Saturday 3 December 2011

GUEST SPOT #27 - Mother Love Bone - 'Crown of Thorns'

Saturday, it's a Saturday ee-yay....anyway it's our Guest Spot day, friends, mums, uncles, vicars...anyone can do one just email us and we'll tell you wa gwan!

Mother Love Bone - 'Crown of Thorns' (1991)

Music brings people together....Cheesy I know but thanks to the onset of this blog and it's guest spots, I've set out what I wanted to achieve, in a sense staying in touch with people through music. Basically doing what we used to do, having a few beers listening to tunes, finding out what we all like and generally hanging out but now doing it all virtually. This weeks guest spot is no different. His name is Stuart, I used to work with him years ago, he's a stand up guy, funny, witty, with a love of music and he's picked an absolute corker!! 

Given the nature and accessibility of music these days I'm harking back to a time when, for me at least, my experience of music was as much a physical as well as a mental one. Nowadays most of my music exists somewhere on my hard drive and the physical experience of holding and reading and caressing (yes!) a highly awaited fragment of sound has gone. My choice of course. I still feel the need to seek out vinyl and CDs in various 2nd hand record shops but, like any music junkie, the Internet offers a far quicker, if less satisfying, fix.

Mother Love Bone, excellent babysitting rates dude!

Therefore, my tune of choice is from an album that I still remember reading about, waiting for and buying.  Even 20 years on the sensation of excitement remains. I know the exact shop where it was purchased - an Our Price shop that no longer exists. I remember handing over the cash and diligently reading the sleeve notes before listening to it for the first time in my bedroom - 2 hours after it first appeared in my hands. That album was Apple by the Seattle based band Mother Love Bone. My chosen song is Crown of Thorns. Great album, great song, tragic ending. Lead singer Andy Wood died from a heroin overdose before the release, lending an even more poignant, tragic air to the album and to this song in particular. However, from the ashes was born the phenomenon that is Pearl Jam. But that's another story...

Anyway, enough of my yakking - give it a listen...

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3 December 2011 at 11:22

Thanks Stuart! One of my all time favourite songs is the splice of Chloe Dancer and Crown of Thorns from the brilliant 'Singles' soundtrack. I miss the romance that used to involve buying music. I remember waiting til payday, browsing Our Price/HMV, looking(and caressing) the sleeve notes on the bus and playing an album all the way through as soon as I got home!

3 December 2011 at 13:30

Great post Stuart! I love this song, takes me back to the early 90's when Pearl Jam ruled and when I discovered this on the Singles Soundtrack - I've loved it ever since. Recently seeing PJ perform it on PJ20 brought a lump to my throat! Like you, I still crave the physical side to music, reading the CD/vinyl covers, and caressing the's wrong, but still so very right!

4 December 2011 at 18:02

Great post Stuart, thats what its all about, these memories that stay forever, great choice, Oh!Our Price you were a great friend.

4 December 2011 at 23:03

Mr F, a great story and also a great track. I only discovered the track through Singles also but have listened to Apple quite recently in fact. It takes me back to the time when I started getting into "good" music after years of Kylie et al. I've got an acoustic version by Shawn Smith which is obviously not a patch on this but worth a listen