Me,Myself,I-My Top Five Albums

As you all know bmcuwp has had a huge influence in my life though not always in a good way!! But aside from the obvious love of football another influence he instilled in me was a love of music. From an early age I was subliminally listening to his music whilst not so subliminally listening to my mother berating him to “turn that down FGS I can’t listen to anymore of that boom boom.” Can I say that he has always loved a heavy bass and years later that same shouting was heard from his future brother in law when we all shared a flat. Anyway I digress. My love for music is rooted very much in my relationships with my brother and from my choices you’ll see why.

  1. Duran Duran – Rio
    First up I must say bmcuwp had nothing to do with this at all though I think it may be a guilty pleasure of his now. From my point of view this is the first album I really remember and the first band I followed. John Taylor was my heartthrob and watching him on top of the pops was a real highlight. The band are probably better remembered for their videos than their music but Rio and Save a Prayer are classics from the 80s, instantly recognisable to anyone of a certain age.
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  3. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions- Rattlesnakes

  4. This is where bmcuwp influence starts to show. I heard this being played and it just seemed to strike a chord with me and was the start of my journey away from pop music to actual bands. It obviously helped that Lloyd Cole is a good looking guy but Forest Fire and Rattlesnakes are beautiful songs, along with Perfect Skin and Are You Ready to be Heartbroken. I love this album.
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  6. Simple Minds – Once Upon A Time

  7. Again more influence, I had been listening to simple minds for years without actually knowing it and now prefer the earlier new gold dream stuff but this album made simple minds mainstream. I am mortified to say that I can remember carrying my ghetto blaster around the streets listening to this album with my pals. Ghost Dancing and Sanctify Yourself are great tunes though sometimes the lyrics are a but baffling!! If anyone can explain the meaning of Ghost Dancing I’m all ears.
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  9. U2 – Rattle and Hum

  10. In my opinion the last decent album this band made. All I Want Is You is an anthem that I can listen to the and again. Beautiful lyrics. Angel of Harlem just brings back great memories of a particular time where there was nothing to worry about except getting smashed and smoking copious amounts of cigarettes. I thank bono for giving me this album before he morphed into a prick, more famous for sunglasses than great music.
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  12. Oasis – What’s the story…

  13. The early to mid 90s was a poor time for music. Nothing I can remember getting excited about then along came Oasis. I must confess to buying this album before Definitely Maybe and the latter is actually a better album for me but this is the one that brought the band to my attention. Every tune is a good listen but classics are obviously Don’t Look Back In Anger and Champagne Supernova. I also liked that the music was written by a guy older than me. You need that kind of stuff when you realise you’re no a wean anymore.

  14. So there you have it. A trip through my musical life. Just a wee something to keep us going during this crisis. I hope you are all looking after yourself,and listening to some favourite music can often lift the spirits. Give it a go then let me know why you like your music. It’ll keep us going.
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  16. Above article by ATHINGOFBEAUTY. There will be a similar Sentinel Celts List along soon,and plenty more where they came from as we desperately try to fill a certain yawning chasm in our lives! Be warned-send us some articles or the puppy gets it!!!
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March 27, 2020 6:23 am


Terrific stuff,and a delight as ever that you know your brother is always right. I’m not so sure that your listening was always subliminal,bearing in mind how often you came straight in from school and headed for my collection!

Of course,that was symbiotic. If you were listening to my stuff,I wouldn’t have to listen to what most pre-teen and early teen girls were listening to. And Duran Duran were far from the worst.

In response to the guilty pleasure charge,I’m guilty and proud of it. Though only for their “Wedding Album”

March 27, 2020 6:33 am

Gonna take me a while to think of mine and list them.

I’ll get your cartoon put on a GIF and post it in the next few days. I really should keep a note on how to do certain techy things,got a memory like a sieve.

Twists n Turns
March 27, 2020 6:38 am

Leaving Tesco now. Queues to get in but I was in and out 35 mins. Not too bad at all.

Got most stuff I needed and everything I needed for others.

Strange some of the things I couldn’t get for myself. Mayonnaise?? Grapefruit? Silverside? Why is there a shortage of that type of thing? Seems odd.

Twists n Turns
March 27, 2020 6:38 am

Will read article back when I get home .

