A-Z Music Survey.


Since I haven’t blogged for a while, here’s another music survey thing, this time borrowed from Jigokucho. It’s a bit like the A-Z book one I posted ages ago, only in music form.


Artist you own the most music from? Toss-up between Cliff Richard and Meat Loaf. Shamefully, I grew up listening to Cliff’s songs (blame my mum and grandma) and used to have a couple of his albums on cassette and a couple more on CD. I’ve since managed to download the missing albums I had and lost or never owned. As for the Loafer, well, I have most of his albums. I think I’m still missing at least two of his earlier ones.

Boyband I’m not ashamed to admit I like? A1. I’ve always loved them and I have all their original four-piece albums on CD, plus a few singles lying about somewhere. Sadly, I haven’t got round to getting their three-piece Norwegian-only-release two albums on CD yet, but I do have them on my laptop.

Currently listening to (or last song you heard if you’re not listening to music right now)? Underclass Hero by Sum 41. Haven’t heard it in yonks so it’s nice to hear it again.

Download or physical copy? A bit like books, I do prefer a physical copy, but I don’t mind downloading stuff. I always check Amazon’s free downloads for new music but I have a big CD collection, plus I’m always on the lookout for albums in charity shops etc. and that’s the way I like it. (No music pun intended.)

Epic tunage: the song I wish played during the epic moments of my life? Hmm, a tough one. I have different songs for different moments but I think the one that sticks out right now is Crashed The Wedding by Busted, since the last gig I went to was McBusted at Leeds Arena and it was an absolutely epic night. And the song’s still epic to this day. It makes me want to grab the air guitar, do the ‘Busted jump’ and sing it at the top of my lungs. I’ve also since got their tin from a friend and it’s taken me long enough to get it, so I had to say them for that reason. Oh, and the video is funny too.

Favourite artist? Hmm, another tough one. I could put several artists here but my favourite band will always be A1, closely followed by Busted, basically because I quite fancied them at the time and, actually, still do.

Genre that best describes your music taste? Rock. I love all sorts of rock music, ranging from classic rock (Queen/Meat Loaf), to gothic rock (Within Temptation/Evanescence), to punk rock (The Clash/The Ramones) and pop rock (Good Charlotte/Green Day). I’m not overly keen on some so-called ‘rock bands’ but, mostly, rock will always have a place in my heart. If I hear a good rock song on the radio, it never fails to cheer me up.

Hate that I missed these in concert: Green Day. They were at the Manchester Evening News Arena (sod Phones4U, it will always be the MEN to me) a few years ago and, from what I’ve heard of it, everything about it was awesome. I just wish I’d have had the money at the time to see them live when I had the chance.

I would recommend (song/album/band): Anything by New Politics. My best friend saw them live when they supported Panic At The Disco a few months back and recommended their album, A Bad Girl In Harlem, to me. I’ve never looked back since. They’re just amazing and, better still, they’re from Scandinavia and some of my favourite bands/artists are from there, so it’s not all bad!

Just bought? Call me a sad-arse all you like, but the last album I bought was Go Your Own Way by Gareth Gates. It was from a charity shop and it replaced the one that I lent to my mum years ago that somehow disappeared from her CD collection. Weirdly though, his first album is still there…

Kick-ass album(s)? West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum by Kasabian and Best Intentions by We Are The In Crowd. I was first introduced to WATIC at a signing in Leeds last year, then downloaded their album and, instantly, I was hooked. If you love a sexy rock-chick with attitude, Taylor Jardine is your girl. As for Kasabian, they don’t get more kick-ass than Tom Meighan and co. thrashing guitars about and banging out good beats. Plus, their song Fast Fuse is used as the theme tune to Russell Howard’s Good News, so how could I not?

Lyric that gets you right in the feels? “The silence isn’t so bad, ’til I look at my hands and feel sad, ’cause the spaces between my fingers are right where yours fit perfectly.” – Vanilla Twilight.

Movie soundtrack of the century? Does Mamma Mia count?

Number of CD’s on your shelf? No idea. I can’t be arsed counting them but I think at have at least 100+ albums, plus several singles in bags which, as we speak, are sitting festering in the bottom of my wardrobe.

OMG moment: the song that makes you scream with joy when it comes on? I don’t always scream with joy, I usually just have a HUGE smile on my face, but there are a few songs that do this to me. Again, it’s difficult to pick just one, but I’ll go with Take On Me by a-ha/A1. Both videos are also awesome.

Pop song of the 90’s you can’t help but love? Tragedy by Steps. Moving on…

Quote from an artist that made you think/gave you feels? I have absolutely no clue on this one. Nada. Nowt. So I’m not going to answer. Sorry.

Rap: yay or nay? Depends on the so-called ‘artist’ and whatever it is they’re singing/rapping/shouting about. If the song’s about sex or violence, or about having fast cars and getting rich, then no. Anything else, then yes. Artists such as Eminem (for the most part), Chipmunk and Taio Cruz, all prove a point, but anything else is pure trash. That’s just my opinion but I’m sticking to it.

Singer/songwriter you would most like to meet? I’ve already met several bands and artists over the years but, more than anything, I would love to meet Meat Loaf. He comes across as a nice person in interviews, as well as on stage, and I’d like to meet him one day. But it may never happen, unfortunately. Shame.

The song that gets on your nerves more than any other? Baby by Justin Bieber. In fact, ANY of his music generally gets on my wick, and I can’t stand the little shit. The world would be a much better place without him and his ‘fans’, to be fair. He’s just a cocky little twerp and the sooner he realises just what a fool he’s been during the last few months, the better.

Underestimated how good it was? Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus. I’ll be honest, the thought of Miley gyrating around naked on a giant metal ball whilst licking a sledgehammer was enough to put me off this song, but it’s actually not that bad. On the whole, the Bangerz album isn’t actually that good, but I’d underestimated her on this occasion.

Video of the century? Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai. It’s a cross between Five’s video for Keep On Moving and *NSYNC’s Bye Bye Bye videos, in that it has moving and wobbly walls, but it’s still a good video. (This was also to stop me using the aforementioned Busted and A1 videos, haha!)

Weirdest song you’ve ever heard? It’s My Life by Cézar. Not only is it just plain odd, it’s hard to like a song sung by a vampire with a very high voice that’s enough to shatter every piece of glassware in the vicinity. Though I have probably heard worse. (Unfortunately, I own this song, owing to it being on one of the Eurovision albums. Oh dear…)

X marks the spot: starting from the left hand side, count seventeen times. What song/album is it? New Jersey by Bon Jovi.

You would play this song at your wedding? Any version of You Raise Me Up. I prefer the one by Josh Groban though.

ZZZ-snatcher: music that you could sleep to? Anything by Dido. Or anything classical.

That should do it.

PS: If you want to check out what music I’m into, you can always check my Last.fm (and follow me if you like). That is all.


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