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The Stone Roses - 'Driving South' (1994)
This week's GUEST SPOT is from Neo (AKA London Scouser). You music lovers out there know the excitement of a long awaited album's first unveiling. How do you play yours? Play straight through from beginning to end? Skip through the singles first before hearing the tracks you don't know? Or how about skip to track 7, your lucky number and prove to yourself that track 7 is always the best one on every album? Well, Neo likes to run a nice hot bath, press 'random' and settle down for a nice long soak! Little did he know that The Stone Roses had a few "hidden tracks" up their sleeves!
I liked Second Coming by The Stone Roses. I'll repeat it in case you don't take me seriously. Actually, no I bloody love Second Coming, okay it's different to their first album, but come on if you want to listen to the first album then do so. But on first hearing I almost didn't like it, in fact it annoyed me immensely. Sit back and I'll tell you why. It was a Sunday evening, I had filled the bath for a nice relaxing well earned soak before the 9 to 5 ritual began again next morning. I unwrapped my new purchase, put it in the Hi-Fi, started the first track "Breaking Into Heaven" then pressed random, jumped into the bath and listened. Great start I thought, "they're back !!" I can't remember what the next track that came on was but I'm sure I enjoyed it. It was after this that my annoyance started. All of a sudden I couldn't hear anything... WTF ?!? Is the CD broken ?? Have we had a power cut ?? Then another track started and I relaxed again. After that song finished, again I was met by silence. This time longer than the previous gap. "I know what's happening" I thought. My brother is playing silly buggers and stopping the CD. I promptly started calling him a few naughty adjectives but he didn't reply. I was just about to quickly get out of the bath and sort him out when another track started. Very confusing.
When I finally got out and dried myself off I noticed the problem. The CD display said there were 99 tracks ??? Surely that's a mistake. I stopped the CD, took off random and pressed play again from track 1. Hearing music, I skipped to track 2, this continued until track 13 started. After 4 seconds it went to 14, 4 seconds and then 15. I stared intently at the display until track 90 came on. Finally more music (of sorts !!) tracks 91 to 99 were again the 4 seconds of nothing. I can laugh about it now, especially as I only listen to music through my iPod/iTunes now so I can stop those pesky silent bits in their tracks.
|Brownie and co...in need of a good bath|
My standout from the album is Driving South, however the whole album for me deserves more praise. Check it out or rediscover it.
GUEST SPOT # 42 - Stone Roses - 'Driving South'
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