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1000 Minutes Part 39

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150. Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River [4:48] (time remaining 431:09) (listen on Spotify)

A thumping Timbaland production, JT hitting a falsetto range Mariah Carey would be jealous of, a video that involved him stalking a fake Britney Spears round her house and lyrics that focus not on heartbreak but getting your own back. What more could you want from a track? Potentially one of my favourite pop songs of all time, its now a massive ten years old and still sounds as fresh as the first time I heard it.

151. Diana King – Shy Guy [4:19] (time remaining 426:50) (listen on Spotify)

Considering I was 11 years old when this track was released, I have absolutely no idea when I first heard it, yet still it feels like it should be full of memories and nostalgia. Regardless of when or how though, this track never fails to make it feel like summers coming, even if it is closer to Christmas. I also like it because it seems like most people find it impossible not to attempt the ‘Mercy, mercy, mercy’ accent when singing along and thats always kind of funny.

152. Mariah Carey – Always Be My Baby [4:18] (Time remaining 422:32) (listen on Spotify)

I go through stages of being in love with Mariah Carey. Sometimes I forget about it, but she always manages to remind me again. With this song, its a guaranteed win. Sure, its sickly sweet in places, especially coupled with the image of her swinging on a rope swing over a lake in the video, but it never fails to put me in a good mood. So much so infact that I recently tried it out as my alarm clock in the mornings and I can confirm that I woke up in a happier mood than when 95% of other songs chosen were used. That says something right?

153. Lionel Richie – My Destiny [3:41] (time remaining 418:51) (listen on Spotify)

While we’re on the subject of songs that put me in a good mood in the morning, here’s another. I’m not going to lie, this probably won’t be the only Lionel song that makes its way into my 1000 minutes. My Dad was probably his biggest superfan afterall, so many of his lyrics were likely to be responsible for my first words as a child. And when you have that kind of forced connection with an artist, its kind of hard to shake. Seriously though, this track is one of the greatest feel good songs out there and if you disagree, you’re a liar, or your heart isn’t beating.

tbc…x

 

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1000 Minutes Part 38

I can’t actually believe how long it has been since I wrote an entry into the 1000 Minutes Project. Unfortunately I think I was lacking inspiration for awhile, but after an accidental nostalgic music listening session last week I’ve been kicking myself for letting it slide. Anyway, as those who read this will know, I like to try where possible to pick a handful of songs each entry that kind of fit side by side, not this time. This time I’ve gone with my gut and just plucked songs out of the memory that have significant meaning. To be honest, with only half the time left, I think thats the approach I’ll roll with til I hit zero from now on. So yes, entry 38, a little random, but fitting all the same.

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145. Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of your life) [2:35] [time remaining 453:35] (listen on YouTube)

Released in 1997 on Green Day’s fifth studio album, Nimrod, its hard to believe that this song is fifteen years old this year. It was around 1997, aged 14-15 when I first started branching out into punk and Green Day along with Blink 182 were the first bands I obsessed over. Like most teenage alternative kids this song became abit of an anthem for me and I can recall many cider drunk sing-alongs and countless discussions about it being the perfect funeral song, pretty morbid thoughts teenagers but I can guarantee I wasn’t alone. For me this was a beautiful song back then and still is now, it provides with an enormous feeling of nostalgia which considering the lyrics, will always seem massively appropriate.

146. Oasis – Live Forever [4:37] [time remaining 448:58] (listen on YouTube)

When Britpop was at its peak I always stood firmly in the Blur camp of the Blur Vs. Oasis debate. For me that decision was easy as I consistently loved every record that Blur released and my enjoyment for Oasis came to a pretty sudden stop after their first two albums. This however does not mean that I cannot appreciate Oasis in their early days, both ‘Definitely Maybe’ and ‘What’s the story (Morning Glory)’ were albums I appreciate massively and its because of that the idea of leaving them out of this project would be absurd. ‘Live Forever’ has always been my standout track from Oasis and in my opinion its the finest example of Noel Gallaghers incredible writing ability, no matter what my opinions are on their most recent releases, there is absolutely no denying that the man is a genius and who could argue when presented with this track. Put simply, its epic.

