Recently elsewhere on the Wibbly Wobbly Web, I was tagged to do a music meme. As it was about music, I thought I'd reproduce it here.
Basically, I'm supposed to list five songs I'm really enjoying listening to at the moment. I'm glad this wasn't a list of my favourite songs, because that would be impossible for me to do, I love so many songs for so many different reasons. But this one wasn't so bad, once I got into the habit of a) listening to the radio and b) listening to iTunes again. So here are my five, which reflect my favourites over the past few weeks, but would probably be completely different if I did this meme again in a month or two's time:Barenaked Ladies If I Had a Million Dollars
I wish I'd got into to the Barenaked Ladies when a nice American bloke I got to know via an email mailing list recommended them to me back in about 1995 or something. Still, it's never too late - and thanks to some nice new pals sending me some of their stuff over the past year, I'm now making up for lost time.This is my current favourite song (of theirs and generally) and it's just gorgeous. It works on so many levels. It's melodic, it's funny, it's sweet, it has a fantastic singalong tune and quirky lyrics, yet it's poignant too. It's a simple premise: if the singer had a million dollars, what would he buy for the woman he loves? Some art (a Picasso, or a Garfunkel), A fur coat (but not a real fur coat, that's cruel), John Merrick's remains (ooh all them crazy elephant bones), or just a green dress (but not a real green dress, that's cruel). But most of all, he would buy her love. Aw. And with lines like the ones I've quoted above, is it any wonder I sway along to it with a big fat cheesy grin on my face every time I hear it (and never fail to laugh out loud at the Garfunkel line)? No. No it isn't.Brian Protheroe
A bit of a Golden Oldie this one, and a song I've rediscovered thanks to the wonderful 'Guilty Pleasures' series of CDs. It starts off with a simple guitar strum and the chime of a triangle, then Brian's mournful lyrics kick in and you find yourself wondering where all this is going. Gradually it builds up, adding in drums, sax, backing 'lalala's', a bit of a duet with himself and then....it just pootles off into the distance, beautifully. I love this song for so many reasons, but mostly because it's the only song I know of that mentions that most British of all alcoholic beverages - Pale Ale.Starland Vocal Band
- Afternoon Delight
Another Golden Oldie courtesy of 'Guilty Pleasures', and a song I have loved since I first heard it as a child. I've always been a sucker for harmonies in songs, and this one gave me so many to choose from - but even after all these years, I still can't get them right! It's a gentle little sway-along ditty with a bit of a country twang to it. Of course, as an innocent 9 year old I had no idea what 'Afternoon Delight' was, and for many years I genuinely thought they were singing about the joy of eating Angel Delight as a teatime treat. Well really, what else would 'thinking up he's working up an appetite, looking forward to a little afternoon delight' mean eh?Sugababes
I know I'm going to get the piss ripped out of me forever for admitting to liking the Sugababes, but I don't care. They sing bloody good pop tunes. This isn't my favourite song of theirs by any means (that would be a close run thing between 'Overload' and 'Stronger') but it's the one I'm enjoying listening to the most at the moment, and that's what this meme is all about. I think what sets Sugababes apart from some of the other girl groups around are that they have great songwriters and producers backing them up (and their voices meld together well, too). This song's like two different songs combined into one and I love the atmosphere it creates, which also makes me want get up and boogie my arse off. I love the slightly sinister sounding tune in the background of the "ohhhh-OHHHHHH!" at the end of the chorus (which I also love singing along to in my tuneless way, much to the misery of anyone in earshot). I also love the fact that the girl who replaced Mu(n)tya has a much better voice than she ever did. Hah! In your face, Mu(n)tya!Take That
The only song on my list that I don't (yet) own, but I hear it at least once a week on the radio and I am still absolutely in love with it, despite it being played to death on the radio for months now. As soon as it starts up, I get a big old cheesy grin on my face and I just have to sing and dance along. I love Little Mark's slightly ropey vocals, I love the cheesy backing vocals (which, of course, I sing along to), I love the jangly production and I love the video with it's Berkley-esque imagery (and the fact that they make Fat Gaz sit at the piano throughout so as not to show up his lack of dancing skills!) Most of all I love this song because it makes me feel happy. And there's nowt wrong with that, if you ask me.