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Bands I Got Into Too Late

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another personal blog post. Oh music, it is part of life and it affects in many ways and normally it is in a good way coming from a number of different artists/bands. However, there are cases where you come across some music, but then realize that you’re listening experience may have been a little better if you have found that artist/band beforehand. Today I’ll be mentioning a few of my favourite bands who I wish I had found earlier in life.

Audioslave

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Audioslave, this is the band on the top of this list. More so than any other artist/band ever, Audioslave are the ones I wish I have found while they were in their prime. They were a supergroup formed of Chris Cornell from Soundgarden and the instrumental side of Rage Against The Machine and were active between 2001 til 2007. I started listening to them in 2008/9, I was too damn late! Their first two albums Audioslave and Out of Exile are some of my favourite sounds in rock and some of that music really solidified my love for rock music. And since seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers live in 2011, I really get sad to know that I’ll never have the chance to see Audioslave live. With Cornell’s vocals and the awesome musicians of RAT M, I feel like it would have been a beastly experience live. But I’ll never have that chance, especially since both original bands have reformed. Sad times.

Alexisonfire

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This is a band that really hurts me to listen to these days. Alexisonfire was a band I found by accident, then found one song by them three years laters and then didn’t start listening to properly until the year when they announced their farewell tour… And I proper got into their sound. Talk about messed up. Alexisonfire are probably the only band in my life who I’ve got addicted to in the space of a week. Crisis, Old Crows/Young Cardinals and the self-titled album has some of the most amazing and addictive songs ever, and when I saw them live it was the best experience ever. So it crushed me to know that the beginning of my love for this band was too late as they were breaking up and never going to make new material ever again.

Anberlin

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Much like Alexisonfire, I found the band randomly, really got into their music and saw them live in the year when they broke up and went on a farewell tour. Bloody painful. I think Anberlin are the most recent band in this list, so my connection to them isn’t as strong as the others, that being said I still have a strong love for their music, so it bugs me that I didn’t find them sooner. A lot of their music is my kind of sound when it comes to hard-hitting and soft introspective songs and since going through their material after their gig in London I really wished I had found them while I was in college or something.

AFI

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When it comes to AFI I’m kind of glad I found them the way I did. I mean it was through a cover version of “Miss Murder” in a Guitar Hero-styled Wii video game in 2008, and then after that I spent a day going though their material on Deezer. I caught this band when they were pretty much at the height of their popularity just a few years after Decemberunderground had been released, and over the years my love for this group has grown significantly. With all that being said, I feel like if I had found this band just a few years earlier I would be able to appreciate how long they’ve been making music and see their visual and musical transformation since the 1990’s into the 2000’s. Also I would have been able to see them live at least once, since I think 2009 or 2010, AFI have not come back to the UK to tour and it pains me considering how much I love this band. Something tells me it is not too late and there may be a chance that they will come back, but I’m not sure.

Blur

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After seeing No Distance Left to Run, I realized two things: 1) That I was not as much a fan as I had thought and 2) That there was a lot of amazing live shows that they’ve done over the years that I’ve never got to see. I’ve always liked Blur since childhood, their music was just very cool, fun and emotional, but it wasn’t until around 2012 when I really started going through their albums and appreciating all of the beautiful work that they’ve done. But obviously by that point it was too late, the band had already separated and even though they made a few comebacks, I wasn’t invested in them and their music enough to go to a gig. If I had at least gotten into them proper around my mid-teens I think I would have at least stood a chance of seeing them live while also being better associated with their music.

No Doubt

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Ah No Doubt, one of my favourite bands ever and probably the most nostalgic-based of all the bands on this list. This band is part of my childhood, I adore their sound and their music makes me feel so good. Even though I’ve been listening to the band for years, I didn’t become a mega fan until uni when I listened to all six of their albums, and it was at that point when I came to really appreciate the dedication, variation and love that went into their music with Return of Saturn being my favourite album. For years they were on hiatus, then released Push and Shove in 2012 and started touring, but they didn’t do too many shows and never made it beyond America. And now with Gwen Stefani doing her solo stuff again, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to see her together with the band live. If only I had gotten into them sooner.