147. C.S.S – Lets Make Love and Listen Death From Above [3:30] [time remaining 445:28] (listen on YouTube)

This track reminds me of a very specific time of my life. I lived in Southampton, I’d just started promoting gigs with my then girlfriend and we decided on a whim one day that we were to become DJs. We went out and bought our own CDJs and would practice every available hour (often at the expense of university) in our bedroom. When we started to get our first gigs at clubs and bars, this song would always appear in our set without fail. At the time of its release, 2005 to be precise, it was so unlike anything else out there and it became one of anthems of the very short lived neu rave era.

148. Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark [3:09] [time remaining 441:19] (listen on YouTube)

Death Cab’s fifth studio album ‘Plans’ dropped in 2005 and I have to admit as a pretty massive fan at the time it didn’t instantly click with me, until I got down to this track, number five on the album and I instantly fell in love. Written about frontman Ben Gibbard’s thoughts about the afterlife and the feeling of losing someone close to him, the lyrics are simply beautiful and the simplistic mono recording of the song adds to that even further.

149. Bon Iver – The Wolves (Act I & II) [5:22] [time remaining 435:57] (listen on YouTube)

I find that in order for a song to hit me emotionally there are generally two ways in which it happens. The first and most obvious involves being able to relate to the story the lyrics tell, the second which is without doubt much rarer requires a more epic build up and incredible sound which just leaves me feeling overwhelmed. This is the best way I can describe how ‘The Wolves’ by Bon Iver makes me feel. The simplicity of the slow and layered vocals building into a massive instrumental sound clash just blew me away the first time I heard it and continues to give me tingles every single time.

tbc…

X

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1000 Minutes Part 37

I always tell the girls, never take it seriously. If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. If you never get hurt, you always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, you just go to the record store and visit your friends“.

Penny Lane, Almost Famous

Certain songs, albums, bands even will always keep their association to the person they remind you of. No matter what happens, even if you want to lose that memory, you never will. My choices within this entry of my 1000 minutes all made it for that reason, some for that reason alone. I won’t go into the memories and the reasons because to most they will be pointless and probably quite boring, but I’m pretty sure that if the people they relate to read this post, they’ll know who they are and hopefully they will agree.

139. Frightened Rabbit – Fun Stuff [3:30] [time remaining 480:34] (YSI Download)

140. Martin Solveig Feat. Dragonette – Hello (Single Edit) [4:41] [time remaining 475:53] (YSI Download)

141. Delays – Valentine [4:52] [time remaining 471:01] (YSI Download)

142. Say Anything – Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too [3:01] [time remaining 468:00] (YSI Download)

143. Sugababes – About You Now [3:33] [time remaining 464:27] (YSI Download)

144. Tim Berg – Seek Bromance (Axwell Bootleg) [8:17] [time remaining 456:10] (YSI Download)

See the full list so far HERE.

tbc….

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1000 Minutes Part 36

And we’re on the home straight….you should know the score by now, but if you don’t….follow this LINK.

134. Basement Jaxx – Romeo [3:26] [time remaining 497:13] (YSI Download)

Everything about this tune screams good times, dancefloors and any other fun connotations you can think of. But then with Basement Jaxx, the most instantly recognisable dance producers of our time, this is no surprise.
I remember coming across the acoustic version on ‘The Singles’ bonus CD for the first time and being blown away also. How a song can be so massive and dancefloor worthy and then be stripped down to its acoustic form and still sound incredible is beyond me, but this one does it for sure.

135. Lily Allen – I Could Say [4:03] [time remaining 493:10] (YSI Download)

I’m not sure where my unconditional love for Lily Allen stems from. It’d be safe to say that her being pretty much my ideal woman is a large factor, but putting my infatuation aside, she is still one of my favourite pop artists and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bothered about her decision to retire from the industry. The simple realism in her lyrics is something I’ve always admired, for the listener it becomes easy to relate to her music which is not always possible. Since the release of her second album, ‘I Could Say’ has been a choice Lily track for me, on a personal level I guess its because I can truly apply some of the lyrics to past relationships. So many songs about love and break ups end up being overly sentimental, its rare that you’ll ever hear the realistic point of view thats presented in this track, which is that actually, you’ll get over it and everything will always be ok.

136. Fleetwood Mac – Songbird [3:21] [time remaining 489:49] (YSI Download)

Sometimes you can love something / someone so much that its simply impossible to put it into words. Even if you attempt to and you feel that you’ve got your description spot on, its unlikely that the person you’re explaining it to will fully understand or relate. Thats how I feel about the task of describing my thoughts on ‘Songbird’. All I can say is that for me, its probably the most beautiful song ever written. The lyrics aren’t particularly complex, but with the words chosen Christine McVie manages to successfully tug on every single heartstring with such realism and passion that it gives me shivers.

