It’s been a slow start to the year for new music. Sure Zayn Malik released his debut solo single, but the charts are still predominately dominated by Justin Bieber – nothing against his last album Purpose, but the same songs over and over again begin to get on your nerves.
With very little music on the scene, myself, Spotify, the old trusty iPod Classic and iTunes have entered a wonderful new relationship where we take a trip down memory lane. We’ve visited the teenage years of punk and emo from the noughties, classic pop from the 1990s and the old skool songs that you grew up listening to because your parents had them on it in the car.
New music may be hard to come by but the old favourites are always there when you need them.
Here’s my tried and tested ultimate go-to music for when artists don’t seem to be releasing anything new and inspiring
Released in November 2003 the self-titled Blink 182 album made a change from the usual teen pop-rock / pop-punk CDs on the shelves of Woolworths, HMV and, yes, Virgin Megastore. This album probably set me back a month or two in pocket money at £10, which back then was a lot of money. I remember blasting it out in the car on the way back from Nottingham one Saturday afternoon, much to my mum’s disapproval, and despite this type of music being a rarity today; it still feels as current as it did back then.
Another 2003 release yet I didn’t really discover Dashboard Confessional until I got into One Tree Hill mid-season three in 2006. Many great talents came out of that show – Gavin DeGraw, The Wreckers, Tyler Hilton, Lupe Fiasco – but Dashboard Confessional will always remain one of the true greats that take me back to those days on the Rivercourt. Many teens grew up with the show, and therefore grew up with the music of Dashboard. It’s symbolic of a time when teenage television was very strong and the soundtrack to the story mattered.
One of the few albums I had with the parental advisory stickers on before I was even a teenager. I don’t think my mum was best pleased with the number of expletives in the album so it would more than likely have been played on my Walkman through headphones. Back then I don’t know what it was about this album that made Eminem seem so “cool” but even at aged ten it was obvious that my music taste was going to be very diverse. Beyond the F’s the S’s and the BS’s a lot of Eminem was either relatable or just a way for us kids to rebel against the pop word of the Spice Girls.
Sunday family lunches on special occasions usually had some Wet Wet Wet or Crowded House on in the background. Somehow whatever my mum listened to has since influenced some of my current tastes hence why, even 20-years after its initial release, Picture This remains an all-time favourite. It feels like home and the sound of Marti Pellow’s voice it soothing enough to calm even the most stressful of days.
Beginning to come out of the punk stage and onto the indie rock stage of life, Death Cab is one of those easy listening bands that can still compete with new releases in the same genre category such as Mumford and Sons and Of Monsters and Men. I honestly have to thank the likes of The OC for bringing Death Cab into my life. Not a week goes by where I haven’t listened to them. It’s just that simple, mellow music that you sometimes need to listen to, yet it’s also suitable for all types of moods.