• Radio Martin's Top Ten

    29. Aug. 2006, 22:20

    Nicked from my good friend Wezzo:

    Name your top 10 artists on

    1. Billy Joel
    2. ABBA
    3. Queen
    4. The Beatles
    5. The Beach Boys
    6. The Police
    7. Elton John
    8. Blondie
    9. Phil Collins
    10. The Kinks

    Now answer the questions according to the numbers:

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    The Police - That would be Don't Stand So Close To Me, after receiving my first ever CD - 50 Years Of the Greatest Hit Singles on my birthday in 2002. The aforementioned song was one of the tracks that I liked.

    What is your favorite album of 2?
    Well, quite possibly ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits, but perhaps a greatest hits album is cheating a little, even if it is arguably the best Greatest Hits album ever. I will nominate 1976's Arrival as their best studio album, with the seminal Dancing Queen, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Money Money Money, When I Kissed The Teacher, and of course, the title track.

    What is your favorite lyric that 5 has sung?
    "You're kind of small and you're such a doll, I'm glad you're mine. You're so good to me, how come you are?"

    How many times have you seen 4 live?
    None, unfortunately. And two of the quartet are now dead.

    What is your favorite song by 7?
    Of Elton John, I would say Your Song. Though Candle in the Wind, Sacrifice, The Bitch is Back and Don't Go Breaking My Heart come very close.

    What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10?
    Only recently started to get into The Kinks really, so I'm a little short on memories. I guess it would be listening to You Really Got Me for the first time a couple of years ago and recognising it as the song that plays on Marge Simpson's frying pan/radio in a 1997 episode of The Simpsons.

    Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
    These Are The Days of Our Lives, as Wezzo already helpfully stated.

    What is your favorite lyric that 2 has sung?
    ABBA are often much-maligned for their simple lyrics but anybody who can write a hit single in a language not their own deserves my respect. Anybody who can have at least twenty hit singles in a language not their own is nothing short of talented. But let's see...I find "One of us is crying, one of us is lying, in her lonely bed, staring at the ceiling, wishing she was somewhere else instead" quite moving.

    What is your favorite song by 9?
    Easy Lover!

    How did you get into 3?
    By listening to Queen's Greatest Hits and enjoying the majority of the tracks on that CD.

    What was the first song you heard by 1?
    Billy Joel's first song that I remember hearing would have been Uptown Girl, the song that he's most famous for here.

    What is your favorite song by 4?
    I love the earlier work of The Beatles. When I'm in a good mood, I cannot resist singing along to I Want To Hold Your Hand, From Me To You, Can't Buy Me Love, et al. My most played by them is Help! so that must be my favourite.

    How many time have you seen 9 live?
    None, though he is still alive, which is a bonus. I've only seen #1 live.

    What is a good memory you have involving 2?
    Good memory involving ABBA....let's see...they're all good.

    Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
    None really, I have yet to hear a song by Blondie that makes me sad.

    What is your favorite album of 5?
    I generally prefer greatest hits album, so Summer Dreams. Then again, Pet Sounds is the definitive Beach Boys album, although Smile would've been good had it been recorded at the time.

    What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung?
    "Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango?" really moves me.

    What is your favorite song of 1?
    Damn....a favourite Billy Joel song? That's like picking my favourite child. I've always liked Uptown Girl and We Didn't Start the Fire, and I love Billy's sarcastic and bitter take on the music industry in The Entertainer.

    What is your favorite song of 10?
    A tie between Sunny Afternoon and You Really Got Me.

    How many times have you seen 8 live?
    None! Again.

    What is your favorite album of 1?
    Again, I prefer greatest hits albums, so the Ultimate Collection, but of the Billy Joel studio albums I have, An Innocent Man has six tracks of ten that I really like.

    What is a great memory you have considering 9?
    At university, in my room, listening to Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight at about 1am, and turning the speakers up really loud at the famous drum bit near the end of the song.

    What was the first song you heard by 8?
    Heart of Glass, back in 2002.

    What is your favorite cover by 2?
    Well, ABBA pretty much released only the songs that they wrote, except there is one track on the Voulez-Vous album which is the B-side of Summer Night City, and is a medley of older songs, but I haven't heard it, so I can't say. So that's my favourite of their only covers then, I guess.
  • Shuffler's Delight

    26. Aug. 2006, 21:51

    Put your music player on shuffle.
    Post the first 40 songs that come up. You can repeat artists if you want. If you have any repeat tracks, skip to the next track.

    1. Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
    2. Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
    3. You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins
    4. Baggy Trousers - Madness
    5. Imagine - John Lennon
    6. Imitation of Life - R.E.M.
    7. Rockin' All Over The World - Status Quo
    8. Another Brick In The Wall (Part Two) - Pink Floyd
    9. (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Elvis Presley
    10. I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits
    11. (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon
    12. Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens
    13. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion - The Kinks
    14. Dizzy - Tommy Roe
    15. Honesty - Billy Joel
    16. Mamma Mia - ABBA
    17. Ticket To Ride - The Beatles
    18. Mony Mony - Tommy James and the Shondells
    19. One More Night - Phil Collins
    20. Together In Electric Dreams - The Human League
    21. Cum On Feel The Noize - Slade
    22. Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
    23. Like A Virgin - Madonna
    24. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
    25. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
    26. Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley
    27. Radio Ga Ga - Queen
    28. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
    29. Beat Surrender - The Jam
    30. Shaddup You Face - Joe Dolce Music Theatre (Okay, I'm allowed a bad one)
    31. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers
    32. Freedom - Wham!
    33. Message In A Bottle - The Police
    34. Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie
    35. All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
    36. Easy Lover - Phil Collins & Philip Bailey
    37. Tiny Dancer - Elton John
    38. Ghost Town - The Specials
    39. Rubber Bullets - 10cc
    40. The Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann


    01. Which song you prefer 1 or 40?
    Hmm...Waterloo Sunset VS. The Mighty Quinn...Waterloo Sunset clinches it, just.

    02. Have you ever listened to #12 continuously on repeat?

    03. What album is #26 from?
    I got it off an Elvis' Greatest Hits album.

    04. What do you think about the artist who did #15?
    I think Billy Joel is brilliant, and probably would do so even if I wasn't related to him.

