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There you are innocently going about your day when suddenly a particular song transports you back to a specific time and place.

For me, Animotion's Obssession instantly brings back the fear and nerves of school exams. And you? Tell us all about it.

(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 10:56)
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Clockwork Orange-y
Kind of a reverse flashback...

A classmate had edited some news clips into a short film. It featured a guy getting his head cut off for real, along with the usual explosions and 911 stuff. Obviously, it was supposed to be very disturbing.

While we were watching, "Ode to Joy" (complete with chorus) started playing in my head and I couldn't help snickering out loud, which probably isn't the best thing to do while seeing pics of the WTC burning.

Fortunately everyone else had seen or was knew about "A Clockwork Orange" and understood why it looked like I was laughing at a guy being decapatated.
I'm not a horrible person, it's the movie music's fault!

PS to Matt_entices...: You're right, I got mixed up with another annoying "song" (that "la-la-la-la-la" thing)

(, Mon 28 Mar 2005, 9:23, Reply)
Rufus Wainwright - Evil Angel
Always brings me back to simpler times... The song would begin playing, and my mind would revert to pre-highschool days in which I played an insectile alien on swcombine.... Odd, I know. Oh well, Amma geek.
(, Mon 28 Mar 2005, 6:14, Reply)
La la la
Back in 1990 me and four others were packed in a Kombi, wandering aimlessly through France. Constant bickering over directions, cockawful attempts at cooking which almost set the van on fire, malfunctioning brakes, chronic diarrhoea, alcohol poisoning, and being belted in the guts by a cop when we were dossing on a beach and didn't clear off sharply enough. And the only tape we had was The Kinks.
So them's the happy memories I get whenever I hear Waterloo Sunset.

(, Mon 28 Mar 2005, 5:26, Reply)
REM - everybody hurts
Everytime I hear this song or drive on a certain part of a motorway up near Perth, I always think of my best mate. He had called me at work in great distress saying that he couldn't go on and that he was ending it. Drove like a looney from Glasgow to Aberdeen to try and get there and stop him, wondering what the hell I was going to find when I got there. Anyway to cut a long story, made it in time and was driving him back to glasgow, when this song came on. Didn't think it was the best song he could hear at the time, but how do you change the station if he is thinking the same thing. Always think of those mad 24 hours now when I hear it.
(, Mon 28 Mar 2005, 1:22, Reply)
I bought 'Reise, Reise' by Rammstein in october, on the weekend that I found out my boyfriend was shafting someone else. bugger.
Now i cant listen to it without crying, so I lent it to him.
(, Mon 28 Mar 2005, 0:58, Reply)
Belle and Sebastian - Like Dylan in the Movies
reminds me of my friend's wake, where I met my best-friend-to-be. I guess I looked miserable, and he (a stranger at the time) walked up to me and asked me if I wanted some ice cream or anything. It was a year later that we finally met again, and now we are the bestest of best friends.
(, Mon 28 Mar 2005, 0:36, Reply)
So many memories...
Foo Fighters, times like these - Losing my virginity (nasty experience, still can't listen to it without feeling sick).
Ocean Colour Scene , July - Summer holidays, 16 years old, spent the entire time drunk in the park/on the beach.
The Eagles, Hotel California - Discovering a reason to play guitar.
Daft Punk, One More Time - Ironing endless amounts of kit during basic training.
Ah-Ha, Take On Me - Losing my B3ta board virginity.
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 23:48, Reply)
Citizen Erased - Muse
on a boat, going to venice with my friends, listening to my mini disk of origin of symmetry,
track 6, 7 minutes long, rollercoaster ride of music styles, and then, half way through, the sun shone, the sea was clear and st. marks square was in front of me. fantastic!
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 22:55, Reply)
Whenever I hear
"Wake" with 'The Mission (Not too often) I am once again a thirteen year old goth with carved wrists.
And then again, whenever I hear "Angel with the scabbed wings" with 'Marilyn Manson, I feel a wee bit stoned.
edit: God, was I really that pathetic? Err, yes.
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 22:00, Reply)
guns and roses november rain........
this song always reminds me of my first offical love, Deborah Wittering i sent her this song, on tape when i was 15 and a subsequent letter to back up the fact i really liked her!! which made her like me too!!!!! yeay i thought after about a year she thought we should split up as did i but was gutted and she went off some guy called dave who had his own flat (woo) i subsequently found out that she lost her virginity on a concrete step somewhere in leicester city centre at about the age of 20 . well done :)