137. The Temptations – My Girl [2:43] [time remaining 487:06] (YSI Download)

Theres a scene in Almost Famous where the character of Russell Hammond explains to William Miller that the tiny moments in a song that not everyone will notice will often make the song for him. I get this with every single element in ‘My Girl’, the twang of the guitar, the bassline intro, the horn melodies in the chorus, the soulful vocals and the lyrics that describe that when you’re truly in love everything else is just ok, or more so. Also, ‘My Girl’ was my favourite film as a child, so the memories it triggers of Thomas J before he gets stung by the bee’s are also quite a strong nostalgia factor. Those damn bee’s.

138. UB40 – The Way You Do The Things You Do [3:02] [time remaning 484:04] (YSI Download)

My love for DJing is down to my uncle for certain. He started in his early twenties as a classic wedding and birthday parties DJ with hired disco balls and flashing lights but still, back then I thought he was the coolest guy I knew and he became my hero for many years. Alot of his taste influenced me, especially through my teenage years when I developed a passion for ska and reggae, but the band I’m most grateful now are UB40. And this song, is one of the best.

tbc….

x

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1000 Minutes Part 34

The further I get into this project, the more infrequent the posts appear to get without intention. I fear infact that its been dragging on so long now that the majority of people reading this definitely won’t have been with me from the start. If this is the case, have a little peak at this LINK to get an idea of why I’m babbling on in such a nostalgic manner.

I promise, PROMISE, that I’ll make more headway on this project this week…

119. The Cure – Pictures of you [4:48] [time remaining 550:15] (YSI)

Although The Cure have always been and always will be one of the bands I respect the most, some of their songs tend to go out of favour with me at different times in my life. ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ for example, is one the best indie anthems around, but in equal measures to me loving the song, there are times when I would rather block off my ears for a day than hear it. Why? I’m not sure, over exposure you could say, but with ‘Pictures of you’ this has never had this effect on me and I struggle to imagine it if ever well. This is a melancholic love song at its best, lyrically perfect (“I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you, that I almost believe that they’re real“), suitably epic, vocally moving and perfectly nostalgic from start to finish.

120. Fleetwood Mac – Silver Springs [4:49] [time remaining 545:26] (YSI)

“You could be my Silver Springs, blue, green, colours flashing” has got to be one of my favourite opening lines to a song ever. Saying that I’m a fan of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac would be an understatement, infact picking my favourite tracks of theirs for this project is definitely the most difficult in terms of trying not to include an entire back catalogue of a band I love. Silver Springs was always going to be included, without doubt, as in my opinion, this is Nicks at her songwriting best. If you are yet to watch the making of ‘Rumours’ documentary and you consider yourself a fan of this band, please, watch it. Before watching it myself I loved the album, adored it, but the depth and feeling added afterwards was just intense. The genuine desperation and sadness in Nicks’ vocal towards the end of the track (“Time casts a spell on you, but you won’t forget me; I know I could’ve loved you but you would not let me“) gives me shivers everytime.

121. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al [4:37] [time remaining 540:49] (YSI)

This has got to be one of the most instantly recognisable songs of our century and aswell as that one of the most loved too. As soon as that “dur da da dur” kicks in I can’t help but sing along, tap my feet and drum on the nearest surface. Before you say it, I’m well aware that that sentence probably makes me sound like a middle aged man, but for me, thats the beauty of this track, people across all generations can’t help but do the same. When a song comes along thats as uplifting and infectious as this, it becomes timeless, instantly.

122. Crowded House – Don’t dream its over [3:55] [time remaining 536:54] (YSI)

The opening rift of this song gives me the strangest feeling in the world. Its kind of that mixed up emotion you feel when a fond, yet sad memory enters your head. I’m sure I’ve talked about my Dad and his love of one single compilation cassette in this project already, but to set the scene for you just incase, whenever I used to go and stay with my Dad in summer holidays as a kid he’d have to drive me back from Nottingham (where I lived at the time) to Kingston. Now as any driver knows, this isn’t a particularly quick journey, so when you listen to one single cassette tape throughout that journey, its tracklisting becomes somewhat engraved on your memory quite fast. This was always one of my favourites and you could say it became abit of an anthem of my childhood. Returning home at the end of the holidays was never a happy time for me, hence the sad association, but singing along to this with my Dad at least three times on that journey is a memory that will always make me smile.

