Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Do you remember the first time?
... the pounding of your heart, the clammy palms, the roar of blood in your ears, the agonizing ecstasy as it dawned on you that you love ... this band?
I'm been thinking about my Eureka moments with my favourite bands. Sometimes it was the first time I heard them, sometimes the greatness took a while to sink in, but there always came that moment, when I realised I couldn't live without hearing them.
I've been checking through your profiles to see which musicians you list as your favourites. I'd love to hear the story of your moment of realisation with some of them.
Incidentally, I just noticed that not all of my listed favourites show up in my profile. Either Blogger has some objection to Talking Heads and Elvis Costello, or I'm too much of a glutton. (O mighty Blogger, forgive me my excesses)
To get you started, here (listed alphabetically to avoid any pissing contests) are my listed favs and my eureka moments when I heard that song that made me lose my heart to them:
Belle and Sebastian - If She Wants Me
Bloc Party - Helicopter
Buck 65 - Wicked and Weird
Neko Case - Thrice All American
The Clash - London Calling
The Constantines - Youg Lions
Elvis Costello - Allison
The Decemberists - Eli the Barrow Boy
Christine Fellows - Migrations
Franz Ferdinand - The Dark of the Matinee
Matthew Good - Hello Time Bomb
Hot Hot Heat - Talk to Me, Dance with Me
Joy Division - Transmission
The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now
AC Newman - Miracle Drug
The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
The Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
The Pogues - I really can't recall, so I'm going with Living In a World Without Her
Radiohead - Creep (sorry Thom)
The Smiths - Girlfriend in a Coma
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
The Violent Femmes - American Music
The Weakerthans - Left and Leaving
Wilco - I am Trying to Break Your Heart
Hawksley Workman - Autumn's Here

I would love to hear all about your preciouses. Do spill!


Will said...

oh, just a few
badly drawn boy - magic in the air
new pornographers - laws have changed
belle and sebastian - we rule the school
kanye west - through the wire
the streets - push things forward

i could go on and on. great post.

WolfHeart RavenHorse said...

I don't see Nickleback on your list????

Ben Heller said...

Great stuff Barbara.

I listen and enjoy all types of music, (I'm listening to a lot of Jazz like Miles Davis and John Coltrane at the moment) but my heart and soul is still with Indie/Rock very much like your taste.

There's been tons of spiritual moments in my musical world, but i'll share one of my favourites.

The 90's for me wasn't a great musical decade (particularly the UK). I was starting to lose interest until, on a business trip to Sweden in 2001. A collegue and I went to see a band at a small club. The band shook me from head to toe, and regenerated my love and passion for music again.

The band were The Hives, and I still thank them for getting me into music again.

Conky said...

Ohhh I have 2 my room, early 90s, I was listening to the 1st Pearl Jam tape before PJ caught on...I was laying on my bed thinking *Fuck....this is changing my life* hahahahahhahaa

Then once at Steamers I was there with Kori and we were there to see Ghost of Science and this cute little bugger Ryan McMahon was opening...just him and an acoustic guitar...he started playing...and at one point Kori and I turned to each other at the same moment and were like *holymutherfuckingshit who IS this guy?* It was amazing...esp bc neither of us knew any of the songs he played aside from a few interesting covers...even Ryan admitted that was one of his most powerful solo onstage nights...fucking amazing

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Will!
Good list yourself there, even if it is just a teaser. Some day you simply must go on and on.

Bev, did I forget Nickelback? Thanks for the reminder. I realised I loved them when I heard the song "Stick hot pokers in my eyes and rip out my fingernails" - available soon at a mall near you.
You are such a bum, Bev!

Ben, what a great tale about the Hives! I had forgotten all about them. I've got to go dig out Tyrannosaurus Hives - that's a great cd and I haven't heard it in a while.
I've never really listened to a lot of jazz (does Louis Prima count?) but do enjoy all kinds of music. I usually find myself dipping into opera now and then.

Jen that's a great story about Ryan McMahon! It's not often that you and the person next to you are both blown away by some stranger's music, on first listen, no less. No wonder you love him so.

Maureen said...

