Walking In My Shoes

I guess if you’ve been a teen/adolescent/young adult in the 80ies and 90ies, there was no way around Depeche Mode. 1991’s “Violator” marks the peak of the “classic” DM sound, and is probably their best album – it concludes their original “electronic” phase and “Enjoy the Silence” would be a good candidate for my “songs to play loud” series but instead, my pick is from the album that followed, “Songs Of Faith And Devotion”, which marked a departure from the synth-heavy DM sound, introducing guitars and an overall grungier sound. Continue reading “Walking In My Shoes”

I really loved Harold

It may perhaps be considered blasphemous πŸ™‚ to add a cover version of a Melanie classic to my compilation of songs to play loud but I think that even die-hard Melanie fans will agree that Emiliana Torrini’s interpretation of Melanie’s “I really loved Harold” (link goes to the original, on YouTube) has something to it – the difference for me is in the refrain especially, and its instrumentation in the cover version: together with Torrini’s voice, it has an impact that makes me crank up the volume every time: Continue reading “I really loved Harold”

Neurodancer

On a recent “trip down memory lane” to some good old EBM I listened to the “Neurodancer” version of Front 242’s “Tragedy For You” again for the first time in years and boy, what a track. Truly one for my “songs to play loud” series. πŸ™‚ Continue reading “Neurodancer”

Judas Priest – Turbo Lover (1986)

I guess it’s true for many people that their taste in music progressed over time. And so did mine. And I had a phase where I was a headbanger, a metal-head – of course! So this new episode of my “music to play loud” series is a homage to that era… πŸ™‚

I think my metal phase began around the age of 14 or 15, after we moved from South Tyrol back to Germany, and the federal state of Hessia (Hesse) to be precise. One of my best friends was a little older, and he was pretty much into Hard Rock and Heavy Metal*. Quite naturally, that influenced me a lot, just like friends do at that age.

And I guess Judas Priest’s back then brand-new “Turbo” album from 1986 was and is reason for much controversy. While the cover art is Continue reading “Judas Priest – Turbo Lover (1986)”

Bete Noir Spectrogram

Hecq – BΓͺte Noire

I must admit that my tolerance level for the musical genre called “Dubstep” is extremely low. Usually, I’ll make it into the first “drop” and soon after that, the irritating array of broken beats and all in all broken-sounding… well, I hesitate to call it music actually, so lets say noise quickly drives me away. Yes, I’m getting old. Continue reading “Hecq – BΓͺte Noire”