Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Pipes of Shit

After reminiscing about one classic album I loved and lost, it’s time to confess to one that I loved and have no desire to rediscover. In fact, I am now terribly, horrifically embarrassed that I owned it. It’s aural equivalent to admitting that I once spent good money on pig excrement and adored smearing it over myself in my bedroom.

Yes, my old friend Steve has blog-tagged me again. This time the challenge is: name your most embarrassing record ever!


Well, I’ll cut straight to the chase. I once bought and enjoyed ‘Pipes of Peace’ by Paul McCartney (or ‘Fab Macca Thumbs Aloft’ as Smash Hits called him at the time). Not just the single, but the whole bloomin’ album. I think I was 13 at the time. I’d done well up ‘til then, with a diet of ska and stuff like Buggles, so I still can’t figure out why I lapsed so badly. Since I vaguely remember having a weakness for Billy Joel shortly afterwards, the paucity of taste continued with worrying regularity.

I suppose my current guilty pleasure on the iPod is a smattering of ELO. But, come on, Mr Blue Sky is rock genius…

So, Paul, when can I meet the kids?

6 comments:

Brother Tobias said...

I agree about Mr Blue Sky. It's one of those songs that are soaked in the flavour of the time and transport you back in an almost uncomfortable way.

Steve said...

It could have been worse - The Frog Chorus, Ebony And Ivory. Both far more risible in my opnion!

Ruth said...

Triiis...it was Fab-Macca-WACKY-Thumbs-Aloft

Tristan said...

Tobias: You can't beat a bit of vocoder vocal, eh?

Steve: I had soft spot for the Frog Chorus, I'm afraid. Christ, it just gets worse.

Ruth: Maybe the nickname evolved? Google seems to support both of our recollections. Who else was there? I recall Sir Billiam of Idol and little else...

Anonymous said...

Your affinity for Billy Joel actually proves that you have an instinct for substantive composition and an appreciation of authentic musicianship. Enjoy your original impulses!

Tristan said...

Phew, I'll relax now then...