Trawling through the CD cabinet at home, it’s no wonder I’m a band girl at heart. Apparently I was an ‘unsettled’ baby and my dad would sing “The Drugs Don’t Work” by The Verve to me to calm me down. Not your usual choice of lullaby, but I’m told it worked! Ever since I was little, the music I would hear playing on the CD player was bands. The Strokes. The Killers. Red Hot Chili Peppers. Muse. That’s pretty much all my parents played, and I can’t thank them enough for it.
Whether I’m listening to music to relax, to help me write or to just dance around to, it’ll usually be a band I’ll choose to play. I’m yet to find a song by The Strokes that I don’t like and there’s no doubt that they’re at the top of my wish list of bands I want to see live. The Killers are at the top of that list too, and with my mum being a huge fan, belting out the words to most of their classic hits comes naturally to me.
Some of the less obvious choices of CDs that bring back memories are those of Editors, White Lies and Manic Street Preachers. Whilst these are well known bands, I’m surprised at how many people can’t recall one song by any of them. “Motorcycle Emptiness” by Manic Street Preachers is one of my favourites and, if you’ve never listened to White Lies before, “Farewell To The Fairground” would be my first recommendation. If I ever hear “Munich” or “All Sparks” by Editors, it takes me straight back to the early 00’s, when everyone bought and played CDs, something which is (unfortunately I think) becoming less and less popular, as it’s so easy to download all our music nowadays.
With the help of all my household CDs, I have now formed my own taste in music which mainly centres itself around bands. Don’t get me wrong, I have my fair share of guilty pleasures when it comes to music (a bit of Justin Timberlake never goes amiss), but there’s nothing quite like watching a good band play live (see my review of Muse live here). I can’t help but appreciate the talent that is needed to play an instrument to such a high standard or to sing over an entire band playing. That’s why I think band music, both recorded and live, will always be my number one.
But without the CDs in my cabinet at home being what they are, would I have had such a big appreciation? Quite possibly not. The music you grow up with really can make all the difference!