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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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by Tin Tin Out

Reminds me of a bad caravanning holiday in Aberaeron in 1998. Basically there were 6 of us staying in the caravan 24/7 (it was raining) with 3 dogs, and I played this song on my walkman about 400 times watching the rain travel down the window....

Oh yeah, and the song "Because I Love You" by Stevie B reminds me of when my parents used to put all their favourite songs on tape, and I used to record my "stories" over them. Hehehehe.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 14:21, Reply)
The song "Let's get it on" by Mr Barry White
Reminds me of that time my father took my anal virginity.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 14:17, Reply)
"Hip To Be Square" is by Huey Lewis and the News... i know this cos my parents loved it, and played it all the time when i was a little'un
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 14:00, Reply)
"no this a song about being happy.."
thats right the happ happy joy joy song.
Just getting into my Sisters car as we followed the funeral procession of my aunt. Starts car and the bouciness begins. I look at my sister and we crack up laughing. Was asked by my dad why we could be seen bouncing up and down in the car and singing loudly
"I told you I'd shoot but you didn't believe me, WHY DIDN'T YOU BELIEVE ME?!!?"
All I have to do is hum the riff and Big sis starts giggling
"like a fly marring a bumble bee"
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 14:00, Reply)
Seven Days in the Sun and Buck Rogers, along with Stereophonics' Bartender and the Thief, and various other records remind me of hours spent playing the various Gran Turismo games, especially the endurance races... sitting up all night with my best mate, sharing the driving, drinking profusely, happy days.

gonna do a 24hr one on GT4 sometime next week, hopefully... that'll be a laugh, loaded on beer and pro-plus.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 13:49, Reply)
A recent one.
Coming back from first taking the now-girlfriend to the pub when she was on crutches last september, I had Waterfall by The Stone Roses on, every time I hear it now I get zapped back to the same bit of road thinking "I shouldn't be driving after 4 pints of Guinness, but it's sunny, I can floor it and I wish I was going out with her." Turned out nicely. :-) Car memories don't work so well now as I have a CASETTE player in mine, I'm stuck listening to crap on tapes from when I was 11.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 13:43, Reply)
Mental Institute...
The Buzzcocks song "Strange Thing" always reminds me of the day I went to visit my friend in a mental institute, I'd just bought "Singles going steady" and was listening to it non-stop.

Strange thing came on on my way home on the met just sitting thinking about my friend. He was all fucked up from drugs, slashing his wrists, attacking nurses. They had him on tranquilisers all the time and if he startted getting angry they used to hold him down and inject him with more.

It was one of the weirdest, most surreal and memorable days of my life. Still makes me feel odd to think about it.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 13:28, Reply)
Thanks mate
I think I was trying to repress it ... it's really just an shite-awful song!
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 12:57, Reply)
It was by "Deep Blue Something"
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 12:45, Reply)
Can't remember the artist ...
... but the song was, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - you know, "You say we've got nothing in common ... blah blah etc"
Was an EXTREMELY hated song of my ex and I - we used to joke that WE'D never end up like that. *smug buggers*

Five years later, he dumped me for some slag he'd been shagging on the side (married her about 10 months later ...)

Told me the reason he had to break up with me was because, "We don't have anything in common."

Actually, he was a bit of a c**t, so it was for the best!

And, "Forever" and Goin' Blind" by Kiss remind me of my first summer in Japan ... sweating my flaps off in the extreme humidity.

"Open Arms" by Journey - the first time I saw Japanese people REALLY pi**ed of their nuts, in a karaoke joint, trying to get us English teachers to sing along ...

Sorry 'bout the size, but it's my first time ... be gentle ...
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 12:44, Reply)
Romeo by Petula Clark
Of course there was no pop music when I was growing up. It was banned. My people thought it would blight my mind and stunt my growth. Women were regarded with the same view. So it was a breakthrough when for the magnificent sum of 6 shillings and 3 pence I made my first purchase of a 'pop' record. It was a slippery slope I can tell you. Women reared their ugly heads in due course and I sank into a life of mild debauchery - a family failing, I was told.

Elastic sided shoes soon followed and a cord jacket. Was there no end to this descent? I'm still on my way down - so I'll let you know......

James Pitt-Payne, 'Chez Nous', Rampton...
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 12:44, Reply)
'Jnr. NBC' brings up vivid memories of projectile vomiting into a crowd of angry punks. The song brings up every cringeworthy detail, from the orange spatterings on the guy's green bomber jacket, to the mangled state of my nose the following morning.

Good times...
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 12:42, Reply)
A couple for ya here..
The Ataris's End Is Forever reminds me of walking halfway across Bolton to get to my Orthadontists to have my braces checked.

