My Life in Songs (Nothing to do with Literacy!)

I spend far too long in hotels and on those ‘Toby Carvery evenings’ I while away my hours on the IPad. Last week I was chatting to a teacher about Morrissey and realised that I regularly talk about songs and artists on my conferences so (to cut a long story short) I indulged myself and created a soundtrack for every year of my life. The rule: 1 track per year. I also tried not to include a band/ artist more than once but broke this rule with Radiohead. So here is my life’s track list. It was chosen now rather than at the time or I fear The Rubettes and The Goodies may have featured in the mid 1970s. From 1977 onward the tracks are mainly ones I liked in that year though I have to admit that I was a latecomer to the Pixies! It’s self indulgent but I enjoyed the process!!!!

1964 Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’

1965 Bob Dylan ‘The Times They Are A Changing’

1966 Nancy Sinatra ‘These Boots are made for walkin’

1967 Doors ‘Light My Fire’

1968 The Beatles ‘Happiness is a Warm Gun’

1969 Leonard Cohen ‘Bird on the Wire’

1970 Velvet Underground ‘Sweet Jane’

1971 Rolling Stones ‘Brown Sugar’

1972 David Bowie ‘Starman’

1973 New York Dolls ‘Personality Crisis’

1974 Sweet ‘Ballroom Blitz’

1975 Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

1976 The Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy in the UK’

1977 Iggy Pop ‘The Passenger’

1978 The Undertones ‘Teenage Kicks’

1979 XTC Making Plans for Nigel

1980 Joy Division ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’

1981 Grace Jones ‘Pull up to the Bumper’

1982 The Clash. ‘Should I Stay or should I go’

1983 Violent Femmes ‘Blister in the Sun’

1984 Echo and the Bunnymen ‘The Killing Moon’

1985 Talking Heads ‘Road to Nowhere’

1986 Beastie Boys ‘Fight For Your Right’

1987 New Order ‘True Faith’

1988 Pixies ‘Where is my Mind?’

1989 Stone Roses ‘Fools Gold’

1990 Tanita Tikaram ‘It All Came Back Today’

1991 Nirvana ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

1992 Inspiral Carpets Smoking her Clothes’

1993 Depeche Mode ‘I Feel You’

1994 James ‘Sometimes’

1995 Radiohead ‘Fake Plastic Trees’

1996 The Prodigy ‘Firestarter’

1997 Radiohead ‘Paranoid Android’

1998 Madonna ‘Frozen’

1999 Blur ‘Tender’

2000 Coldplay ‘Yellow’

2001 The Beta Band ‘Human Being’

2002 Libertines ‘What a Waster’

2003 The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’

2004 Morrissey ‘Irish Blood English Heart’

2005 Bright Eyes ‘We are Nowhere and It’s Now’

2006 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy ‘Cursed Sleep’

2007 Rufus Wainwright ‘Release the Stars’

2008 The Low Anthem ‘Oh My God, Charlie Darwin’

2009 First Aid Kit ‘You’re Not Coming Home Tonight’

2010 Eminem ‘Not Afraid’

2011 Kaiser Chiefs ‘Little Shocks’


2 thoughts on “My Life in Songs (Nothing to do with Literacy!)

  1. Hi! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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