quinara: Little cartoon girl from the Devics' Distant Radio EP cover. (Devics Distant Radio)
Because I was bored and so faffing around with iTunes -

A Personal History of the Last ~10 Years in Big Tunes

out of stuff I've bothered to keep on my iPod that
(a) I bought at the time (or close enough)
(b) remember as important

even though this became quite difficult by 2008
and I was listing to an awful lot of 70s punk basically throughout this time period
and I went through AFI and Bad Religion as favourite bands (mostly for their back catalogues)

... )

Plz share your thoughts and meme at will!
quinara: Approaching Black Mage from FFIX. (FFIX black mage)
Now I'm listening to Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory. I had completely forgotten how much of this album is rap. I remembered how industrial it is, but the rap is everywhere, along with crude 'dance' remix-squeaks of vinyl and plinky plonky electronics... Oh, the year 2000.

The weirdest thing, though, is the melodies - and the lyrics. The actual content is that nu metal going on emo stuff, but much of the way the verses/rhymes click together and the melodies are straight out of a boy band. I suppose that's the nineties for you, but it's so bizarre. I'm fairly certain I never heard it at the time, but the pop instincts are all in there. o.O
quinara: Little cartoon girl from the Devics' Distant Radio EP cover. (Devics Distant Radio)
I never did that meme that was going around last week or so(?) about various random personality bits and bobs, mostly because I didn't think my answers would be that interesting. (Although, for the record, when we did Pottermore at a friend's house I came out as Gryffindor - and I was quite happy about that. I don't think the others fit!) One thing that really struck me, though, was the number of people who said music wasn't especially important to them, because for me music is absolutely crucially crucial and has been for a long time.

This then got me thinking about various teenage obsessions I had, which brought me back, after a long absence, to AFI - and Black Sails in the Sunset on Grooveshark. There was a time when I was fourteen/fifteen or so that I was convinced that this was the best record in existence, completely and utterly. (And I thought the album cover was a thing of beauty too.) The fact it's not on my iPod and therefore inaccessible to me not via Grooveshark is evidence of how much I dropped it and AFI after I realised I couldn't take any of the horrifically emo lyrics seriously anymore, but it's so weird listening to it now. For a start, it's pretty damn impenetrable - on the first listen through I had absolutely no idea what had attracted me to it at all - but now, as I readjust to the ever-present cymbals, I can hear all the musical turns that I loved... Which is such a bizarre feeling.

The album came out in 1999, and you can really hear that in retrospect. Clove Smoke Catharsis, for example, has some turns that I recognise from things like the Lostprophets' first (and only good :P) album (oh, Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja... Thefakesoundofprogress still defines when I started being a person, in my mind), but I think had entirely vanished in rock music by the late 2000s, which, actually, was all pretty retro by comparison. Now that I can divorce myself from the embarrassment of thinking Black Sails' lyrics were any good, I find the whole thing a really fascinating snapshot of how my tastes expressed themselves back in the day. Because I definitely still like my speed and my harmonies and my syncopation and my cadences, and this is so dense with them.

Anyway, I don't really know where this is going, but it's definitely strange being able to look at this stuff with distance. I used to go to and from school with my CD Walkman, not bothering to change which album I was listening to for days/weeks at a time and I can remember these songs going round and round and round as I trudged back home up the hill with my bag and my viola and my PE kit and my tech folder. No Poetic Device is really not that great a song, but it still puts a smile on my face (even with the emooooo lyrics), because I remember how it used to make me perk up every time it came round on shuffle. And then I get to the massively emo God Called in Sick Today and remember that, oh yeah, 'filigree' is still one of my favourite words...

I'm not sure I'd recommend the album anymore - unless you too feel really emo and want something that will make you feel like random Californian musicians understand. At the same time, it does make me think that guitar music these days is very dull indeed. I mean, what would the equivalent be? Who's looking after the emo!teens now? Where are the Bullet for My Valentine-type bands, which I scorned so hard by 2005, but who were still providing a service (I link to the only song of theirs I ever confessed to finding catchy)? Am I completely missing all the alternative bands out there, or is it true that all the teens are listening to Deadmau5 and Skrillex? I like my electro, but it all seems a bit sad. Where's all the death and pain and blooood gone?

In other news, I'm bored of my music collection and want moooaaaaar, but am generally dissatisfied by what's out there. If you're not that into music, be glad this is a restlessness you never have to experience! :D
quinara: No Kicking Penguins (Penguins)
It's reminding me of all the lovely Underground staff I've run into over the years, when I've needed to pop out of the Baker Street barriers for the loo and offering cheery sarcasm when there's been delays - and all the wankers who've been passengers. (Also, however, the lovely passengers who travelled on the jam-packed snow trains with me, and ran after me when I dropped my wallet on Marylebone station, and sent my folder full of work back to school when I left it on a train to Baker Street.)

I'm so nostalgic for the old Metropolitan line trains, though. They're changing over all the old 60s models which usually smelt like piss and had windows covered in scratched graffiti, but also had massively comfy bench seats with a clear etiquette for how many people they'd take in off-peak times and rush hours. Now all the seats are individualised and there's no carriage separation, like massively long bendy buses. It's probably easier to find a seat, but they're rubbish with drunk people in the evenings. It used to be you'd just pick a carriage with all the sleepy people, but now people are free to wander up and down and there's no way to tune out their loud conversation. I wouldn't want to travel after a football match.

Ah well; they do look pretty shiny to drive.
quinara: Wishverse Buffy in a white frame. (Buffy Wish white box)
I just watched Electric Dreams on BBC iPlayer - a family's house is transformed into a house from 1970 (ie. with all the technology taken away, but the d├ęcor's changed as well) and they then live as though every day is another year going forward. (So they spend ten days in their 70s house.) The next programme will be the 1980s and then the 90s is coming after that.

I'm not really into all these 'families transported through time' programmes, because I never feel like they really work. But this one did. It might just have been Robert Llewellyn doing the voice-over, but I think part of it was that it was their house, remodelled (rooms made smaller, en-suite bathroom blocked-off, central heating not on in winter until 1975, ie. when 50% of homes had it). I'm not ashamed to say that I was also really happy to see that the 'computer geek' on the tech support team was a woman, who didn't fit any geeky stereotype whatsoever, despite the way she was clearly in geek heaven explaining the Sinclair calculator.

The 1970s - so near yet so far... )

Anyway, looking forward to the 80s next week!
quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Default)
Anyway, my post this evening (twice in a row, shocker, and it's Dollhouse tomorrow) comes as the result of an invitation I just received to the dontkillspikeclub Yahoo! Group. I joined to see who was there, but I don't recognise any of the names!! Now I'm rather confused. I may well end up leaving, because even on Daily Digest JM fandom (vs. Jossverse) stuff isn't really my thing. The thing is, part of me is still insanely flattered, because I was never a member of any of the Yahoo! Groups when they were around. I feel like an old, long-forgotten dream has finally come true. A bit like when [livejournal.com profile] aleababe asked if she could put a couple of my stories on the largely broken BSDiaries... I haven't been there in years, but back in the day (when it was still your standard white-background, list-of-links webpage) I loved that place.

So, nostalgia aside, does anyone know what this group is? Did anyone else get an invite? Am I in fact moving up in the world or is it all just a giant mix-up? Or, in slightly less self-involved terms, does anyone else get nostalgic about this sort of thing?


quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Default)

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