edit: jesus! i am a bitter mother crusher, maybe it still burns! oh well :)
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 21:57, Reply)
what a bastard topic
soundgarden and w.a.s.p remind me just how fucked up i got at one point, can't really listen to them anymore

iggy - open up and bleed - ditto

sonique playing in a huge hotel bathroom, standing in the shower watching my girlfriend naked doing her makeup

toyah - computer - losing my virginity

patti smith - horses - heat, summer

doll by doll - when the stripshows over - walking home at 3am down sloane street absolutely twatted singing it at the top of my voice with 3-4 hours sleep before getting up to work then do it all again, every night, for months, 21st birthday

jam - thats entertainment - summer in the city backstreets in those rare moments when it is absolutely silent, no one around, just the heat and the tarmac, like jerrry cornelius is going to apppear with his needlegun

beyonce - crazy in love - off my head on the dancefloor, girl with a lovely smile, couldn't hear a word she said, never seen her since

hawkwind - ten seconds of forever - staring out at the sea and seeing exactly what the words say

hawkwind - master of the universe - on a sunbed, so hot i'm dying, closing my eyes and watching the coruscating fountains of light radiating out from me like shockwaves from a nuke

i fucking hate flashbacks
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 21:33, Reply)
Re: Walkman Flashbacks
"Once in a lifetime" by the Talking Heads reminds my mum of morning sickness when pregnant with me.

I hate that song...
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 21:12, Reply)
barbie girl
bloody barbie girl song, every morning before my gcse exams
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 20:05, Reply)
GCSE exams... the Monty Python song, "Sit on your face and tell me that you love me.."

We spent the time before an exam at a mates house, listening to the Monty Python song CD.

Couldn't keep a straight face through the exams. And still did well - woo!
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 18:45, Reply)
Brown eyed girl
reminds me of desperately pawing at a bloke I fancied on the dancefloor of a Butlin's disco aged 16. I now realise that while I smugly thought I was the luckiest thing alive when he asked me to dance, he actually only did it out of pity and the fact we were the only ones not dancing. And when he asked I jumped up so eagerly I had to stand there and wait while he finished the last of his beer and put the glass down. I re-live the fucking cringeworthy inadequacy of it all every fucking summer.
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 18:04, Reply)
Ac Newman's Miracle Drug
is the song that took my mp3 player's virginity. Completely random, as it was the only song I could find at uni to test it out.

I really hated it at first but by the fiftieth time it played on the bus home I kind of liked it and now it's one of my favourites.
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 17:03, Reply)
it's a hard one,
and the question's pretty tricky two.

/gets coat.

/comes back.

so anyway, radiohead's "paranoid android" reminds me of coming off stage after covering it with some mates with this incredible feeling of satisfaction, as about 8 people came and molestged me.

"take the veil, Cerpin Taxt" by the Mars Volta reminds me of summer 2003 in portugal, simply because i listened to it so many times. in fact, the whole of "de-loused in the comatorium" reminds me of that summer. last summer was "rip it up" by razorlight.

finally, "Life in C#" by tested material (click the link to hear it, and other legendary tracks) reminds me of the queens jubilee in 2003, because that's when the band formed, and played the street party on my road. back then both my brothers played in the band (as opposed to just dan now) and they were called Jimmy Disco. crazy days...

PS: the mighty TM will be back, i've got a feeling in my nads!
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 16:51, Reply)
Don't Stop me Now
With a load of other drunk 18 year old girls at the end of a ball. Knowing I'd never see most of them again, desperately trying to get around to dumping my bf, and trying to look perfectly normal and refined despite being off my tits on coke.

Miss them in a way...though crying to that song now does look a little pathetic.
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 16:36, Reply)
Piano Man
My year went through a phase of randomly bursting into song in 3rd year (year of the Junior Cert in Ireland). For some reason Billy Joel's Piano Man was sung most often, always reminds me of a good but stressful year. Discovered some new and much better friends in the other class, still good friends now almost three years later even though Ive changed school.
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 16:22, Reply)
Ankle Anguish
One of my faverouite tunes of all time is "return of forever" by high contrast, a decent melodic D&B Track.
Brillaintly, high contrast played at our Uni, and obviously I went to see them with a bunch of mates.
Danced all night, had an amazing time - but still they haddnt played return of Forever.
The floor, by this stage, was as slippery as a used condom (dues to the split drinks and sweat), and on cue, at the end of the penultimate song, i slipped and sprained my ankle horribly.

The next and last song?

Return of forever.

