pitry: (tortoise)
... And then there was Britpop. And I can't talk about Britpop without starting with Oasis, because, well, Oasis.

Yes, yes, on the whole Oasis vs. Blur thing (yikes. 90s.) I was firmly in the Oasis camp. Well, on a personal level I thought they were all ridiculous, but musically... see, here's the thing. Noel Gallagher knows about three chords and uses them in predictable ways, but still he does it very well. Blur were... pretentious. And I know it's completely ironic considering just how much progrock this meme is about to suffer from me, but something in Damon Albarn's pretentiousness just always rubbed me the wrong way. Not to mention that the first Blur song I've ever heard was Boys & Girls which to this day is one of my least favourite Blur songs.

But this isn't about Blur, it's about Oasis, and like the rest of the universe, the first I heard of them was Live Forever, which is actually from 1994, not 1995, but I think they stayed in the background until Wonderwall came out. Maybe this should be a Wonderwall entry then, not Live Forever, but as much as I like Wonderwall, Live Forever simply summarises Oasis. Maybe it's the same as what I had to say about Nirvana - it has honesty (which is all the more ironic because I think they wrote it directly due to being annoyed with Nirvana-esque depression?)

Anyway, Live Forever is the quintessential Oasis song. Simple chords, simple lyrics, Liam still knew how to sing back in the day, but it works. I shouldn't still be fond of this song, but I am. They actually had quite a lot of really good songs from Definitely, Maybe: Columbia, Supersonic, Slide Away (I love Slide Away. Completely adore it. Maybe I should have linked to it...), but in the end, it's not a surprise that Live Forever was their big break, and still one of their most famous songs ever.

Also, it already showcases their ridiculous tendency to keep songs going on and on and on in the end (although until they decided to make their point with Be Here Now it was manageable, but then, Be Here Now was a rubbish album anyway).

LOL that ridiculous chair )
pitry: (Kira)
So, we're still in 1995, aren't we. Hmmm. Did I mention Israel at those years was a bit behind everyone else? At least, I was. So who cares of Kurt Cobain died in 1994, I was into grunge in 1995! Grunge fashion, too - torn jeans and flannel shorts and everything. I still find that fashion highly aesthetic by the way.

Anyway, for the failing grunge fan I am, my favourite Nirvana album has always been the Unplugged one. Yes, I know, it kinda defeats the point in Nirvana, but there you have it.
Also, I'm one of those people who first heard The Man Who Sold The World in the Nirvana edition... I still haven't quite got used to David Bowie's original, I must admit.

Thing is, for all the noise and screams and that, Nirvana actually were talented. And I think the Unplugged is the best indication of that - you drop the noise and the screams and the distortions and what you get is a band that sings its heart out. And that's the thing about music. When it's people singing their heart out, usually it's good.

Anyway, here it is! )
pitry: (Default)
Yeah, you couldn't be - well, not even a teenager in Israel, as much as simply living in Israel in the early 90s and not hear Aviv Geffen everywhere. He was pretty much the king of Israeli rock back then, especially for my generation.

Funny thing. He's apparently one of the judges now in the Israeli version of the Voice, and it was on at some point when we were all at my sister's for Passover. And then my mum said something like, "Oh, what happened to him, he used to say all those things no one ever said and now he's just like everyone else." I think even 10 years ago I would have thought she was mocking the way he was back in the early 90s, but now I can understand she actually appreciated him back then. Huh. Parents - more cool than you give them credit when you're a teenager (I know, I know, not a revelation).

Achshav Meunan really was sort of the protest song of - well, people who were a bit older than me back then, but not by much, complete with the "we're a fucked up generation" scream at some point. - as was Aviv Geffen who was generally my generation's protest singer, I guess. So he's got a horrible voice (no, honestly, it actually sounds good here compared to some recordings), but he was, I think, at the right place at the right time.

And here's the song )
pitry: (individuals!)
Oh, look! Stone Roses!

Okay, that requires some music post. So I shall post The Stone Roses out of order. Cos it's topical and stuff.

The Stone Roses I got from... Ashe. I think. Pretty sure. In the early 2000s I was sending and receiving loads of tapes from people I met through the KS forum/mailing list, and getting to know a lot of new bands. And one of them was the Stone Roses.

I'm pretty sure I've already heard of the Seahorses at the time (Yup! Wikipedia lists Do It Yourself as out in 1997, and I'm sure I caught Blinded By the Sun and Love Me or Leave Me when they were released) but I never knew of the connection to the Stone Roses until I actually got to listen to the Stone Roses. And then I realised they're the first Britpop band and went wheee.

... And in an extremely amusing turn of event, not long ago I was getting a ride from my sister and she was listening to some CD, and something incredibly Stone Roses-y was playing. I can't remember which band it turned out to be (possible Kaiser Chiefs?) but I was so eternally amused that now retro had gone full circle. As the first Britpop band, The Stone Roses are largely responsible to the late 60s retro sound. And now... they've been retro'd. It's layers, man.

