I can't do lists... certainly not hierarchical ones, I don't have Top Tens, etc. in anything. But when it comes to music there are some songs which just endure - which always make me smile and still give me that special feeling. It's hard to analyse exactly why, isn't it? - maybe it's about the context as much as anything? - what it aroused in me on hearing for the very first time, where I was, what I was doing, thinking, etc. Sometimes it's as simple as just having a particular penchant for a heavy bass-line or a hooky chorus, one common element in different and often disparate tracks which always satisfies something inside. I've been through many phases and into several genres in over 40 years of listening to music (oh jeez) and as with most things in life I don't think you want the same again and again or forever, not the same food nor the same clothes, etc. so that also applies to this - but there will always be the special examples which just never lose their original appeal.
I'm going to pick out a few here from time to time - expect a very varied selection!
To kick off, it's Modern Politics by The Panik from November 1977 (the first track on their 'It Won't Sell!' EP). When I first heard this at the time of its release I just couldn't believe the sound of that bass rumbling its way through and I loved its stop-start punctuation, plus the (slightly over-ambitious) guitar solo... it sounded so serious, so raw, but relatively 'slow' (hmm, sort of) for '77 punk, not too ramalama. The band came from Manchester and listening to it again now I'm reminded of early Joy Division / Warsaw. I've just looked them up in the excellent book 'No More Heroes' by Alex Ogg and indeed there is a connection: the record was co-produced by band manager Rob Gretton, plus drummer Steve Brotherdale also played in Warsaw. Apparently at one time they even tried to convince Ian Curtis to be The Panik's singer.
One to blow the cobwebs away - play loud (of course) and feel 14 again, listen here:
The Panik: Modern Politics