Incubus's Morning View reminds me of playing Final Fantasy 8 in the summer, also Finch's What It Is To Burn reminds me of playing Final Fantasy 9 in the winter.

(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 12:08, Reply)
Bob Seger's Shakedown.
I was walking back from a college in the centre of Bham and it was getting dark on a warm Summers eve. This was with the old bullring area and all the very dodgy underground subwayish areas. (all knocked down, or up) I was being followed by some perps with hoods. I know they were stalking me so I turned a corner into a dark hall with several exits. I decided to put some distance between me and losing my walkman. "Shakedown" (Bev Hills cop2) was on the walkman as I ran for my life through a network of abandoned subways. Every time I hear it I get a sweat.
I got away by the way, and I remember punching the air as I got on the bus.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 11:46, Reply)
Metallica - Of Wolf And Man
My brother's best friend ruined this song for me years back.
We were getting smashed, listening to the Black Album, when this song comes on. My brother's friend decided to do a impromtu striptease.
My brother got the video camera out and filmed it. So now it's been committed to tape.
I have to burn my eyes out with red hot pokers to remove the image from my head everytime I hear a Metallica song.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 11:36, Reply)
smashing pumpkins - tales of scortched earth
Being the only tape (yes tape) i'd brought with me to japan i'd listed to this album about 400million times, one particular occasion being stood on the tube train blissfully unaware of the extreme loudness and got a good hard stareing at...and i thought it was just because i were weird lookin.

-nb- I did however buy all my friends small ceramic poos with eyes, and neglected to buy myself one! SHAT!
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 11:20, Reply)
Xtina Dirrty
Well... last summer, a friend and I were at a party and at that time (no wait, still now) I was a light weight.. now when i say light weight i mean WOAH-EXTREME-TWO-GLASSES-OF-CHAMPAGNE-DOWN-AND-OFF-SHE-GOES kind of light weight... anyway, Christina starts singing her mojo and I kinda figure, hey lets go for it. This is after a large bottle of something I don't remember. So, I pinch my friend on the ass (we're both girls btw and no lesbian action - not that im against that or anything) and off we go to the dance floor. Both of us managed to pull off this v sexy dance - or so i have been told - and it was only at the end did we both manage to ruin it. She goes and pours a glass of Spanish beer all over her head... I then, gracefully fall over into the lap of the guy I *MAJORLY* fancied at the time ... To my slightly disturbed surprise, his only few words were "The toilets seem pretty clean.... maybe we could......." and then unsurprisingly I passed out on the floor - to be later rescued by my hero - the other guy I fancied, but I dont any more lol..... so that song brings me back to my horny dance, the perverted guy and the strong image of my friend mooning the ocean.. ah dear, good times, good times.....
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 10:52, Reply)
Klaatu - Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft
reminds me of my mothers lovely lemon biscuits. Sometimes I want to listen to it just to get that feeling, but my vinyl-playing machine is borked. Thanks for reminding me, you bastards.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 8:34, Reply)
Frank Zappa's "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?"...
Instantly transports me back to the time where in the hospital the nurse gave me such a hard on that I messed up the wall with my magical yellow stream.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 6:32, Reply)
My Clubland cd reminds me of stuff
because I had it burned to my computer ages ago. So when ever I hear that CD now I think back to very weird and some explicit fanfictions.

Oh, and the DJ Sammy cover of Boys of Summer reminds me of my first trip to south of france PGL. I sang it on stage.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 4:07, Reply)
Me and my friend Rory
once sang "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" by Fleetwood Mac to our chemistry teacher until he threatened to suspend us.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 3:49, Reply)
Chaka Khan
"I Feel For You"

Everytime I hear that song, it sends me right back to Sunday School when I was 11. Some kid in our Sunday School class hated it, so I sang it over, and over, and over.........till he punched me in the face! I had a split lip for a week, and he got kicked out of Sunday School!
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 3:36, Reply)
Walk like an Egyption makes me think of my Uncle Steve for some reason. I don't think he's Egyption... pretty sure he can walk but that'd be a tad tenuous.

Also, I get strange pangs of something like love when I hear Elastica... I am quite sure this is not out of love for the song, so assume it was something to do with youth-club-disco-solvent-crush of some kind...
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 2:16, Reply)
Best. QOTW. Ever.
God, there was me thinking it was just me who had vivid memories with songs! Thank you b3ta!
Ive got loads, some of which are very specific for me:

Huey Lewis and The News - Hip To Be Square (thank you mr_wicksy) - I was very young, and saw this on Sesame Street. Mightve been the video - there were lots of shapes playing in a playground. I then heard this on the way to my grandads, in the lanes of Cornwall.

