Thursday, 23 April 2020

30-Day Song Challenge

I've seen a few friends on Instagram partaking in the 30-day song challenge on their respective Instagram stories. I considered taking part but when going to start it, I realised I wasn't entirely sure how to do it. In the spirit of honesty, I originally typed a quip about how it being a "genuine" shock that a 33 year old was struggling with social media, but actually the people I've seen doing it are my age or older so...aye. I was tempted to do 30 blogs for this, and release one each day - but that sounded like a lot of work. Instead, I have decided to ape the Eastenders omnibus edition and do it all in one post. This is that post. If you are still reading at this point, I commend you.

Day 1 - A song you like with a colour in the title

Billy Talent - Red Flag. It has been far too long since I've seen Billy Talent live. I would love it if things are back to normal and Slam Dunk could go ahead. Somehow though, I don't see it happening. Alas. 

Day 2 - A song you like with a number in the title

Metallica - One. Need I write more? Incredible song

Day 3 - A song that reminds you of summertime

Weezer - Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori - This song is great all year round, but somehow better in the summer. 

Day 4 - A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget

The Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song

Day 5 - A song that needs to be played loud

Slipknot - Custer. I always forget how sassy the skeleton on this album's artwork is. Anyway, this song can't be listened to quietly. Well, I guess it can but why would you?

Day 6 - A song that makes you want to dance

Earth, Wind & Fire - September. The second it comes on!

Day 7 - A song to drive to

Terrorvision - D'Ya Wanna Go Faster? I don't drive so this one is a bit moot, but the song is ace.

Day 8 - A song about drugs or alcohol

Pulp - Sorted Out For E's and Whizz. Saw Pulp play this at Reading festival which seemed fitting for some of the folk near me!

Day 9 - A song that makes you happy

DJ Ötzi - Hey Baby. This played before every home game at the one season I had a season ticket at Fratton Park. Used to sing along with my Dad every time we heard it (at least, that is my memory of it, it might not have been every time)

Day 10 - A song that makes you sad

Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water. It was played at 2 or 3 funerals I was at, and I just associate that song with those days.

Day 11 - A song you never get tired of

The Interrupters - By My Side. Discovered this band properly last year. This is my favourite song of theirs. I think it is just ace.

Day 12 - A song from your preteen years

Rednex - Cotton Eye Joe. I remember this being on a compilation tape (tape!) that I bought from Woolworths in Southsea back in...I want to say 1995? I would have been 8 or 9 I think. This song from that collection is the only one I remember.

Day 13 - A song you like from the 70s

Bacarra - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie. Cadbury is to blame for this. I saw the advert, I fell in love with the song. And yes sir, I can boogie (just please let me drink all of the alcohol first)

Day 14 - A song you'd love to be played at your wedding

Aerosmith - I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing. Struggled with this one, but I would say this is one of my favourite love songs, possibly my favourite? Tough call

Day 15 - A song you like that's a cover by another artist

Metallica - Tuesday's Gone. One of my favourite songs from their covers album. There could have been a number chosen from this though.

Day 16 - A song that's a classic favourite

Alice Cooper - School's Out. Great song, this. That is all.

Day 17 - A song that you'd sing a duet with someone on karaoke

Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart. The song is a banger, and if I was the male part, it is very limited. How could I screw up singing "turn around"?! Well, probably quite easily, but still.

Day 18 - A song from the year you were born

Metallica - Disposable Heroes. Metallica released arguably the best metal album ever in the year I was born. Is this the best song on it? No. But it is one of them.

Day 19 - A song that makes you think about life

Less Than Jake - The Rest Of My Life. A song where the protagonist tries to apologise for past mistakes, knowing they can never truly take back what has been done, and will have to live with that forever...aye.

Day 20 - A song that has many meanings to you

Frank Turner - Eulogy.

Day 21 - A song you like with a person's name in the title

Apocalyptica (Featuring Corey Taylor) - I'm Not Jesus. Without question my favourite original Apocalyptica song. Is it because Corey Taylor is on it? Probably

Day 22 - A song that moves you forward

Black Spiders - Stay Down. I interpreted this entry as one that pushes me on, so I chose one that does this when I'm out running. If I am tired, and this comes on shuffle, I keep going.

Day 23 - A song you think everybody should listen to

Eureka Machines - Brainwaves. Because Eureka Machines are bloody brilliant, and your life would be immeasurably better if you listened to them and realised this. I mean, probably. They are ace, especially live.

Day 24 - A song by a band you wish were still together

REM - It;s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - Fitting at the moment this one! I have chosen REM because I didn't get to see them live before they split up, and I would have really liked to!

Day 25 - A song you like by an artist no longer living

Motorhead - Ace of Spades (acoustic). Not everyone who was in Motorhead has died (thankfully!), and there may have been a better known version of this song to choose. I really like this version though. RIP Lemmy

Day 26 - A song that makes you want to fall in love

Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me. Unless I've wildly misinterpreted this song, it seems like a really nice love song.

Day 27 - A song that breaks your heart

Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven. Because how could it not?

Day 28 - A song by an artist whose voice you love

Ginger Wildheart - The Pendine Incident. I really like Ginger's vocals on Wildhearts songs, as well as his solo stuff. This is one of my favourite songs from Ginger's solo catalogue.

Day 29 - A song you remember from your childhood

Bombalurina - Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. I remember loving Timmy Mallet when I was a kid (even had the soft pink and yellow mallet). Only doing this just now have I learned that Timmy Mallet didn't release this song under his own name though. Every day is a school day!

Day 30 - A song that reminds you of yourself

Milk Teeth - Owning Your Okayness. Not everything in this song applies to me, but there are certainly bits of it that definitely resonate with me.

Some of those were really quite hard, but got there in the end. Even so, choosing them was quite good fun!

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