So, whenever i hear this song now, Instead of simply enjoying it, i am forced to remember the time i heard it live - trying to hobble away from the dance floor in a lot of pain, with my ankle being repeatedly banged into by the other people enjoying the song.
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 15:30, Reply)
Angie by Rolling stones, or Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits
Dunno why just pangs all the right heart strings. ooh and America by Simon and Garfunkle not to mention Bouncing around the room by Phish
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 15:17, Reply)
Bohemian Rhapsody
Whenever the song comes on in a car full of me and my friends, we all re-create the famous scene from the movie "Wayne's World." Everyone has their own parts and we just sorta belt out the tune... badly. I remember one summer we were "performing" at a stopped traffic light and I managed to see an older couple next to us, complete with looks of horror on their faces. Good times.
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 15:16, Reply)
Don't Forget Me (Live version)
By Red Hot Chili Peppers. It always brings back a sad thing that happened to me recently that I don't talk about. As a result I tried to make it so that I will never hear it again, but the tune keeps returning. Just writing this makes me think of it. It's not even about what happened anymore, just a general feeling of sadness.
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 15:13, Reply)
"Eternal flame" by the Bangles
This song always conjours up memories of my first ever love, Emma Somethingorother. As you may have guessed my memories of my life before the age of 13 are not brilliant (we were both 10) but this song always reminds me of her. I remember it was playing on the bus on the way back from a school trip as I sat next to her. The image that comes to mind whenever I hear it is of us both sitting on top of the climbing frame in the playground of my primary school. I cannot to this day remember what we were talking about but I do remember for the first time feeling a deep connection. I remember feeling for a short time that there was nowhere else in the world I would rather have been than sitting on that climbing frame with her.

Of course she later kissed Damian Wilson, the school bully. Bitch.

I punched him in the mouth and made him cry, though.
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 14:45, Reply)
There's a few
Well there's the usual litany of songs reminding me of one ex-girlfriend who I never quite got around to stopping loving. These include 1,000 Miles by Vanessa Carlton, Hands Down, once again by Dashboard Confessional, and for some reason, Sugar, by System Of A Down.

All of Rage Against The Machine's first album and Significant Other by Limp Bizkit (I know, sorry) remind me of high school japes. Oh, and for future reference, Dark Side Of The Moon By Pink Floyd is great to have sex to.
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 14:33, Reply)
There's a few...
By that I mean that feeling of extreme happiness and when it's invoked, you feel that everything is perfect within your world, even if it only last for a few moments. I used to loathe the band that sang this for years, then I started liking them, I can't quite remember how.

U2 - 'With or Without You' (live)

Good Nights Out - covering the past few years to now.
'Enola Gay' - OMD
'Transmission' - Joy Division
'Bizarre Love Triangle' - New Order
'Ich Bin Ein Auslander' - Pop Will Eat Itself
'This Charming Man' - The Smiths

A brilliant summer
A whole summer spent making gunge to drop action figures into, the influence of Timmy Mallett and Wacaday. Writing my name in petrol (each letter was about 10ft in size) and setting fire to it. Watching too much Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fashioning swords out of those bits of metal you use to hold down carpets in door ways. Ah wonderful memories!The song?

'Birdhouse In Your Soul' - They Might Be Giants

Children's Birthday Parties
'Nelly The Elephant' - The Toy Dolls
'Superman' - Black Lace
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 14:31, Reply)
Beethoven's 9th
makes me want to leave the room... anime thing...
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 13:58, Reply)
"Enter Sandman" (Metallica), "Frankie" (Sister Sledge?) and "Tragedy" (Steps) all remind me of seeing the Manchester Storm Ice Hockey team (no laughing, my Canadian cousins - we DO have ice hockey here in the UK!) winning the Superleague. Unfortunately, the winning team no longer exists and what's left goes under the name "Manchester Phoenix". And they don't play anymore.

Apologies to all UK non-ice hockey fans, but the pain of losing my team still hurts :'-(
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 13:08, Reply)
"Warm Wet Circles"...
By fucking Marillion fills my head during stressful life-changing situations - Every exam and job interview since. I haven't even owned a copy since I was 14, but still it lurks in my head like a drunk relative awaiting the mic at a wedding.

When I hear it, I know I should be worried.

Never a big Marillion fan, but it has some sweet, if over-egged verse. Enjoy www.lyricsfreak.com/m/marillion/88849.html
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 12:20, Reply)
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms (1st 30 seconds)
Day I lost my virginity. We both heard my mum leave the house and seconds later my g/f says "You can put it in me if you like."
(, Sun 27 Mar 2005, 12:01, Reply)

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