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I came across this on the Guardian website regarding His 'n' Hers by Pulp.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/sep/08/his-hers-pulp

But what caught my eye was the opening sentence

"There's something about hearing a song at 16 that stays with you forever."

Given that I was only 14 when I heard A Tonic For The Troops for the first time, there is some truth in this for me.† Until I heard His 'n' Hers (and by then I was 30), A Tonic For The Troops was undoubtedly my favourite album, and even now, it possibly still is as it made more impact on me than any other record I have ever heard.



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ArrGee wrote:

I came across this on the Guardian website regarding His 'n' Hers by Pulp.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/sep/08/his-hers-pulp

But what caught my eye was the opening sentence

"There's something about hearing a song at 16 that stays with you forever."

Given that I was only 14 when I heard A Tonic For The Troops for the first time, there is some truth in this for me.† Until I heard His 'n' Hers (and by then I was 30), A Tonic For The Troops was undoubtedly my favourite album, and even now, it possibly still is as it made more impact on me than any other record I have ever heard.


†Yes, I remember my first hearing of TFTT - family had just replaced the gramophone with a new trendy "music centre" but being very uncool, didn't have much to listen to on it other than South Pacific, Johnny Mathis and other golden oldies/Junior Choice type music!† So invited some neighbours round to tape some of their stuff!† Fortunately they had older/cooler children so got TFTT - ok as well as ELO and Abba but never mind!† Only thing was it was recorded on the other side to James Last Live in Vienna or something so was always a bit annoying to have to rewind it each time - sure my parents thought the same!† Anyway all was well when I got my very own album, complete with lyrics to learn and picture on front to gaze at † Then worked my way on with other Rat albums and back to the first one too.† But was hooked at my first listening of Tonic for the Troops - so guess that will always be my favourite too.



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I think that when you are a teenager music will have a greater impact than when one is old and a bit cynical. I can remember in the late seventies or early eighties†listening to Radio Luxembourg at night and hearing all the Jam, Squeeze, Clash, Rats, Blondie when these groups were always in the charts. Even the general run of the mill pop songs are better remembered than later decades. All the slightly oddball stuff like Echo Beach By Martha And The Muffins- there was just so much interesting, slightly off kilter stuff on Radio Luxembourg- even plenty of mad seventies disco had a certain appeal, but certainly maybe the human brain is wired to make more of experience when one is young.

As we get older our brains shrink and neurotransmission slows down- hence we feel maybe less alive as we did in our teenage years or in our twenties. That may account for the tendency to look back on the past, because we are looking back on a perhaps more enchanted time, when everything seemed a bit more magical.

As someone who had always taken an interest in psychology and read loads of books on the subject I am always aware of how the music is listen to today compared with music in the past. Does it have the same impact?† Is there some magic key in music that no matter when we hear it, if it is good enough it will have a deep significance. There are lots of good books on the subject of music and how it affects the nervous system, attempting to explain the neuroscience of music, mood, and memory. It is fascinating to read about, without necessarily taking from the simple joy of listening to music.

My six fav albums are the six Rats albums in no particular order because the Rats are my favourite alltime band and the initial impact happened when I was a teenager so undoubtedly there is a link. The Rats are a band I have never disowned or grown out of. Lyrically and musically there is enough 'meat ' there to last a lifetime.



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Ah, Echo Beach - remember it well! Plus all those others you mentioned, Noel - esp Squeeze and Blondie. Remember watching TOTP on a Thursday night, then going to school the next day and sitting at the back of needlework class singing all the faves with the rest of the girls who were rubbish at needlework or who were just naughty! Bit of a defensive tactic to avoid being picked on by the teacher!

Good memories! But very distracting from a work point of view - ie have done virtually nothing today! But at least have spared everyone from my singing ....

Have to say I am far more into music or back into music now than I was in my twenties or thirties though so maybe the 40s are the new teenage years - as maybe you get more freedom and more liberated again ..... Nice thought anyway

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As we get older our brains shrink and neurotransmission slows down- hence we feel maybe less alive as we did in our teenage years or in our twenties. That may account for the tendency to look back on the past, because we are looking back on a perhaps more enchanted time, when everything seemed a bit more magical.


Speak for yourself!

Agree with the second sentence though that it's late-30s/40-something wistfulness, looking back at youth, wondering where the years have gone to, comparing teenage dreams with later reality.

(I shamefully nicked that off maplegirl on the comments on His 'n' Hers, but it more or less sums up how I feel).

However in reality, I tend to look back on the period when I was in my mid-late 20s/early 30s with this wistfulness.† Hence my current Pulp obsession overriding my Rats obsession at present.



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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyIi8-BJAQo&feature=related

Hope Steve Wright does not†ruin it with the talk over.



-- Edited by noelindublin on Friday 9th of September 2011 02:14:17 PM

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Lisa wrote:

...†maybe the 40s are the new teenage years - as maybe you get more freedom and more liberated again ..... Nice thought anyway


†Keep thinking that way.† And when you hit 50, the fifites will be new 20s smile

I must confess I have become more nostalgic in the last five years or so.† Prior to that I would generally listen to newer music, but these days I just can't be bothered.† Even when I do buy something newish (XX, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Vaccines) I buy it on vinyl.†

The only CDs I bought in recent times were a load of Kinks CDs for £3 each when HMV were selling off the previous re-issues when the new deluxe editions came in.



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ArrGee wrote:
noelindublin wrote:

As we get older our brains shrink and neurotransmission slows down- hence we feel maybe less alive as we did in our teenage years or in our twenties. That may account for the tendency to look back on the past, because we are looking back on a perhaps more enchanted time, when everything seemed a bit more magical.


Speak for yourself!

Agree with the second sentence though that it's late-30s/40-something wistfulness, looking back at youth, wondering where the years have gone to, comparing teenage dreams with later reality.

(I shamefully nicked that off maplegirl on the comments on His 'n' Hers, but it more or less sums up how I feel).

However in reality, I tend to look back on the period when I was in my mid-late 20s/early 30s with this wistfulness.† Hence my current Pulp obsession overriding my Rats obsession at present.


†Its a scientific fact that our brains shrink as we get older and everything slows down including memory. Ever wonder why kids and young people always seem so quick witted and sharp and why then are always yapping away. Its because their brains and neurotransmitters are working at a way faster rate then older people. Younger people process information much faster than their elders- they are generally hyped up largerly due to biological processes affectiong the brain.

I Had a short dream the other night in which I though how music in the nineties was much better than it is today- feeling as I dreamed that there was something missing from the music I listen to today or that it did not engage me as much as in the nineties.

At least intellectually I never really tire of music. Its easy enough to stop listening for a few days and then the old addiction comes back again.



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noelindublin wrote:
I ad a short dream the other night in which I though how music in the nineties was much better than it is today-

That wasn't a dream that's just a simple matter of fact.† I'd go as far as saying that from 1989-1998 it was the greatest era ever in popular music.†



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The dream conveyed a strong feeling rather than just an intelluctual observation, I actually felt it as a distinct emotion. However dreams can be taken too seriously and can often contain nonsense.

Sometimes its good to just focus on a few songs that you really like at the moment and forget everything else.

Possibly me current favourite song is Thank You (For letting Me Be My Self Again) by Sly and the Family Stone. Actualy what got me listening to Sly was the line in Geldof's song Love Or Something †' I though of going to agogo and the Family Stone frug'. Frug btw is a type of dance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABceMsHuGG8&feature=related



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