Music has always played an important and pivotal role in my life. At times it was my comforter,companion,friend,guide and inspiration.
This is just a short journey through my musical life. Eclectic and interesting.
Starting off with the King.
No one who loves music can say that they don’t like Elvis so it was no different for me.Without divulging too much of my personal life, suffice to say my childhood could have been better. It was in Elvis’s music I often found solace. Although I did enjoy his edgier early stuff ,it was his ballads that spoke to me and especially this one:
It was also Elvis that got me interested in Rock N Roll. Which leads me nicely to the first woman in my life. Joan Jett.
Well she wasn’t really the first woman in my life I had a mother and sisters, but Joan was the first woman that got my musical juices flowing so to speak.
It was 1982 and the world was rocked in to submission by a German girl singing about a bit of love, in the bore fest called the Eurovision songcontest.
If it hadn’t been for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts I may have actually started listening to Nicole and God only knows what might have happened.I can safely say it was “I love Rock ‘N’ Roll that saved my soul from eternal damnation. It was also the song that triggered my long lasting love affair with Hard Rock.
1982 was also the year a relatively unknown band was approached by an Italian American to write a song for a boxing movie, actually the 3rd instalment of the franchise.
The movie of course was Rocky III, the band Survivor.But rather then talking about Eye of the Tiger I am taking you back a few years.
In 1980 Survivor had released their first self titled album.
The reason why I am discussing this album is because it was given to me as a gift by a friend of my brother. He knew I had recently bought the aforementioned album”Eye of the Tiger” and he knew I liked the band. As a random act of kindness he ordered Survivor’s 1st album for me. This was before online ordering so he had to physically send the order over to Virgin Records in London to get it delivered to my home in the Netherlands.To this day this album is still one of my favourites. This is the best track on the album.
I have always been a big fan off concept albums. Jeff Wayne’s musical version of the War of the Wotlds is just the pinnacle of art combined with music, Often when there is nothing on TV (which is a lot) I put on the album just to drift away in memories, because lets face it music is a time machine.
However it was the Seattle based Queensryche who in 1988 released the best concept album of all time Well at least in my opinion and I am a bit biased because I am a massive fan.
Queensryche had released another great album before “Operation Mindcrime” called “Rage for Order” and I didn’t think they’d be able to improve on that, but boy was I wrong.
This concludes the first 2 decades of my musical life, but I will come back in part 2 with some 80s blues music, yes I do mean Stevie Ray Vaughan.