If you’ve had a peek over at my Spotify, you no doubt would have noticed a playlist called Songs for a Saturday Night.
When I was like, 20 years old, I read 31 Songs by Nick Hornby.
12 years ago, when I finished the book, I started collating my own “31” songs.
Only there ended up being way more than 31 songs on there.
I came up with the title for the playlist for all these songs that had shaped, and would shape my life, when I was 21 years old. Sitting alone in my bedroom in a share house, listening to one of its earliest incarnations.
Thanks in equal parts to time, bouncing around the world, and the fact that cloud storage didn’t exist 12 years ago, the playlist has disappeared and reappeared on countless iPods, phones and streaming sites, and even a Nintendo DS for a while.
A couple of years ago when I got Spotify, I decided to start to remake it on there, as a playlist anyone could listen to.
The only way I can describe my taste in music is eclectic. I like what I like. There was a time when I used to be quite afraid of admitting to people the wide variety in my collection, in my youth the music you liked tended to define what social clique you’d fit with. But the older I got, the less I gave a fuck about what other people thought about my taste in music. After all, it’s a pretty subjective thing.
Now days, if there is one thing that I am never afraid to talk about with anyone, it’s music. So, this is my little pet project for my playlist, and this blog. I hope it can introduce you to new tunes, but I also hope it can help you get to know me a little better.
I doubt I’ll ever be as concise as Nick Hornby, and I doubt I’ll be able to write a post about every song on there. I am sure that my Songs for a Saturday Night will just keep growing and growing for as long as I continue to love and listen to music. Which I hope is until I’m dead.
But for now here’s an introduction to that ever growing playlist, and I guess a little introduction to me, by way of meme I found floating around recently.
- A song with a colour in the title
Mr. Blue Sky – ELO
- A song with a number in the title
400 Lux – Lorde
- A song that reminds you of summertime
Kids – MGMT
- A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget
Gloria – Patti Smith
- A song that needs to be played LOUD
Hey Ya – Outkast
- A song that makes you want to dance
Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang
- A song to drive to
Pursuit – Gesaffelstein
- A song about drugs or alcohol
Dissolve Me – Alt-J
- A song that makes you happy
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
- A song that makes you sad
Some People – Goldfrapp
- A song that you never get tired of
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
- A song from your preteen years
Quit Playin’ Games With My Heart – Backstreet Boys
- One of your favourite 80’s songs
There is a Light that Never Goes Out – The Smiths
- A song that you would love played at your wedding
Do You Realize – The Flaming Lips
- A song that is a cover by another artist
Common People – William Shatner
- One of your favourite classical songs
Aerith’s Theme – Nobuo Uematsu
- A song that you would sing a duet with at Karaoke
Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie
- A song from the year that you were born
Take on Me – A-ha
- A song that makes you think about life
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town – Pearl Jam
- A song that has many meanings to you
Crystal – New Order
- A song with someone’s name in it
Don Quixote – Drapht & The Hilltop Hoods
- A song that moves you forward
Leaving the Past – Immortal Technique
- A song you think everybody should listen to
Talkin’ Bout a Revolution – Tracy Chapman
- A song by a band you wish were still together
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
- A song by an artist no longer living
Heroes – David Bowie
- A song that makes you want to fall in love
You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
- A song that breaks your heart
Changes – 2Pac
- A song by an artist with a voice that you love
Psycho Killer – The Talking Heads
- A song from your childhood
Weather with You – Crowded House
- A song that reminds you of yourself
Mayonaise – The Smashing Pumpkins
And here’s a couple of my own added just for good measure!
- The opening track from one of your top 5 albums
Somewhat Damaged – Nine Inch Nails
- A song you love released in the last 12 months
Edge of Town – Middle Kids
Maybe the next time you see #SFAS crop up, I’ll talk about one of the songs or artists I love in a little more detail, or let you know what tracks I’ve added to it recently!
Until then, happy listening frendos!