I have stories similar to Jen's - Pearl Jam, Guns n Roses, Metallica. I remember listening to my best friends' brother's Led Zeppelin album (vinyl then!), In Through the Out Door - I was 13, changed my musical life completely. I still have those "moments" when I hear a song that means something to me.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Maureen, I remember vinyl well. My first album was Steppenwolf, that's how old I am.
There's something about Led Zeppelin and also Pink Floyd that appeal to the rebel adolescent, I think. My own offspring discovered them at around that age too.

Barbara said...

Barbara you got me curious as to who on the blogosphere shares my musical tastes. I looked at who else liked Bowser and Blue and look who I found!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Barbara W - are you serious? That's hilarious and I guess it makes sense, as Bowser and Blue are kind of a Quebec phenomenon and both you and the former pm lives in Quebec...
I'll have to check out that URL to make sure you are not bullshitting me.

Anonymous said...

You truly are the List Maven, aren't ya! *wink* Excellent post, but many of my (musical) firsts are drowned in an illiciticious(© 2006, me) haze. Here's a couple, though.

Scorpions - Big City Nights
Rush - Entre Nous
Constantines - Young Lions
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Nirvana - Come as You Are
Henry Rollins - Liar
KMFDM - Ultra
David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes
Jeff Buckley - New Year's Prayer
Matthew Good - Bright End of Nowhere
30 Seconds to Mars - Echelon
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
Nickelback - Never Again (will i listen to this)
Nine Inch Nails - Mr. Self Destruct
Velvet Acid Christ - Lysergia
A Perfect Circle - Magdalena

yes, i am lame.

Barbara said...

I don't know if the author of that blog is legit. I doubt it. But wow! I put that link on my blog.

Will said...

some great posts ... i felt i had to add - my love for music was born from my father's record collection, where i discovered the Byrds, Dylan, the Yardbirds - still some of my favorites today.

As for albums that inspire religious devotion ... it's hard to forget the feeling hearing Kid A for the first time. I finally got to see Radiohead live a couple of years ago and even though I watched from far away it was still a special experience (and they played "Creep").

Anonymous said...

Oooh! Oooh! Cool music there Barbarbara...can I share my list?

Pink Floyd - "Welcome to the Machine"
Peter Gabriel - "No Self-Control"
Doug and the Slugs - "Chinatown Calculation"
Tool - "Stinkfist"
Soundgarden - "Spoonman"
*Dave Edmunds - "I Hear You Knockin'"
Beastie Boys - "Hey Ladies"
Nirvana - "Breed"
Elvis Costello - "Pump It Up"
Candle Box - "Far Behind"
Rush - "Mystic Rhythms"
Stevie Ray Vaughn - "Testify" list is pathetic.


*This makes me aware of how VERY old I am.

Grover said...

You have such a passion... I wish I felt half as strong about anything as you do.

Michelle - good call on Magdalena. APC came through Dayton a few years back, and I remember after they played that, I looked over to my now ex-wife and said "Ok. Stick a fork in me, I'm done. It's all down hill from there."

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WolfHeart RavenHorse said...

I discovered Pink Floyd at around 14, heard...I believe it was The Wall vinyl. Bunch of friends, drinking..yes drinking, by the lake (Pine ole stomping grounds), tunes cranked....just rockin...what a hoot! It's so funny to hear my kids playing it now!!! Ahhhh Floyd and Zeppelin... awesome! Oh and Rush...First time I heard Rush was when I met Larry...great memories there!!!


Tydes Perdition said...

Barbara, this is an amazing subject and I'm finding that I can make my own blog posting on this subject... so I'm gonna.

I'm not going to spoil it and post my results here, though. Sorry.

Ruhee said...

Cool idea! I have a few ...

Sloan - If It Feels Good Do It. This was the first song I heard that I actually knew was them. I think I had heard a few singles on the radio, but I didn't pay much attention to that. Sloan was what catapulted me into liking most of what I listen to today in terms of rock and rock-influenced stuff.

Hot Hot Heat - the same as yours! I was introduced to them via Bandages, but when I heard Talk To Me, Dance With Me and This Town I was sold. I ended up liking stuff off of Elevator a lot more than Make Up the Breakdown, though.

The Meligrove Band - Our Love Will Make the World Go Round. They played this on Radio 3 a couple times and I actually didn't care much for it when I heard it, but it grew on me like an out-of-control fungus and about the third time I heard it I loved it. I subsequently went and bought two records on the day Planets Conspire made its debut on V2. yesssss.

Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah. Shrek introduced me to this unbelievable man and I thank the movie for it! I can't remember if they actually used his version in the film, I heard something about that, but I haven't seen it in ages; I have the soundtrack though and after completely memorising his cover of Leonard Cohen, I went out and found more stuff and ... never looked back. Oh, Rufus.

I have lots, of course, but that's a few. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Michelle, you are too kind with list "maven". List junkie, list whore are more along the lines of what I'm used to being called. And there is absolutely nothing lame about your list. Hey, anybody who lists Young Lions has my undying devotion.
And illiciticious is now my favourite new word, you sly thing you.

Barbara W - I'll bet that really was the former pm - out trolling for new blog friends.

Oh Will, you saw Radiohead? I am sooooo jealous. I imagine you will never forget that! Very intriguing that they actually played Creep, as Thom professes to hate it so intensely. My first listen to OK Computer was a spiritual experience as well - still is.
I'm glad your dad instilled such a great love of music in you. Oddly, I get a lot of my musical influences from my daughter.

GOB, pathetic your list definitely is not! Although, it does indicate that you are approaching my vintage, you poor man.
I had forgotten about Stevie Ray Vaughn. What a tragedy his death was, and just as he was starting to get his life back together again.

Andy, thanks for the kind words, but what about your passion (and talent for) photography? If I had 1/50 the passion for photography that you do, I might actually be able to take a decent photo. But I don't, so I just covet yours.

Spammer guy, no dog here. Give me your music list or I'll sic my cat on you.

Bev - great story - you were a wild thing at 14! Good thing Larry and Rush came along and saved you from a life of debatchery.

Karma police, arrest this man! Unless you post your own list soon, Jeff, and then I will consider dropping all charges. I'm going to be checking up on you, young man.

That's cool, Ruhee. Of course I knew that you are a huge Sloan fan, but I didn't realise the extent of the influence they had on you. Agreed on HHH, Elevator is better, but TTM,DWM was the first song of theirs I really dug. Oh, and Rufus. I forgot Rufus! Cigarrettes and Chocolate Milk was my first Rufus song. But I LOVE his version of Hallelujah - one of the best IMO.

Tydes Perdition said...

She called me young man.

Barbara said...

Well at least you blog is still up. Mine is still down. I sad!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

worst thing you've ever been called, J?

yay, they fixed blogger, Barbara W - be happy.

Tydes Perdition said...

No, I've definitely been called worse.

I just got this distinct feeling that I was 12 years old again, being scolded for not cleaning my room. Effective technique.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thank you, Jeff. I excel at being a bitchy mom. HAVE you cleaned your room btw?

Tydes Perdition said...

I usually just shove everything under my bed.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You must know my kid...

Ruhee said...

Yeah. It's kind of ridiculous actually. I started listening to Sloan which introduced me to the Sloan LJ community, which then introduced me to Chart magazine. The first issue I got was Sept '04, which introduced me to Matthew Good, Feist etc; from there it was Metric, the Tragically Hip, Cuff the Duke, you know the drill. From Sloan also the Halifax scenesters, past and present - Kearney Lake Road, Superfriendz, the Flashing Lights, the Inbreds/Mike O'Neill ...

You'd be surprised at what I listened to before summer 2004. I was not scene. Sloan sort of opened up the avenue; it probably could have been any band, that recommendation was just at the right time.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ruhee, you were born scene!

Have you ever told the Sloan boys this story? I'm sure they would be gratified to know it.

Ruhee said...

Hahahaha, thanks! I'd like to think so but listening to Céline Dion and Roch Voisine in junior high somehow doesn't make me believe it. I loved BNL and Great Big Sea though.

I haven't told them that yet. Maybe I will when I meet them eventually. Before I kidnap Jay, I mean.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ruhee, I won't tell anyone about Celine and Roche. Except I may have to tell the other members of Sloan once you kidnap Jaybe.

Anonymous said...

There are so many more:

but I distictly remember the first time I heard Disarm by The Smashing Pumkins because my boyfriend played it and we were in young love. We are now married, still in love.
These are entire albums I was in love with
James - Laid
The Cure - Standing on a Beach-the singles
Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
current new love
Metric - White gold

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Jacquie - nice list. I could totally get behind those picks. And what a lovely story of your marriage! awww!

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