Bring Back The Vinyl

One of my favourite past times is to watch music clips on YouTube. I can literally do this for hours, which in turn results in posting some of my fave clips to my Facebook page and usually gets me all nostalgic for the music I grew up listening to. (Who knows what my Facebook friends think).

My parents are pretty cool when it comes to music and well versed in the types of music they listen to. It was never a certain genre: we pretty much listened to and enjoyed everything. My sisters and I were raised right; being exposed to all sorts of music from Motown, British 60s, the 70s – think ABBA, Boney M, Carly Simon, Neil Diamond to name a few, followed by the best decade ever – the 80s – where it was Hall and Oats, INXS, U2, Hunters and Collectors, Elton John and all of the above. What baffles me though is I am a total nutcase lover of Bruce Springsteen (probably because he’s still a big spunk at the age of 65!!) but I don’t remember a lot of Bruce growing up. I’m pretty sure my love for him stemmed from “Dancing in the Dark”. I’m only human, right?

Watching these music clips on YouTube has made me think of the way we purchase our music. Obviously, growing up it was all vinyl which then moved to cassette tape then CD and now iTunes. For me, vinyl is definitely the best.

In Perth where I live, we have a few vinyl stores in Freo, the City and even one a few suburbs away which is awesome. And I think it’s awesome that artists are releasing their albums on vinyl again. Bring back the vinyl!

It got me to thinking of my fave vinyl record stores featured in some of my fave movies. So here are my top picks (all images courtesy of Pinterest):

Pretty in Pink

What I wouldn’t give to have worked in a record store like this. Pure enjoyment.

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High Fidelity

The craziness of Jack Black and the cool John Cusack = an awesome record store. In fact, any movie with John Cusack is going to have a viewer in me.

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Empire Records

Renee Zellweger’s debut film is a goodie. My favourite scene in the film is when Dire Straits’ “Romeo and Juliet” is playing on the loudspeaker with the girl dancing along while listening to it on her headphones. Plus you can’t go past Rex Manning Day!

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Are you a vinyl appreciator too? What are your faves?

Until next time …

Aimee x


80s Overload

Those that know me know I’m mad for music, I’m mad for concerts and I’m mad for the 80s. Put them all together and you have the perfect event! Last night was An Evening on the Green in Kings Park featuring a selection of fine 80s Aussie talent. If you’ve never been to one of these events, make sure you do sometime in the near future. They’re held all around Australia and, in my opinion, an outdoor concert is always the best type of concert. And Kings Park is a cracker of a venue. Although when the sun went down it got
freezing so my inner-Granny came out and I did have to hide under a blanket!

Last night’s lineup was a goodin’. I’ve done a few 80s concerts – being the Countdown Spectacular at the Burswood Dome a few years back and even one at Metro’s in Freo which was great!

Last night started with Swanee aka John Swan – Jimmy Barnes’ older brother and frontman to The Party Boys. It was a great way to start.
Party Boys – “Hold Your Head Up”

Wendy Matthews hasn’t aged a day and her voice is smooth as silk. Love Wendy.
Wendy Matthews – “I Dont Want to Be With Nobody But You”

Mark Gable didn’t disappoint with “Run to Paradise”. He’s still got it and had the crowd moving.
Choirboys – “Run to Paradise”

GANGgajang were fantastic. They started with “The Bigger They Are” (which we found out the film clip was filmed in our very own Perth Entertainment Centre!) and of course finished with “Sounds of Then”. Such as Aussie song – love it!
GANGgajang – “Sounds of Then”

Rose Tattoo turned up and put on a great show. Although I didn’t see much as I was at the bar for a refill. Angry was great. He made a little speech about how great Australia is and we all had a little toast. Then I think he dropped a couple of expletives which was pretty cool.
Rose Tattoo – “We Can’t Be Beaten”

I must admit I couldn’t really remember Mi-Sex, until they belted out “Computer Games”! Do you remember that one? So ahead of their time!
Mi-Sex “Computer Games”

I must admit that when Moving Pictures came on I was on a loo break and getting a coffee (the sun was down, I’d finished my alcohol and the coffee was calling me!) so we sang along to “What About Me?” up on the hill. Who doesn’t love that song? It just proves that all you need is one hit and you can live off the royalties forever!
Moving Pictures – “What About Me?”

The Machinations were great too. I have fond memories of watching them on videotape at my aunty’s house when I was about 11 years old. Over and over and over.
Machinations – “No Say In It”

Now I thought John Paul Young was going to be a real dork but he was great! Of course he started with “Love Is In The Air” then went on to “I Hate The Music” and “Yesterday’s Hero”. All that was missing was Molly and the Countdown stage.
John Paul Young – “Love Is In The Air”

WaWaNee absolutely rocked the keytar as only they can! “Stimulation” and “I Can Make You Love Me” got the crowd up. A bit of trivia for you: Paul Gray, the lead singer, and I share the same birthday, November 28th. I thought that was cool when I was 12 years old. Still do just quietly.
WaWaNee – “Stimulation”

Pseudo Echo – what can I say? They played and sounded just like they did in the 80s. Better actually. My sister was floored to find out that Brian Canham (lead singer) is 52 years old! Which really just means we’re getting old! Eek!
Pseudo Echo – “Listening”

1927 finished the show. Eric Weideman is still a big spunk, just a bit older. They’ve still got it.
1927 – “That’s When I Think of You”

The concert came to a close with a joint tribute to Doc Neeson and The Angels with “Am I Ever Gonna See You Face Again?” to which we all replied “No way, get fucked, fuck off!” Haha! So bogan and so Aussie!

All up, it was 6 hours of awesome 80s Aussie rock n’ roll. Now that’s my idea of a good night out.

Aimee x