TBC….

x

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1000 Minutes Part 33

Here we are again with installment 33. I’m not feeling particularly witty or insightful today, possibly the Christmas comedown, so I’m just going to get straight on in rather than bore you with a meaningless introduction. If however, you wish I had as you have no idea what this project is about, follow this here LINK and all your prayers will be answered…

115. Jimmy Eat World – Hear You Me [4:45] [time remaining 564:26] (Mediafire) (YSI)

This is the second entry for J.E.W in my 1000 minutes collection and I’m well aware that as far as their extensive back catalogue goes, this is a pretty cliched choice. I must admit, I stopped and thought a few times before concluding that it had to make the cut as I have done with a few other obvious choices to far. The deciding factor? Simple really, it was love on first listen with this track back in 2001 and now almost a decade on it still gives me tingles. J.E.W are quite possibly the masters of creating the tingle as far as I’m concerned, I’m not sure what their secret ingredient is, but its a damn good one. A little bit of personal history for you – as a teenager I was dead set on this being played at my funeral, I’m alot less morbid nowadays so couldn’t tell you if this is still the case, but I know I wouldn’t be disappointed if my earlier wish was honored.

116. Passenger – Walk You Home [3:42] [time remaining 560:44] (Mediafire) (YSI)

Possibly one of my favourite indie tracks of the last decade, this never fails to pick up my mood. Lyrically it sums up perfectly the fine line between being considered weird or cute when socially awkward which is something many of us know only too well. Lyrical perfection if you ask me:

I’m the boy who answers the phone / I’m the boy who eats lunch on his own / I’m the boy with the monotone / I’m the boy who still lives at home / I’m the boy with the iron shirt / I’m the boy who watches you work / I know where you keep your skirts / I know where your secrets lurk / I’m the boy that’s calling your house / I’m the boy that’s freaking you out / With my thermal flask of tea / Up there in your neighbour’s tree / I’m the boy that’s crossing borders / I’m the boy with social disorders / I’m the boy with restraining orders / I’m the boy yeah

117. The Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You [2:59] [time remaining 557.45] (Mediafire) (YSI)

If you think you can find me a song with cuter lyrics, go right ahead, but I’m pretty sure I can’t be proven wrong when I say that this is the perfect accompaniment to any teenage love story (“Up up down down left right left right B A start /
Just because we use cheats doesn’t mean we’re not smart”
). Featuring in Juno way after its release in 2007 rekindled my love for the song after the quite perfect Ellen Page dueted with my geek hero Michael Cera but the original will always be the version that tugs on my heartstrings. The Moldy Peaches are perhaps one of the most terribly underrated bands of our generation and vocalist Kimya Dawson is a true highlight of my CD collection, if you don’t know it, you should be ashamed.

118. The La’s – There She Goes [2:42] [time remaining 555:03] (Mediafire) (YSI)

Strangely, I don’t actually have alot to say about this track apart from the fact that it never fails to make me smile, no particular memories are attached although it does link to several great moments in time, but its pure simplicity just hits the spot. Confident as though it may seems, I’d be bold enough to say that it is definitely one of my favourite songs of all time, which may seem obvious after including it in this list, but I’m pretty sure it’d still make the cut if the project was entitled ’20 minutes’. Pure indie pop perfection.

tbc…

x

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1000 Minutes Part Thirty Two

About another two posts of so and we’ll be at the halfway mark. I’m blatantly going to have to do this project all over again in another ten years…thats a scary thought. Although its good to have life goals right?

Not sure what I’m banging on about? Refresh your head HERE.

111. The Organ – Brother [4:01] [time remaining 579:39] (Mediafire) (Alt Link YSI)

I delayed putting in any songs by The Organ (The first, ‘No One Has Ever Looked So Dead’ featured in part twenty eight) because it was so hard for me to decide which one/s to choose. I love everything this band have ever produced which I don’t think is true of any other artist I’ve ever come across (except maybe Frightened Rabbit) and I don’t really see it as appropriate to feature their entire back catalogue. The longer I leave it however and the more the minutes decrease, the more I worry that I’ll forget and leave something crucial out. So to hell with it, I’m just going to act on instinct when and how I please. This leads me to the masterpiece that is ‘Brother’. The production on this song is perfection, every instrument and part stands out yet they combine with each other beautifully. The bassline that kicks off the song has never failed to draw me in and as usual Katie Sketch’s vocals are miles ahead of any other frontman or woman of her generation.

