Sunday, October 19, 2008

Greetings From Suburbia!

View from Queensbury back to Bradford - when does a village become a suburb?



On Saturday I said ...

I have to say I just LOVE this topic, or rather my music collection does.
There will be at least one post, but it may be after RR deadline, and I suspect that I'll somehow have to whittle the current 63 song longlist down at least by half.

But having been to a typically suburban housewarming party for a now ex-neighbour, I'm too drunk and too tired . . .

Actually, ToffeeBoy, I surprised myself by being up bright and breezy with the girls this morning in time to catch the footy highlights that I missed last night! And whilst wondering whether to now pick Antonio Valencia in place of the injured Martin Petrov for my GU Darcey County FF team, and watching my kids have a typically suburban Sunday, I started to consider my pile of CDs and mp3 possibles . . .

An early thought was to split my list into two, one for each side of the two communities divided by a common language - Cypress Boulevard vs Acacia Avenue if you will - but Bap Kennedy, Scorpions, AC/DC, etc, etc, etc, all conspired to ruin that idea.

So tonight, I've tried to distill my thoughts down into one concise-but-killer post'n'song piece.
The trouble is, in exactly the same way as the very subject matter we're discussing, the DsD musical suburbs keep oozing out past their original boundaries!

After staring at my proto-utterances and CD lyric sheets all evening, I can no longer tell my swallowed-up villages from my satellite towns. Are latterly-gentrified terraces around long-demolished factories now suburbs? How do residents of almost-city-central-but-rich-enough-to-afford-green-moat-detached-houses see themselves?

I've tried taking my newly-installed (and already annoying the pants off me) Firefox over to the mothership for guidance, but it looks like that's bogged down in the same mire. And if I get involved I'll end up picking a fight with sonofwebcore - (New Entry No.6 with a bullet in the DsD Top Ten Stupid Things To Do list) over his definition of my home town!
*Whilst I will defer to his Scouse credentials, his seniority, his impassioned authenticity, and yes his much harder fists, don't EVER call Widnes a Cheshire town to anyone with 40y.o. roots there!! If you didn't work at TAC, Golden Wonder, RTZ or Fisons, it was a dead cert a driving commute involved the "Ford Road" in to/through Speke, rather than heading east or south over the river. CHESHIRE?!?! B@ll*cks to the County pen-pushers who kept changing my family's postal address without our ever packing a bag!*

Anyway, lookee here, midnight again and I haven't uploaded a single tune yet! [SIGH!]

The Bobby Charltons - Sunday Lunch (I Don't Wanna Know)
The Christians - Greenbank Drive
Richmond Fontaine - A Girl In A House In Felony Flats
Live - Shit Towne

The rest'll have to wait again - it's a good job I'm not a journalist on a deadline!

FURTHER EDIT - MONDAY NIGHT
And now that it IS after deadline, here's some more. Dedicated to the Snadfrods, and their new behemoth mobile-suburb-all-by-itself! Or maybe, given the bleak view of the 'burbs the following songs offer, it's his getaway vehicle from the land of the living dead?

Thunder - Higher Ground
Cowboy Junkies - Hunted
EBTG - Anytown
Edie Brickell - Oak Cliff Bra
Matthew Ryan - Chickering Angel
Bap Kennedy - The Shankill And The Falls
Shack - Streets Of Kenny
Joolz - Requiem
Smalltown Heroes - Human Soup

17 comments:

ToffeeBoy said...

Looking forward to hearing the list - I agree that it's an excellent theme and one that really forces you to think about lyrical content rather than just checking your collection for relevant-looking titles. I would have got more involved with it all this weekend had it not been for my iTunes problems.

I'll check back later - we've got an early start this morning as the littlest MissToffee has an away match - about an hour's drive away. The things we do...

ToffeeBoy said...

@ DsD - haven't you sobered up yet?

DarceysDad said...

Just got the girls to bed. Bath time now, DarceysMam will be in bed by about 10, then it's MotD2 and post creation time.

DarceysDad said...

TECHNICAL UPDATE : MONDAY - I officially hate Firefox. Much to DarceysMam's relief, I have uninstalled it and reinstated IE7.

So unless there are some very unexpected improvements to come over yonder, it's...

Goodbye RR, it's been emotional!!

ToffeeBoy said...

Funny that - I'm a fully committed convert to Firefox. What is it that you don't like about it?

Anyway enough about that - another great list. Loved the Bobby Charltons (what do we know about them?). I was listening to the playlist while away from the PC and when I heard the second one I thought "That group sounds just like The Christians - bit of a rip off", I thought. Hmmm....

Blimpy said...

is Kenny a person or a place?

DarceysDad said...

Kenny is Kensington - strictly speaking it's inner-city and about the last place on God's earth that Maddy had in mind for the suburbia topic.

But what the hell! The area is mostly housing - it's (just) outside the area you'd describe as city centre - and (historically: I haven't been in years) the only industry to speak of is the drug trade.

And it's MY list and one of the most heart-wrenching songs I know, so it gets in. Nyah nyah nn-nyah nyah!

DarceysDad said...

@ Toffee -

re Bobby Charltons: apart from knowing they have THE worst band name in history (imagine THEM trying to play a gig in Kenny!), I never knew a lot more.

re Firefox: there were a few things I didn't like, but the main example is my work webmail. It depends on either IE6+ or Mozilla for a decent level of functionality; Firefox was driving me scatty with how unwieldy it was trying to attach or read attached files, delete unwanteds, manage spam settings etc.

Blimpy said...

"....kenny" = top tune, la.

about smack?

DarceysDad said...

Oh yes.

snadfrod said...

Ah DsD, thank you for your dedication, it is a most welcome crack of champagne across our bows. I'll give the list a listen this afternoon whilst I'm working and then later on - peel those eyes folks - I'll be putting up a post explaining just what the heck you are on about...

Anonymous said...

Damn!

@ Blimpy / steenbeck / anyone who knows how to ...

Now I remember why I originally decided not to include Bap Kennedy in the list. TS&TF is the last song on the album and has a hidden bloody track at the end. How do I edit the 13mins down to just the song I want? Or better yet, can you administrators do it for me somehow??

Smalltown Heroes has the same issue, only less annoyingly so.

DsD

ToffeeBoy said...

@ DsD - I have to go back to MS Explorer for my work email - and I've been unable to get on to the Spill on Firefox today so my advocacy is on the wain...

Shoegazer said...

DsD From memory, make a note of the stop time you want. Open the info for the track & go to the tab with start & stop times & change the stop time. The track & any new copies will stop where you want.

DarceysDad said...

Ooh, Ta, Shoey. I'm on it as soon as I've finished me chores (and take it from me, watching the Mancs is grim work indeed) !

DaddyPig said...

Oh well, I was wondering why I hadn't heard from you with heartfelt thanks for persuading you to try Firefox. For me, it's a bit quicker than IE and (huge bonus) it tells you what it's up to as it goes along; IE likes to say it's "Done" whilst hanging there unresponsively and sometimes indefinitely. But if it's not working for you...

TOFFEEBOY, I had to load Adobe Flash Player separately to make the 'Spill play anything with Firefox.

Shoegazer said...

Safari people Safari. Or if really short on resources, try Chrome.