Soundtrack of My Life

02 June

These photos were taken at Probe Records, which is an awesome shop that you should check out if you're in Liverpool.

I recently saw this post on Olivia's blog (which I've read for absolute yonks, she is awesome) and thought it was such a fun, nostalgia inducing idea. I immediately wanted to have a go myself.

Music is a huge part of my life, I love going to gigs and my headphones accompany me on every journey. A lot of the time music ties in with fashion, which you guys know is something I love. I've sang along to Taking Back Sunday with ridiculously thick eyeliner and black hair extensions, and danced to The Libertines in a military jacket and scuffed Converse. Music is an integral part of who I am as a person.

So here it is, the soundtrack of my life.

My First Album: Spice Girls - Spice

My first memories of listening to music are in the car with my dad, listening to the Cranberries, Oasis and Blur (thank you for setting me off on the right track, Papa Day!) but I think the first album I ever owned that was mine was Spice Girls - Spice. I remember listening to the tape on the cassette player in our dining room over and over again, making up dance routines and deciding which Spice Girl I'd be when I grew up (a combination of Ginger and Baby, FYI). I also saw the Spice Girls film and was pretty confident that Victoria Beckham talked to me at some point in it.

Long Term Relationship Album: Oasis - The Masterplan

My boyfriend is a huge Oasis/Noel Gallagher fan, so we've listened to loads of their albums together, but this is the one that sticks out to me. It's actually more of a compilation of their b-sides than an album, but I love it. You know a band is something special when their b-sides are as good as their singles.

Whenever I listen to Oasis, it reminds me of hanging out in my bedroom with my boyfriend, as well as inspiring me to be a bit more outspoken and rebellious. We also listen to a lot of Kanye and The xx - we're both massive music fans so we always have an album or playlist on.

Song That Makes Me Happy: ELO - Mr Blue Sky

This song reminds me of three things: the drive to my dad's house on a Friday night as a teenager, house parties with my best friends and a very rainy Glastonbury 2016, where ELO played the Sunday afternoon slot and the guy doing the robot voice made my weekend.

I listen to this quite a lot on my walk to work, and it makes me want to break into a dance routine in the middle of the street, Joseph Gordon Levitt in 500 Days of Summer style.

Song/Album That Makes Me Want To Dance: Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights

There is video footage of my best friend Shaun and I doing the full dance routine to this song out there somewhere. I just can't resist having a little shimmy and sing along to Kate Bush's eighties classic. In fact, most eighties music makes me want to dance.

Other tunes that never fail to have me rushing to the dance floor are Shake It Off by Taylor Swift, Fancy Footwork by Chromeo and Problem by Ariana Grande.

First Gig: Destiny's Child

My dad's girlfriend took me to see Destiny's Child at the Manchester Arena when I was about nine. I wasn't a particularly huge DC fan, although I did like them, but it was a great first concert to go to, as US popstars tend to put on an amazing show.

My taste in gigs generally went in a more rocky direction from then, although I did see Katy Perry on her California Dreams tour, which was incredible, and I've been to see One Direction as well. I think the next bands I saw after Destiny's Child were InMe and Enter Shikari,

Song I Wish I'd Written: The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

I don't think I really wish I'd written any songs that I love myself - mainly because they'd be different songs if I'd written them. I've got a soft spot for really depressing songs with beautiful lyrics, and Jesus Christ by Brand New, Little Motel by Modest Mouse and Winterbreak by MUNA are amongst my faves.

But There Is A Light is probably my most played song, and I just adore it, and The Smiths/Morrissey, in general. I love the lyrics, the melody and the overall "feel" of the song. It's also one that I feel like I found myself rather than being introduced to by a boyfriend, friend or family member.

Song That Reminds Me Of Being A Teen: My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade

This song pretty much sums up my teen years; angsty, rebellious and far too much black eye makeup. I'm still partial to a bit of My Chem today, but mostly they give me major flashbacks of being about 13 and watching Kerrang!, hanging out in Quiggins and the pier head on Saturdays and developing my own sense of style (even if that style was wearing extremely low rise skinnies and sticking to a tasteful colour palette of black and neon pink).

Sweatiest Gig: Paramore - Riot!

I was super excited for this gig and to see my hair idol, Hayley Williams in the flesh. Apparently so were a lot of people, as it was absolutely rammed with sweaty bodies before Paramore even came on stage.

This was one of my first gigs and I'm not exactly keen on being pushed into. I ended up having a panic attack, thinking I was going to faint and watching the show from right at the back. Lol @ me.

Karaoke Song: Queen - Don't Stop Me Now

I've actually never done karaoke! But I used to sing at my school's summer concerts, and this is the performance that stands out in my memory. Specifically because I attempted to take the microphone off the stand in a display of rockstar rebellion at one point and utterly failed.

Best Gig: Glastonbury 2015 and 2016

I know this is a massive cop out, but honestly Glastonbury is something else. It's my happiest happy place. I love that the acts you don't expect to love pull it out of the bag and surprise you (Hozier, George Ezra and Jess Glynne) and the insane, electric atmosphere of thousands of people singing along to the headliners. I'm getting goosebumps just remembering Adele's set last year.

There's such an awesome sense of community, and everyone is super friendly and having a good time. Even the mud and long drop toilets aren't so bad at Glastonbury. I'm not sure it's possible to be miserable there. It's a beautiful, magical festival and you should definitely go without hesitation if you get the chance.

Songs That Remind Me Of Home: anything by The Beatles

I'm from Liverpool, so clearly this is a massive cliche. But both of my parents are huge Beatles fans, so I remember them being played around the house a lot when I was little, and I also studied them for a module of A Level Music. My personal favourites are the early songs like She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, etc.

We also had a lot of eighties music around the house, and as I mentioned before, my dad is pretty cool and introduced me to Oasis and Blur. One of my earliest memories is singing the "hand in hand" bit of Parklife.

Least Favourite Song: Flo Rida - Wild Ones

I was going to say that my dislike of this song is inexplicable, but I know exactly why I don't like it: the lyrics make no sense and the way Sia sings "ooh" in the corner sounds like she's giving birth.

Ultimate Desert Island Disc: The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

This is such a hard question to answer! But I love every single song on this album except Don't Stop, and I've lost count of how many times I've listened to it. It suits every mood: happy, sad, sticking two fingers up at the world, and I'll probably never get bored of it.

After that, it would have to be Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys, Hot Fuss by The Killers or any White Lies album. Or maybe a compilation album to mix things up.

This was such a fun post to write! I'd love to read about the music you'd add to the soundtrack of your life, so give me a shout if you've written a similar post.

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