112. Hot Chip – We’re Looking For A Lot Of Love [4:42] [time remaining 575:57] (Mediafire) (Alt Link YSI)

This is one of the highest played tracks in my iTunes library and highlights how often my musical habits change, as according to iTunes, before today I hadn’t listened to it since July last year. I remember clearly the period of time in which it became one of the highest played tracks quite clearly. I was having abit of a down time in terms of relationships and used this song to wallow with quite alot. I used to go home to visit my family pretty frequently to get some head space from Brighton and this would often be the soundtrack to my train journeys. The song itself could be accused of being a little monotonous, but I have abit of a soft spot for music that builds at such a slow pace. Finally, I find the lyrics in the chorus quite perfect:

Everytime that we walk the streets / I try my best to keep up with the beat / You’re everything that I never could keep / I hear the sound and it starts to repeat

113. Kathleen Hanna – I Wish I Was Him [3:01] [time remaning 572:54] (Mediafire) (Alt Link YSI)

‘I Wish I Was Him’ was originally written by Ben Lee for his band Noise Addict about The Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando but I have always preferred Kathleen Hanna’s version. Why? Because its Kathleen Hanna of course. An ex of mine once put this on a mix cd for me (you may have noticed this sentence before and yes, it was the same girl – she has impreccable taste) and I fell in love with it on first lesson. I love that it sounds stripped down, like it was recorded in someones bedroom on a whim with a Fisher Price tape player, I love Hanna’s vocal as always and I love how ridiculously cute the lyrics are. If you haven’t heard it (I guess it could be considered rare) then do it, immediately.

114. Frankmusik – Done Done [3:43] [time remaining 569:11] (Mediafire) (Alt Link YSI)

Unfortunately Frankmusik became an artist that I got pretty bored of quite quickly. I’ve met Vince many times through a mutual friend and thanks to this I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of his Frankism EP in his early days . At the time, I thought it was fantastic and it didn’t leave my ‘Top Played’ list in iTunes for a long while. Unfortunately for me, by the time his album ‘Complete Me’ was released I found that my love for his music became quite stale. This isn’t a critism of the artist or the album directly as he gained alot of success (which was definitely deserved) and I’m sure he will continue to do so, but something changed for me personally and I still can’t place what that was to this day.

Now I know what you’re thinking, that was all pretty negative and I’m still about to include one of his tracks in my 1000 Minutes right? Well yes, you’re right, that does seem a little weird, but there is one song I will never tire of and it would be pretty criminal for it not to be included. ‘Done Done’ is probably the closest Frankmusik has ever gotten to a ballad (unless you count his acoustic album, which I do not) and is a real beaut on that level, but at the same time the beats and arrangement of this song as a whole are massive and sound absolutely incredible through club speakers. For this reason I ended quite alot of sets with it around the time of release, it will always remind me of that time and I will always consider it an absolute gem of a track.

tbc….

x

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1000 Minutes Part Thirty One

Sometimes I find my mood dictates the posts within this project and today I’ve really tried to go with my gut feeling rather than try and link songs that fit well together. It really is more difficult than it looks to create a series of posts like this one when this has lasted over a year already.

If you’ve forgotten what the 1000 minutes project is all about, click HERE for the full list so far and an insight into why I’m doing it and how it came about.

106. Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun [3:32] [time remaining 596:00] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

This is the second time Fleetwood Mac are appearing in this list and I’m pretty sure they may crop up at least once or twice more. As I explained when I put ‘Everywhere’ in at number 46, Fleetwood Mac have always been present in my life and unlike other artists they’ve never really faded. ‘Rumors’ is without doubt one of my favourite albums and the combination of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie as songwriters and vocalists is just dreamworthy in my eyes. This song was written by McVie, allegedly by about an affair with the bands lighting director. Her vocal is spot on and the seductive bassline that starts the track compliments the subject of the song perfectly.

