Tracks Of My Teens: #6 – DrunkenWerewolf

2 Apr

Tracks Of My Teens

We have a special treat for you all today as the Editor of one of our favourite blogs joins in the fun and opens up her soul and memories (and there are some cracking memories here) in the latest Tracks Of My Teens. Yes indeed, it is the inebriated lupine herself, Tiffany Daniels of DrunkenWerewolf and trust us, you don’t want to miss this. If we were to use hashtags in blog posts, we’d go with #entertaining and #revealing.

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Tori Amos – “Spark (6.58)”

I bought From the Choirgirl Hotel when it came out in 1998. I was 11 back then, but Tori Amos stuck with me throughout my teens. I have so many memories attached to this song in particular. The first is of my sister unravelling the cassette in the backseat of a hire car somewhere between San Francisco and Los Angeles. My parents made her spend her holiday money on a replacement. “Spark (6.58)” crops up playing charades with my friends during our lunch break. We’d changed the game to include songs and I was hopeless at trying to re-enact the lyrics. It appears again, performed live by Tori at Manchester Apollo. That was my first gig without my parents and Google tells me I was 14. I also vividly remember listening to From the Choirgirl Hotel on my walkman at school and getting called out by my peers for not listening to “normal stuff” like Limp Bizkit.

Memories aside I think Tori’s one of, if not the primary influence on my music taste. Her catalogue is so diverse, from classical to pop, alternative and plain weird. From the Choirgirl Hotel is my favourite album of hers and “Spark (6.58)” answers the question of why. Tori’s often dubbed a Kate Bush impersonator but this song goes way beyond that comparison, growling with anger without losing its message or disappearing into theatrics. As an impressionable teenager, it was really, really empowering to find a female musician who could hold her own.


The Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”

I bought Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness just before watching The Mummy in the cinema. My friend was using my scarf as a shield and in a scary bit I stood on my Virgin Megastores bag and broke the case. I’ve never managed to replace it; it’s got such a stupid foldout design. Fortunately the CD remains undamaged, though at the time we had a whale of a time trying to decipher the lyrics. I remember something about “chuglug-twee”. I think that was meant to be “charcoal teeth”.

There’s not much you can say about “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” that hasn’t been said before. At the time of Mellon Collie’s release it must have been groundbreaking, but I was 8 and ignorantly listening to the Spice Girls. The song has successfully stood the test of time however. The production is amazing and not dated at all. It could have been recorded yesterday. I’m not sure if The Smashing Pumpkins have the same effect on teenagers now as they did then, but they made me pierce my nose twice and wear black eyeliner for eight years. For that reason they belong on this list.


The Cooper Temple Clause – “Been Training Dogs”

I followed this band for the entirety of their career and my teens. I was 13 when I unexpectedly received an advance 12” of “Devil Walks in the Sand” in the post, and I’d just turned 20 when they broke up. A friend moderated their website forum for a while, and apparently I was one of the first 50 to sign up to their mailing list. For me, the Coopers were definitely that band you embarrassing latch onto as a teenager. Fortunately I didn’t take it to the fangirl extreme, but I was pretty defensive of their music.

My fondest memory is when their then bassist Didz Hammond parking his car right outside the Carling Academy. Two minutes later a drunk pissed all down the side of it.
I can’t remember exactly how many times I saw them live, but I went to every gig in Bristol and a few others in Cardiff, Birmingham and Liverpool… and Manchester. They were an excellent live band and what they lost on record over the years they doubled on stage. See This Through and Leave, from which “Been Training Dogs” is taken, highlights that the best I think. I actually prefer Kick Up the Fire, and Let the Flames Break Loose, but I think that album needs to be enjoyed as a whole, which is perhaps why fans didn’t go for it as much as their debut.



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3 Responses to “Tracks Of My Teens: #6 – DrunkenWerewolf”

  1. Jo Bell April 2, 2013 at 07:53 #

    Fun feature! I used to love Tori Amos, especially Cornflake Girl. Pretty sure I had the album on tape.

    • Adam H April 3, 2013 at 23:36 #

      Thanks Jo, I think I did too!
      Good times, that and REM’s Automatic For The People on a yellow cassette, heady days indeed 🙂

      Adam

  2. name not supplied June 18, 2013 at 18:24 #

    I had REM’s automatic for the people on good old TDK, copied on a fancy (at the time) double cassette recorder from my friend. wow. powerful technology at the time 🙂

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