Monday, 23 May 2011

Listography - top 5 albums

This week Kate Takes 5 listography is based around your top 5 albums, and I have found this surprisingly difficult.  I am one of those people who loves to listen to music but tends to stick the radio on, although now I have an i-touch and have been trying to run, I am getting more into them, but I was still surprised at how hard I found this to do.  I have decided to pick albums I have owned over the years that stick in my brain for various reasons, so here goes:

They Might Be Giants - Flood


They Might Be Giants became quite big in the early 1990s as an alternative American rock band.  Their third album was Flood which was probably so successful due to the song Birdhouse in your soul, which I loved and played over and over and over while I was supposedly revising for my A-Levels, so this album sticks in my mind for that reason.

Nirvana - Nevermind

This is suggesting I was a bit of a rock chick but my flatmate in my halls of residence was heavily into Nirvana and the album Nevermind featured heavily in our nights in, all chatting and drinking in the kitchen or someones room and brings back some very happy memories of my first year away from home.

The Beatles - The White Album

I think I will always love the Beatles for numerous reasons, and their first release album, a double album became known as The White Album due to the fact it was simply a white cover with their name in grey on it.

 My mum use to play them (and Bony M - Brown Girl in the Ring) when she was doing the housework when I was little, and then when I went off travelling, everywhere I went, someone seemed to be playing The Beatles, so again hearing any Beatles songs always conjours up really happy memories for me.

Oasis - (Whats the Story) Morning Glory?


I love, love , love this album. It reminds me of some of my time at university in Liverpool. Wonderwall was the first song my boyfriend (now husband) played to me and he played it all the time, I use to hear it sitting in lectures as one of our lecture theatres was over the canteen and every club and pub we went into Wonderwall, and Don't look back in anger were always playing.  My husband and I often think as Wonderwall as 'our song'.

Athlete - Tourist



This is an odd one as I am not 100% sure that I would say it was an album I love, but it holds a huge amount of meaning for me.  There is a song on there called Wires, which the lead singer wrote when his newborn baby was rushed to intensive care following a premature birth.  This was released around 2005 I think.  My first son was 9 weeks early and spent the first 6 weeks in intensive care/special care and he was a Christmas baby so the lyrics really hold meaning to me even though it was a year after his birth, especially the bits like 'The first night of your life, spent all alone', 'I see hope is here in a plastic box', 'I see Christmas lights reflected in your eyes' and 'looking at you now, you would never know'. They are all so relevant.  Thing is everytime I heard it, it use to make me stop and I always cried. My friend obviously didn't realise as she always played this album when I went round and then went to a festival in Hyde park where they were playing and rang me up so I could hear my 'favourite song'!  I have this album in the car at the moment, although I no longer cry when I hear it, but it does make me stop and think, and realise how lucky we are.

So if you fancy taking part, pop along to Kate Takes 5 and add your entries.

12 comments:

carolefindsherwings said...

What a brilliant list!!!

Kate said...

Wow wow wow wow wow. Fab list - now I need to go back and read it properly!

Kate said...

Lovely story on Athlete - glad you don't need to cry anymore. x

casacostello.com said...

Oh god, I've picked one of your mum's favourites!

Gemma @ My Big Nutshell said...

Oh Nirvana, that is a great album!!

Yes, your recollections for Athlete are just so touching. What a difficult time you've come through. thinking of you.

Anne said...

I'd have to agree The Beatles White album is my favourite.

Anne
(Domesblissity)

londonmum said...

wow - great list. Have a couple of similar favourites but you totally just reminded me of a band I had forgotten about. I LOVED Birdhouse in your Soul - what a fantastic song... thanks for the reminder!

Looking for Blue Sky said...

OOh Yaay for Nirvana (my no. 1) and of course I've had a premature baby too, something I will never ever forget x

The Rambling Pages said...

wow - great list. Have a couple of similar favourites but you totally just reminded me of a band I had forgotten about. I LOVED Birdhouse in your Soul - what a fantastic song... thanks for the reminder!

The Rambling Pages said...

Oh Nirvana, that is a great album!!

Yes, your recollections for Athlete are just so touching. What a difficult time you've come through. thinking of you.

The Rambling Pages said...

Oh god, I've picked one of your mum's favourites!

The Rambling Pages said...

Wow wow wow wow wow. Fab list - now I need to go back and read it properly!