2018 in Music

I got my Spotify 2018 stats today and I’m thinking ‘listen to more music, Sam!’ is going to be a goal for 2019.
I spent 1224 minutes listening to music in 2018, that’s only just over 20 hours. How awful is that?
Madonna was my top played artist, and I listened to her for 4 hours. My other top played artists were Erasure, The Police, Prince and Belinda.
My top played genres were rock, pop, indie, soul and rnb.
The oldest song I listened to was Quando Quando Quando by Engelbert Humperdinck which was recorded in 1968. I’m kind of hoping shares this stat, his could be really interesting since he tends to listen to classical and opera. Yes, Jack, that’s a hint!


Not that I love my 80s pop music or anything haha.

There was something else I wanted to post about but I got distracted by that.

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they’re out there…somewhere…maybe…

I came home from work this evening to find Jack and Lucy watching War Of The Worlds. I’m all for a good science-fiction movie, I do enjoy stories of alien invasions and I’ve been half wanting to watch the film for many years. I’m just not sure I can sit through several hours of Tom Cruise. So instead I’m hiding in my office and listening to Jeff Wayne’s musical version.

On the Tom Cruise note, I used to be a fan, back in the late 80s/early 90s. I have many fond memories of watching the likes of Cocktail, Top Guns, Days Of Thunder, A Few Good Men. Jack loves his Mission Impossible movies. But that was before the utter craziness of his Scientology ways. Have you ever actually read about this cult? Jesus, the fuck…? People believe this shit? I mean, the idea of reincarnation is fine, and the whole working towards spiritual and educational enlightenment is fair enough. But Xenu? The galatic tyrant who apparently stacked up billions of frozen bodies and then blew them up with H-bombs, for reasons known only to His Galatic Mightyness? And, by the way, it’s the souls of those dead shmucks sticking to our bodies that causes mental disorders and diseases and shit. Yeah, who knew? Weird fucking shit, I’m telling you

But I digress. The War of the Worlds. So anyway, It’s on Spotify and I’m trying to recall if I’ve ever listened to it properly before. I don’t think I have, not in it’s entirety. It’s… interesting, certainly. Very prog-rock. And I do love the orchestral bits. Dun-dun-DUN! Most of the songs are fairly average, although I’ve always liked Forever Autumn. Never actually knew it was from this.

All Gold 80s

One of my current favourite things is Spotify. Specifically the pre-programmed playlists which make listening so much easier. A nice 50 track playlist that I can put on for a few hours and get on with whatever it is I may be doing. Right now, that would be posting and reading on DW.

I’m a fan of 80s pop music. I was in my late teens/early 20s during the decade and it really influenced me, it definitely formed the soundtrack to my formative years. My favourite artists include Prince, George Michael, Madonna, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Queen, Spandau Ballet and Elton John.

Spotify UK has an absolutely wonderful playlist that I am completely in love with All Gold 80s. All gold, all day – unforgettable 80s hits It’s a 100 track playlist lasting 6hr 49min. It includes Fleetwood Mac, Eurythmics, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Toto, Paul Simon, The Buggles, a-ha, Whitney Houston, Bryan Adams, Tears For Fears… I am in heaven1

1 My leg is aching, my butt is getting numb, I’m putting weight on, I’m bored, I’m hungry, I’m home alone , I’m horny and I’m fed up. But at least the music is good…