Saturday, 20 December 2008

Rumours

Well this year is the last I'll spend as a 30 something; I lost a parent and found out I'm to become a parent myself. Quite big events all.

And impacting on life in strange little ways. Musically I've always been fairly much the same since I was a teenager. Paul Weller, The Clash, The Who, 2 Tone, punk and old soul and reggae, with a detour into dance music during the late 80s early 90s.

But I've found that, during the 'shock' period after my loss and discovery of impending parenthood that my old records didn't feel the same. So away mostly for the rare Northern soul sides and onto the iPod with my Sigur Ros albums which I'd quite liked before. Now they sound like masterpieces.

What else suddenly sounded good was Paul Simon; something about that weary resignation just feels like home. And now I find myself really loving Rumours. Yes. Fleetwood Mac. I started the year with an iPod full of rare soul and reggae sides and find myself finishing it with soft rock from the 70s.

There's just something about it's warmth and semi acoustics, the harmonies and the underlying tension that just makes it crackle like a real fire. And the fact that there's no trace of irony involved, no tongue in cheek: they mean it. Man. And there's a feeling that this is the blueprint for a whole generations music. No, it's not The Clash. But there is a sense of cool about it that I didn't think it would contain. Maybe I'm just getting old....

9 comments:

Planet Mondo said...

I had the same thing when me and Mrs PM bought our first flat (aged 24), felt I should be listening to more stately, grown up music...Clapton, The Eagles and Steely Dan - Clapton and The Eagles got canned of after a couple of albums - but Steely Dan have stayed with me and are full of memories of our early days (Jellyfish too) - I'm sure It'll be the same for you with Fleetwood Mac when nipper pops along any ideas what it is yet ?(My spider sense tells me something but I won't say yet)...

entrailicus said...

Whatever your status, wherever you find yourself in life, never feel you have to apologise for liking Rumours. Selling a gazillion copies doesn't mean it isn't one of the great works of the 20th century.

Being a parent is bloody great by the way. The centre of the universe moves from your heart to theirs and never returns. Enjoy every second of it.

Simon said...

PM, Steely Dan are also on rotation at the moment, alongside Macca's 70s output. May not last, and it feels like it's out of my control, but it sure is enjoyable.

Mr. E: I'd never actually listened to Rumours all the way through before. It was always one of those albums in the racks in second hand shops. And my tastes being so grounded in the late 70s early 80s, it was probably the uncoolest thing for anybody to listen to. But it is a great record, one of those that works as a complete thing better than split up.

I feel no shame!

Davy H said...

And then there's 'Landslide' ...x

Uncle E said...

It took me a while to warm to Rumours as well, but I can now totally appreciate the artistry that went into it's creation. Amazing.

ally. said...

my one was james taylor who i still find incredibly comforting especially when i'm away from home. and he makes me think of my dad for some strange reason even though my dad never liked him. and the soul sides and rocksteady wigglers will always be there for when you need them. and ta for a whole lot of top tunes and words maestro
x

Planet Mondo said...

Bizarre - I had a big solo macca buzz when the first of my two tots was born...

Anonymous said...

good god get a grip & try & regain some sense of music taste

JC said...

I'll second mr/ms anon up there...!

But each to their own amigo.