30-Day Song Challenge: Heartbreak!

Apols! Dear Reader, I took yesterday evening off…


*’Cos I felt like it… /lights up and smokes… I didn’t half feel shattered last night…*

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*Yeah, I had to cook and iron. How come you never help me with any of that stuff, Clicky?*

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…Anyhoo, the ‘songs to break your heart’ challenge follows. Enjoy! ❤


Day 27: songs that break your heart

Cade’s first song pick…

As I best as my 33 & 1/3cc brain can deduce, today is (at a minimum) a combination of days 4, 9 and 10. This whole challenge thingie has wafted in and out of the tangible and intangible realms, and now it has gone and gotten downright personal. It now wants to know about tunes that may make me happy and/or sad, and it also wants to know how to conjure things in me that might be best left undisturbed. Moreover, it want’s to know how to achieve all of these things in a single swipe. Lastly, why is this particular challenge coming on Day 27?







I dunno if there is a significance of this particular challenge coming on Day 27. That said, I’m quite sure that I’m suspicious of anyone who wants to know what kinds of music breaks my heart. Especially coming on the heels of Day 26 which wanted to know about stuff that makes me want to fall in love.

^deadmau5 – Errors in my head^

Roob’s first song pick…

I don’t know that my first song choice breaks my heart as such. It is about heartbreak – spending the first night of your honeymoon in separate rooms is as cruel fuck. Or not, as the case may be, but singing along loudly with the song is kinda cathartic. Try it… Free da pain!

^Freda Payne – Band of Gold – Lyrics^

Cade’s second song pick…

Any paranoia I may have displayed in my previous block of text is…yeah, not really there. But it also kinda is. Kinda weird that someone out there in the world would want to know specific songs that break my heart. But, misery is said to love company, so maybe its a matter of maybe not feeling so alone. Knowing not only that your heart is broken, and what broke it, but why, as well as an assurance of “ME TOO!”, so that one does not feel so isolated and outcast. I mean, hell, the Ode To Joy movement from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony can break hearts, it just breaks hearts in a way that others can more readily identify with and will likely more openly admit. The tears in their eyes are usually a dead giveaway.


What got me off into “paranoid” types of thinking was a matter of this day’s requirements having less “overlap” and being more…pointy. That got me to thinking about all of the data collection methods used online anymore. I mean, you can’t go to a website that has a Numerology name calculator anymore. If you enter your name, the website is likely to keep it/store it, and use it in some way to make money. You do read a website’s “Privacy” page…right?


AstrologyFutureEye Privacy

If you scroll down to the “How information of user collected” section, then read under “Online Forms”, you will notice that they say you can enter your name safely on any of their forms because they will not collect it. However…do you trust them? How would you know if they were collecting your information. More than that, what could you do about it. The English on that Privacy Policy ain’t that great which raises some legal questions, not to mention that the site owner is located in India. What does any of this have to do with music/songs that break my heart?

I dunno
^Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man^

Roob’s second song pick…

My second song choice is about a whole life of heartbreak…

*Fucking ‘ell, Clicky… /flicks ash… You don’t see adventure playgrounds like that anymore…*

^I’m Still Waiting^

Cade’s third song pick…

Have spent a lot of time over the past few years upending anecdotes and cliches. Such as…

“Can an infinitely powerful being create a weight so heavy, that even they cannot lift it?”

My answer was…

”Yes. But what about when they eventually can lift this weight?”

Today is not indicative of tomorrow, so what is the point of such a question other than to silence debate and/or dissent? Point being, I’m wondering here if there a difference between a song that has broken my heart, and a song that will break my heart. More than that, is there potentially a song that has broken my heart in the past, still breaks my heart now, and this song will always break my heart in the future. Do I build up a resistance. Do I grow calloused. Will the scars from where the cracks appeared eventually fade or will they always be there.


Can I potentially lift a weight tomorrow that I could not lift today?

^Alan Walker – Faded^

Roob’s third song pick…

*Ah, Bridget Jones. I love Bridget Jones. Who sang that song originally, Clicky?*

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*Eric Cartman? That’s just stupid…  /stubs butt…*

cartman 2

*Alright. Keep ya ‘air on…*

^Eric Carmen – All By Myself (Audio)^

The final word to Roob Clicky…

^Blur – Coffee and TV^


Three more days of challenges left, Dear Reader…

*/squints… Day 29 sounds like another crack at Day 12…*

… Fingers crossed, we’ll have this wrapped up over the we kenned. Have a Song 😉

^Annie Lennox – Why (Official Music Video^

30-Day Song Challenge: Forwards!

^Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman – I Like To Move It (Official Video)^

Welcome, Dear Reader, to songs that move you forward, or if you prefer, day 22 of 30 in our epic LoL Song Challenge…

*That’s full of stars, Clicky… /lights up and smokes… 

*/squints… Interesting…*

Legs Poppy and Cades Moving Forward Songs

*Yeah, I guess a theme tune does start an episode, Clicky… /blows smoke rings… That one’s perfect… /thinks… A Sandy Pearlman and a Schwimmer? Weird…*

Enjoy! ❤


Day 22: songs that move you forwards

Cade’s first song pick…

Songs that move me…forward. Fuck! I’m not trying to make this more complex than it needs to be, but what if I’m standing facing a corner? Forward is the last place I wanna go, and moving backwards may be the only way to move forward. What if a meteor is about to hit me? Moving left or right may be…forward. I’m just curious as to the qualifier in today’s challenge with respect to movement. This is some Willy Wonka “gotta go forward to get back” levels of mind-fuckery we got going on right here. Fuck it, let’s start off with my second song first, and go with ‘It Moves Me’ by Neal Rosengarden. This is a great song with some awesome guitar picking, some excellent percussive elements, and some damn uplifting lyrics being delivered by some great vocals. Only problem is, I have not a clue how to find this song other than by this clip below from the movie ‘Gizmo!‘. Which, if you haven’t seen it, it is WELL worth a viddy.

Q: Is there a reason I can’t get to my WordPress dashboard?

A: !¿WTF?!

First I couldn’t like WordPress comments, now I can’t even get to my own blog. Kinda difficult to move forward when you can’t get access to the tools that are going to propel you in that direction. Sorry Roob, but we’re gonna have to go backwards for the time being in order to proceed.


^Vintage – Inventions, Gadgets & Ideas^

Roob’s first song pick…

My first serious boyfriend was a chap called Paul. We met at a pub called Bloomers near the entrance to the Rotherhithe Tunnel in Bermondsey, on Halloween 1985. I was dressed as a nun, he was dressed as a vicar; it was meant be 😉 I still have the mixed tape he later made for me with music from that night, and this song kicks it off…

^Total Contrast – Takes A Little Time (12 inch US Remix) HQsound^

Cade’s second song pick…

This next song is actually my third pick btw. I have a song buzzing around in my head regarding movement, but I went to pee earlier and forgot what song it was I meant to look up when I got back to my computer. Anyway, since I have no idea what “forward” means in this current day’s context, let’s muddy the waters even more, and we’ll do so using a magical invention devised for delivering sonic clarity in an otherwise busy and potentially muddy audio environment.

^Moving in Stereo^

Roob’s second song pick…

Regardless of direction, this next song not only gets you moving, but it slows you right down before getting you moving again. Genius!

^Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank (HQ audio)^

Cade’s third song pick…

First song of mine was actually ‘Move!‘ by Public Enemy, but I’m not gonna use it as my first pick. That song has propelled me for several decades now, and I appreciate that. However, this last one is another one of those songs that found its way onto my radar a few years back, and boy, did it ever appear just when I needed it to. This is another song that got me through a lot of long and lonely times. So yeah, moved me forward? Yep, this song did that. Helped to get me here anyway. I’m thankful for that. I haven’t a clue where I am, but glad to be here.

I have many promises to keep…

And miles to go before I sleep.

Miles to go before I sleep.

^Grouplove – “Ways to Go” [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]^

Roob’s third song pick…

My third song is infused with four word motion…

eskimo roll

*Yes that’s rolling on a river…/stubs butt… not exactly what I meant though, Clicky…*

^Ike & Tina Turner – Proud Mary 1973^

The final word to Cade…

I’m not trying to always get “the last” word…

honest I'm not

I just recalled my original first pick. I can’t recall the other song that I was thinking about, but this one, yes. Pretty sure this one is the first ever really difficult piece that my uncle who taught me the drums put on the turn table, and said to me “give this one a try”. Man, talk about a kid wearing greased ice skates trying to skate uphill…I was fucking overwhelmed. Over time, I got to where I could hang in for certain parts, but other than that, I had to improvise. All that was in my 13 year old head was “none of my friends play stuff like this! Who in the hell am I going to play music with? I wanna be a rock drummer!”

