My Top Ten….

Meme Alert!!!!!!! I interrupt my hectic blogging schedule to bring you my Top Ten favourite albums. EVER.
I’ve done this list from memory and they are the albums I remember playing until other people complained about the repetition and started shouting at me to: PLEASE CHANGE THE **$$$***£$$* RECORD!

1. Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair [1985] Vinyl [given to me by my first proper boyfriend] – my favourite track: Head Over Heels

2. Oasis – (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory [1995] CD, fav track: Wonderwall

3. Tears for Fears – The Hurting [1983] Vinyl, fav track: Watch Me Bleed

4. OMD – Architecture and Morality [1981] Vinyl, fav track: Souvenir

5. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black [2006] CD

6. David Bowie – Hunky Dory [1971] Vinyl [Actually belonged to my sister], fav track: Life On Mars

7. INXS – Kick [1987] Cassette [stolen along with the car], fav track: Never Tear Us Apart

8. The Psychedelic Furs – Midnight to Midnight [1987] Vinyl, fav track: All of the Law

9. The Psychedelic Furs – Forever Now [1982] Vinyl, fav track: Love My Way

10. New Order – Substance 1987 [1987] Vinyl, fav track: True Faith

Thank you Jon, Mr Devine, and Savvy for the meme. I’m now going to wallow in nostalgia and pontificate as to why streaming is just not the same as buying a bit of vinyl…

45 thoughts on “My Top Ten….

  1. batarde

    Gosh, that’s a meme I’d like to get my teeth into, but a crossword blog probably isn’t the place. An interesting selection Miss Scarlet, and I certainly agree with you on one thing: slapping a twelve incher on the old Victrola beats Spotty Fly hands down. Or whatever it’s called.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mr Batarde – I didn’t realise how stuck in the eighties I was until I thought about this list. I just don’t buy albums anymore. I download a track I like and that’s that. I am appalled at my lack of curiosity! Vinyl albums were special.
      Sx

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      1. batarde

        I have been pondering this exercise, and it would be sight easier were it my top ten albums from the eighties. As it is there’s Billie Holiday, the Velvet Underground and Big Youth who couldn’t possibly be excluded before we get there. I’ll happily forgo Pink Floyd, though.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Thank you, Mr Swings!! The Furs are probably an acquired taste! I’m not sure why, or how, they worked their way into my top ten…. I just used to play these albums a lot, and now they’re like an aural comfort blanket.
      Sx

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  2. Inexplicable DeVice

    Oh, Michael Hutchence and That Hair! I had a small secret crush on him back then – secret because I wasn’t cool enough (not cool at all, in fact) to like INXS. And also because at that age I hadn’t realised I was just a big poofter!
    I quite liked Tears for Fears then, too. I am pleased to note that the video of your favourite track from Songs from the Big CHAIR is set in a library full of BOOKS…

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  3. Jon

    Oh, yes! Tears for Fears’ and OMD’s albums were on regular rotation on my Radiogram (as were those of Blancmange, Depeche Mode, Heaven 17, Human League, Eurythmics, Yazoo, Spandau Ballet and Dead or Alive – yes, I am a “child of the Eighties”!). I agree with Mr DeVice about Mr Hutchings, but, of your list, I also had rather a lusting for the archetypal “bit of rough” Liam Gallagher (at least I did when he was in his prime; not now). Just call me Lady Chatterley… Jx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      The eighties were the best, Jon!! I loved all the dressing up as well. Growing up in the eighties was a piece of theatre, I loved it. I used to drip with diamanté and wouldn’t go out without my black lace fingerless gloves – I thought this look would last forever. Sigh. Never mind.
      Sx

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      1. Jon

        Me too, sweetie. Me, too. However I still like to go out in fingerless gloves, dripping with diamanté, at every opportunity I can!

        Why do you think “our gang” makes such a thing about creating a “theme” for Gay Pride every year? It’s the theatre, luvvie! The dressing-up! And next year, we plan to do “full Gothic”, so diamanté and jet, black feathers and frills will be on full display in the West End again. You should come and see us on the parade.. Jx

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      1. dinahmow

        Mitzi probably also understands the nuance of adding gentle weight to arm to prevent bouncing.Whereas very young people thought the bounce was fun.
        I’ll leave now.

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  4. Scarlet Post author

    Mr Ducks – Pink Floyd!!! They should have made my cut…. I spent many an hour listening to Wish You Were Here… yes, they were a feature of my formative years.
    Amy… I wish she was still here.
    Sx

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  5. nick

    I have so many brilliant albums, it would be hard to whittle it down to a top ten. To name a few at random: Frank; Extraordinary Machine by Fiona Apple; Sometimes I Sit and Think by Courtney Barnett; The Dreaming Room by Laura Mvula; Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan; Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield; Burn the Black Suit by Juliet Turner; Eye to the Telescope by K T Tunstall; Black Cherry by Goldfrapp; Catching a Tiger by Lissie Maurus; Horses by Patti Smith. (I know, on the whole I prefer female singers to male)

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Nick – AAARRRGH!!!! Oh crikey… I totally forget about Horses by Patti Smith – I played that over and over as well!! Though Easter was my favourite. Mr Devine is a fan of Goldfrapp, so I will go and have a proper listen.
      Sx

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  6. lisleman

    I’m frequent user of youtube and the abundance of music clips is one reason. However, I dislike the lawyers and self-protecting copyright owners. Your INXS clip didn’t offer music, instead I got – “The uploader has not made this video available in your country.”
    One of the problems with using youtube clips on blogs. I have so many past posting of clips that no longer work.
    The “Head Over Heels” brings back memories of how research was done back in libraries before the internet. Oh, those sturdy card catalogues. I still remembering find my name in one of them decades ago.

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  7. Exile on Pain Street

    This is a very good list. Have you raided my CD tower? Because I suspect you just copied what you saw in my living room. Do the work next time!

    I have a present for you. This is Bowie’s ‘Starman.’ It’s the isolated vocal track. Have you heard it? Better sit down. Put on some headphones if you’ve got them.

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  8. Eryl Gasper Dick

    Crikey, the only one on your list that I know well enough to remember what it/he sounds like is David Bowie. In the 80s I mostly listened to Prince, The Police, U2, Dire Straights, The Stranglers, Pink Floyd, and a few others I can’t remember at this moment. I do remember liking INXS but can’t remember any of their songs. I was, of course, extremely distracted by becoming a mother in 1985.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Really????!!! Good heavens!!! But there were comments there so much better than mine! This is crazy talk, but I am deeply honoured to get the shorts again. That genuinely has made my day!
      Sx

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