Talking About My Generation: Brian’s Top of the Pops

Music is a huge passion of every member of the My Gen news team. Here our reporter Brian Turner shares his top ten tracks!

He said: “I am not into dancing but like to sit back, listen and immerse myself in the music. This may appear to be an odd selection of tracks but it is one that generally meets the afore mentioned criteria. Like most people there are tracks that have been listed then removed – my apologies to the many great bands and artistes out there who may feel they have been unfairly excluded. Here they are, in no particular order.”
1. The Easybeats – Friday On My Mind 
The Easybeats, along with several other Australian groups, provided the sound track of my youth. They produced power pop songs by the bucket full and should have cracked the UK and US market with their earlier songs not just this one. Look their songs up on YouTube and if you are into vibrant upbeat 60’s pop music you will not be disappointed.

2. Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
This group define what pop music should be all about with great tunes, amusing lyrics – Fast cars and Noise annoys etc – and delightful production. Saw them in the ‘Through the Ages’ tour at the Manchester Apollo – the old group members versus the new group members – the old won.

3. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
A group that produced songs full of angst and introspection giving many clues to lead singer Ian Curtis fragile mental state prior to his suicide. Shame I never saw them live.

4. New Order – Love Vigilantes 
Saw them live on two occasions and loved their music. I say loved because they are started to decline prior to Peter Hook leaving them and are not the same band since he did so. Peter Hook’s Monaco were a decent substitute and I saw them live too. May be deemed to be an usual choice out of all their hits, but chosen due to its poignant lyrics.
5. Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
I discovered them when this track started powering out of my swinging brick General Electric transistor radio. Saw them play live at Belle Vue after Led Zeppelin 4 had been released. A power session was followed by an acoustic session, followed by a full power violin bow playing lead guitar session that blew the roof off the hall.

6. Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out The Lights
This guy is a legend in British folk music and a founder member of Fairport Convention who I have seen live on two occasions. I could equally have chosen Sandy Denny, who was also in the band, but decided on this mournful song about a woman driven to commit suicide. Kirsty McColl should also get a mention.

7. Brian Eno with Robert Fripp and Phil Manzanera – Baby’s On Fire
This guy has produced some genius work. Having graduated from Roxy Music he started to produce both himself and other major artistes such as David Bowie and U2. Robert Fripp and Phil Manzanera provide the Eno treated guitar riffs on this particular track. I used this track to help me pick out the last pair of speakers I bought.

8. Roy Harper – Highway Blues
Roy is another representative of the Manchester music scene. He started off as a hippy folky and developed connections with Pink Floyd singing lead vocals on ‘Have a cigar’, wrote ‘You’ for Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush,’Hats off to Roy Harper’ is dedicated to him on Led Zeppelin 111, and he had a minor hit with ‘When an old cricketer leaves the crease’ backed by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. So many songs to choose from.

 

9. The Groundhogs – 3744 James Road
Sit back, turn your amplifier up very loud and let the music hammer into your psyche. TS McPhee playing lead guitar with bottle neck technique to create the distortion effect you can hear in all his work.
10. Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs – Maps
I can recall watching this song on the MTV channel at a time when they introduced some great new indie groups. A complete and utter wonder of a song with powerful vocals, guitar, drums and stunning video. The nearest to equalling the emotional power of this song is Total control – the Motels, as seen on the Australian Countdown music television programme.

 

 

 

 

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