Looking back, taking the time to learn stuff like this could have potentially made me a much better drummer/percussionist. But, I didn’t. I stuck with AC/DC and Judas Priest and Saxon and the like, and concentrated on being a good time-keeper. Again, little did I know then that learning stuff like Billy Cobham could have helped immensely in that regard. But again, I didn’t. As to which direction this song moved me? No idea.

^Billy Cobham – Spectrum^


Tomorrow Cade and I will be suggesting songs everyone should listen to…

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*I know! I thought we’d been doing that for these past 22 days…*

… So until then, Dear Reader, have a Song…

^Yann Tiersen, Fuck Me^

30-Day Song Challenge: Names!

Welcome, Dear Reader, to Day 21 of the LoL Song Challenge, and ditties with a name in their title is the focus of our attention today…

^The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name^

Having missed yesterday’s challenge, Poppy Sweet Pea has been more than generous with her suggestions today, with not one…

^Suzanne Vega – Toms Diner (Official Music Video)^

… Not two…

^Suzanne Vega – Luka (Official Video)^

… Not three but four songs for inclusion…

^The Police – Roxanne^

… With a little one thrown in from her beau, the Underdog, Legs…

^Tenacious D – Dio live (HD)^

Enjoy! 😀


Day 21: songs with a name in their title

Cade’s first song pick…

Funny that only two nights ago I was watching a reaction video where the dude was listening to the entire album Treasure by Cocteau Twins. Lotta songs on that album with “a person’s name” in the title. Loads of great music on that album too. But upon my first listening to the album many years ago, there was one in particular that really grabbed me.

^Cocteau Twins – Lorelei -^

Roob’s first song pick…

For this post, I’m gonna pick the three songs with my closest female relatives’ names in their titles, and I shall start with my Nanny Packer. This was her song…

^Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen (Original Promo Restored) (With Lyrics) (1982) (HD)^

Cade’s second song pick…

Got another song in mind, also has a girl’s name in the title, but gonna take a quick detour before getting to that one.

And yes, I realize that “Sue” is also a girl’s name, but, that’s kinda the point of the song. I wore trenches in the 45 listening to this one over and over when I was a kid. The part about fighting always fascinated me. Especially the part where his dad comes at him with a knife and “cut off a piece of my ear”.


I guess I related to the song because relations between myself and my own father were always…strained. Makes sense I guess because he and his own father were always at it like a coupla rabid badgers. Maybe it’s genetic.

^Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue (Live At San Quentin Jail 1969)^

Roob’s second song pick…

My second song choice is for my Mother and unlike when Nanny P passed away, we did have mum’s song played at her funeral. There was not a dry eye in the place…

^The Beatles – Hey Jude^

Cade’s third song pick…

OK, last one, another girl name. This too popped up recently for me when stumbling across a video where a really smart and sharp dude breaks down songs and shows how they are assembled. He’s got some expensive tools for breaking down the original audio into its various parts, he’s very technical about how he breaks it down, but at the same time he puts a lot of stuff in layman’s terms by showing how the bits of music are assembled. Not to mention that he’s obviously a huge music fan. He’s got one for this next song too if you care to indulge yourself. Blah blah blah …digress.

I really liked this song, but grew up in a time period and geographical location to where admitting as much could get you killed. Wimpy music that only wussies and fags* listen to. Kinda funny considering the musical prowess of the members of Toto. But, all just part of growing up when and where I did.

/me shrugs

*Fags (pejorative, slang, US): queers, homos, butt-pirates, gay rods, poofs, homosexuals.

^Toto – Rosanna (Official Music Video)^

Roob’s third song pick…

My last choice is for my sister. To be honest, I was only really familiar with the chorus before today, but mum and dad sang it to her a lot when she was a babe…

^Bobby Sherman – Julie, Do Ya Love Me (1970)^

The final word to Cade…

Gotta give this song a mention, because were it not for this song, I likely would never have met a lot of people that I have met over the past coupla years, and you would not be reading this now. Heard it on one of the first “sync videos” that I ever saw, it was used as background music, and it grabbed me from the get go. I fucking HAD to find this song. I fucking HAD to know who made it. Was kinda funny when I found out that the person who wrote it had actually appeared on my radar before. Coincidence? Possibly. But have you ever had a really long string of words appear randomly in your head? A very succinct something built by two very distinct somethings from your past?