    05. Is #19 one of your favorite songs?
    I don't mind it, not my favourite by that particular artist.

    06. Who does #38 remind you of?
    Hmm...Ghost Town...I suppose it reminds me of Ilford when there's nothing there to see.

    07. Does #20 have better lyrics or music?
    I pay more attention to that song's music than its lyrics.

    08. Do any of your friends like #3?
    Phil Collins' cover of You Can't Hurry Love - I know Wezzo likes it, and is probably glad to be mentioned thus far into this journal entry.

    09. Is #33 from a movie soundtrack?
    Not that I'm aware of, though it's a very popular song, so I'm sure Message In A Bottle may well have popped up in some movie.

    10. Is #18 overplayed on the radio?
    I have heard it on the radio, though not to the point of being overplayed. Maybe in 1968 when it was #1, perhaps.

    11. What does #21 remind you of?
    Glam rock (Slade)

    12. Which song do you prefer, #5 or #22?
    Imagine or Jumpin' Jack Flash? Imagine by far. But both are good.

    13. What album is #17 from?
    I think it's from the Beatles' Help! album.

    14. When did you first hear #39?
    Last year.

    15. When did you first hear #7?
    Years ago.

    16. What genre is #8?
    Rock, or whatever genre Pink Floyd can be classified as.

    17. Do any of your friends like #14?
    My Auntie Sylvia likes it, I know that. (Dizzy - Tommy Roe)

    18. What color does #4 remind you of?
    Blue, because I'm wearing blue jeans and the song is called Baggy Trousers.

    19. Have you ever blasted #11 on your stereo?
    Most of my songs, I have, so probably.

    20. What genre is #37?

    21. Can you play #13 on any instrument?
    No I can't.

    22. What is your favorite lyric from #30?
    The chorus:
    "What's-a-matter-you, eh?
    What-do-you-think-you-do, eh?
    Why-do-you-look-a-so-sad, eh?
    It's-a-not-so-bad, eh?
    Ah, shaddup-a-your-face!"

    23. What is your favorite lyric from #23?
    I suppose the chorus again:
    "Like a virgin, touched for the very first time."
    No snide comments about my sex life please.

    24. Would you recommend #24 to your friends?

    25. Is #2 a good song to dance to?
    Yes, and I danced to it at a Christmas party last year. Who doesn't dance to Do Wah Diddy Diddy?

    26. Do you ever hear #16 on the radio?
    Quite a lot, yes. (Mamma Mia, ABBA)

    27. Is #32 more of a "nighttime" or "daytime" song?
    Freedom by Wham! - Could be either. Daytime perhaps.

    28. Does #36 have any special meaning to you?
    None of my lovers have been easy so far, but perhaps one of these days, they will be and then it will have some sort of significance.

    29. Do any of your friends like #31?
    You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Hmmm, Wezzo probably does.

    30. Is #25 a fast or slow song?
    Good Vibrations - Quite fast in tempo, a little slow in parts.

    31. Is #35 a happy or sad song?
    All I Have To Do Is Dream makes me feel happy when I listen to it.

    32. What is one of your favorite lyrics from #9?
    Unfortunately, I don't know the words to it, other than the title.

    33. Is #34 better to listen to alone or with friends?
    I would probably be embarrassed to be playing Stop The Cavalry in front of my friends, particularly when it's not Christmas.

    34. When did you first hear #27?
    A few years ago.

    35. Name 3 other songs by the artist who did #29
    Certainly - That's Entertainment, Going Underground, and A Town Called Malice.

    36. Do you know all the words to #6?
    None of them!

    37. Does #28 have better lyrics or music?
    You Really Got Me by The Kinks doesn't have the most complex set of lyrics ever ("You really got me now, you got me so I don't know what I'm doing now, oh yeah, you really got me now, you got me so I can't sleep at night, you really got me now, you really got me now, you really got me now...") but it has a brilliant tune that you just have to sing along to.

    38. What album is #10 from?
    Probably from their self-titled debut album, Herman's Hermits!
  • Martin's First Journal Entry

    27. Mai. 2006, 20:15

    Look at me! I am writing a journal entry. So...uh....let's see. I wouldn't call myself much of a music fan. Really, it's only been about three and a half years since I started taking any interest in music. After having an operation to improve my hearing, I thought "Right, this is it. I'm going to try and listen to some music."

    I might well have started with whatever song was popular in the charts at the time - if I had it at home. (Las Ketchup by the Ketchup Girls was #1 in the charts back then) Of course I didn't. All we had on CDs in my house were the artists that my parents liked, so those were the first ones I listened to. I started off with ABBA....first in the alphabet of the collection, you see. I went on to The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Blondie and Phil Collins. I also got into Elton John, The Police and Queen, slightly further down the alphabet. Another artist that I love, I like not only for his music but also because I happen to be his second cousin, once removed - Billy Joel. It's true. Don't make me dig up my family tree.

    To get better acquainted with music I started listening to all the well-known songs of the 60s, 70s and early 80s. That seems to be the kind of music I appreciate, the big chart-toppers of an age long gone. So you won't see anything obscure on my playlists, nor anything remotely new. Sorry. I'm set in my ways. I likes what I likes. I appreciate that popularity does not a good song make, but I would argue that most of what I like happen to be at least decent songs.