What’s Top of Your Playlist?
My musical taste is probably best described as “eclectic”! In fact, it made me laugh driving to work this morning when straight after Slipknot’s Duality, my shuffled playlist leapt over to The Supremes and Babylove!
If I had to pick a favourite genre though, it would probably be grunge with my favourite band/singers being Nirvana and Hole/Courtney Love with their music really defining the early 90s for me and completely capturing my attention as a 10 year-old watching things like The Chart Show and Top of the Pops each week – we couldn’t afford Sky and MTV!
Then Brit-pop broke as a teenager so of course, being from Manchester, I loved bands like Oasis and The Verve as well as the other huge bands of the day such as Blur, Pulp and Catatonia.
From being around 14 years old I got massively into the whole “gangsta rap” genre, especially the already late-Tupac and soon after became a huge Eminem fan, finding a lot of similarities in his lyrics with my own life and background.
Once I got with my now-husband at 23, I adopted some of his musical tastes: skater-punk, heavy metal and nu-metal such as Linkin Park, Blink 187, Metallica, Deftones, as well as dabbling in the emo-scene myself with My Chemical Romance and Green Day’s American Idiot album particular favourites.
And in between all of these genres that I’ve identified with over the years, I’ve also loved completely random and unexpected songs and singers. Most recently, I’ve become pretty obsessed with Lewis Capaldi and his album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent – completely different to pretty much every example I’ve listed above – feel free to click on the image link below to easily get your own copy of what, quite frankly for me, has become my absolute, without a doubt, favourite album of the year so far.
If you’re not sure if you’ve heard of him, have a listen to Someone You Loved which has been everywhere this year along with the touching video featuring the famous Peter Capaldi, and an actual distant relative of Lewis’.
A personal favourite of mine and strongly recommended from the album is Forever.
Not only does Lewis Capaldi have a cracking voice and musical ear clearly, he is by far the funniest person in the music business that I’ve come across in years, more than willing to laugh at himself and not take himself so seriously – a refreshing trait in today’s music world. An example of this was how he handled Noel Gallagher’s recent comments when he came on at Glastonbury last weekend.
There’s tons more footage he’s filmed of himself on YouTube and social media, just having a laugh at himself and, whilst many people may scoff because he doesn’t “look” like your typical singer these days, honestly, he’s entertained me more than any other singer has in a long, long time. I’m completely besotted with him – I think even our Alexa’s getting sick of playing his album!
So it prompted me to ask – what’s at the top of your playlist right now and why?