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Scrobble! - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
I connected my iPod up to the PC the other evening and AudioScrobbler prompted me, as usual, to scrobble my tracks. I open my web browser and check my Last.fm profile to find I have just passed the 100,000 track mark.

I'd love to post some stats about my listening habits... but my employer in its infinite wisdom considers Last.fm to be a "bad" site... and blocks my access. Perhaps when I am next updating from home I'll bore you with them! What I think this shows is I listen to a lot of music. Last.fm only keeps track of music I listen to via iTunes or my iPod. I also listen to the radio, and occasionally play CD's in something other than my PC!

My life has had an almost permanent sound track.

There are tunes that instantly transport me to a certain time and place, there are others that make me feel a certain way (no matter how I felt before), there are others still that make me think about a person. (I have posted a few examples of the later here with the tags lyrics and music)

Having recently watched High Fidelity (again!) I'm in a top 5 kind of mood... so here are my (current, but ever changing) top five remembered people based on music.

The "rules" are: This is music I own, is currently on my iPod (because I needed reminders) and upon just seeing the name of the song instantly reminds me of someone.

Perhaps a little unsurprising in the number one slot with 13 14 entries is my wife:
All I Need is the Air That I Breathe - The Hollies (our first dance at our wedding)
American Girls (of course) - Counting Crows
Carrot Juice is Murder/The Mountie Song - The Arrogant Worms
Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll - Killers
Grounds for Divorce - Elbow
Last Beat of My Heart - Siouxie and the Banshees
Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem - Peter Murphy
Nancy Boy - Placebo
Nobody's Diary - Yazoo
Rest Stop - Matchbox Twenty
Somebody - Depeche Mode
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
Thou Shalt Always Kill - Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip
White Flag - Dido (plus the rest of the Life for Rent album)

Next the lead singer of the band, my best man and surrogate brother:
Anything by Spudgun/Face Value (of course)
Come Together - Beatles
Rubber Soul - Beatles (that's the whole album!)
Runaway - Del Shannon/The Small Faces
The Champ - Mohawks
Tin Soldier - Small faces
Town Called Malice/That's Entertainment - The Jam

In third place with six entries:
Beautiful Ones - Suede
Eisgekühlter Bommerlunder/Zehn kleine Jägermeister - Die Toten Hosen
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers
Morgenrot - Herbert Grönemeyer
Perfect Skin - Lloyd Cole
Vienna - Vic Reeves

In fourth, my first girlfriend, with five entries:
A Question of Lust - Depeche Mode
Cherry Oh Babe/Red Red Wine - UB40
Love's Great Adventure - Ultravox
Mr Blue - Yazoo
The Gift - Midge Ure

In fifth is someone I associate with a lot of music... (but not always in a good way!) with 4 entries is:
(Karaoke) Pete
Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon - Neil Diamond
It's Your Song/Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up) - Garth Brooks (and other assorted Garth Brooks tunes)
Paradise By The Dashboard Light - Meat Loaf
Piano Man - Billy Joel

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Current Music: The Staircase (Mystery) - Siouxie and the Banshees

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tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: March 12th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
High Fidelity! One of my favorite movies ever, and a really great book!

paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: March 12th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here's a tough one... which did you prefer; the book or the film?
tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: March 12th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ach! Well...


Hm. That is a tough one, and I'm usually the one to prefer the book to the movie. The movie is so true to the book, only it's moved from London to Chicago.

And then there's Jack Black. I love how his character is ranting about Rob wearing a Cosby sweater, "a Coooosby sweat-uh!"

Don't make me choose, please. It's like choosing which child you like the best when you've been blessed to have two perfect children.

paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: March 12th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved the book (partly because it was set in London), but I thought the Rob character was more of a bastard in the book than in the film. (How can you not like John Cusack - even if he is trying to be a bastard?)

It's a tough call (for me) but the film just takes the lead mostly due to the soundtrack. The book just can't compete when I can actually hear the records.
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: March 13th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
This actually made me cry, but in a good way. A solid 5 of those songs remind me of you, too--and for the remaining 8, if the songs don't, the artists do.

And Pete. hahaha, god bless him. Such good times.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: March 13th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a few artists that I assosiate with people.. because they suggested them or they are just so into them that any mention of said artist reminds...

If I was to include that into the mix... I'd have to add Sarah McLachlan, Skunk Anansie, John Lenon, Dave Matthews, Eve 6, Fiona Apple, Jeff Buckley, Peter Murphy (that's a track I originally missed... the "Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem" always reminds me of you too), Sufjan Stevens (even though I don't like them much), and Warren Zevon to the tracks artists that remind me of you.

But I looked down the list of song titles for my post!
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