Wednesday, 20 August 2008


This is my first blog for Borrowed & Blue. Part of the intention is to try and strip preconceived ideas out of the way we listen to music. Bill Drummond recently gave up on the concept of recorded music altogether, although he admits that in stopping listening to CDs that by hearing music by chance, randomly, in unexpected locations, has reawoken a whole new love for songs which he'd previously been sick of. I agree, I love that randomness, the surprise. I want to try and create a forum for people to find music which they might haven't heard before sure, but also a place where people could rediscover music they heard maybe a long time ago, forgotten that they loved.

It's important for me to not include biography, because I want people to open their ears up and shut down their minds as much as possible. The 'blogosphere' is so overcrowded with judgements - just a few words arranged into a song title or a description can completely skew and screw with someone's expectations and perception of the sound. I just want people to listen and actually be surprised about music again.

Not all of the music I post here will be 'good', by most people's tastes.

And crucially, this isn't a quest into obscurism. There will be songs by a lot of 'obvious' artists, but maybe ones you've never heard before. This isn't me picking an approved reading list and saying 'LISTEN TO THIS', it's me getting off on this music which, on a daily basis, I'd never ever heard before and wanting people to listen with me.

This blog will undoubtedly be a hymn to OCD, but that seems so obvious that I don't need to explain it any further.

The years that make up our first mix are these:

  • 1985
  • 1988
  • 1982
  • 1973
  • 2008
  • 1958
  • 1947
  • 1928
  • ?
  • 1969
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005

This first blog is a test post. If I do more mixes they'll probably be shorter, easier to digest. Maybe.

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