Anyway, there were a lot of amusing quirks in that album of theirs. Elizabeth My Dear, for example, which is in fact on the tune for Scarborough Fair, you can hear where Oasis stole half their music from from just listening to Made of Stone, and I Wanna Be Adored is still one of the best album openers ever.

So here it is )
pitry: (birthday penguin)
I decided to do these chronologically. Much easier.

And if I'm doing this chronologically, then the next band has to be Bon Jovi. I was the biggest fan once, lol. Their best of album was released in 1994, with Always as a single, and so me and my sister were introduced to Bon Jovi at about the same time and we both liked it. And the arrangement was pretty useful, she bought the CDs/ got the tapes, I took them from her. :)

A year later they released These Days. Now, that was the period in school where I joined a whole new class and didn't know much of anyone. So one day, we had a going-to-shelter drill at school, and I accidentally sat next to someone - who had a Bon Jovi necklace. What promised to be an otherwise completely pointless and boring exercise in pointlessness became a happy and enthusiastic discussion of all things Bon Jovi. That was Anat and she was one of my best friends until we finished school 6 years later (damn. I haven't talked to her for like, 7 years. Hmpf).

I think there was a huge gap after Bon Jovi released These Days. I know that by the time their next album was released, I already wasn't as big a fan and didn't even bother listening to it, let along buy it. But These Days is still totally nostalgic, and now that I searched for the song on Youtube, I'm slightly worried at the fact I still remember the lyrics.

Actually, the song still works. )
pitry: (Default)
Okay, now that we've done Kula Shaker, I can go to the first album I actually bought.

Which was Roxette's Crash! Boom! Bang! in 1994. It all came about a bit oddly. I was ten and decided it was time I started listening to music. Yes, I was an odd ten year old. (I was an odd kid when it comes to music as a whole. Most 6 year old kids have their parents insist they learn to play. I was the opposite - I insisted to my parents I wanted to play piano until they agreed. Even the full year of "she's too young to play an instrument, let's have her one of those 'introduction to music while banging stuff' the teacher insisted on didn't deter me. But I digress). So, anyway, walking into what was later to became Tower Records and completely and randomly looking for something. With no idea where to start. That was... not very helpful, you'd imagine.

Crash! Boom! Bang! was just released then and Roxette were always big in Israel so the shop played it. Anyway, my reaction was "that's nice" so we bought that one.

Oddly enough... I'm not big on pop, and there are just about a thousand different things I'd rather listen to. But as far as pop goes, Roxette actually really are good. I'm of the firm belief that in just about every musical genre you can find something worthwhile, because you will have good musicians somewhere and good musicians make good music, regardless of the genre (with caveat: heavily electronic music gives me a headache. I can deal with the beats until a certain level but after that, it might be good, but I won't be able to recognise it because I'll be busy complaining about my headache). Roxette know their stuff.

Riders in the sky is the first song out of Crash! Boom! Bang! and it's 3 minutes of fun pop.
and here it is... )
pitry: (Astronaut)
I'm going to try and write 100 posts about... music.

Let's see how that works.

If there's ever a band I should start with, and if there's ever a song I should start with, it's Kula Shaker and Tattva.

They're not the best band in the world, nor are they the most original and unique. And Tattva isn't their best song. But in a way, everything I listen to today is because of that random day I opened MTV and there was this strange strange band on with 60s haircuts and 60s inspired music singing in Sanskrit.

The first song of theirs I actually heard was Grateful When You're Dead, when it was released in... April 1996 I think. It actually made it to the top 40 (35!) and I caught it once or twice. It registered enough that I would know it was Grateful later on, but it didn't register any more than that.

And then in July Tattva was released. And this mixture of psychedelia (both music and the extremely odd video) with the added bonus of strange lyrics... sort of got me. I think I finally got K only after Govinda was out, but by then I'd been a fan head over heals. I'm not as big a fan of theirs now as I was 16 years ago (OMG this can't possibly be the number of years!!! I feel old). But almost everything I listen to today, I can probably trace back to KS, whether it was wanting to listen to their influences, opening up my mind about 60s music, 70s music and non-Western music, the influences on those bands, or music I got to know through other KS fans. The only thing I can't give KS credit for in some way is classical music, which I have been playing since early on so most of that came from my Russian piano teacher.

So yeah. I don't listen to Kula Shaker a lot these days (definitely not compared to how much I used to), and I haven't listened to K in months, at least. But I owe my extensive knowledge, extensive interest and extensive love of music (and about 40gb of music on my harddrive, not to mention the stuff I have on tapes and couldn't convert to mp3!) to that day I heard Tattva.

So here it is. )
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