107. John Mayer – Your Body Is A Wonderland [4:08] [time remaining 592:52] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

I’m actually a TINY bit embarrassed about this one…Generally I hate songs containing overly soppy lyrics, but something about this one gives me those horrible girly feelings I try to rebel against. From John Mayers 2001 album, ‘Room For Squares’ I remember staying with family in the states around its release time, the video was on constant rotation on every music channel and every radio station would play it constantly throughout each day. Its because of this that I attach the song to memories of driving down highways and the amazing landscape that surrounds my Dads house in Virginia. It may not be the ‘coolest’ song choice, but its definitely one of the choices that makes me happiest.

108. Snow Patrol – How To Be Dead [3:24] [time remaining 589:28] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

If you ask me, Snow Patrol are lyrically, one of the best bands the UK has ever produced. They make heartfelt songs sound credible, the emotion always sounds genuine and their story telling ability is outstanding. The best example of this ‘How To Be Dead’. Back in the days where I dismissed most mainstream indie bands as sounding the same, this song is what convinced me to give Snow Patrol a chance. It pulled me in then and it still does now, six years later.

109. Metric – Monster Hospital [3:31] [time remaining 586:57] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

Not my favourite Metric song (although I have a few) by a long shot, but it definitely holds the most memories. I’ve been a big Metric and Emily Haines fan for a number of years and when she turned up at a club in Southampton I was DJing at after a gig, it was pretty incredible. Even more so when she came behind the DJ booth with us and sang along to this track over the microphone as we played it (we made her, we were all very drunk). Very few people at the club knew who they were at the time, but the looks on the faces of those who did when they looked across at us drunkenly wailing down the mic were priceless.

110. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Crimson and Clover [3:17] [time remaining 583:40] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

One of the sexiest songs ever written in my opinion. The lyrics obviously start the foundations for this opinion (which of course don’t belong to Joan Jett at all) but even more so, her infamous husky and whispered vocals top it off. I’ve always had alot of respect for Jett and The Runaways due to their role in cementing womens place in music and although this tracks a cover it still increases that respect. Expect to see more from The Runaways as this list continues.

tbc….

x

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1000 Minutes Part Thirty

I feel like I’ve got back into the swing of this project now, maybe a little break is just what I needed. For those of you who want to know what its about / how it started click this LINK, You’ll also find the total list so far which is updated with every post.

In other news, if you’re a big fan of the idea, a very good friend of mine, my Wingman infact, has just started her own 1000 Minutes also…keep track HERE.

101. Billie Myers – Kiss The Rain [4:30] [time remaining 617:33] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

I’m not sure what it is I love about this song. I remember hearing it for the first time when I was about 14 years old and being confused about whether Billie Myers was male or female. Listening to it now, I can’t quite grasp why I was so unsure, I guess I wasn’t so up on my genders back then. The chorus takes me back to my mums car when she used to drive me to school every morning and singing along to Virgin radio with her the whole way there. I used to argue with my Mum alot back then (regrettably) and those car journeys were the only time we got along 100% of the time. I used to take the piss out of her music taste as most teenagers do, but looking back, it wasn’t really that bad.

102. Goo Goo Dolls – Slide [3:33] [time remaining 614:00] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

One of my favourite things in the world is being reminded of an album you used to adore but for whatever reason have forgotten. Hitting play for the first time in years and your head immediately filling up with memories and song lyrics you didn’t think you’d remember. This happened for me recently with ‘Dizzy Up The Girl’ by the Goo Goo Dolls and in particular, this song. I got this album in the year it was released and it was around the time I was convinced I was “alternative” because I listened to Natalie Imbruglia and Alanis Morisette (I know – I was a joke). It stayed in my list of favourite records for many years and got the most play in my throughout sixth form. The opening guitar riff instantly takes me back to that time and simultaneously makes me feel old.

103. ELO – Mr Blue Sky [5:02] [time remaining 608:58] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

Everyone has one song that makes them happy no matter what right? Well this is mine. There was a time when I didnt leave the house without at least three mix CDs for my car containing this track. If you have problems getting up in the morning, then I recommend using this as your alarm, highly.

104. Bruce Springsteen – The River [5:01] [time remaining 603:57] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

My Mum is pretty much a lifelong fan of ‘The Boss’. I could never understand her obsession when I was younger, especially when she passed out at his concert like a teenage girl. As I started to get older, it started to make sense. I’d easily rate Springsteen as one of the best songwriters of this century, his lyrics are always genuine, from the heart and will generally tell a tale. My favourite tale being this one. Beautiful, yet melancholic and deeply sad, even without the personal memories attached, this song will always tug a heartstring with me.

