I have the same problem with today as I did with Day 11. How to pick a favourite album, never mind a favourite song from that album. So I went with an album that I’ve owned for a long time and still listen to regularly, with a lot of amazing tracks.
When I was younger my best friend gave me a double compilation CD called Corrosion. It’s got loads of great bands on it, some I had known before she gave me the CD, and some that I was introduced to for the first time. It had a huge effect on my musical tastes, and probably a detrimental effect on my bank balance as I found albums by many of the featured artists.
It was hard to pick one song from the double album, but eventually I decided on 16 Stone Pig by One Minute Silence (although As Seen On TV by Pitchshifter was a close second). I hadn’t come across the band before, but went straight to Cockburn Street the following week and bought the album. I still love it.
The Draymin are a brilliant band from Rosyth, not a million miles from where I grew up. The reason I wish I heard their songs on the radio should be obvious, they’re brilliant and extremely hardworking, and deserve every success in the industry. We Will Fall is an excellent song, but please also check out their Biz Session for the Sun and their website for more.
I don’t listen to music on the radio much, my radio is almost always tuned to Radio 4 or Radio Scotland. However, when I worked in Manchester the radio was on all the time in the lab, and usually it was tuned to Heart FM. *shudder*
During the time I worked there it seemed like Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s was played approximately every 15 minutes, so it definitely qualifies as a song that I heard often! I don’t actually mind it, but anything that you hear that much is bound to begin to grate on the nerves sooner or later.
Return of the Mack was released in 1996, when I was 10. I used to love it for one reason only: it was the first single I ever owned on CD. I didn’t even buy the CD because I liked the song, it was purely for the excitement of the new (to me) technology. If I remember correctly, I bought the disc at a bring and buy sale at my primary school (probably for about 10p), and it had the original single, plus loads of remixes. I used to listen to it on repeat, just because I could. Saying it now, it sounds really tragic!
M.I.A. is the stage name of Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, a singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer and visual artist. She was born in London to SriLankan Tamil parents. Her music is influenced by her childhood experiences in Sri Lanka and India during the Sri Lankan war, and as a refugee back in the UK.
Her music makes you think, not just because of the political nature of a lot of the lyrics, but also because the melodies are so different and interesting. That’s why I love Paper Planes, which is not necessarily the style of music that people expect me to enjoy.