Oh me, oh my! This is a big deal. TOP FIVE BANDS… look out everybody!
Firstly, I am very happy to announce that every person who comments on this post with their Top Five Bands and ‘likes’ Other Such Things on Facebook, will go into the draw to WIN a personally made and hand-picked MIXED TAPE (CD actually). All the songs on the winner’s mix will be put together just for you by me. Now, doesn’t that sound fun?!
Secondly, I would like to say ‘thanks’ to all of you who have participated in my other Top Five lists so far. I really enjoy reading your interesting, and even sometimes hilarious comments, and learning about the things you like.
I know that getting it down to a definitive five (in almost any given topic) can actually be rather difficult. In fact, I know that some of you have even almost blown a fuse trying to decide! So before I start, I wanted to make it perfectly clear that your Top Five is exactly that… *yours*. It is whatever you want it to be.
So, if that means you only include four in your list, that’s ok. If it means that you only list your Top Five in a specific genre inside of the topic, that’s ok too. Even if you list more than five, rest assured that everything will be ok.
I do realise that a Top Five that I write today will probably be different than one I will write in two years time, or maybe even in two months time. But I think that that is what makes it fun.
So… for this instalment, I have chosen: Top Five – BANDS.
For ME – I am choosing to list my Top Five most favourite bands/singers ofalltime, as they currently stand. It is funny though – if I were to choose my Top Five bands at the moment, my list would be totally different.
Anyway, so as to not keep you waiting any longer, here they are:
1. The Cure
My love affair with these fellows runs long and deep within my veins. My earliest memory of this band is of when I was four years old. I was obsessed with their song, ‘Lovecats’. I loved it so very much, that I begged my mother to make me a cat costume. She sewed me a little pussy cat tail, which had an elastic band I could attach to my waist with velcro, and she sewed some little pussy cat ears to a black satin headband. I would team this with a little black bodysuit. (The word ‘bodysuit’ just sounds so much better than ‘unitard’ – right?!)
Then I would play the ‘Lovecats’ track, and crawl around my living room, meowing and hissing and rubbing up on the side of the couch, and on my brother and sister’s legs.
Great story Jessica.
My adoration for The Cure pretty much hasn’t changed since then. Dana bought me tickets to see them play on their Australian tour a couple of years back. I cried for their entire two and one-half hour set, thinking, “Robert Smith, oh! I love you!”
On second thought… I probably would have caught his attention, had I donned a super awesome home-made cat costume. Mum! Where were you when I needed you?!
Oh well, better luck next time.
2. Cat Power
A voice so smoky and smooth, an uncanny shyness, deep and sensual lyrics, and gorgeous to boot. Chan Marshall (and your voice): you have my heart!
This music and these lyrics really speak to me. This band’s music is, to me, the soundtrack of the time in my life that I fell in love with Dana – who, as most of you know, is now my husband. Also, I have always admired the lead singer, Aaron Weiss, for his take on liberal Christianity. Not that I agree with anything and everything he does, but I certainly hope that I can have the balls to love people as fervently as he seems to.
The intricacies and layers in the music that this band creates will never grow old to me. I would pay insane amounts of money to see them play in real life.
5. Smashing Pumpkins
At a time in my life, a particular time I can’t be arsed going into right now, I hid my thoughts under this music. Their grungy melancholy, I suppose, was something I really identified with at the time. Plus, I have always sported a strange crush on Billy Corgan.
6. Sufjan Stevens
Ok, so, I am cheating, I know, but it is my list after all. I’ll have six in my Top Five if I want to. This man is a musical genius, to say the very least. His music makes me happy. If you haven’t listened to his music, stop wasting your life, and go listen now. Ok, good. Glad we talked.
I am really excited to read about all of your Top Five Bands!
Remember, to be in the running for your super cool mixed tape, all you need to do is tell me YOUR Top Five Bands, and ‘Like’ Other Such Things on Facebook if you haven’t already (follow this link here to do it).
Wishing you all lots of love, and a wonderful week ahead.