105. Starship – Nothing Is Gonna Stop Us [4:25] [time remaining 599:32] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

Now, as the majority of this entries choices have been abit parent orientated I may aswell add this one in now. Part of me doesn’t want to, because lets face it, its pretty much social suicide. But then the winning part of me is determined to stay true to the point and meaning of this project and well, I’d be lying to myself and anybody reading this project if I pretended that I could live without ever hearing this song again. So there you have it, I’m a self confessed loser with a secret  – terrible music taste.

In all seriousness this song has two different memories for me, one is obvious, my Mum and Dad loved the movie Mannequin (coincedently so do I now) and they loved their 80’s power ballads, this is something they influenced me with and I’ve never been able to shake. The second memory is more recent. My friend Darren and I used to DJ an 80’s night once a month in Brighton, at first I thought it’d be a nightmare because I’d get bored of the limited music choice, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Tag teaming with one of your good friends and not just being allowed, but being encouraged to play all of your guilty pleasure tracks from the years you were growing up is absolutely ideal. Every night, no matter what, we’d close with this song and dependent on how many sambuca’s we’d done, we’d normally end up doing a duet over the mic.

tbc…

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1000 Minutes Part Twenty Nine

I’ve got a slightly larger 1000 Minutes entry for you today as I noticed that I was approaching my 100th track and well, I had to hit the milestone rather than wait for the next entry…

If you want to check out the full list so far (I can’t believe we’re still nowhere near the halfway point!) then follow this LINK.

96. Bloc Party – Song For Clay (Disappear Here) [4:50] [time remaining 638:36] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

Living up to their debut album with their second relief was always going to be a large challenge for Bloc Party, I like most others was dubious on whether they’d be able to do it, but as soon as ‘A Weekend In The City‘ kicked off with this track, I was sold. Theres something incredibly fierce and bitter about this track, whether its the tongue in cheek portrayal of East London life, the authentic casual slur of Kele’s vocal or the pure indie rock energy the songs melody  and beat produce together, its a real kick in the face kind of song. The icing on the cake for me is the group backing vocal reminiscent of the style found in Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. What I would call a perfect album opener.

97. Jimmy Eat World – For Me This Is Heaven [4:04] [time remaining 634:32] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

From what is without doubt my favourite Jimmy Eat World album, 1999’s ‘Clarity‘, this song got worn out good and proper between the ages of 16-19ish. Often part of my car journey to college soundtrack and featured on every mixtape I made for someone at the time – which is saying something as I made a lot of mixtapes! The lyrics “Can you still feel the butterflies?” are spot on, as I definitely can, everytime I hear it.

98. Tegan and Sara – The Con [3:29] [time remaining 631:03] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

‘The Con’ is the album that made me fall back in love with Tegan and Sara when I was pretty we were over. The albums production is outstanding and really helps to give them an edgier and more grown up sound. The title song in particular stood out for me on first listen, lyrically its pained and moving as you’d expect from them, the harmonies are more stunning than ever, the melodies catchy and the triple drum beat on the break never fails to get an airdrum from me.

99. Bat For Lashes – The Wizard [4:14] [time remaining 626:49] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

I doubt very much that this will be the only Bat For Lashes song that features in this list, but ‘The Wizard’ is definitely the one that jumps out at me when considering my options. Beautifully haunting and atmospheric it reminds me of the first time I saw them play. I went to with my good friend Freya to Koko in London and was expecting a good show, but not one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Not only were Natasha Khan and her band absolutely flawless, the venue was decorated to suit the scene with trees, moonlight and various other props and each member of the crowd was given a songbook with all of the lyrics to the ‘Fur and Gold’ album so they could sing along. Its that kind of attention to detail that features across both of the bands albums that makes them quite so incredible.

100. The Streets – Blinded By The Lights [4:46] [time remaining 622:03] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

Its surprising that considering the genre of this record, it still hasn’t aged for me. Infact, over time and as I’ve gotten older, it feels about ten times more relevant than it did. ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ was loved by the critics back in 2004 and a lot of people labelled Mike Skinner as ahead of his time. A pioneer if you will. At the time, I wasn’t completely sure. Now, I’m convinced. This song in particular is an incredibly accurate and realistic portrayal of club culture, anyone thats ever been in the same situation as the lyrics describe will agree I’m sure.

tbc…

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