Celine Dion (any song) - again, reminds me of driving to my grandads, but this more so of a curve in the road going right, then left, with windmills on the right hand side. My mum loves Celine Dion, and the tapes were always playing.

All Saints - Pure Shores - the first time I went to France, it was with school. We went to a motor museum, and as part of the trip was art-based we were tasked with drawing the cars. I had my walkman, and popped in a tape - new hits 2000 or something - on which this song resided. I stayed away from my group, and happily sketched away while listening and walking for the first time with a walkman.

Smurfs Go Pop - this album was, shamefully, the first I bought. I remember picking it off the shelf in East Grinstead's Woolworths, and buying it. In vivid detail.

Kula Shaker - Mystical Machine Gun - the first Kula track I heard, it was on the second CD of new hits 99. I played that CD over and over again while traversing Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight. It was the level with the oil tank you have to change the levels of. That CD reminds me of that game, this song and another (Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some More) in particular.

Travis - Love Will Come Through - one of my favourite songs of all time. I first heard it about 2 years before it was released on 12 Memories, when it was announced as part of the soundtrack to Moonlight Mile. Ive still got an old mp3, which sounds a fair bit different to the final mix. It reminds me of an ex girlfriend, my first real love, as it became our song. I remember playing it to her and telling her it should be ours.

Doves - Pounding - I loved this song, its got a great tune. I was dating a girl when I heard it, it was going very well until I foolishly told her I loved her. In between that and her leaving me a week later, I had heard this and was intent on playing it to her. I was also planning on seeing A Walk To Remember with her, which is a great film, so this song reminds me of that too.

Build Me Up Buttercup - this song became a sort of anthem for my year, and at our year 11 final assembly 2 years ago I was delighted to see it projected on the wall ready for us to sing along to. And we did. All of us. It was the most beautiful thing, surrounded by friends for one of the last times, singing to a golden oldie.

Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up Look Sharp - I went to Paris with my art buddies on a school trip last july. It was a fantastic few days, and one of the guys I shared my room with was called Nick Sharp. He didnt do art, but had come anyway, so was a bit of an outsider. Being the guy he is though, he ingratiated himself with the group, not least because of the moleste number of times "Fix Up Nick Shaaaarp" was bellowed over the course of the trip!

Some song from Kill Bill (havent heard the full thing) - not a proper one, as Ive not heard it... Theres a song which involves "OO OOH, OO OO OOH, OO OOH, OO OO OOH". What a great description. This became another anthem of the Paris trip, most notably being sung (if thats what you call it) very loudly by dozens of teenage Brits at 11pm in the streets of Paris, near the Moulin Rouge. Classy.

Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love? - I fucking HATE this song. Its a steamy, wet turd of a song. So, Im in the middle of losing my virginity, with Radio 1 on, and what decides to grace the airwaves? That song. Cunts. One of the most memorable times of my life, and thats the fucking soundtrack.

These arent in order, by the way.

And finally? One song stuck out, that Id not heard of before, during reading the answers to this. Kent - Kevlar Soul, which Ive now downloaded and have had on repeat. Its beautiful. Thank you moik!

Apologise for length? Psh. You dont deserve an apology, you dirty biatches.

EDIT: Oh yeah, just remembered a couple more (i bet youre sick of reading this now!):

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome to the Pleasuredome - reminds me of days when i was little, taking an ill day off school. Dad had this album on vinyl, and I put it on the stereo while playing with lego. Another album that reminds me of this is Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds, which I first heard in pretty much the same situation.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 1:34, Reply)
Flash backs
Almost all indie/brit pop tunes from around 1995-98 remind me of being a sad and lonely teenager that had nothing better to do with her time then to sit and record indie/brit pop tunes, mainly from Radio 1 when Mark and Lard hosted the 10pm-midnight slot....Ahhh those where the days.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 0:53, Reply)
Hhahahahaha I just realised my 1st post had fuck all to do with the challenge!!!!
Er Dj SS -Black reminds me of the good old days o' raving.
Yay first post! Damn learner badge.
Oh and David sullivans a Slagmuppet!?
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 0:27, Reply)
Hallelujah- Jeff Buckley
Always reminds me of the first time I heard it with my then g/f, it then became the song of a very weird relationship, thus cannot ever really listen to it without either thinking about her or wishing I had been a bit of a better guy - great way of ruining a song. Shame
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 0:17, Reply)
Holly Johnson
Holly Johnson's 'Love Train'. I loved wanking to that song. No one else knows that, 'til now.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 0:16, Reply)
Billy Oceans 'Suddenly'
...takes me right back to slow dancing with a girl called Susan when I was twelve, but having to keep my distance due to an unfortunately timed erection.
(, Sat 26 Mar 2005, 0:06, Reply)

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