When I was younger, so much younger than today, some time in the mid 1980s, I saw an item on kids tv – I think it was john craven’s newsround – marking the 20th anniversary of the beatles releasing sgt peppers lonely hearts club band. I remember thinking two things, one; 20 years was a really, really long time ago and two; why would someone chose that for an item on kids TV news? I think it was the first time I ever questioned the news agenda of a media outlet, the beatles broke up before I was born and when John was shot I hadn’t even started school. My parents talked about the Beatles (my mum having been in the crowd screaming at Heathrow) but, I didn’t matter to me.

I remember this incident clearly and it was brought back to me when I saw the coverage about the 20th anniversary of Nevermind by Nirvana being released. I can actually remember where I was the first time I heard the album. (For the record, in the business studies room at school, we were doing the Young Enterprise Scheme and my suggestion for our company name, which had been selected, was Nirvana and it seemed appropriate we listen to the band who had been unheard of the first week of September when we chose the name and were now being talked about everywhere.)

And Nevermind really did change everything about music. I will rant about Nirvana another time, but while I care immensely about it (and it reminds me the 20th anniversary of Kurt dying is not that far away – and I remember where I was when I heard about that and who told me ) I know people who are 18 who really don’t get it. And I am sure kids TV age children would find it even less relevant (I have no idea if it was covered by Newsround – does Newsround even exist anymore?)

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sleep deprived…

March 1, 2011

The other night, sleep deprived by the toddler, I found myself run out of nursery rhymes. So instead if “baa baa black sheep” or some such, I found myself singing the following (does this make me a bad person?):

“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous

Here we are now, entertain us

I feel stupid and contagious

Here we are now, entertain us”

What next I wonder?

Killing in the Name by RATM would be a natural choice, but after the abomination of Skins season 5 ep 2, it feels a bit raw.

So, it may be better I opt for Where is my Mind by the Pixies…

Since I mentioned The Bends by Radiohead last week I thought I better clarify a one thing:

I count The Bends as a better album than Nevermind (only just). Nirvana were era defining (and the riff from Smells Like still makes the hairs on my neck stand on end) but in many ways so was The Bends.

Lines like:

“He used to do surgery / For girls in the 80s / But gravity always wins”

Have only become more relevant as the 21st century has ramped up and tv horror shows like Extreme Makeover have sprouted.

So, for reference, my top 10 albums of the 1990s are:

1. The Bends – Radiohead

2. Nevermind – Nirvana

3. Coming Up – Suede

4. Parklife – Blur

5. (What’s the story) Morning Glory – Oasis

6. Second Toughest in the Infants – Underworld

7. Garbage – Garbage

8. Live Thru This – Hole

9. Protection – Massive Attack

10. Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers

Not far off the running were Dookie by Green Day , Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette and KE*A*H** by Ministry.

Feel free to disagree / list your choices…

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