After a two week break it’s back! With a Spice Girls parody! Yay!
Ain’t no doubt by Jimmy Nail
If you know anything about this blog you’ll know one of the reasons it exists is to analyse music and pop culture from my childhood. So for today’s challenge I didn’t want to be too obvious. I’ve gone left field – Jimmy Nail.
Now, I have vague memories of the Nail being a huge star. Probably more as an actor but he definitely had his fair share of chart success.
This song makes me nostalgic for rough looking popstars and earnest geordie-breathy rapping. And phone boxes.
Human Nature by Madonna
I wasn’t sure how to interpret today’s challenge. I briefly thought about guilty pleasures but then thought that’s been done to death. Then I got thinking about times music has made me feel guilty. Then I thought of course, Madonna.
I first got into Madonna in the late 90s Ray of Light era. It was about then I started buying her back catalogue. I quickly discovered there were some songs that I had to listen to very quietly on my massive Sony headphones. I would have been mortified if anyone caught me listening to it. It was filth. By today’s standards it’s all fairly tame but wowza was I scared and confused at the time.
Here’s one of the many shame filled listens…
Don’t let the sun go down on me – George Michael & Elton John
I’d really like to learn piano. This feels like a bigger undertaking than learning guitar. I’m not sure if I’ll ever manage it. But if I do. Anything by Elton John.
You belong with me by Taylor Swift
Simple chord progression, and fairly easy strum pattern, makes this my go to warm up now. Only a few months ago I was finding it really tricky to get right. Practice. The only way. Unfortunately! I’m lazy like that.
I had one of those moments this week. I was in Boots at Gatwick Airport keeping them in business buying travel toothbrushes and Garnier micellar water. Isn’t it a wonder by Boyzone started playing. I had forgotten this song even existed. In seconds, I was 12 again, singing along next to the sanitary products much to my husband’s bemusement/ embarrassment/ contemplation of divorce. Don’t you love it when that happens?
Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song) by The Lonely Island
If you are a regular to this blog you know I’m a massive fan of musical comedy. I was endanger of never making my mind up for today’s challenge so I’ve chosen this recent Lonely Island number. Very crass. But very funny.
Never Forget by Take That
All the reasons why are in the lyrics. You have success, you have good times. Ultimately it will all be someone else’s dream. Philosophy right there.
All My Days by Alexi Murdoch
Wedding has been and gone. I walked down the aisle to this gem.
Dancing on my own by Robyn
Robyn is the master of the pop tunes that make you want to dance while your heart is breaking.
All I want is you by Barry Louis Polisar
I defy anyone to listen to this and not feel joyful.
Cover image: Gratisography