09 November 2007

Musical epiphanies

The Guardian have done an article on the songs that made pop stars realise music was a force to be reckoned with and why. The song that jumped out and made a difference. Some of these seem obvious but others are quite interesting:

  • Kate Nash - Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry
  • Sarah Harding (Girls Aloud) - Don't Look Back in Anger by Oasis
  • Katie Melua - Imagine by John Lennon
  • Jack Peñate - Respect by Aretha Franklin
  • Natasha Bedingfield - If It's Magic by Stevie Wonder
  • Kate Walsh - Cornflake Girl by Tori Amos
  • Roisin Murphy - The Lady Is a Tramp - Frank Sinatra
  • Stephen Duffy (the Lilac Time) - Ducks On a Pond by Incredible String Band
  • Amy Macdonald - Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
  • José Gonzáles - Hoy Estoy Aqui by Markama
  • Kano - Bogle Dance by Buju Banton
  • Irwin Sparkes (the Hoosiers) - Don't Be Cruel by Bobby Brown
  • Kelly Jones (Stereophonics) - Highway To Hell by AC/DC
  • Jason Pebworth (Orson) - Another one Bites the Dust by Queen
  • Nina Persson (the Cardigans) - I Love Rock'n'Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • Sister Bliss (Faithless) - Golden Brown by The Stranglers

Mine would probably one of three (all from my parents' music collection), either This Old Guitar by John Denver (a song that I wish I'd written and showed how emotional music can be and how it can express a feeling better than anything else), Solitaire by The Carpenters (I loved the way it told a story and Karen's voice is amazing and heartfelt) but probably my number one would be:

The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkle. - As a kid I loved the story and remember joining in with the "lie la lie" bits and doing the crashing drum punching bit. It also told a story with really clever lyrics (like the whole Bridge Over Troubled Water album) and really recreated a sense of time and place. It was certainly a step up from The Wombles and Disney's Greatest Hits!

I suppose it depends on your age and what your family where listening to, but what was your musical epiphany?

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