Film: A Thin Skin Or Membrane, God Does Not Play Dice

Yep, that whole thing appeared in my head one day I guess about eight years or so ago now. Sitting alone in the garage, not doing anything, BLAM!!! there it was. Blew my mind because it brought a lot of childhood memories flooding back. Things long forgotten. Especially the mechanics of membranes, how they work, why they exist, etc.. As such, I found myself quite perplexed, was completely cut off and isolated at the time, so I immediately went to Google, searched for the whole string, and “synchromysticism” is what I found. In particular, two videos by someone called “Sealion”…one was a four parter called “Film: A Thin Skin Or Membrane”, and the other a single video called “God Does Not Play Dice”. Quite overwhelming considering my situation at the time. The videos made sense, but at the same time I didn’t understand them. Why me? Why now? Why so succinct and to the point, and yet so vague? Guess I’ll just tighten my seatbelt, and see where it all leads.

I’ve since learned that “sealion” is a slang for a form of harassment where one intrudes on conversations with disingenuous questions. “Sealioning” is I guess throwing up a wall of questions when not actually seeking answers. A method for stealing time. Time-thieves. Right up my alley. Maybe I’m in the right place afterall. Maybe not. No idea.

^POGO – Alice (Official Video)^


*There you are, Clicky… /pat snout… I wondered where you got to…*

We’re nearly into the final straight, Dear Reader, so here is a quick recap of where we’ve been and where we’re headed…

… And we hope you’ll join us again tomorrow. Have a Song 😉

^Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Move It (The Cliff Richard Show, 19.03.1960)^

30-Day Song Challenge: Birth Year!

For today’s challenge, Dear Reader, Cade and I will be exploring songs from the year we were born…

*/Lights up… That resonates for me, Clicky…*

*/Drags… that’s not from 1967…*

Legs and Poppy suggest songs from their birth years

*Ah, in that case, I do! …/stream smoke…*

…So let us take you back to 1967, Dear Reader. Enjoy! 😀

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Day 18: Songs from the year you were born

Cade’s first song pick…

Hey…Roob…could you be a shade more…vague? Three songs each from 1967? Am I to deduce that we are supposed to be thinking of songs from the year we were hatched? Or…conceived. Cause like…your parents musta been getting freaky in 1966 cause you were born in May of 1967. Me? I’m straight up 1967, cause I was born in November of 1967. Irrespective of the specifics, it’s not like I was listening to the radio as soon as I was born. So…what in the FUCK does music from 1967 mean to me?

I wonder what was going on, 15 November 1967. Anything interesting? I was already aware that MJ Adams died on that day piloting an X-15 aircraft, but anything else interesting going on? Especially in no-fucking-where Oklahoma where some tubby 9 pound 11 ounce kid was born in the wee hours of the morning?

1 + 9 + 6 + 7 = 23

2 + 3 = 5


^Happy Together – Turtles^

Roob’s first song pick…

*Ah,  the anthem of ‘The Summer of Love’, Clicky… /blows smoke rings… Incidentally, I Haight ASH and would love to see them buried… /flicks ash…*

On the 25th May 1967, Procol Harum’s ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ entered the UK charts for the first time. It didn’t get to No.1 until it dislodged the song that was topping the charts on the day of my birth…

*And what was No.1 on Cade’s birthday, Clicky?*

^Baby Now That I’ve Found You – The Foundations -1967^

Cade’s second song pick…

Turtles, eh? Kinda weird considering that I have two “power animals”…the donkey, and the turtle. That’s some fucked up power animals for someone to have, eh? Yeah, the scorpion is also a power animal of mine, but that goes without saying because I was born in November. Which, speaking of, did you know that Scorpio is a water sign?

Me neither

Just got an urge to look up songs from 1967 that dealt with “water”, and holy smokes…one caught my eye. Mainly because I wrote a song once where the lyrics were…

Another silly question…from the mouth of babes…you point me to…
One more empty portal…on a sinking ship…not much to do…
Pull my chain…and drag me…but don’t call my name.

Wrote another song where the lyrics were…

Left hand…right hand…whadda ya gonna do…
Got an empty soul…like a hole in my shoe.

