FCM #4 - Childhood Memories

FCM #4 - CHILDHOOD MEMORIES We've collectively contributed those musical gems that stir up and inspire the child in each of us. Click here to download the entire FCM #4 - CHILDHOOD MEMORIES or hunt and peck below. If you like something or hate something or whatever, please make a comment! Some of these files are m4a format, so you should download them all with the link above or right click and save them to your machine.

Next week's Theme - Driving Songs! Submit that song that pumps you up for the long drive or keeps you rolling along through tired plains and mountain passes.

"Sesame Street Theme" - 1970
Jennifer writes: When I was 2 or 3, my parents had a turntable in my bedroom that I shared with my little sister. We listened to 3 records every single day when we were put to bed. Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book/Disney songs, and Sesame Street. To this day, whenever I hear a song from one of those records, I get extremely nostalgic. While my song may be an obvious choice, it had such a strong impact on my childhood that it has become a part of all my young memories.

"Downtown" Petula Clark - 1964
Walt writes: I grew up on the south side of Chicago in a working class family. My only real trips downtown were to accompany my dad to pick up my uncle from his elevator operator's job at the Tavern Club and driving him home. Most of the time I was asleep on these trips. Occasionally when I was awake I was transfixed by the lights of Mr. Kelly's night club, the 666 Club, George Diamond's Steak House, enormous ads for Cutty Sark Scotch and the glistening marqees of the Oriental and State-Lake theatres. So whenever I hear Petula Clark's Downtown it brings me back to my childhood and it doesn't hurt that it came out around the same time as my those trips. My only quibble with this song I love, is that it inadvertantly dated itself. Other than that, it's a true classic.

"Jump" Van Halen - 1984
Ben writes: I remember being 9 or 10 years old, dragged to some adult party with my parents, bored as could be. This song came on the big stereo, and I remember being TOTALLY enthralled by it. The synth line was envigorating. It seemed like the best_song_ever at the time. MONUMENTAL.

"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" C+C Music Factory - 1990
Margaret writes: Every year my elementary school had a carnival in the spring, and they always had this booth set up where you could create your own music video. I was already looking glamorous with my big poofy bangs, acid washed jeans, L.A. Gear light up shoes and fanny pack - the next step was obviously to get me in front of a camera. My sisters, their friends and I danced around to this song, and it may have been the best 4 minutes of my childhood. I still have the VHS copy if anyone wants to experience the awesomeness for themselves...

"What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)" Information Society - 1988
Allison writes: I was not raised with pop music. My father was a pianist and my mother, apart from a few Barry Manilow 8-tracks, played nothing in the house. Around age 10 or 11 I finally got my own clock-radio, and hours of obsessive listening to Dallas' pop station at the time (Y-95) commenced. Blame it on some amalgam of Manilow/Streisand as my sole prior musical exposure, or blame it on the 80s, but my young mind found Information Society's "Pure Energy" to be nothing less than a REVELATION!

"Send Me an Angel" Real Life - 1983
TJ writes: This song brings me back to my endless times of watching "The Wizard" on VHS that I tapped form TV. I watched that so much and this song used to pump me up like no other. I'm sure you all know it and love it as much as I do.

"What's Next to the Moon" AC/DC - 1978
James writes: I don't believe in "best bands." Truth is, there's never been a band whose output has been consistently flawless from debut-to-demise.

Instead, I rank bands by specific clusters of years. Take, for example, the Rolling Stones, who have sucked for the past 30 years, thus negating their "Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World" tag. I think it makes more sense to say that the Stones from 67-78 were one of the best bands of all time. The same holds true for Led Zeppelin from 71-75, U2 from 85-91, and the Ramones from 76-81.

Add to that list AC/DC from 76-79. Discovering the Bon Scott-era AC/DC when I was attending Lincoln Junior High (go Spartans) was a revelation. These were ugly, blue-collar guys, singing songs about drinking, gambling, and sleeping with anything that moved (as with the Rubenesque "Rosie"). Forget sports heroes and champions of social justice, the members of AC/DC were my boyhood role models.

