July Playlist

As I have not posted a playlist for a while I felt that it was about time to post another one. So here are some of the songs that I have been listening to recently.

1. King For A Day – Green Day – Nimrod, 1997

This song was released in 1997 and Green Day are well known for playing this at most of their concerts however they normally will mix it with at least one song, which is usually “Shout” by Lulu they also sometimes include songs such as “Always Look On The Brightside Of Life”, “Teenage Kicks” and “Hey Jude”. After watching the band perform the song at Hyde Park I wanted to listen to it more and recently has become one of my most played songs. One thing about when the band play the song live is that fact that the audience always knows that it is going to be played as Billie will put a crown on.

2. Lose It –  SWMRS – Drive North, 2016

This song is my favourite song from the SWMRS album, I like how it starts slowly and then speeds up throughout the song, I also like how it gets more upbeat throughout. It is not one of the bands most popular songs but I find it very enjoyable to listen to and I think it is a song that people should listen to if they like the band.

3. If You Wanna – The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines, 2011 

This song is the third song off of the band’s album and I remember listening to it when I was younger in the car and that is why I still enjoy it.  Even though the song was released as a single it did not chart very high in the UK even though it was used in several adverts. I like this song as I feel it is very lively and an enjoyable song to listen to at this time of year.

4. Bless This Acid House – Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud, 2017

I have been listening to this song a lot as it is a new release from Kasabian’s new album and therefore has been played a lot on the radio, I have been listening to a lot of Kasabian recently as I will be going to see them in August and am very excited. This is one of my favourite songs off of their new album.

5. Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra – 2017

This is George Ezra’s Most recently released single which means that a lot of people are assuming that he will soon be releasing a new album. This is the first single he has released since “Wanted On Voyage” came out in 2015. I find that I always seem to enjoy the happy feeling that George Ezra’s songs give off and I find them extremely enjoyable to listen to. George played this song at several UK festivals this year and it was received very well.

6. Brick By Boring Brick – Paramore – brand new eyes, 2009 

Brick By Boring Brick was the second single off of “brand new eyes”. I really have liked listening to Paramore recently and have found that I prefer a lot of their older albums to their newer ones, particularly “brand new eyes”, this song, in particular, is one that I have listened to a lot. The video for the song was nominated for a Kerrang Award for best video and also reached number 2 on the US Rock Chart.

7. Heart And Soul – Twin Atlantic – The Great Divide, 2014

I have only recently started listening to Twin Atlantic and out of all of the songs that I have listened to by them I have to say that I have enjoyed this one the most. I have found that recently I have been listening to a lot more lively music, I tend to do this in the summer as it is nicer to listen to this type of music when the sun is out. This song was an experimental song with lots of different layers that was released as the first single on “The Great Divide”.

8. Can’t Stand Me Now – The Libertines – The Libertines, 2004

This song was released over 10 years ago now but I still find it very enjoyable to listen to. The song was nominated for an NME Best Track Award and also managed to reach Number 2 in the UK singles chart, the song has been featured in man y compilation albums over the past years since it has been released. I have gone backwards and forwards from listening to this song for quite some time but when I do listen to it I thoroughly enjoy it.

9. Feeling This – blink-182 – blink-182, 2003 

In some ways, this song is different to other Blink songs as it has many parts that are spoken throughout instead of just music and singing. When I went to see Blink in Nottingham this is the first song that they played when they came on stage and for some reason, I realised that I had not heard it for a while which shocked me as it used to be one of my favourite blink songs. The song was first played by the band at Reading And Leeds Festival in 2003.

10. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer – Sixpence None The Richer, 1997 

This is the original version of the song that was released on 1997 however in the past it has been covered by many bands, the first time I heard this song was not this version but instead was the version by New Found Glory, after listening to that I went and found the original version and found that I enjoyed that just as much. The song managed to reach number 4 in the UK singles chart.

Thanks for reading, Annie.

