Monthly Archives: June 2012

My Top Ten Albums: 7

My Top Ten Favourite

Albums

Three points…

  • 1. This is my top ten so don’t expect to see anything from The Beatles, Bob Dylan or The Rolling Stones on it. With all due respect, I just don’t listen to a lot of older music. In fact, there is nothing on the list below 1996. So in short, this is my favourite albums of all time; Not VH1’s, NME’s or that drunk mess from your locals.
  • 2. There is no Foo Fighters on this list. They are my favourite band and would take up 5 of the 10 spots. Instead, I will do a top Foo Fighters album list in the future.
  • 3. I’m always up for recommendations! Send them over. I’m a new music whore but will dabble in the classics from time to time.

7

The Used

(self titled)


Coming in at number seven is an album from a band I used to love that I now detest: The Used. Okay, so detest is a strong word but lets just say I’m not the biggest  fan anymore. In fact this has become a theme with a lot of bands from my youth. The likes of Funeral For a Friend, The Lost Prophets – who for the record I really can’t hack now – and My Chemical Romance amongst others, have fallen by the wayside over the years as my music taste has changed/those bands have gotten poor. Just a part of growing up I guess.

With that being said, The Used’s first is still a damn good album in my world and one in which I still listen to often.

In fact this was a tough spot to fill; I was tied between the following:

My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge

Lost Prophets – The Fake Sound Of Progress

Finch – What Is It To Burn (Who I still like by the way. I may even prefer ‘Say Hello to Sunshine’, their second album.)

All big albums from my shaggy haired, snakebite downing, Moshulu moshing, rollie smoking youth.

Which would you pick?

Onwards…

If memory serves me correctly, I think I first heard The Used on MTV2 (which was a great channel) late at night doing a live studio set; which is strange because I thought I would have heard ‘The Taste of Ink’ first –  The Used’s breakthrough single – or at least seen the video first.

But as it is, I have fond memories of the live set and on how I was hooked straight away.


I was soon to buy the album.

Once I had, it held a place in my five slot CD carry case for a long time, and ‘Used’ up a shit load of AA batteries.

See what I did there?

Yip, I’m keeping this one short as I don’t have that much to say…

I like Bert McCracken as a front man. His vocals are a huge part of the album as well as so many great songs with real passion. From start to finish the tracks feel raw, personal and honest: all factors that made me a fan to begin with. In my opinion, much of these elements that made the debut so great, has been lost since then. I guess it’s only natural to feel disappointed with following albums when you hold their first with such high regard. ‘In love and death’ (the second) had its moments but not enough to pull me back. Most of what they have produced since then has been a big let down for me which is sad. I have yet to hear the new album ‘vulnerable’ but I’m not holding out for anything special.

I lost my patience a long time ago.

Fond memories:  Making the journey down to Glasgow to see them, supported by yourcodenameis:milo (awesome band) at the Carling Academy.

Being absolutely hammered in New Zealand and enjoying a bit of  ‘Blue and Yellow’ (no hidden meaning. Honestly.)

Bert popping up on an episode of The Osbourne’s.

Favourite song –  Tough one but as just mentioned, I have a soft spot for ‘Blue and Yellow’.

Not for you? Try – Greener With the Scenery or A Box Full of Sharp Objects.

A mention – The Taste Of Ink. An absolute anthem.


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My Top Ten Albums: 8

My Top Ten Favourite

Albums

Three points…

  • 1. This is my top ten so don’t expect to see anything from The Beatles, Bob Dylan or The Rolling Stones on it. With all due respect, I just don’t listen to a lot of older music. In fact, there is nothing on the list below 1996. So in short, this is my favourite albums of all time; Not VH1’s, NME’s or that drunk mess from your locals.
  • 2. There is no Foo Fighters on this list. They are my favourite band and would take up 5 of the 10 spots. Instead, I will do a top Foo Fighters album list in the future.
  • 3. I’m always up for recommendations! Send them over. I’m a new music whore but will dabble in the classics from time to time.

8

CKY

Infiltrate, Destroy, Rebuild

‘Camp Kill Yourself’

Do you remember the kids in school that got bullied for wearing Korn hoodies and braiding their hair? I wasn’t one of them; I got bullied for being fat. But just as ‘uncool’ in my school was to wear the merchandise of three popular Nu-metal icons of the early naughties: Marilyn Manson, Slipknot and Korn. Sporting any of them guaranteed you to be cruelly ridiculed and labelled a ‘goth’ by the moronic dick heads that roamed our playground; that is until they were old enough to drop out and move onto shop lifting and casual racism. Everybody was mates after that.

Sadly in our school, at times it was easier to conform than to make a statement.

Then came along a phrase that swept the corridors and in turn popularized three letters.

‘Hi, I’m Johnny Knoxville and welcome to Jackass’

The Jackass craze was upon us.

The following Summer consisted of hurdling over Peoples hedges, partaking in stupid stunts – don’t throw a pool ball in the air and attempt to catch it in your mouth folks –  and stripping bullocks naked.

Within the origins of the show the fan-boys had discovered CKY; a band that had developed quite a fan base propelled by Jackass’s popularity (yes I know CKY came before) and suddenly t-shirts, hoodies, hats and badges were popping up everywhere. This is my earliest memory of the use of the following sentence:

“I heard them before you did!”

…Cool man… Ermm…Well done…

Suddenly it was acceptable  – not cool – but okay to wear the letters CKY. It was a part of the mainstream and nowhere near as obscure as those ‘goth’ kids. With the bullies all in jail or working in Iceland it was time to spread my wings a little.

So what do you get when the fat kid at school loses a bit of weight, tries to find an identity and discovers a new band?  ‘Sludge’ – aka Darren Crocker circa 2002.

I broke my wrist shortly after this photo was taken. I was pushed into a bus stop. True story.

And on with the post…

There is no two ways about it. You will either love or hate the band. They have a very distinctive sound (heavy use of synthesizers, crunching riffs, short songs) and if you don’t like one song, I could bet you wouldn’t like the rest.

I like all the CKY albums – and most of their songs since most of them follow the same format –  but ‘Infiltrate, Destroy, Rebuild’…well…I just fucking love!

I remember listening to IDR over and over again when I moved away from home for the first time. So much so that it’s a distinct memory of me from my previous flat mate (love you Wilson). As I do the same now whilst writing this, I still love the album every bit as much now as I did then.

My memories?

Playing Tony Hawks at Pauls.

Doing so much stupid shit I can’t even imagine what I was thinking.

Not being able to listen to this song for months as it was my ringtone/alarm for too long:

I have yet to see CKY live. They are on a very short list of bands I have still yet to see. When I do, I’m not expecting anything special. I’ve seen enough live videos to know that the infectious sound of their albums – no live synth player but that might have changed –  doesn’t carry very well on stage. But that’s not what it’s about for me. I just want to get messy and have as much fun as possible. Much like Blink 182 last year.

I don’t get to go to many gigs these days due to work commitments, being out the loop and with all my friends dotted around the world or just as busy as I am.

But I will be coming for CKY.

Even If I have to buy booze for the 16 year olds to get there…


Favourite song –  Attached At The Hip. What’s yours?

Not for you? Try – Another band. Although ‘Close Yet Far’ is worth a stab for a change of pace.

A mention – Quite Bitter Beings. This is the song most associated with the band due to the tie in with CKY the show. Also check out Carver City. The latest album is full of much of the same. What’s not to like?