AC/DC from that period was rock and roll at its archetypal grittiest and greatest. Pound for pound, Angus Young's riffs were the ones that defined the misanthropic and misspent youths of myself and thousands of others.

As for Brian Johnson? Feh. I know "Back in Black" has its fervent loyalists, but once Bon checked out, the party was over for me.

Submitted for your pleasure, "What's Next to the Moon," a favorite from "Powerage."

"Look What the Cat Dragged In" Poison - 1986
Chris writes: When I was a youngster living in Alaska I had two best friends, Ben and Robin. Nick, Robin's older brother, was our idol - at 10 or 11 years old, he was the coolest, rawest dude around. He skateboarded, he had ripped jeans, and he would make us do terrible things like eat dog bone treats (Robin threw up). He let us hang around him sometimes, and for that we were grateful (and willing to do things like eat dog treats). He also provided my first mind-altering introduction to music thanks to a big silvery-metal boombox and a Poison tape. I distinctly remember him marching up to the lot of us as we sat in the bed of a truck, swinging that boombox in front of him and dropping it with a thud onto the tailgate. He punched the play button without saying a word and "Look What the Cat Dragged In" came thudding through those tinny speakers and straight into my heart. 2 years later someone else's older brother introduced me to Ice-T. Music owes a lot to older brothers.

"Shake Your Rump" Beastie Boys - 1989
Nick writes: Paul's Boutique was released when I was seven years old. I am offering absolutely no further explanation as to why this is on here.

"Two-Headed Boy" Neutral Milk Hotel - 1998
Brian writes: When I first started thinking about "childhood memory" songs, it was really only a question of which Bon Jovi or Guns N' Roses song I would choose. The more I thought about it though, the album that takes me back to my childhood more than any other is one I never even heard until about 2000 or so (maybe later). That album is "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel. The entire album has an innocence to it that brings back so many memories, and it just sort of reenergizes that childlike perception that sometimes gets lost as you get older. In particular, the song Two Headed Boy really takes me back to being a strange kid...

"Lay Lady Lay" Bob Dylan - 1969
Christine writes: Everything I listened to as a child was because my dad’s direct influence. Thankfully, he has great taste in music. One artist he played often when my sisters and I were younger was Dylan. This is my favorite song by him so enjoy.

"Atlantis" Donovan - 1968
Jane writes: Realizing that "Hurdy Gurdy Man" drove me into fits of laughter when I was little, my Dad gave me all of his Donovan 45rpm's and set me loose into that crazy man's mind... funny thing is, much of Donovan's music reads like children's songs anyway if you take out the innuendo and drug references.

So the story part of "Atlantis" absolutely blew my 7 yr. old mind, and I'm sure made me a horrible burden at Sunday School where my questions were already notorious amongst the teachers. I became obsessed with living underwater... which was intensified a few years later by the release of the movie "Splash" with Darryl Hannah and Tom Hanks. Yeah, I was a weird kid.

"Wish You Were Here" Pink Floyd - 1975
Justin writes: I love music of all types, but what really gets my blood moving is good ol' rock n' roll. And my father played all types of it while I was growing up. So I have some fond memories of the records he played from my childhood. Now I don't have tons of memories living with him as my parents divorced when I was like 10 and I've been living with my mother ever since. So I decided to pick this track because it sticks out the most for me out of all the albums my father would play. It reminds me of watching him attempt to play this tune on the guitar and sing it. He wasn't awesome at it but he always impressed me when he did. It will always be my favorite song Pink Floyd ever.

"Bein' Green" Kermit The Frog - 1970
Jennifer writes: (see her write-up for song #1)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Van Halen - 1984 : Now that brings back memories for me too. I would have been about 12 years old. Right away I fell in love with Eddie and his awesome guitar chops. A few years later I got my own electric axe. I tried my best but never had the discipline to learn anything worthwhile. Lots of Deep Purple and the every popular Smoke on the Water.

-- Patrick

Anonymous Ben said...

I really want to see margaret's video. we should digitize it and post it to youtube.


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