The Smashing Pumpkins

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This is one of the bands I’ve been listening to a lot more recently. The Smashing Pumpkins are a band I’ve been aware of for many years, but  didn’t start listening to their music until around 2008/9 and even then it was just a few songs here and there. I’d say it was when I got to uni that I started to really explore their music and last year I heard their first and second last albums, Siamese Dream and Oceania, both of which are really great albums. While I’ve not heard all of their material and not all of it is good from what I’ve researched, it does pain me to know that the entire band line-up has changed so dramatically and been in such turmoil to the point where only Billy Corgan is only original member left. I would have liked to have seen the group in their prime or at least with their 2012 line-up. I love revisiting old music, but it does feel like I’ve been missing out for years on some great material.

Well that’s been my list, let me know in the comments if you’re into these bands or not and if there are any bands/artists that you got into too late as well. Until next time people, laters! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Life, Media, Music

 

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Favourite Songs #26: Blur – Coffee & TV

Howdy people of the interweb, and welcome to the 26th edition of my series of blog posts dedicated to some of my favourite songs ever in life. Today we’re talking about one of my ALL-TIME FAVOURITE SONGS EVER! I know that’s an overused statement here on this blog, but its is so true with this one. This is nostalgic awesomeness, I am of course talking about “Coffee & TV” by Blur.

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Yes, yes, yes! This is one of my most nostalgic songs and I am surprised that it has stayed with me this song, however that should be a pretty good indication of how bloody awesome the song is and believe me it is BLOODY AWESOME YO! 😀

Just have a listen to this tune below:

This music video is so weird, but is still pretty entertaining.

Now the strange thing is that when I first came across this song, I never knew it was a Blur song. I just randomly heard it on the odd occasion on the radio around the age of 9 or 10, possibly 11 and I thought it was a pretty darn good. However then I never listened to the song again for years, but I never got it. Then around the age of 16/17 I started listening to music properly and then I came across this song and then nostalgia hit me!

Coffee & TV” is a song that is very calm and mellow and yet has a sort of melancholy sound to it too, but for some reason it has a very good sound and is addictive. The music is gorgeous and I really like the vocals and lyrics too, but the key thing that I love about the song is the chorus. It was the single most memorable aspect of this song and it is really awesome with the both Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn singing together. And speaking of Coxon, he’s the frigging lead vocalist! Now bare in mind before, in the past I preferred Albarn leading the vocals of the band because I liked his voice a lot more and it felt like a proper way the band should sound. However over the years I grown to like Coxon a lot more and in this song I couldn’t imagine this song without his vocals. Coxon sings almost effortlessly and yet it still sounds good and the way he sings the lyrics feels kind of sad but at the same time incredibly relatable.

If you couldn’t tell already, I love this band, may they never end, EVER! 😀 😀

So to conclude “Coffee & TV” by Blur is just a great sound from the past that hits me with nostalgia every time and makes me feel so satisfied with life each time I listen. I feel like it is one of the most under-appreciated songs in Blur’s discography and I urge you to have a listen, it is really good. 🙂

Well that’s another song review done, what do you think of my song choice today? Whatever your thoughts are leave me a comment below and be sure to come back next time for another song review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2013 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Rediscovering my love for Blur

It’s strange, I’m really funny when it comes to music. I seem to pass through so much music and sometimes it sticks or drifts away. And whether it’s part of my childhood/nostalgia or if it’s just a sound that I like to listen to, I find my music interests in a constant state of flux in the sense that at different points of my life I may hate a certain song and then a few years down the line I’ll fall in love with it or there may be music I’ve listened to for years but sort of lost track of. And that for me is where Blur come into play.

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Even though I don’t always show it, I’ve always loved these guys. They’re music has always been part of my life.