March 27, 2020 6:44 am

Finished school 1969 and Creedence Clearwater Revival was my favourite album and still is to this day
Music has given us all such happiness and memories all our lives it truly is a universal language
Night rimland from the wet coast of Canada

March 27, 2020 6:45 am


March 27, 2020 7:10 am

ATOB, Good choice! I’ve got albums from 4 out of your 5 choices (up in the loft now!) . Lloyd Cole is a stranger to me for some reason.

March 27, 2020 7:20 am

Great article and has me thinking.

March 27, 2020 7:22 am

My heid is on the pillow was trying to sleep and you got me thinking albums
So here are my five
1 Creedence Clearwater Revival lots of great songs
2 Santana the favourite album cover the one with all the drawings of lions head
3 the Bachelors the first album I ever bought
4 the most coveted album I had to wait for the Beatles double white
And my favourite EP
Glen Daly The Celtic Song Only an Irishman’s Dream Kathleen and right now I can’t remember the last song but it will come to me in my sleep
Goodnight again

March 27, 2020 7:55 am

The first album has to be Out Of The Blue E.L.O.
It was almost like a rite of passage, to have this album in our scheme.
Next up. Exodus. Bob Marley.
Reminds me, of my time in London, hanging around with some great folk.
They even managed to get me to cheer on the West Indies at cricket.?
They brought a new dimension to my life.
Pretenders, Pretenders.
I had started work in the shipyards on 4/1/80, this album, was released, days later, bought it with my first wage, a superb album.
Message of Love, my favourite track.
Stop Making Sense.
What an album, David Byrne and the crew at their original best.
Psycho Killer, anyone.
I would love to meet David for a coffee, a truly original, talented artist.
Definitely Maybe, Oasis.
Shook up the music world, if you were there, it was another time and a place moment.
Cigarettes and Alcohol and Live Forever, are now anthems.

Of course ask me tomorrow and I will give you a different 5.

March 27, 2020 7:57 am

Elton John …Captain fantastic and the brown dirt cowboys ….superb graphics.

Fleetwood Mac….Rumors

Billy Joel….Glasshouses

Wings at the speed of sound.

Goerge Micheal …ladies and gentlemen…

like Celtic players and goals so many favourites , i could’ve added , Queen , The Beach Boys ,The Rolling Stones . The Who,
U2, Creedance Clearwater Revival ,Steelers Wheel, ELO, Police, Michael Jackson etc etc….

it might be easier top five albums from different genres .

anyhoo , THANKS for the article , brought back very happy memories and places ftom better times .

big packy
March 27, 2020 8:08 am

ATOB good choice, here is mine?
deep purple in rock
led zeppelin 4
atomc rooster
black sabbath paranoid
t rex

March 27, 2020 8:12 am

#Typo, sorry! Wee phone, big fingers!! ?

big packy
March 27, 2020 8:13 am

TWISTY, took some groceries round to the mother in law yesterday, joan had to put it on the front step, then talk to her mum through the window, i love you mum she said as she put her hand on the window, heartbreaking stuff.

Twists n Turns
March 27, 2020 8:18 am


Nice article. Bit of an insight into your younger and formative years.

Like yourself, I’d an elder brother into music, and his songs of choice were something I had to listen too whether or not they were my cup of tea.

My first real recollection of music though was when my mum got a Dansette record player and told me to jump on the bus to Bathgate, go to the “Music Box” record store and buy any 2 singles I wanted.

I purchased

Everlasting love by The love affair
The Mighty Quinn by Manfred Mann

I was probably about 11 years old at that time.

I was fascinated by the Dansette player. Watching the records drop to the turntable, the stylus, the speed settings. All seemed wonderfully technical, and purchased on Embassy coupons from the catalogue, so I suppose in reality it cost thousands of ££’s worth of cigarette purchases to buy!

The first album I knew track for track and word for word was ‘Bridge over troubled Waters” by Simon and Garfunkel. To this day it remains my favourite album of all time.

Later on it was all current pop. David Bowie, T Rex, et al.

I got a cassette recorder one Christmas and every Sunday thereafter was spent listening to the top 40 countdown in my bedroom trying to press the “ play and record buttons simultaneously, but with expert timing to ensure I didn’t capture the dulcet tones of Tony Blackburn or his like, on my track. Stopping it required similar precision timing.

