10 songs, 38 min, 11 min reading time.
I did it. I went through the old tunes I used to enjoy as a kid on my iPod Nano. This one caps it off and is the final in this series. Some good memories were found doing this final leg as you will find out, however it was all a bit similar sounding again. Nevertheless a good follow on from the first two: Time Capsule A-G and Time Capsule H-N.
1) “Young Folks” – Peter Bjorn and John
Very nostalgic, this combined with the Snow Patrol “Eyes Open” album (more on this later) and going to play basketball on a hardcourt are what childhood reminds me of. “Young Folks” is the first single from Peter Bjorn and John’s third album, “Writer’s Block” (2006). The single features Victoria Bergsman (also known as Taken by Trees) as a guest vocalist. The song was named the number one song of 2007 according to the iTunes Store. That whistling riff will forever be recognisable.
Album: “Writer’s Block” (2006)
Label: Universal Music
2) “Golden Touch – Full Length” – Razorlight
This one reminds me of driving around Scotland visiting where my parents used to work. That was following the release of the second Razorlight album “Razorlight” (2006), however I went back and listened to the previous Razorlight album as well and remember my dad highlighting this stand-out track. “Golden Touch” is the eighth track on their 2004 debut album “Up All Night”.
Album: “Up All Night” (2004)
Label: Mercury Records
3) “By the Way” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
I was very fortunate and saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the NEC in Birmingham in 2010 following the release of the album “I’m with You”. For a long time in my childhood they were one of my favourite bands. This is a classic and the first I fell in love with. It’s the title track and first single released from the band’s eighth studio album of the same name (2002). Vocalist Anthony Kiedis said of the song: “I thought that single was an über-bombastic assault of non-commercialism. For it to be so well-received [in the United Kingdom] was shocking to me, but thrilling at the same time.”
Album: “By the Way (Deluxe Edition)” (2002)
Label: Warner Records
4) “Hoppípolla” – Sigur Rós
Loads of TV programmes used this and maybe still do today(?). In particular, the ones where Ben Fogle used to walk groups of people up hills and through forests. Then he got banished to Channel 5 for some reason and perhaps he does still walk people around with this song playing at the end? Despite this the song is an absolute corker. “Hoppípolla” is Icelandic for “Hopping into puddles” and featured on Sigur Rós’ 2005 album “Takk…”. As with many of the band’s songs, it was given a nickname in the early stages of writing. “Hoppípolla” was “The Money Song”, as the band was certain they had written a song which would have commercial success. It is the band’s most successful single.
Album: “Takk…” (2005)
Label: Parlophone Records
5) “Set The Fire To The Third Bar” – Snow Patrol
Potentially the whole fourth Snow Patrol album could have been on here. “Eyes Open” (2006) is one of my most played albums from childhood. “Set the Fire to the Third Bar” is a song featuring Martha Wainwright on vocals and was the last track to be recorded for the album; the third single to be released. The title describes an electric heater. Gary Lightbody’s Aunt Jean had an electric heater, and “if we were very good and it was very cold, she’d let us put all three bars on”. So there you have it, who knew?
Album: “Eyes Open” (2006)
6) “Take It Or Leave It” – The Strokes
So simple and yet so powerful, “Is This It” sums up growing up so well. It is the debut studio album by The Strokes, first released on July 30, 2001. Building on their 2001 EP “The Modern Age”, the band members moulded compositions largely through live takes during recording sessions. This was the last song on the album, and like “Brianstorm” in my first Time Capsule post, it gets you riled and pumped up, in a good, coming-of-age way.
Album: “Is This It” (2001)
Label: Rough Trade Records
7) “Dancing In The Moonlight (It’s Caught Me In Its Spotlight)” – Thin Lizzy
One of the oldies. Thin Lizzy are a band that I’ve known for a long time and was on one of the CDs in the car before aux and then bluetooth came along. “Dancing in the Moonlight (It’s Caught Me in Its Spotlight)” appears on Thin Lizzy’s 1977 album “Bad Reputation” and was also released as a single a few months before the album. The song builds on the introductory bass riff played by Phil Lynott, adding the vocal melody line sung by Phil Lynott which contrasts with the saxophone melodic counterpoint played by Supertramp’s John Helliwell. Did you know that? (I didn’t prior to a quick search).
Album: “Bad Reputation (Expanded Edition)” (1977)
Label: Mercury Records
8) “Fisherman’s Blues – 2006 Remaster” – The Waterboys
I’ve seen The Waterboys multiple times as my Dad loves them. One time at The Stables in Milton Keynes (2007), and a few other times at a local music festival in Cornbury. “Fisherman’s Blues” is a 1988 album by The Waterboys. This is the stand-out track on there for me and my favourite of theirs, it is terrific live as well and really gets the crowd involved. Mike Scott (lead singer) began writing the song on a plane from New York to London, at the end of the Waterboys’ North American tour in November 1985. During his time in New York, Scott had a meeting with the band’s manager, Gary Kurfirst, however their relationship had become strained by this time. In his autobiography, Scott revealed: “I knew that the relationship [with Kurfirst] was in terminal decline. I wanted out. Squeezed into seat 31F, I wrote down my feelings in verse on the back of my boarding pass, the beginnings of a new song called “Fisherman’s Blues”.”
Album: “Fisherman’s Blues” (1988)
Label: Chrysalis Records
9) “My Doorbell” – The White Stripes
One of The White Stripes / Jack White songs had to be on here. It was almost The Raconteurs “Salute Your Solution”. However, this is symbolic and I like more of The White Stripes tracks overall so thought that was enough to put them at the top. “My Doorbell” is the second single from their album “Get Behind Me Satan” (2005). The song garnered The White Stripes a 2006 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
Album: “Get Behind Me Satan” (2005)
10) “Ambling Alp” – Yeasayer
This was the first single from Yeasayer’s second album, “Odd Blood” (2010). The song was named after Italian boxer Primo Carnera, whose nickname was Ambling Alp; ‘Alp’ because he was born in a municipality in northeastern Italy – so in the alps – and because of his height (1.97m – 6 ft 6 in). Joe Louis (US boxer) fought Ambling Alp on June 25, 1935, at the Yankee Stadium and knocked him out in six rounds. It is also about Joe Louis defeating Germany’s Max Schmeling in the 1930s. Keyboardist/vocalist Chris Keating told About.com why he chose this subject: “I was always interested in writing a song that had boxing mythology in it, that was, in some ways, about Joe Louis. Max Schmeling was a German boxer who was fighting for Germany in the ’30s, and so as a result became a champion of Hitler. Joe Louis defeated him in 1938, and that became this moment of legend in boxing mythology, that this black guy was able to beat this Nazi boxer, thereby demoralising the Nazi regime.”
Album: “Odd Blood” (2010)
Label: Artist Intelligence Partnership