Back in the 1990s Blur were part of the music I grew up with, I always heard their sound on the radio and saw it on TV. They had a lovely sound and a great array of songs that I remember, from the lovely sounds of “There’s No Other Way” to very the nostalgic “Girls & Boys”; a particular Blur song I always knew but never was overly kind on but after I became a teenager I feel in love with it. But of all of Blur’s songs these are the ones I remember the most: “Parklife”, “Country House”, “Song 2”, “Tender” and “Coffee & TV”. Those songs are all very nostalgic for me because not only were they all over the radio and TV, but they were part of life in the 90s. Everyone knew their songs and I loved it. I used to love singing along to “Parklife”, it was such a jolly little song and even on more harder-hitting songs like “Song 2″ it was great to sing/shout along to again because everyone knew the lyrics and it was just a great song to go all-out to. But of all of those songs “Country House” was probably my favourite song, it had a very beautiful and melancholy sound to it, I used to watch the music video a lot too. It was just a great song. But then there was other songs I remember but never really was into back in the day like “Tender” and “Charmless Man”, again they had a sound I knew but never really got into until my late teens. And speaking of my teens, it was in those years I eventually got around to listening to singles like “The Universal” and “Beetlebum” and I added them to my musical catalogue. But the one special song that Blur did which is my favourite song they’ve ever done was “Coffee & TV”, a song I remembered from my school days but never knew it was even a Blur song. It was until my mid-teens when I found the song again and fell in love with it, it really does have a sound that is timeless. It’s songs like these that make me love this band so much.

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This was the film to reinvigorate my love for Blur, it was so beautiful.

But as much as I love Blur’s sound, I really haven’t shown it as much as I did for another famous Britpop band that go by the name of Oasis. I don’t think it was until I saw the Blur documentary, No Distance Left to Run in college when my perspective on Blur changed completely. My god, I was so moved! I discovered so much about the band, from their genesis to how they ascended into stardom. There was so much to learn about the battle of Britpop that took place between Blur and Oasis. I gained so much from the documentary, I was not only living in nostalgia but I also really connected with all of the band members and like all good documentaries it was informative and connects with you on an emotional level (well it did at least for me). This documentary made me shed tears the first time I watched it and it instantly became one of my favourite films in the genre. No Distance Left to Run is my second favourite documentary film just behind the brilliance that is Senna. This film got me back into Blur again and was listening to all of their material again along with some of their singles I hadn’t heard yet. My love for the band only increased after I listened to “Fool’s Day”… After that I became obsessed. I listened to the song all of the time especially over the course of 2011. But after a while I started to listen Blur less and less and only listened to the occasional song. Unfortunately my loved for Blur was fading just like  other bands I loved like U2 and Vampire Weekend. I think it’s due to the fact that I had found so many new bands to listen which meant that my older material had to take a backseat.

However after scanning around Wikipedia I saw that Graham Coxon said that Blur will be recording a new album and I swear to god my mind just blew up! I’ve been hoping that the band would get back together to record some new material for years! And when I also found out about a new track called “Under the Westway” that Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon performed together live I had to check it out. Even though it was just the two of them, it still sounded beautiful and was a good feeling to hear Blur getting back in their element.

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And if that wasn’t awesome enough, they even performed at the 2012 Brit Awards and won an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music which made me so happy. I heard about it after I saw several people on Facebook talking about how their performance interrupted Adele’s thankyou speech and so the day after I watched their performances of the songs “Girls & Boys”, “Song 2”, “Parklife”, “Tender” and “This is a Low”. And they was great especially on the song “Tender”, man I love that song and that live version was incredible. Again it was invigorating to hear the band back in their element and my love for them is literally rising up again. Maybe this time around I will listen to all of their albums before the new one hits and become a full-fledged fan! Only time will tell, all I know is that Blur are one of the forgotten gems of the music industry and in this world of new music that normally sounds pretty pants in my opinion I’m glad to see some quality bands like Blur entering the scene again to show people what music really is.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Life, Media, Music

 

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