Which songs transport you back in time?
I have been listening to Kirsty Young’s Desert Island Discs. Desert Island Discs is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on a Sunday morning. I tend to listen to the podcast version on my morning commute to work. The format is simple: a guest is invited by Kirsty Young to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island. Kirsty is a brilliant interviewer and asks really probing questions in such a subtle manner. I would recommend the interview with David Beckham. My absolute favourite interview has to be the interview with Davina McCall. Her music choices were sublime and the story of her relationship with her mother had me holding back the tears on the train.
Which songs transport you back in time? Are there songs where the the opening notes give you flashbacks of childhood holidays, a first kiss or heartbreak? Here are a few songs that transport me back in time:
Rain or Shine by Five Star
This was the first ever single I bought. It was vinyl. I remember getting my dad to put it on the record player for me. It came out in 1986 (Jeez, I am so old!). I have just listened to it and I think if this were released again today I would buy it all over again. I absolutely love it.
Maggie May by Rod Stewart
This one is for my parents. If Maggie May was playing and the door was closed I knew that I should not enter. This was my parents ‘special’ song. There are some things that children are just not meant to see. Thank goodness this is an anonymous blog: my parents would be mortified to read this.
The Music Sounds Better with You by Stardust
A group of about twelve of us went to Newquay in Cornwall after our GCSE exams. We stayed in a couple of caravans near the beach, drank a lot, smoked a bit and listened to this on repeat for about a week. It is horrendous. In fact it is almost as bad as the thought of twelve sixteen year olds in a caravan. I now hate the music, but the first couple of notes transport me straight back to my age of innocence when the world really was my oyster.
My Favourite Game by the Cardigans
I still love this song. It takes me back to the early days of my first relationship. I was eighteen and head over heals in love with a guy a decade or so older than me. It was great, while it lasted…but, quelle surprise, it didn’t – see my next song.
Ever Fallen in Love (with someone you shouldn’t have) by The Buzzcocks
He loved The Buzzcocks and he once said to me that he thought about us whenever he heard this song. It wasn’t until we split up that this song had greater resonance for me. We shouldn’t have fallen in love.
Lazy Line Painter Jane by Belle and Sebastian
I spent most of my University years listening to Belle and Sebastian, usually on repeat. I have a terrible habit of finding a song I like and then playing it again and again and again until I am totally sick of it. Lazy Line Painter Jane was my favourite Belle and Sebastian song. I still know every word. It reminds me of my University years.
L.E.S Artistes by Santogold
I listened to L.E.S Artistes by Santogold a lot just after my engagement and as I was planning my wedding. There is one line that really resonated: “…I hope it will be worth what I give up.” I guess in my subconscious I knew that I was about to marry the wrong man. I really did feel as though I was about to give something up: my personality and my life. Thank you Santogold for making me question my plans.
Young Girls & Happy Endings by Gorky’s Zigotic Mynci
It was a different boyfriend who introduced my to Gorky’s Zigotic Mynci’s hit Young Girls & Happy Endings. It is true, young girls do like happy endings. Now that I am a bit older I realise that life isn’t a fairy tale and there are no happy endings. This thing called life has its highs and lows and that it what makes it worth living.
Which songs transport you back in time?
I’m curious to know what songs I’ll add to my list in the future. A summer holiday, songs that remind me of great times with my son, great friendships lost and found. Life is for living.