Thursday, 4 December 2014

Nostalgic Music Part 4

Nostalgic Music Part 4

Old Music Albums always give you a big insight as to who you were when you were younger and what kind of music you enjoyed. Even as I get older I still like a variety of music genres but some of the music I liked when I was younger I would certainly steer clear of nowadays. Here are a few of my music albums that I found, listened to again and my thoughts on them.

McFly- Room On The 3rd Floor
Being 14 when this came out and having slightly older teenage boys play guitars and sing songs, this was always going to be something I needed to get my hands on straight away. Most of the girls at school would obsess over them and everyone usually had a favourite (mine was Dougie). It was actually funny how many tracks I remembered on this CD and were songs always played at various birthday parties that school friends had. Nowadays of course McFly are still very much around and have merged themselves with the other British band Busted, under the name McBusted. A small part of me does have a soft spot for them and I guess there is a little bit of a fan girl in me, but I actually do not follow there music any more. This was actually the only album I bought of there's because I think at the time, being a teenager and having a British boy band around your age become popular, there was a lot of hype around them. As much as I did enjoy there music at the time and at that stage, that was kind of the age where I started to discover other bands like Jet and The White Stripes. So I guess a part of me felt that McFly were a little bit tame for me after the age of 14 and I never really ventured back to listen to there music. The breakthrough song was Five Colours In Her Hair which was actually not one of my favourites from them but was still good enough for me to pay interest. A few of mine were ones not actually released as singles like Saturday Night, Down By The Lake and Room On The 3rd Floor. Listening back the album does have a lot of pop music features and some of the lyrics are typical from teenage boys but for me it brings back a lot of happy memories.

McFly- Room On The 3rd Floor


Britney Spears- Britney
I feel like I know Britney Spears life story from all of the times I would hear and see her whilst I was growing up, from her relationship with Justin Timberlake to her head shaving moment. She has always had a unique voice that is fairly easy to have a go at impersonating. This came out in 2001 and although I was a bit of a Britney fan especially the whole Baby One More Time phase, I did not have this until she appeared in a film. Top marks if you actually remember the film Crossroads that Britney Spears starred in as the main character, but a lot of her music from this album was on there. I actually completely forgot that she worked with Pharrell Williams on this album, but I would say this is her growing up album and becoming a little more raunchy. What I mean by this is her first song on the album is I'm A Slave 4 U, which is a little bit out there, but then if you have ever seen the video for that song, let me just summarise and say it is a load of sweaty dancers rubbing up against each other. But aside from all that she has songs like I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman, Boys and a cover of I Love Rock 'n' Roll, which is probably my favourite of the songs on the album. Now that I look back I am a little bit bemused as to why I have this album because I am not overly keen on many of the less known songs on this. I do remember being a fan of Britney Spears but despite the fact I would see her on every music channel, in every teenage magazine, I was never totally in love with her music. Of course there are classic songs of hers which I will be the first one to get up and dance to, but with this album it is not filled with many of my favourites from her.

Britney Spears- Britney


Aqua- Aquarium
A slight feeling of cringe comes to mind when I think about how many times we would all sing Barbie Girl on our school bus. So even if you have no clue who Aqua were as a band, most people have heard of the song Barbie Girl. I was 7/8 when Aqua started becoming more popular in the UK. I actually remember all of the songs on this album because weirdly back in the day (and even though I feel embarrassed about it) I did really like Aqua. To sum up Aqua it basically consists of cheesy dance music, a high pitched female voice and a low pitch man voice. That is them in a nutshell really, it is very difficult for me to compare them to anything else I have heard before, I guess in that sense they are unique because of it. Other songs include Doctor Jones, Lollipop (Candyman), Turn Back Time and My Oh My. Being much older now the music does sound a little bit crazy and some of the lyrics are a little bit questionable. I think it is all a bit too much for me to listen to now that I am older, I like the odd upbeat song every so often, but the majority of this album is very upbeat and between the singing voices it is a little exhausting. However I can see why I would have loved it as a child, it would instantly make me feel happy and it was music played at birthday parties or at school discos.

Aqua- Aquarium


Dirty Dancing SoundtrackUltimate Dirty Dancing
I end with my favourite album from this bunch, all of the music that was played on the film Dirty Dancing. Without a doubt I am a huge Dirty Dancing fan, it is one of those great films that you love to watch and enjoy. Apart from the dancing, the romance and the drama of the film, the soundtrack for this movie is incredible. I say that because it was a film made out of my era, so it definitely opened my eyes and educated me into music from before my time. It has music that even if you have no clue how to dance, you just want to dance to it. I have so many favourites, but the ones I insist upon listening to are, Do You Love Me, Cry To Me, Be My Baby, Love Man, She's Like The Wind and of course (I've Had) The Time of My Life. Honestly a lot of this music I still love and listen to regardless of if I had seen the film, I would still enjoy it. But if you have not seen Dirty Dancing I really recommend watching it, I think it will always be one of those classics that you should see. At first I thought I would hate the film but by the end I fell in love with it and wanted to become a professional dancer. I was about 15 when I saw the film and immediately needed the album too, I just love it and think it is incredible.

Ultimate Dirty Dancing

A bit of a mixed bunch with how I feel about some of these music albums, but it is always a great way of learning about how your music tastes might have changed whilst growing up.

Let me know in the comments if you have listened to any of these albums, or even if you bought them yourselves!

Have a lovely day!

Elle x

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2 comments

  1. BARBIE GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! Oh goodness that reminds me of my youth. Aqua & Britney Spears were the hottest back in elementary school. :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  2. Haha I know right! Literally everyone used to love those songs and sing them every day :D Elle x

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