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2008 -Senior Twilight Stock Replacer

April 8th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

There have been several milestones or turning points in how I interact with music. There was the point where I started owning it so I wasn’t completely reliant on whatever the radio played, there was the portable tape machine letting me listen on the move, there was the MP3 player, and then the download which shifted ownership from physical product to just the music. 2008 saw, perhaps, the biggest change. It was the year Spotify came along. I’m glad it did because there was pratictally bugger all going on for me otherwise in this year. [Read more →]

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A Friday afternoon in Crawley

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

On Friday I had my last meeting at the Town Hall, a portfolio briefing to tie up some loose ends and approve a business case. After that I went out for some lunch with Jayne and we went to two new(ish) places in Crawley. [Read more →]

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2007 – Thou Shalt Always Kill

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

Either not a lot happened in music in 2007 or I just can’t remember it. There were only a couple of albums released in the year that registered much with me and very few singles. Looking at the list of songs from the year on Wikipedia it seems like half the singles were by somebody-I-don’t-know featuring somebody-else-I-don’t know.

The only single I can remember buying was Starz In Their Eyes by Just Jack. A tremendously catchy tune. I can also remember rather liking the James Blunt single 1973 when I heard it on the album Jayne bought. [Read more →]

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2006 – Diablo Rojo

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

Some time last year I decided to put together a playlist with one song from each year of my life. Some time later I decided to write about it here. I expected that I would be writing about the tracks themselves, what I liked about them, why I picked them and so on. What has actually happened is something very different. I have been writing about my relationship with music and the history of that: not so much about the music itself but how I listened to to it, how I discovered it, and other peripheral things like that. [Read more →]

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2005 – Start Wearing Purple

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

In 2005 we got to hear the Kaiser Chiefs’ album, Employment, that was eagerly anticipated after a couple of big singles in 2004. The anticipation was displaced to Arctic Monkeys who released I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor but made us wait until 2006 for an album. Meanwhile Franz Ferdinand were already on their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better. Although not as exciting as the first one, it added to the momentum of the new scene of bands influenced by the post-punk bands like Gang of Four. Fittingly, I saw Gang of Four play live in 2005 with the reformed original line-up. [Read more →]

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Lagging behind

March 30th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

I am now lagging behind Mrs. Skudder. Last year I got a scooter in January. I enjoyed it so much I bought a second-hand motorbike in about June and then Jayne and I got our CBT so we could ride it. Since then Jayne has joined several womens motorbike groups and been off to various events with them, including a weekend camping. All I have done is go down to Brighton with her for the Ace Cafe rideout and gone out on a couple group rides – on the first one I came off and on the second one I got lost. [Read more →]

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2004 – Tekitoi

March 24th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

Yes I am looking to ‘world music’ for this year’s entry on the playlist. Not that I bought a lot of it this year. All I can think of is Angelique Kidjo’s Oyaya! album and Rachid Taha’s Tekitoi album. The Kidjo album was continuing her homage to Latin music. I really prefer her more African albums but absolutely love the track Congoleo on this one. I had a few odd Rachid Taha tracks on compilations but this was the first album of his that I bought. The track that got most attention was his cover of Rock the Cassbah, but there are quite a few strong tracks on it, not least the title track which I chose for my playlist.

I did get to see Rachid Taha play live in the summer at the Croydon World Party. I took the kids up there while Jayne was at work. I thought it might broaden their minds a bit, but even if they didn’t take to the music there were lots of entertainments and food. I’m not sure what they made of Taha, but they did really enjoy seeing Rodrigo y Gabriela, as did I. I immediately went out and bought their old albums that I had missed out on. The whole day was brilliant, even the journey because we got to go on the Croydon trams. [Read more →]

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2003 – Milkshake

March 23rd, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

Music has always been an important part of my life. Its a source of entertainment but also emotional support, distraction, inspiration and excitement. I had wondered whether, when I turned 40 towards the end of 2002, I would continue to get enthused about new music or just retreat into the old favourites and leave modern music to the younger generations. [Read more →]

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2002 – Let’s Push Things Forward

March 22nd, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

I think that 2002 was a good year for music. Looking at the albums I bought I can see they are split between ones I got from the market stall in Lower Marsh and ones I would have had to go up to Tower Records for. Or possibly I was getting some from the Internet by this time. It wouldn’t have been from Amazon though. Back in 2002 I still thought of Amazon as being for books and would go to Play123 for music or DVDs. [Read more →]

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Operation inflation

March 22nd, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

Well. Had a meeting with my surgeon today. Instead of the original estimates of a 7-hour operation followed by a hospital stay of 7 to 14 days, where they might try to send me home after 5 days it now looks a bit different. Because they want to put in a tracheostomy for various reasons I am looking at a 12-hour operation followed by at least 14 mights in hospital but possibly a week longer. [Read more →]

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