Hyde Park, London- Green Day And Special Guests

On the 1st of July, I went to see Green Day in Hyde Park, this was a last-minute decision as we found out the day before that we had been lucky enough to get guest listed for the event. We left the at around 7:30 in the morning and travelled to London. Once arriving in London, we got a bus to Hyde park where we had to queue up to collect our tickets. After collecting our tickets, we went to queue up the entrance where we found that the queue was extremely long and thought that it would take forever to get through however once it started moving, even with all the security checks it did not take very long to get through. Once inside the venue/ area where the event was to take place we went to collect our wristbands that would let us into the guest area.

The first thing that we did was go and explore the festival area, inside we found lots of things including food stalls, fairground rides, things to try and there was also a special area for Barclaycard customers an area where you could go if you had a Barclaycard and inside was a play area with many things to do and take part in.

The music started around one and we went to watch Jesse Malin they were a lively band that had enjoyable and catchy music that everyone wanted to dance to. I found them very enjoyable and easy to watch and I feel that they were a good band to be on first on any stage not just a smaller stage in the background. Stiff Little Fingers started at around two and once Jesse Malin had finished this was who we went to watch, at this time many people were sitting down and watching bands instead of getting up and dancing, we went up to the railings originally to watch the band but I soon found that because I am quite small I could not see very well so we had to move back so that I could see better, as there was large screens all over the park this meant that I could see what was going on quite easily in most places.

SWMRS were the next band on the Barclaycard stage, I had seen this band before so I was very excited about seeing them as I had enjoyed watching them many times before. As I know lots of the bands songs I found them very enjoyable to watch as I could sing and dance along to their songs, at point during the bands set I was able to sit on people I knew shoulders so   that I could see over everyone and see the stage easily, one of the things that I enjoyed most about this set was the fact that as it was not the main stage you were never too far away from the front of the stage. I feel that this band perform well live meaning that I could thoroughly enjoy the show. During this bands set a lot of the audience were singing along to the songs making the show even more enjoyable.

The Hives were next to perform on the main stage, I had not heard music from this band before but I had heard a lot about them and I knew that a lot of people enjoyed their music. They were a lively and cheerful band, they had a theme of black and white, the backdrop to their show was a picture in black and white, they also wore black and white suits that were opposite to each other for example one half of the legs were white the other black and then the jacket was the opposite way around. I found The Hives show fun to watch and I felt like the band had a very large stage presence. After the Hives performance, we visited the guest area for the first time and had some dinner (The Best Macaroni Cheese I Have Ever Tasted), inside there was food stalls, a seating area and some bean bags. Whilst having dinner we did not realise that we had unfortunately missed Gogol Bordello but after sitting down for about an hour we were more than ready for Rancid and Green Day.

Rancid were on stage first as they were the band that have been supporting Green Day for the length of their current tour, the band play ska punk music but it is edging more towards the punk side than the ska side. Rancid have also recently released a new album so they played quite a few songs from that along with a lot of there more popular songs, there music was extremely enjoyable and got everyone very hyped up and ready for Green Day.

