that was in vogue two decades before the [...]
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Track 2 from The Best of Eddie Cochran
Length: 00:01:45
Year: 1985
Track Description:
The theory goes that there tends to be a revival of the popular music that was in vogue two decades before the current era. That held true in the 70's. Old time rock and roll cropped up all over the place. A lot of the fifties acts toured in rock and roll revival shows, Bill Haley had a couple of reissued hits in the UK and so on. I saw an old TV clip of Eddie Cochran one day and became just a little obsessed with him. I liked the way he looked, held his guitar, and I liked that his lyrics were funny!
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5 Bob Dylan : New Morning
Being a moody teenager, I liked moody music at times, and Dylan suited my needs very well. I had liked his stu [...]
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Track 7 from New Morning
Length: 00:03:59
Year: 1970
Track Description:
Being a moody teenager, I liked moody music at times, and Dylan suited my needs very well. I had liked his stuff since my sister played me 'Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat' when I was about 8. One of the ways I was able to get to hear music new to me was by borrowing records from my local library. I couldn't work out why Bobby D seemed so happy on this, surely it was his job to be the reverse. However, the song got to me, and I used to walk the streets of Finchley singing it.
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6 David Bowie : Black Country Rock
I first saw Bowie on the TV show 'Top Of The Pops' when 'Space Oddity' was number one. He didn't have any more [...]
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Track 3 from The Man Who Sold the World
Length: 00:03:36
Year: 1970
Track Description:
I first saw Bowie on the TV show 'Top Of The Pops' when 'Space Oddity' was number one. He didn't have any more hits for a while, but I borrowed his next album, 'the Man Who Sold The World' from the library. This was different. Different but good. One of those life changing records really.
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7 Thunderclap Newman : Something In The Air (Single)
I wasn't beyond picking up on something on Top Of The Pops. This was number one for a long time. It had odd fl [...]
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Length: 00:03:53
Year:
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I wasn't beyond picking up on something on Top Of The Pops. This was number one for a long time. It had odd flourishes, a strange keystone cops piano interlude, it was just weird. I liked that something odd could get to number one.
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8 Pink Floyd : Fat Old Sun
Another way I was exposed to music back then was by listening to the early FM broadcasts by the BBC. Radio One [...]
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Track 4 from Atom Heart Mother
Length: 00:05:22
Year: 1970
Track Description:
Another way I was exposed to music back then was by listening to the early FM broadcasts by the BBC. Radio One only got to share Radio Two's FM bandwidth for a few hours a day, but 'Sounds Of The Seventies' with John Peel was essential to hear late every week night. Also, on Saturday, they had Radio One In Concert. I was listening one day when Pink Floyd were on. They played stuff from Atom Heart Mother, including this beautiful unjustly neglected David Gilmour song as well as a then unrecorded number, 'One Of These Days'. Quite good.
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9 Frank Zappa : Son of Mr. Green Genes
One Saturday, I had agreed to visit my great Aunt with my Mum and dad. I think there must have been a cash inc [...]
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Track 3 from Hot Rats
Length: 00:09:00
Year: 1969
Track Description:
One Saturday, I had agreed to visit my great Aunt with my Mum and dad. I think there must have been a cash incentive. I do remember that Great Uncle Arthur did used to give a little money out each time, and singles ran at 49p each in those days. Anyway, I was bored shitless, and I was allowed to drift into a room away from the adults. There was an old radio there. It only had AM, no FM, and I couldn't find anything I wanted to listen to. I finally tuned to BBC Radio Three, the classical station. They did used to play 'modern' classical music there sometimes, all blips and noises, I used to think most of it sounded like the soundtrack of a Tom and Jerry cartoon on acid! Anyway, I started to listen to what I thought was more of the same, but this time the blips and noises made sense, and every now and then they were even funny. Then this incredible guitar playing started. It was a program about the career to date of one Francis Vincent Zappa. They played some stuff that sounded like fifties rock and roll, some stuff that was just beautiful and some stuff that was like nothing I had ever heard. I had some birthday money on me, and on the way home we called in at the Arcade Record Store and I found an album called 'Hot Rats' Bloody great.
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10 Black Sabbath : War Pigs
My Mum came with me to buy 'Paranoid' by the Sabbath. I don't remember us dueting on this on the way home thou [...]
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Track 1 from Paranoid
Length: 00:08:07
Year: 1970
Track Description:
My Mum came with me to buy 'Paranoid' by the Sabbath. I don't remember us dueting on this on the way home though. This was as nasty as my musical taste got in the early teens.
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11 Deep Purple : Speed King
I was veering towards heavy rock, and for about ten minutes this band were my favorites. I liked the guitar pl [...]
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Track 1 from Deep Purple In Rock
Length: 00:04:24
Year: 1970
Track Description:
I was veering towards heavy rock, and for about ten minutes this band were my favorites. I liked the guitar playing and the deafening roar which greeted the beginning of many of their tracks.
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12 The Beatles : I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Early parties I went to always had this album playing. It seemed to be expected that everyone knew all the wor [...]
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Track 6 from Abbey Road
Length: 00:07:49
Year: 1969
Track Description:
Early parties I went to always had this album playing. It seemed to be expected that everyone knew all the words. By the time I was approaching fifteen and the hormones were really popping I was prepared to whatever it took to fit in, so to speak. I liked this though, it was doomy, almost scary. When I heard it, I never wanted it to stop which I think is why I made a reel to reel tape of this song repeated over and over!
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13 The Rolling Stones : Can't Your Hear Me Knocking
This was another one I used to like hearing at teenage parties. I think I might have played my first ever air [...]
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Track 4 from Sticky Fingers
Length: 00:07:15
Year: 1971
Track Description:
This was another one I used to like hearing at teenage parties. I think I might have played my first ever air guitar to this. The main riff still sounds sloppily wonderful!
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14 Manfred Mann's Earthband : Father of Day, Father Of Night
This came at the end of the era I have been talking about. In very early 1973, a friend of mine got free ticke [...]
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Track 1 from Solar Fire
Length: 00:09:57
Year: 1973
Track Description:
This came at the end of the era I have been talking about. In very early 1973, a friend of mine got free tickets for Radio One 'In Concert'. It was at the nearby Golders Green Hippodrome and featured Tony Joe White and Manfred Mann's Earthband. This was the first concert I had ever attended with friends. Tony Joe White played swamp rock by himself, it was ok, but no more really. Then Manfred's band came on and did an epic version of this Dylan song. Hrearing the volume, feeling the vibration of the bass drum, it was heady stuff. Thing is, rather than jumping up and down or something, I instead sat there with my arms folded taking it all in as if I was at the symphony or something. I had become a muso, and the age of innocence and discovery was at an end!
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Thanks for pointing me in the direction of your '60s & '70s mixes. This was a well earned win in mix contest 19. Some great groups, but less than well known songs (I'll have to check some of these out)... Thanks Again!
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Fact: the first time I did mushrooms I listened to "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" on repeat for three hours.
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So many good tracks, agree with youandme, I loved a lot of this music when I was younger. You can never go wrong with Black dog.
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