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I tell you it’s been kinda liberating. I could have easily followed this slippery slope and completely given up on this thing, but, i don’t know, there’s this compulsion i have to it. And it’s really only for me. But now we’re settled, we have internet, school is on a mid-semester break, so i’ll continue.

Tuesday, March 19th
Bad for good – Jim Steinman

Wednesday, March 20th
Keiko no namida – Nishimura Tomomi

Thursday, March 21st
Bored teenagers – The Adverts

Friday, March 22nd
Superman – Look & Listen

Saturday, March 23rd
Playdough – The Aquabats

Sunday, March 24th
Opposite horizons -Managra

Monday, March 25th
Mismatched couples – Teresa Carpio

Tuesday, March 26th
Head gone astray – The Soup Dragons

Wednesday, March 27th
Sputnik mon amour – Band a Part

Thursday, March 28th
Ice cream – f(x)

Friday, March 29th
Ready to go – Look & Listen

Saturday, March 30th
Aishuu no Carnival – Kawai Sonoko

Sunday, March 31st
Cuttie pie – L’Trimm

Monday, April 1st
Guess i should’ve kicked his head in – The Haywains

Tuesday, April 2nd
Wakasugita koi – Moritaka Chisato

Wednesday, April 3rd
Arashi no yoru no serenade – Kudo Shizuka

Thursday, April 4th
Manly – Camperdown and Out

Friday, April 5th
The morning fog – Kate Bush

Saturday, April 6th
West Riding House – Boyracer

Sunday, April 7th
Nemo – Assfactor 4

Monday, April 8th
I don’t suppose i’ll get a second chance – Another Sunny Day

Tuesday, April 9th
Miss Candy Twist – Dolly Mixture

Wednesday, April 10th
Fushigi TOKYO Cinderalla – Saint Four

Thursday, April 11th
On the spines of old cathedrals – Shrag

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Whole wide world – The Soup Dragons

Well that’s it. A good thing coming to an end. But no returning to a rut this time! I crashed my car first day back in the country so i’m off to a good start.

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Head Gone Astray

Head gone astray – The Soup Dragons

I just found out that the Soup Dragons became a baggy band, something so sad that i’ve warn off every possible link in my mind to this being the same band that sang that I’m Free song. So sad. That this once perfect band succumbed to that turn of that decade disease – my least favourite music save for white reggae – and that they had more success in this phase than in their pop punk phase might make me change my mind on this band completely if it were not so easy for me to ignore. Not being around for and having having my dreams crushed in concurrence with this shift is a blessing sometimes. At least it might have made them some money. And at least i can ignore it. At least i have these songs.

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Head gone astray – The Soup Dragons

I have come to the conclusion that Scotland has the best bands. The best pop bands anyway, they all being strewn over a few decades, and maybe it is a per capita thing too. Ask me and i’ll give you a very impressive list. And this might just be the best Scottish pop song ever written. Perfect part follows perfect part, it begins with the chorus, that guitar line is wonderful, and i wish that B key was kept hammered throughout the whole song. I know it’s not, and there is that minor chord towards the end, but i keep hearing it the whole way through. Maybe that would be too gimmicky. And too strenuous – this song is twice as long as the typical Soup Dragons song.

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Whole wide world – The Soup Dragons

Around the time i left high school, spending that whole wasted time on the internet ransacking the place looking for bands i might like, i came across that whole abundance of English/Scottish pop bands that history, and those that reconstruct it for a certain kind of incongruous remembrance, suggests may have been part of the same scene. Talking to Shaun about this, someone who was there, and just from common sense, this was not the case, and C-86 was just a marketing tactic to generate buzz. And we remember or learn of them as such. Bands like The Wedding Present, The Flatmates, The Pastels, McCarthy, Talulah Gosh, and The Soup Dragons. Some of my favourite bands.

It is either the best or worst thing for me for a whole other world of music previously held in secret to open up to me. It is a process too rewarding for me to think of all the time spent with eager ears, as band upon incredible band spill out so prosperously, to think of it as wasted. I live for this. I’m not sure i will ever stumble upon such a fountain again. I think i have already found every musical niche that i could harvest with such reward, but i thought that with emo, and i thought that with ye-ye. But where could i possibly go from here? Plenty of places. There’s so much i deny myself because it seems beyond me, or not fitting me. I just need to find the right avenue to these bands, to these genres, to that mass of music outside of what i limit myself to. I still stumble across amazing bands everyday.

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