Do you think maybe that “resonance” is a thing? Portal(s)? Water(s)? Syncing(s)? As far as I know, I’ve never heard this song in my life. Not until now anyway.

^HOLE IN MY SHOE (1967) by Traffic (incredible stereo mix)^

Roob’s second song pick…

Hey Cade… ‘Hole In My Shoe’ got to No.2 of the UK charts in 1967 and again in the eighties with Neil from the ‘Young Ones’…

*If I’d been born a boy, I’d have been called Neil… /sigh…1984. Again. I swear, I’m being stalked by that year, Clicky… /thinks… I wonder if it’s ‘cos I lost my virginity during the first couple of hours of 1984. I was drunk…*

^The Supremes – The Happening^

Cade’s third song pick…

OK…um…hrm. Just blasted through the top 30 songs of 1967, and a few of them tickled my fancy. The Monkees ‘I’m A Believer‘ charted in 1967, and it grabbed me because I almost used ‘Last Train To Clarksville‘ and ‘Hey Hey We’re The Monkees‘ in the previous post. ‘Soul Man‘ by Sam & Dave also grabbed me, but primarily because of The Blues Brothers. Aretha Franklin’s “Respect‘ appears to have charted in 1967, and she had an appearance in the Blues Brothers movie singing ‘Think‘. ‘Incense And Peppermints‘ by Strawberry Alarm Clock also rang some bells, and ‘Windy‘ by The Association was another song I was quite familiar with.

All that said, this one actually means a special something to me because I listened to it on vinyl a lot as a kid. Completely perplexing song for a young mind. I didn’t “get it”. Could not understand it. Why, in the hell, would someone …EVER… jump off a bridge?

^Bobbie Gentry, 1967: Ode to Billie Joe – Original Capitol 45 rpm Disc^

Roob’s third song pick…

*Agreed, Clicky. These Song Challenge posts are a bit missive-ish… /stubs butt…*

The final word from Cade…

After I finished writing last night, it occurred to me that it had gone past midnight, and was now January 4th. The significance? My daughter was born on this day in 2000. My daughter turns 20 in 2020. Weird.


Considering the subject matter, loads of memories came flooding back. Music and movies of the time, things that were going on in the world, things that were going on in my own life, they were some strange times. The new millennium, the arguments over when the new millennium actually started, the Internet was moving into the mainstream, the Y2K Bug didn’t kill us all 4 days ago, the “DOT COM” bubble, the mortgage refinance boom was flagging, not to mention that 9/11, Freedom Fries, The Patriot Act, Homeland Security, and a shitload of war was right around the corner…although we didn’t know it yet. Or did we?

Did some digging for songs that were released on 4 January of 2000, and stumbled across an interesting footnote type of thing from that date…an album released called ‘Before The Buildings Fell‘ by Black Tape For A Blue Girl. It appears that the album was originally released in 1986, but was re-released on “enhanced CD” in 2000. Anyone remember “enhanced CDs“? Another weird curiosity from the time. And speaking of curiosities, it looks like someone uploaded the whole CD to YouTube about a month ago. Good timing, eh?

HBD Kiddo

^07-Black Tape For A Blue Girl’-Before the Buildings Fell^


I’m back to work on Monday, Dear Reader, but tomorrow Cade and I will be presenting songs that make us think about life…

life is like a box of chocolates

*Unless you read the description enclosed, Clicky…*

… Have a Song ❤

^Severine – Un Banc, Un Arbre, Un Rue^

30-Day Song Challenge: Classic!

Day 16, Dear Reader, and you’ll have to forgive me; I have a stinking head cold and I’m not at my sparkling best…

*/Swallows… Ugh, my doze is bocked an’ my neck is sore…*

*Dat’s right, Kicky, da show muss go on… /sneezes…*

Dolphin toilet roll holder


… But never fear, Cade is here, and with a little assistance from chums Poppy Sweet Pea and Legs, we’ll have the ‘classic favourite’ songs challenge licked…

^Chattanooga Choo Choo – Glenn Miller^


Day 16: songs that are classic favourites

Cade’s first song pick…

Classics, eh? I guess that means Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Beatles, Lynard Skynard, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Tom Jones…popular stuff. Stuff that pretty much everyone likes. That’s what makes a classic, a classic. Popular.

