This month I’m remember my old obsession with music, bands and going to gigs.
Back when I was 16 or 17 my music taste and love of music started to evolve. I no longer had my radio tuned to a generic mainstream station and chose, instead, to listen to Australia’s alternative station: Triple J. This was about the time that I began to learn that music wasn’t all manufactured groups with good looking singers and high production music videos.
I basically used to live and breathe music and in a time before mp3 players (and sometimes mp3s) it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. I remember jumping for the radio when a favourite song came on so I could turn it up and enjoy it while it was on, staying up late to watch (and tape) Rage (especially when one of my favourite bands was hosting – although I found I never much enjoyed their music inspirations as I enjoyed their music) and where possible, downloading mp3’s at the snails pace that was dial up… from Napster! Also, how could I forget CDs… I paid some insane prices so I could order lesser known band EPs or import from other countries. Just so I could listen to 10 – 13 songs whenever I liked.
I miss that feeling of being excited to hear a favourite band and I can’t remember the last time I looked up a gig guide to see who was playing – I wouldn’t even know any of the names these days anyway. I remember the day when I found out my favourite band (Klinger) was going to be touring with another favourite band (Bodyjar) and they were coming to my city! And it was an all ages gig. My first gig.
I thought to myself that if only my OTHER favourite band, MxPx, were playing the gig it would have been perfect however instead it was Unwritten Law and as a 16 year old in her first mosh, I wished it had been MxPx because those Unwritten Law fans were aggressive.. I came out with a bunch of bruises but I didn’t care because I had met 2 of my favourite bands and had the chance to see them live.
They also signed my CD inserts and my friends and I sneakily got one of Klinger’s members phone numbers – which was quite useful in the next Klinger gig I went to because it was an over 18’s gig and I wasn’t.. I was able to get in because I gave them a call on the day (like a weirdo stalker), they came outside to chat with me and one of the members was able to smuggle me inside to this dingy little pub where I got to see Klinger again and another band I was liking called Motorace.
After the gig they were going to a nearby pub and asked if I wanted to go along but, for some reason, I declined and went home because I had school the next day! It was this crazy event and I can’t imagine something like that happening to me these days. I sometimes miss that crazy recklessness that gave me the confidence to give my favourite band a call and get smuggled into a gig.
And now some of the music (because this post isn’t long enough already) that made life worth getting out of bed for back in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, the music that made me the punk rock girl (woman?) I became:
Klinger – Hello Cruel World
.As another popular song at the time claimed “a pop song saved my life” and that was the case with this song for me. I was at a fairly low part of life when this song was released and it got me up and energised about something and made me want to get out of the darkness.
MxPx – Responsibility
The band responsible for making me branch out into more punk music with less pop elements.
Happyland – Chicken
One of the weirdest bands I ever listened to, they were so strange but I loved their songs (especially Chicken) all the same.
Magic Dirt – Dirty Jeans
Because girls can be awesome leads too! I saw Magic Dirt live in 2002 and Adalita (lead) changed her guitar about 5 times and she rocked out and it was awesome!
Lazaro’s Dog – Home Entertainment System
Because why not?