I’ve recently just started at the Australian Institute of Music, and as I’m being constantly exposed to new and different music, it’s only fair that I talk about my own personal heroes, favourite albums and those guilty pleasures.
Hmmm…where do I start? Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Daniel Johns, Ian Kenny, James Brown, Aretha Franklin…over the past few years, I’ve been getting into so many different musical styles that it’s so hard to narrow it down to just one or two.
- Silverchair’s Diorama album (2002): It’s an amazing album. My favourite song off that album is a tie between “Luv Your Life” and “Tuna In The Brine”. Daniel Johns is a phenomenal storyteller, and he moulds all that into very poetic lyrics.
- Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album (1978): Fleetwood Mac is my favourite band, and I’d probably call Rumours one of the best albums of all time. It’s one of those albums that everyone in the world simply must listen to. (True story: I was actually belting out “Dreams” in the shower the other day, and I’ll always have a soft spot for “Songbird” for…uh…fangirl reasons).
- The Whitlams’ Eternal Nightcap (1997): Tim Freedman is yet another lyrical genius. He has this knack for creating clever, emotional and sometimes downright hilarious lyrics into his music. (“All my friends are fuckups, but they’re fun to have around…”). Tim also has a knack for making you feel like you’re somehow involved in the story of the song, as weird as that sounds. (Truth be told, I’d recommend any album by this Sydney band, but this is the best one)..
Yeah, everyone has those things on their iPod that they secretly listen to, but they’d be totally embarrassed if anyone found out. Well, to ease the pain, I’m going to fill you in on a few of mine.
(giving you space to get over the shock).
Yes, I actually listen to the music. And drool over it. And fangirl over it (“I WISH I COULD BRING NAYA RIVERA OVER TO MY HOUSE TO SERENADE ME!!!!!!?!??!?!!?!!!!!”)
OK, got the bad one out of the way first.
- Blu Cantrell’s So Blu (2001): “Hey ladies, when your man wanna get buckwild, just go back and hit ‘em up style. Put your hands on his cash and spend it to the last dime for all the hard times.” The ultimate anthem for all us proud, strong, independent woman who don’t need no man (or woman…and therefore no man)..
- Vanessa Amorosi’s The Power (2000): Vanessa Amorosi is a beast. That woman’s voice is just so powerful, and a lot of the songs on this album are catchy as hell. My personal favourite is “You Were Led On”. I think it could totally join the ranks of “You Oughtta Know” and “I (Who Have Nothing)” as powerful jilted lady anthems..
So there you have it. Musical heroes, favourite albums, guilty pleasures…
I’m curious to know what yours are. Comment down below and share some of your shameful musical secrets. No judgement (not even if you say Rebecca Black’s “Friday”).