Nietzsche hit the nail on the head with “Without music life would be a mistake”. Not even just a mistake but extremely dull. Without sounding like one of John Cusack’s “musical moron twins”, I was recently reminded about how music really is the best thing I know.

The First Album I Bought : The Best of Belinda Vol 1 by Belinda Carlisle, 1992

Whenever I hear any songs from this, I am instantly reminded of myself and
my sister, pretending to be the flame haired rock n roll beauty herself, with our hairbrushes singing along in the mirror. “Heaven is a Place on Earth” was the breakthrough track, a perfect rock/pop crossover combination, cementing Belinda as a legendary frontwoman in her own right.

The Album That Changed My Life : Nevermind by Nirvana 1991

To this day, this is one of my favourite albums. For all those who say that grunge is dead, this album will never grow old. I always thought of Cobain as an angrier version of Lennon and McCartney. The songs are, ultimately, brilliant pop songs but heavily stylised with Cobain’s distinct vocal and Grohl’s powerhouse precision drums. I usually skip past “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as it was somewhat ruined for me, by me, in an earlier cover version phase, but anytime I hear those 4 chords, its the same electricity.

Favourite Gig Experience : The Crocketts, Glasgow Garage, 2001

A band I don’t really listen to now but will always remember the gig for many
reasons. The Crocketts at the Glasgow Garage, circa 2001, was one of the most
energetic and engaged gigs I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot! The band would
hang around with the fans outside the venue, inside at the bar, backstage and listen to how much you loved their crappy songs. That, plus the amazing group of friends who frequented such gigs, made this an amazing gig experience, yet to be matched in terms of fan interaction and loyalty building.

Favourite Band Ever : Nirvana

The first time I listened to Nirvana it sounded like nothing else I had ever heard amongst the boyband-dominated pop charts of the time. The fact that you could actually learn to PLAY this music was the best discovery I ever made. The fact that these songs translated into the MTV Unplugged format was astounding, and that performance is one the best things in the world. Cobain’s voice cracking and breaking at the end of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” still gives me chills and is one of the best interpretations of the blues ever done.

My Guilty Pleasure : Backstreet Boys “Everybody”

I don’t know if it was the scary video or the singalong chorus, but this song is now a classic to me! I was never really bought in to the teenybop boyband crush phase, but this is just a great pop song!