Posts Tagged springsteen

May 25 2013

Music love

What are your top 5 favourite albums and why?

I’m definitely going to struggle with this one, because I would struggle to pin down my 5 favourite Springsteen albums, far less 5 overall. But I will do my best, and as Mrs Worm dictated, only one of them is allowed to be Springsteen.

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Live 75-85
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I got this album when I was at University, and it really opened my eyes to the rich back catalogue that Springsteen has. At the time, like many people, I really saw Springsteen mainly through the window of ‘Born In The USA’ and while that is a fine album, it is only a thin view of a complex artist. ‘Born In The USA’ was Springsteen’s seventh studio album (he has now released seventeen) and the albums that went before cover a wide range of music styles and mood. Live 75-85 is a bit of a trip through those first seven albums, over 5 vinyl discs (when I first bought it – now on 3 CDs) and I played it over and over and over. It includes Bruce’s monologues between some songs, and his introduction to The River can move me to tears. It is a grand, sweeping epic of an album and it is a good attempt at capturing a Springsteen live experience.

Barenaked Ladies – Gordon
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Introduced to me while I was at University by NoRM, this is BNLs first album, and probably their finest. It is musically adventurous, humorous, touching, meaningful, and fun. As with all the albums on this list, I have listened to it over and over. The songs hold together, and create a mood which carries you along through the album – it’s a journey. Every BNL album has at least one killer song – and in this case it’s Brian Wilson – simply brilliant.

Deacon Blue – Raintown
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I hadn’t really listened to much Deacon Blue before I met Mrs Worm, but she is a huge fan so inevitably I ended up listening to them – and fell in love. Probably not that surprising given that Ricky Ross is a huge Springsteen fan, and they often cover Springsteen songs in their live gigs (I saw them play ‘Light of Day’ a few years ago, and was dancing my wee boots off). Raintown is their debut album – and what a cracker. Moody, joyous, beautifully crafted, I have strong memories of lying in bed in our flat in Aberdeen with this playing on our little portable CD player – over and over and over. To be honest every song on this album is a cracker, but ‘Town To Be Blamed‘ just blows me away – and I was too excited for words when I saw them do it live.

The Cult – Electric
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When I was at school, this was one of those albums that everyone had – everyone that I knew anyway. This was one of the albums that made we want to learn the guitar, and contains such raw power and energy that it just excites me every time I listen to it. It was a change of style for The Cult, who hired Rick Rubin to produce it after they were disappointed with the original cut. It worked. Love Removal Machine has been insulted by my full-throated bellowing more times than I care to mention.

Tom Waits – Asylum Years
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I love Tom Waits, a truly original artist, idiosyncratic, flawed, always exciting, always changing. I’m probably biased because my dad was a big fan and it was him who turned me on to Tom Waits. This album is something of a ‘Greatest Hits’ covering his years at Asylum Records. I ‘borrowed’ my dad’s tape of this when I went to university, and it was on almost constantly. From ‘Diamonds On My Windshield’ through to ‘Ruby’s Arms’ , every single track is perfect. Tom Traubert’s Blues is probably my favourite, but it’s a close call, because they are all amazing. In particular, his version of ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story is beautiful.

So there you go. Would love to hear your comments.

May 18 2013

Best Friends

Who are your best friends and what makes them so special?

Ok. When I saw this topic coming up on the rotation, I knew this was going to be a tough one to write, but I’ll just try to plough through it.

I don’t make friends easily, for various reasons. I try not to analyse it too much, mainly because I’m not that concerned in coming up with a ‘reason’ for why it might be – it’s just the way it is. That’s not to say I don’t have friends – I certainly do, and if you’re reading this then there’s a pretty large chance that you’re one of them.

But ‘best friends’ is a whole other story. In my case, it doesn’t need to be plural – I have a best friend, just the one. Reading that back makes me feel a bit like I’m back at school, but so be it.

I’m not going to go into massive details, because frankly it’s not going to be very interesting for anyone other than me and him. Norm is the brother I never had. He is family. He is that person that everyone needs in their life, someone wiser, funnier, more intelligent and challenging than they are. There is nobody whose judgement and opinion I value more.

Once we made a promise we swore we’d always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Blood brothers in a stormy night
With a vow to defend
No retreat, baby, no surrender
– Bruce Springsteen –

May 1 2013

5 lines

Introduce yourself or sum yourself up in just 5 lines. Include a photograph that you are proud of.

Five lines is pretty tough. I’m sure we would all like to think that we are far too complex to be summed up in five lines. So an introduction it is, and as is often my way, I leave the words to someone else. So here is an introduction to me using the words of Bruce Springsteen.

  • Now I’ll do what I can. I’ll walk like a man.
  • I don’t know how many girls you dated, man you ain’t lived ’til you’ve had your tires rotated by a red-headed woman
  • We made a promise we swore we’d always remember. No retreat, baby, no surrender.
  • It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive
  • Nobody wins unless everybody wins.

Confused? Good 😉

As you may notice from other posts, I have a healthy(ish) obsession with food, so I leave you with my epic Yorkshire puddings, using a Jamie Oliver recipe.