Once Rancid had finished it was getting towards the time that everyone had been waiting for, the area that people were standing in started to fill up rapidly and so therefore got very hot, about half an hour before Green Day came on the security guards were passing around water as it was very hot. Finally, it got to the point that everyone had been waiting for and “Bohemian Rhapsody” started to play, everyone sang along to all the words and we all knew that this meant that they would be coming on soon. Next up was “Blitzkrieg Bop” and running on came a person dressed up as pink bunny rabbit who got the crowd cheering and ready. Then the moment everyone had been waiting for, Green Day burst onto the stage with “Know Your Enemy” and everyone was singing along and jumping around at this point I decided that it would be a good idea to move back as I was very small so I was getting shoved around a lot and nearly fell over many times, once further back I decided that it was a better place to stand anyway as it meant that I could actually see the stage, towards the end of know your enemy Billie invited someone on stage to sing with him. This was then followed by two songs from the bands most recent album “Revolution Radio” and “Bang, Bang” this excited everyone in the crowd. Next up was “Holiday” at this point a very kind man who I still do not know the name of let me sit on his shoulders so that I could see easily and see over everyone’s head, he let me stay up there for quite a few songs and I am very thankful to him for this. The band then played more songs new and old before playing “Longview where they again invited a member of the crowd onstage to sing. There was a very lively atmosphere throughout the show, in around the middle of the show the band performed a cover of “Knowledge” by Operation Ivy and at this point they invited a member of the audience to play the guitar on stage with them, unfortunately the first person that they invited on stage was unable to perform the song, however she was allowed to play the tambourine with Tre at the back, the next person invited up was able to play the song and therefore at the end she was allowed to keep the guitar. Something that Green Day are known for doing is when they perform “King for A Day” they mix it with other songs on this day it seemed to be quite a few familiar songs, in fact they mixed it with 5 other songs these where “Shout”, “Always Look On The Brightside”, “Teenage Kicks”, “satisfaction” and “Hey Jude” all of these songs are quite popular so everyone k new the words. The band finished their main set with the song “Forever Now” however then went on to do two encores. The first encore they performed “American Idiot” and “Jesus OF Suburbia” which also included about a minute of Billie standing as if he was on a cross. The second encore was slowed down and acoustic and included an acoustic version of “21 Guns” which I extremely enjoyed. The band finished the show with “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” and then all members came back on stage to take one final bow and confetti was blown everywhere.

I can honestly say that this was one of the best concerts that I have been to in my life and I would go to something like this again.

Thanks for reading, Annie.

A To Z Of Punk/Pop Punk (G-I)

Continuing on from my post the other day here is part three of the A-Z of Punk and Pop Punk.

G= Green Day 

Members: John Kiftmeyer, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool, Al Sobrante and Billie Joe Armstrong

Formed: Berkeley, United States in 1988

Green Day are one of the main bands that recharged the energy of Pop Punk and made it as we know it today. The band however where not innovative but did bring the idea of 70’s punk to a new audience. The band opened doors for other people and genres for instance Neo-punk, Punk Metal and Ska. The band have operated for more than a decade and as other bands retired Green Day still remained front and centre of the punk scene. The band started when childhood friends Billie and Mike formed there first band when they where 14, in 1989 they added drummer Al and changed the bands name to Green Day they released there first EP “1000 Hours” in the same year and it was received well by the hardcore punk scene. After this they signed a record deal with a local label and there first full album “1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hour” was released later that year, shortly after this the band replaced Al with current member Tre Cool. In the early 90’s the band cultivated a cult and this helped them gain popularity for there second album “Kerplunk” that was released in 1992, the success of this album interested major record labels and the band eventually signed with reprise records and released “Dookie” in 1994, the album sold over 10 million copies with its hit support singles “Longview” and “Basketcase” and spent five weeks at the top of the charts, the 4th single “When I Come Around” spent 7 weeks at number 1 in 1995, the album also won a Grammy for best alternative rock album. “Insomniac” was released in 1995 and had a number one with “J.A.R” 2 million copies of the album where sold however the singles where not popular. In 1996 the band had to cancel the European length of there tour as they where to exhausted. In 1997 they released the album “Nimrod” and the three years later “Warning” was released. In 2004 “American Idiot” was released, the album was a rock opera which had a surprise success that very few people expected the album was a chart topper and a multi-platinum Grammy Winner. In 2005 the band released “Bullet In The Bible” a live tour album of the American Idiot tour, after this the band did several small projects. In 2008 whilst presenting an award the band announced that they would be releasing a new album “21st Century Breakdown” which when released picked up where “American Idiot” left off and sold 215,000 copies in the first few days after release. In 2009 “American Idiot” was adapted into a musical to be performed on broadway. In 2012 the band released plans to release the three albums “!Uno!” “!Dos!” and “!Tres! over a three month period, just days before the release Billie Joe had a breakdown and was admitted to rehab for substance abuse. In 2015 the band where added to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. The bands latest record “Revolution Radio” and the albums lead single “Bang, Bang” was released in October 2016.

