“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”
One Of The Longest Weeks Of My Life
Hello again, I know there’s not been a lot of activity on here for months (I’ve only written one other thing since I last did this exact thing seven months ago) and I have no excuse. Writing that Red Dwarf Top Ten was so frustrating due to many factors and I just kept putting it off and off.
So now I sit here at 1am (GMT) with a bit of spare time at the end of what has to be one of the most stressful weeks in my life (at least recently) and it’s time for some music.
I have recently moved and it has caused me untold amount of stress. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve been sick this past week, but it’s a worrying amount. But anyway, enough of that.
For those of you who don’t know the rules of the YouTube Trail, I shall reiterate.
- Pick a song on YouTube (preferably one you like)
- Once it’s finished, pick another song from the recommended section on the right
- Keep going till the trail runs dry or you get bored/sleepy (or until I hit 15, otherwise I’d be typing forever)
I should point out that since I did the last one of these someone did point something out to me (I was shocked to, someone read it!!). Whilst doing something akin to this you should use private browsing so your watch history, cookies or preferences don’t influence the results in any way. I will now add this as a rule for future Trailing.
So without further ado, we start with…
Song 1: Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
A good place to start. I have been talking about Elton John a lot recently with my brother and father, we went to see Bob Dylan last year and we all joked “We can add this to our CV’s” and a common topic since is “Who else would we love to see?” and Elton John easily makes that list.
Song 2 (Not That One): Boston – More Than A Feeling
Another great song, another that I can’t help mouth the words to and one that me and the boys have sung many times on the mic.
This is the first song I remember noticing a bit of music thievery (I believe they call it sampling to dodge lawsuits). I’m not sure what the term is, but when it builds up to the chorus, the guitar riff? you can hear in the background reappears later in Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, just sped up a bit. Give it a listen, you won’t be able to unhear it.
Song 3: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Simple Man
I don’t know what it is about this song but I just fucking love it, I don’t know if it’s the slow build ups, the rising vocals or just the fact that Lynyrd Skynyrd are awesome. I can sometimes listen to this song 2-5 times in a row, it’s just one of those ones that lifts me out of my thought process and gets me right in that place that only some songs can manage to find.
Song 4: Foreigner – Juke Box Hero
This list is really coming along nicely so far. I think I’ve mentioned before somewhere on this site that before my brain melted and I became a shell of my former self I was actually a singer in a band. I just love the idea of this song, it’s the same as Shooting Star by Bad Company or Johnny B. Goode by Everyone Ever, the idea that one day, you will be someone’s “Juke Box Hero” but alas. I guess writing crap on the internet will have to do for now 😉 .
Song 5: Bad Company – Bad Company
Speak of the devil. What is it with the amount of Rock songs there are about cowboys? I understand the romantic appeal of the freedom of “The Wild West” but c’mon guys. You’d be dead by 40 and there was no music industry to tell everyone how awesome being a cowboy is/was.
Song 6: Free – All Right Now
When I was a kid I used to deliver newspapers. Around the same time, Queen reformed with Paul Rodgers (The singer from the above band) taking Freddie Mercury’s place as singer. They played Cardiff (local city) and the review for the gig went something along the lines of “Was very good show, bouncy, exciting and it was phenomenal to hear all the classics sung live again. However, it must be said that going to a Queen concert without Freddie Mercury is like going to an Elvis gig without Elvis.” Absolute class.
Song 7: Toto – Africa
Remember earlier when I said that me and the boys sometimes sing songs over the mic at each other? (it’s not really to or with, it’s to loud and noisy, definitely more of an “attack”). Well no song has probably been sung more than this, the only one that would even come close is Life On Mars by David Bowie.
There is a fantastic video of a choir performing this, the video starts with them imitating a thunderstorm by clicking their fingers (That’s the bonus video sorted).
Song 8: Asia – Heat Of The Moment
I love a bit of cheese (as you may have learned from the last time I did this), I mean how can you not like this song? It’s soooo 80’s it hurts. We do now just seem to be going through the catalogue of songs I sung at the owner of our server to annoy him, maybe Safety Dance will pop up soon.
Song 9: Journey – Any Way You Want It
Not to get all hipster, but I loved Journey far before Glee was even a thing and I know everyone loves Don’t Stop Believin’ (And why wouldn’t you?) but in my mind at least, this is the far better song.
Song 10: Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
You may notice that the above video is titled “The Real Lyrics” which is absolute bollox, no one knows the real lyrics to Come On Eileen, not even the person that wrote it. A pub classic, want to see a room full of drunk people spill all their pints as they start stamping their feet uncontrollably? Then play this song in any pub in Britain after around 11pm on a Friday night.
Song 11: Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Another pub classic and one of my favourite songs of all time. In the last one of these I mentioned that my father’s friend used to sing Kenny Rogers, well this was another one of his staple karaoke songs. If you don’t sing the “Buh Buh Buh” during the chorus then I’m afraid to tell you, that you were born without a soul and there’s nothing we can do for you.
Also (and slightly ashamedly) I laughed like a fucking idiot when they used this song for a joke in Ted 2, I’m sorry.
Song 12: Abba – Take A Chance On Me
As I wise man once said, “If you don’t like Abba then you don’t like music.” Growing up with four aunties and countless cousins obsessed with Abba how could I not know all the words to 99% of Abba songs?
Also, I’m not sure which song it is, but if you didn’t know, The Sex Pistols once “sampled” (I need to learn some jargon to justify not paying for stuff) a riff from an Abba song to get the main riff for Pretty Vacant. Who the hell would’ve thought that would’ve worked? Couldn’t be any more different really, strange how some of this stuff works out.
Maybe I should start keeping a tally of what bands show up in this, because despite my love for heavier stuff ala Iron Maiden, AC/DC and the like, I bet Abba is going to show up a lot.
Song 13: Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead Or Alive
See what I mean? We haven’t even moved on to another list and there’s another song about cowboys, or at least how much Bon Jovi wishes he was a cowboy.
A karaoke night hasn’t really begun until someone gets up and sings this, bad or good this will get everyone singing I always find. It is still a great song after all.
Song 14: Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
The Trail has been awesome tonight, it could’ve only been better if this was the final song, cos as we all know, Crazy Train is the best song ever. This song is just a powerhouse, everything from the guitar to the vocals/lyrics and all in between. It’s a shame it’s gone 2am, cos it’s really hard to resist screaming “I’M GOING OFF THE RAILS ON A CRAZY TRAIN!!”.
Song 15: Kansas – Carry On My Wayward Son
I don’t know if it’s something to be ashamed of or not, but it feels like it should be. The first time I heard this song was whilst playing Guitar Hero 2 (I believe?) but I fell in love with it instantly and it’s been one of my favourite songs ever since.
After the first couple of seasons of Supernatural when they started using this as the “The Story So Far” song in the finale it was plain to see that it couldn’t be any other song. Almost haunting at parts, this song is just another one of those that grabs you and takes you along.
Trying To Get Back To “Normal”
Well there you go, another 15 songs that help keep the madness at bay late at night. I don’t really know what “Normal” is when it comes to me and this site, but I do enjoy writing on it and spouting my nonsense into the void, so hopefully I can try to keep up a bit better in the future.
Here is a link to a Spotify playlist of this entry 🙂 .
As always, thanks for reading, until next time. Leigh.
I don’t know if this is the exact video I mentioned earlier, but here is one with the same gimmick. Still awesome.