Our tastes are very eclectic…..Mr YVL loves old Indian sitar music and a whole load of funky soul. I love rock music but also can enjoy some 80s pop.
So I thought I’d share a few of my favourites..although this list is not by any means exhaustive! I love the covers too. In fact, there’s nothing better than pulling out your vinyl and moving the arm across to get the correct groove…..waiting for the crackle, then an amazing tune!
First up is the amazing Debbie Harry and Blondie. She is, without doubt my style icon (I have had bleach blonde hair since my early teens)..in a man’s punk world she rocked yet also looked amazing, even in a bin bag! I collect their records always looking out for rare covers and singles. I love her outfit on this cover!
I was lucky to have a mum with also an eclectic music taste. She loved Bowie and Roxy Music, but also disco (Donna Summer) with a bit of hippy thrown in (Joni Mitchel). This is one of my favourite Bowie records and the gatefold image is amazing! Ziggy Stardust was revolutionary: he showed a generation of men it was ok to dress up and be yourself.
She also introduced me to Barbara Streisand. Guilty is one of my top 5 records and would be one of my desert island discs. Amazing to think this rocker would love this record. I love every song and it takes me back to my childhood in an instant.
Lets fast forward to my early teens when I was a goth. Interesting that most vintage gals started their love of fashion by wearing purple striped tights and a tonne of black make up. I loved the Jesus and Mary Chain, and this album reminds me of a time of hanging out in Bedford with my mates..all dressed the same!
A bit of a u turn now. The Beatles Sargeant Pepper is another favourite. This is an original copy with the cut out figures still in tact inside. This is a bitter sweet album for me. My first love committed suicide in 1989 and this reminds me of him so much…..but it’s a stunner of an album. Alas I can hardly bring myself to listen to it..but after a few wines……
I love Sonic Youth…such an influential band..without them we wouldn’t have had Nirvana, and without Nirvana we wouldn’t have most of the rock music since. I wanted to be Kim Gordon for so long..another woman with great talent, rocking out.
Lou Reed’s Transformer reminds me of my 6th Form. It was released ages before but I discovered it in the late 80s. He was such a wordsmith…..Walk on the Wild Side has been over played since but it’s still a great track.
Now over to Kate Bush. She is without doubt legendary. Florence Welch has clearly been influenced by her. “The man with the child in his eyes” is one of all time favourite records…so beautiful, so sad.
So in late 80s I shaved my hair (not totally off), donned my army boots and fell in love with the angst of Sinead O’Connor. Never before had I felt that words on an album related to my feelings (teenagers huh!)
Early U2 is utterly brilliant. Out of a troubled Ireland, Bono and his band emerged with raw truth and raw talent. How many of you remember him pulling those girls out of the crowd at Live Aid and wishing it was you? I ask anyone who thinks they are all about giant lemons and silly sunglasses to listen to October, War and Under a Blood Red Sky and appreciate they were one of the best bands in the world.
And I end with another stunner. Portishead’s Dummy is on the soundtrack of my life. It was on when I realised I had fallen in love with Mr YVL and it was playing as Herbie came into the world. Stunning, haunting vocals over a mid 90s bass line.
Gosh, even my music taste is vintage x