^ZZ Top – Pearl Necklace^

Roob’s first song pick…

What Cade said… And Elvis…

^Junkie XL, Elvis Presley – A Little Less Conversation (Elvis vs JXL)^

Cade’s second song pick…

Saw some video this morning from that White Island eruption that occurred a few weeks ago. The news personality was blabbing non-stop so I have no idea what was really going on in the video. Other than the obvious, I wonder if they are gonna ban people from visiting the island.


^Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – Lust For Death^

Roob’s second song pick…

*Dow datsa sneeze, Kicky… /wipes doze…*

^Billy Joel”We Didn’t Start The Fire”w/History Videos(BEST ON YOUTUBE)^

Cade’s third song pick…

I’ve already included shitloads of music that I personally would consider “classic”. Staples. Musical signposts on the audible highway(s). Some roads are more traveled than others, and I personally pretty much listen to the same bullshit as everyone else. For the most part. A few musical oddities here and there.


Roob’s third song pick…

My last classic song reminds me of my sister. Thirty years ago, Thoughtful Man and I had karaoke at the evening reception of our wedding. Juju sang this to us and everybody else. I have never laughed so hard in all my days…

*If you can fined da disc wid our wedding video on it, Kicky, I’ll put it up on YouToob…*

The final word from Roob Clicky…

^Jackie Wilson – Reet petite^


Speaking of karaoke, Dear Reader, the challenge tomorrow is for ‘songs you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke’. Not that I am in any fit state to sing right now…

*Uncannily accurate, Kicky…*

…So until then, have a Song…

^Barry Islands in the Stream (Full Version) – Red Nose Day song 2009^

30-Day Song Challenge: Wedding!

LAST TIME*Oh, Clicky, I don’t fancy this wedding song challenge,  plus it’s New Year’s Eve. Will you do it for me? I’ll get you whatever you want in return…*

*Absolutely! …/pats snout… Fanks, Clicky, u da best…*

^Ho Hey The Lumineers (Lyrics HD)^
^Roy C – Shotgun wedding – 1965^

Library Wedding Song Convo

^Children Of Bodom – Oops I Did It Again!^


Day 14: songs you would love to be played at your wedding

Cade’s first song pick…

tenorLe yikes! There were no songs played at my wedding

Clicky’s first song pick…

^Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel^

Cade’s second song pick…

dearestserpentineenglishsetter-size_restrictedThere were no songs played at my divorce either

Clicky’s second song pick…

^New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle^

Cade’s third song pick…

I guess all that I can do for today is wish you a Happy New Year
^RealLive NANJANG ; Mukimukimanmansu ; Struggle with diet^

Clicky’s third song pick…

^The Ordinary Boys – Freshly Squeezed – I Luv U^


^MORRISSEY – The Ordinary Boys (Omitted From Viva Hate Redesigned Edition)^

The final word to Clicky…

^Shocking Blue – Venus (Official Video)^


up there

*Top notch, Clicky, you aced it! Anyway I’ll be back for the cover songs challenge tomorrow… /looks in fridge… Will semolina pilchards do ya?*

^I Am The Walrus – Bono and Secret Machines (Lyrics)^

30-Day Song Challenge: Preteen!

*Ballpark incident? …/lights up… I’ve literally just tweeted ‘Ballpark’ out, Clicky…*

*That’s a sync… /smokes… I knew I should have included Nineteen Eighty Four…*

*Could be, Clicky…*

Poppy and Legs send Roob their preteen songs

Welcome to Day 12 of the LoL’s Song Challenge, Dear Reader. No doubt the original creator of this challenge put the task of naming a song from one’s preteens at day 12 of this endeavour on porpoise, being as 13 is the age one become’s a teenager…

*It’s funny ‘cos it’s true…*

^The Undertones – Teenage Kicks (Official Video)^

Therefore, below, are Cade fon Apollyon and mine’s preteen choices, songs from circa 1967 – 1980. Enjoy!


Day 12: songs from preteen years

Cade’s first song pick…

We’re on the dirty dozenth day, so I guess it’s okay for me to go ahead and spring a thought that I had about this “30 Day Music Challenge” back on Day 2.

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Not suggesting that someone is reading my and Roob’s picks and shouting “AH HA!” at seeing a particular something being picked by one of us, but, they may be. You never know who is watching, nor why. Heh…heh…heh! Wait, where was I? Oh yeah, roller skating.

