“Space Oddity”, David Bowie >> 1982 First introduction to proper music from a fan. He was very cool and flew gliders when he wasn’t being an engineer. Thomas Crown was right – gliders are cool.
“True”, Spandau Ballet >> 1983 Top of the charts and on the C90 mixed tape in my “boom box” I had in the car when I caught the ferry to leave the country. That tape got chewed up somewhere north of Norrkoping… poor thing!
“Just Can’t Get Enough”, Depeche Mode >> 1984 First crush, first cuddle, first kiss… the swiss-cheese anxiety plant saw it all against a backing track of Moogs, Roland’s and Yamaha’s from Basildon’s finest.
“Broken Druid II”, Fairlight >> 1987 Teenage kicks!
“Twentynine Palms”, Tangerine Dream >> 1989 Soothing keyboards for late night coding…
“Being Boring”, Pet Shop Boys >> 1990 Coming of age and first proper relationship – and of course from the era when MTV was “must see”.
“So Young”, Suede >> 1993 Stockholm, dragged to gig kicking and screaming but emerged from the Circus a convert. Thanks B-M!
“High and Dry”, Radiohead >> 1995 Gino… awesome!
“It’s oh so quiet”, Bjork >> 1995 London for business and THAT luciafest in West Kensington… sheer and utter madness!
“Safe from Harm, 12 inch version”, Massive Attack >> 1998 Brilliant song for driving fast to. Sometimes too fast leading to near death experience… but nothing is better than a late night drive on empty, winding country roads to clear one’s mind from trials and tribulations of life.
“Angel”, Massive Attack >> 1998 A confident tune for a confident, ambitious and totally arrogant man-about-town. Looking back, I’m not proud…
“Tender”, Blur >> 1999 First visit to New York and the Mile-High Club. It just had to be done!
“Por do Sol”, Cellar 55 >> 2007 From Wandsworth Park to Bermuda… Ho hum.
“Cittagazze”, Portico Quartet >> 2009 Standout track from first, and only, USB “mix tape” ever received. Sometimes things just aren’t what you think they are…
“Peace Piece”, Bill Evans >> 2011 A very recent introduction this, but piano perfection for calming those tender emotions…