Before we get into the Top Twenty (because, you know, it would be a shame to hurry things), a brief intermission, in the form of the hot new musical meme that’s sweeping all of Blogland etc etc. This comes via Mr.D. of Aprosexic.
1. What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
At home, it’s just under 40gb. Which is bothersome, as I have a 40gb iPod and am going to have to start making tough decisions. (That’s just under 8000 tracks, mostly encoded at 160, and NO, of COURSE it’s not enough.)
At work, I had a massive purge; just 117 songs remain. The rest all found their way onto the iPod.
2. The cd you last bought is:
Tekitoi by Rachid Taha, an Algerian rai-rocker who I’ll be seeing in Leicester next month, as part of the African Soul Rebels package tour (also featuring Tinariwen from Mali and Daara-J from Senegal). Most (if not all) of the tracks are musical collaborations with Steve Hillage (formerly of Gong and System 7), although you’d never guess it, and there’s a great, spirited cover of Rock The Casbah, recorded as a tribute to the late Joe Strummer (who credited Rachid Taha as an inspirational figure).
3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?
Remember To Forget by Dani Siciliano, from the Likes album. It’s on my Best Of 2004 triple mix CD, which (handy cross-promotional tie-in coming up) YOU COULD WIN, by correctly predicting my favourite single of last year. Hurry, while there’s still time!
4. Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.
A Song From Under The Floorboards by Magazine, which I wrote about on Uborka.
The Only Way Is Up by Otis Clay, for sheer euphoria; it always feels as if the credits should be rolling during this one.
Goodbye To Love by The Carpenters (particularly for the guitar solos, the second one being my favourite of all-time).
Weak Become Heroes by The Streets – this was my Nineties.
Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks – the very essence of poignant, this always provokes a certain ocular pricking.
5. Who are you going to pass this stick to? (3 persons) and why?
Ben of Silent Words Speak Loudest, because he’s a good sport and should enjoy playing along.
Jamie of Jamie4U, because she’ll be fierce, girl.