H=Hole

Members: Jill Emery, Eric Erlandson, Courtney Love, Caroline Rue, Kristen Pfaff, Melisssa Auf Der Maur, Patty Schemel, Samantha Maloney,  Leslie Hardy, Errol Stewart, Shawn Dailey, Micko Larkin and Stu Fisher

Formed: LA, United States in 1989

When the band first formed the public image of Courtney Love overshadowed the whole idea of the band. The band was classed as one of the nosiest and most abrasive bands of the early 90’s, the band managed to smooth themselves out by 1994 however they still had an unpredictable edge. The band recruited  Eraldson ad he had played in bands with them before, they also drafted bassist and drummer Emery and Rue. The first album that the band released was produced by Kim Gordon. “Pretty On The Inside” was released in 1991 and had many positive reviews on release. In 1992 Love married Kurt Cobain and the couple where seen as the King and Queen of the rock world for a few months. After this Cobain and Love fought to keep custody to of there baby due to heroin abuse and love was accused of taking the drug whilst she was pregnant which at the time she denied however later admitted that she had been taking small amounts. Both bands started to release albums in 1993 and hole had to reassemble including new bassist Pfaff and Schemel after this the band released there first album “Live Through This” in 1994 which critics where calling the best album  of the year however 4 days before the album was released Kurt Cobain’s body was found and just two months after this Pfaff was found dead after overdosing on heroin a drug which Love was also rumoured to be using at the time. Two months later the band started touring again with Auf Der Maur taking Pfaff’s place. The single “Doll Parts” was released in 1994 and was in the top 60 by the beginning of 1995. The album was the bands commercial breakthrough and was certified platinum. After this the band took an extended hiatus at this point everyone was assuming that that the band had broken up as at this point love was focusing on acting. During the break the band released two rarities the 1995 EP “Ask For It” and 1997 “My Body The Hand Grenade”. The band then regrouped with long time friend Billy Crogan as music consultant, the band released a new album in 1998 however shortly after Schemel left and was replaced by Maloney as the band went on tour, after this Auf Der Maur left to join the band “The Smashing Pumpkins”. The album “Skin” was certified platinum not long after release however Love was still unhappy with how the album was handled and so filed a Law Suit against Universal Music to terminate her contract. In 2001 love wanted to create another band that included some of the members of the current band however this band dissolved before it even began, following this where other complications and in May 2002 Love announced the end of Hole.

I= Imagine Dragons

Members: Dan Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, Ben Mckee and Andrew Beck

Formed: LA, United States in 2009

Imagine Dragons have not been around for the longest amount of time, however for the length of time that they have been around they have created albums that have attracted worldwide audiences. The songs and albums are extremely popular as they have emotionally charged songs that are also radio acceptable. Reynolds and Tolman met at university in 2009 and by the end of that year the band made themselves popular regionally and became quite successful. After this the band relocated to there hometown LA to record a pair of EP’s “Imagine Dragons” and ” Hell and Silence” at the battle born studios. The band released there third EP a year later, this helped them to land a record deal with Interscope records, just before this happened the Tolmans separated from the band. In 2012 the band manged to hit big with their “Continued Silence” EP and released there first album “Night Visions” which debuted at number 2 on the billboard top 200, the album also won multiple awards and managed to sell double platinum, this was mainly on the success of the song “Radioactive”. “Radioactive” was the biggest ever selling digital rock track in America. This album asl had two other hits “Demons” in the US and “On top of the world” in other countries in 2013. The band spent 2014 finishing there second album “Smoke and Mirrors” which was then released in February 2015 this album debuted at number 1 with the singles “I Bet My Life” and “Shots”

Thanks for reading, Annie