Um, I didn’t understand this song at all when I first heard it. I only know that it completely blew my socks off when I first heard it. How in the hell they were doing that…thing? With the voice? How are they doing that? I can do a slow and jazzy, weaving two-step to it while roller skating. Holy hell this song is the most funky song I’ve ever heard! Who in the hell is this ‘David Bowie’ person anyway?

^Fame (2016 Remaster)^

Roob’s first song pick…

Sunday mornings, when we lived high above Electric Avenue in Brixton, London, mum would let me and my sister play our records on her Hi-Fi and dance about the front room, while she made Sunday lunch. This was a fav…

^Carl Douglas Kung Fu Fighting (Original Music Video)^

Cade’s second song pick…

Preteens. I’d be remiss not to include something from “my other life”. I was already a dumpy, dorky, nerdy, sickly, ugly-assed and accident-prone kid. Why God WHY?!?!?? Why did I also have to be…a Christian?!?!?!? Go to church?!?!!? I’m already hated enough without all that additional trauma. Le sigh.

Worse yet…God…you gave me…a singing voice?!?!?!? A girl’s range in a boy’s body?!?!? That’s all I got as a gift upon being spun off into this world??????


What in the hell is wrong with you…God??????

^Holy, Holy, Holy^

Speaking of church and religion and oppression and similar stuff, all the cool kids liked the band Kiss. To be honest, I never really “got it” with respect to their music. ‘Detroit Rock City‘ was indeed a rockin’ tune, and ‘Beth‘ I also liked, but other than that, I hadn’t heard anything from them that I liked that much. Just didn’t do anything for me, and a lot of stuff out there that I liked a helluva lot more. I never would tell the other kids that tho. All that said, I really REALLY wanted a Kiss album for Christmas just so I could say I had one, and then I’d be a cool kid too. Welp, I got an album for Christmas that year, and Kiss was on it, but it wasn’t a Kiss album. It was a compilation album put out by the record company that had one single Kiss song on it. Merry Fucking Christmas.

^Calling Dr. Love^

Roob’s second song pick…

On Sunday afternoons, we’d listen to the radio to hear a rundown of the UK’s top 40 Chart and learn what song had reached number one, and on Thursday evening’s we’d watch it on the telly on ‘Top of the Pops’. Thinking about it now, it was kinda ritual, and David Essex’s ‘Gonna Make You A Star’ is a stand out memory of that…

^David Essex • Gonna Make You A Star • TOTP 1974^

Cade’s third song pick…

If you wanna get a psychological bead on someone’s personality, I’d imagine that the music your test subject likes is as good of a metric as any to use in order to find out what makes them tick. Lotta scars in my past. Lotta bumps, bruises, breaks, and blood. Talking about them even in the most constructive of manners can still be interpreted as something bitter or hateful. Maybe even spiteful or malicious. Opening old wounds. Beating dead horses. Living in past. Not moving on. Not growing.

I got no answers. Music was just about my only escape, and even that was heavily regulated. Pretty sure I’m not angry, just telling it like it was. What in the fuck does all that have to do with anything? I dunno. Supposedly, we’re all stronger at the broken spots. Does the fact that I made it to where I am without blowing my own brains out count for anything? Or am I just a waste of space burning valuable oxygen.

/me shrugs
^Almost Famous – Tiny Dancer^

Roob’s third song pick…

In 1977 my Grandad Packer died and so the family upsticks and moved in with my Nanny P in Rotherhithe, London . We’d gone from an area that was predominantly black to one that was very white. Mainly because Rotherhithe had already lost it’s docking industry and was still derelict from the efforts of the Luftwaffe some 35 years before. ‘Parallel Lines’ was the first album I bought for myself as a preteen, and now Sunday mornings were spent in my bedroom, listening to it over and over again whilst mum and nan made Sunday lunch…

^Blondie – Sunday Girl – HD^

The final word to Cade…

Five songs when only three are required? Excessive, I know. But I’m working here. May not appear that way, but yeah, lots of work going on here.

^Fixing A Hole (Remastered 2009)^


Tomorrow’s task is to collate selection of songs from the 70s, Dear Reader, so pretty much the same as today. If you have a favourite, let us know in comments and we’ll include it in the post.

Have a song… ❤

^Ian Dury And The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick^