Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Crush has ended but the melody lingers on...

I was thinking that a lot of the songs I listed for this week's topics were from bands that I first encountered back when I had a crush on Mr. Steenbeck - The Clash, ATCQ - I have an enduring love for them now, and I have him to thank for that. And my first musical purchase was crush-motivated. I bought Chronic Town, by REM because this boy I liked was a big fan. I was so nervous about buying it, I had no idea what to expect, but I LOVED it! And still do. (He's in a Beatles tribute band now. Heh heh heh).

Anybody else? Crushin musical discoveries?

With thanks to Ejay for posting to this a long long time ago...



This still sounds fresh to me...

14 comments:

steenbeck said...

Mwah ha ha haaaaaahhhhh!!!!!! Three steenbeck posts in a row!! Who will stop this evil takeover of the 'Spill?!?!?!

sourpus said...

I dont hear anyone complaining..

My first real girlfriend (her name was Belinda, but loved ones called her'Bluey' - and a fellow Cancerian, I note, Steenbeck) forged my musical taste for the rest of my life, by introducing me to Dylan. Of course, I knew something about his work before this (1981), but never really listened til she began excitedly guiding me through his back catalogue in between bouts of rampant snogging. A love for Chronic Town (and the next 7 REM albums) was pretty much a forgone conclusion after this. Thanks Bluey, wherever you are!

steenbeck said...

Hey, Sourpus, did you say you're recording an album soon? What's that all about? New band? Solo effort????

lambretinha said...

Crushes, eh? I'm sure there are others, (I'm the sort that associates music with everything that happens in my life) but the musical discovery that comes to mind for me is The Pogues. She taped "Rum, Sodomy & The Lash" for me, I'd never heard from them before, and I fell for her and for the band at the same time... We used to sing "And the Band Played Waltzing Mathilda", "Fairytale of New York" or "The Broad Majestic Shannon" when we were walking down the street together. I still don't know why our friends kept talking to us!

That was 20 years ago...Where the feck has time gone???

Makinavaja said...

For me it was a girl from Colombus Ohio I fell in love with in my first year at Uni. She loved Springsteen, I had no idea who he was (sorry - I was a narrow minded punk rocker at the time). Remember buying the River and tickets to a concert in Birmingham to impress her.

DaddyPig said...

When I was 13, I started playing the violin again, having given up when I was 11. Part of the reason was a crush on a girl who played the viola. The first school concert I took part in was an outdoor performance on a summer evening, it was a genuine cusp-of-adolescence crush, the summer when my voice was breaking ! I was in the 3rd violins (most orchestras only have 1st and 2nd violins, 3rds is a special category so that school orchestras can be extra-inclusive)and we played "Moonlight Serenade" (best known as performed by Glenn Miller). It's such an evocative piece of music, and it still reminds me of that extremely hopeless crush !

AliMunday said...

I did rather like Davd Dursley but that was at Primary School and our musical tastes were not really a matter for discussion at the time. Then I went to a girls school so the situation didn't arise until I met my first boyfriend. And I couldn't really describe that as a crush, but he did have a good record collection - Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynrd, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Motorhead ... not exactly love's young dream material!

DarceysDad said...

Ah, memories ...

I took my first girlfriend on a day out "shopping" to Liverpool when I was 14. Bought tickets to see UFO at the Empire for me and 3 mates, and the picture sleeve 7" of Blondie's Union City Blue for her to play whilst we'd be out headbanging. What a dolt!

steenbeck said...

Awwwww, nice stories everybody. This is what I was hoping for. Music + memories. Thank you.

Abahachi said...

All my crushes seem to have had terrible taste in music, Mrs Abahachi included...

sourpus said...

Steenbeck, I am (hopefully) gonna be in the studio from January. All the songs will be mine but its a band im putting together especially. Not wishing to count my chickens, but I found a great drummer and bass player, a studio and a UK engineer - who has worked with Nick Cave among others - and (I think) a keyboard player.
Im currently looking for a violin player (shouldnt be difficult, you would think, in a place like Budapest). Its been a long process and shows every chance of taking
even longer, but, hey, why not go after it?

steenbeck said...

Very very exciting Sourpus. Creative energy!! Can't wait to hear it.

Shoegazer said...

Mrs S was going through a "New Romantic" phase when we met - complete with purple hair & fedora. Tainted Love & Scary Monsters era Bowie would be the stuff.

nilpferd said...

Sorry, missed this.. belated comment.. anyway, I once found myself nodding sagely at the object of my desire, who had just made the inexplicable quote "that joke isn't funny anymore".. luckily, my flatmate had a copy of The World Won't Listen, and so began my infatuation with The Smiths.. though I didn't "get" Joke right away, it was Bigmouth Strikes Again and Stop me if you think.. which hit me more from the start. Probably should have known then there was no chance of a relationship right there and then.

I think my playing of In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew had a positive effect on Sandra, on my side I'll always remember Paris, where she intoduced me to Kip Hanrahan's Tenderness..