As I wrote recently I've gone back to doing simple things that make me happy, that feelgood factor, I know that any women visiting these pages will just say it's a 'typical man thing', can't grow up etc but why shouldn't you indulge yourself occasionally?
Anyway what I'm on about costs very little apart from my time and a little electricity, I'm talking about updating the old mix tapes idea that seemed so popular in the 1970's and 1980's and making a mix (or compilation) CD for listening to in the car - see I told you it was simple!
I decided to make CD's of tracks from the 70's, 80's and 90's to brighten up journeys in the car rather than using the mp3 player or rely on the pretty poor state of music radio (during daylight hours at any rate). Now I know that each generation thinks that there particular era was the best, the most innovative and had the best bands/artists/ songs etc and I don't think I can lay claim to any particular era as 'mine'. That said the 70's were my formative years musically speaking because this was the time when I took control of what I was listening to, the records I bought with pocket money and later my first wages, the first gigs I went to, the radio stations I discovered for myself. The Heavy Metal legacy of the late 60's giving way to Glam Rock, then soul, prog rock, punk and post punk before the arrival of electronica.
Of course you can't just cut-off one era from another, ideas melt into each other in Daliesque fashion, the Led Zeppelin tracks from 1970 are not that different to those from twelve months earlier, although they are different from those that would follow twelve months later, the Rolling Stones of Let it Bleed (1969) are not that dissimilar to those on Sticky Fingers (1971) but there is a definite change by the time we reach the disco influenced Some Girls in 1978.
Out of the hundreds of albums and thousands of tracks from the 1970's I had to pick those which could appeal to all the family, the CD only has 80 minutes capacity which meant that there wasn't any room for anything taking more than five minutes, so no long winded guitar solos, if I was going to get 19 or so tracks recorded. Anyway I came up with these:
1. Freda Payne - Band of Gold
2. The Supremes - Up The Ladder To The Roof
3. T.Rex - Jeepster
4. Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song
5. David Bowie - Life on Mars?
6. Free - Wishing Well
7. Bruce Springsteen - Badlands
8. Candi Staton - Young Hearts Run Free
9. David Essex - Gonna Make You A Star
10. Donna Summer - Loves Unkind
11. Focus - Sylvia
12. Abba - Knowing Me, Knowing You.
13. The Damned - New Rose
14.The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
15. Public Image Limited - Public Image
16. Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
17. Eddie and The Hot Rods - Do Anything You Wanna Do
18. Clout - Substitute
19. The Carpenters - Superstar20. The Clash - London Calling
an eclectic collection if nothing else!