Tuesday, October 24, 2006

ABC'ing your CD's

I have been in full blown interior rearranger (IR) mode (as distinct from interior decorating, which I think implies getting nice new things rather than just shuffling the old ones). One of the tasks I undertook was to sort out my CD's which were piled one on top of the other in a cupboard to the point where I just couldn't be arsed getting out the bottom ones or even refreshing my memory as to what was there. So I went and did the IR equivalent of base jumping and decided to alphabetise the CD's.

While you all sit there shaking your heads (I am watching both of you.... always watching), I acknowledge that this is something that I had always imagined my freaky nerd friends (ok, more freaky and more nerdy) doing, but not me. Nooo, I am way too down with the kids for that sort of thing. I would much rather be all funky and chaotic and just have the cd's all lying around in the wrong cases. YEAH MAN!

I then realised that while rather uncool, having them organised means that I can actually find the one I want to listen to, and it is actually easier than trawling through the mp3 player and plugging that into the stereo. Plus I also know what I own in my collection, which was both fun and a little distressing. Here are some chestnuts I uncovered:
  1. Dummy by Portishead. Very cool album. A friend once told me that she knew that she wanted to be with her now husband when he gave her this album. I understand it is rather, er sexy, shall we say.
  2. Spartacus by The Farm. This will mean nothing to anyone unless you were into early 90's dance/Madchester music. Do the songs "Groovy Train" or "All together now" mean anything? No? Nuff said.
  3. Static and Silence by The Sundays. The Sundays have been 'on hiatus' for some time now, with the two key members having a couple of kids (together even, disgusting isn't it). I had a big crush on Harriet Wheeler, the singer, who I still think has one of the most gorgeous voices I have ever heard.
  4. Polyserena by George. Talk about a voice. Katie Noonan can just blow your mind. I have seen them live a number of times and every time they were awesome. There is no truth to rumours that I may have made a bit of a tool of myself by getting her to sign an album and being fairly incapable of being as witty and erudite as was the plan. I specialised more in dumbstruck and incoherent at the time.
  5. lots of 80's albums, including efforts (and in some cases that is the most appropriate word) by bands such as ABC, Duran Duran, Level 42, Howard Jones (not a group, I know), U2, etc, etc. I am a child of the 80's, ok, even though I was born in the 70's. Keep up, ok?

That is enough for now. Too much confession might not be good for the soul, on reflection...

11 Comments:

At 8:06 pm, Blogger Original Mel said...

Don't be knocking Simon le Bon, orright? Duran Duran are one of the greatest bands to grace the 80s. Other 80s bands wish they were as cool as Duran Duran. The film clip for Hungry Like a Wolf is slightly erotic, not to mention Girls on Film... I may have just revealed too much about myself in a public forum.

And I choose to ignore that you put your cds in alphabetical order. Rob Gordon would shudder, and make an ironic quip, but I just choose to ignore.

 
At 5:56 pm, Blogger Georgia said...

I remember having a crush on Howard Jones. What the hell was I thinking fancying someone called Howard?

 
At 8:35 am, Blogger fingers said...

I did the same thing, Todd.
Alphabetized my entire CD collection.
Now I just need another really cool album to stick in between Abba and ZZ Top...

 
At 1:36 pm, Blogger Mex said...

i would like to ask...

are they now alphabetically "piled one on top of the other in a cupboard"?

and how committed are you to putting them back where they came from i.e. at the bottom or middle of the pile in the cupboard rather than just putting them on top?

 
At 4:03 pm, Blogger W said...

Oh 80s CDs. How excellent. I found my 80s record albums in storage when I was in Canadia, which was slightly terrifying...

 
At 10:47 am, Blogger mushroom said...

I still have all my records and a record player, am i tragic?

 
At 3:46 pm, Blogger WJ said...

Mel, no disrespect to the Duran. i have several of their albums, including Rio on vinyl.

Georgia, I am assuming that was a rhetorical question?

fingers, can I suggest something by Ladytron, as that would fit square in the middle.

mex, no and very. this is a carefully thought out system of putting them in bookshelves so they are easy to put back in place. Thanks for asking.

W, embrace the 80's. music that is, i for one can't wait for this 80's fashion revival to die in the arse.

shroom, so do I, just haven't rigged the sucker up in a while. so that is a no.

 
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