There was a DJ back then called Stuart Henry. He was brilliant. My favourite by a long way. He left radio 1 and went to Radio Luxembourg. Sadly he suffered from MS leading to his death. Brilliant DJ he was.

March 27, 2020 8:18 am

Nice choice, but started reading it as MAHE’s article until the point where you said John Taylor was your heartthrob!! A wee check of the author gave better context to the article.
Just like Jim the Tim ive got 4 of your 5 but I don’t know why I’ve not got the lot!
I’ll try to compile my Fave Five later but it’s not gonna be easy!
Big Jim Packy – I’m almost certain none of yours will be on my list, sorry!! ?

big packy
March 27, 2020 8:22 am

as you all know i love tatties and mince, cant get any fresh mince anywhere or frozen, so its a tin of princes minced beef im afraid? really looking forward to it, yuk?

big packy
March 27, 2020 8:23 am

MCAFF, you just dont know good music??

Twists n Turns
March 27, 2020 8:24 am

Heartbreaking indeed. Hopefully not for too much longer bud, though it’s up in the air as to just how long this will go on. Gotta soldier on old pal and do what you can, which I know you are doing. Best wishes to you all.

Gotta head to my mums later today. I need to drop off a few essentials. It’ll be brief, but better than nothing.

big packy
March 27, 2020 8:26 am

TWISTY cheers, best wishes to your mum?

Twists n Turns
March 27, 2020 8:40 am

I managed to get steak mince this morning. Grabbed a couple of Sirloin steaks when I was at it! If ye were roon the coarner you could’ve had the mince, cos the wife said to me “ why did you buy that mince when you’ve already got one in the freezer?”

Doh ?

March 27, 2020 8:42 am

Electric Ladyland-Hendrix
Wheels of Fire-Cream
Cosmos Factory-CCR
The Band-The Band
Live at Leeds-The Who.
Plus about another 500.?

March 27, 2020 8:42 am

Twists n Turns

Tthe first single I ever bought , Love grows where my Rosemary goes ….for Geraldine McCardle primary school sweetheart , St Benedicts Easterhouse late sxties.

The Dansette, is that the one it was vinyl , if so , mines was blue with a white lid .

big packy
March 27, 2020 8:43 am


March 27, 2020 8:46 am

Big Jim Packy
The Bandito Moustache and flared jeans wasn’t ever a look for me, I was too young…of all the hand-me-downs I got flared jeans were definitly on the list along with a pair of cherry red platforms, a royal blue shiny bomber jacket with 3 white stars on the back and a pair of ADIDAS screw-ins which I wore as trianers with the studs oot!! FFS the things you remember and wish you’d had a bit mair sense!!

On a serious note, it’s heartbreaking, the situation with Joan and her poor wee Mum is horrific, let’s hope for a quick resolution that allows them to gie each other a wee cuddle again!! Love to wee Joan and yourself!!

March 27, 2020 8:50 am


You bought a single for Geraldine McCardle when she was in her late 60s! Wis she the Heedie!! 😉 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Only joking!!!

March 27, 2020 8:50 am

I bought those albums when I was 12/13 years old. I must have made some racket. ?

Twists n Turns
March 27, 2020 8:54 am
big packy
March 27, 2020 8:55 am

MCAFF, your a gentleman, many thanks ?

March 27, 2020 8:55 am

ATOB, thanks for your post. Here’s my 5.
1) Lynrd Skynrd – saw them at Knebworth 1976; outstanding. Best gig ever.
2) Led Zeppelin – my fav band growing up. All their albums are top drawer.
3) Pink Floyd – can’t remember why I love them.
4) AC/ DC – way ahead of their time.
5) Wolftones – they express exactly how I feel about many issues and I just love “deedly dee” music; it gets right up the huns’ blue noses.

March 27, 2020 9:01 am

Twisty, Stuart Henry was a favourite of mine too. He used to be on Radio Scotland, 242. The pirate radio ship, mid sixties. Loved that station. I remember trying to spy it from Troon when I was on a day trip.

March 27, 2020 9:04 am


You bought a single for Geraldine McCardle when she was in her late 60s! Wis she the Heedie!! ? ? ? ? ?
Only joking!!!

lol, no but our teacher Miss Shields would batter the shit out of miss Trunchbowl from the film Matilda , and don’t get me started on Fire and Brimstone Father OATS….hated him.

Btw McCAFF , I like the cut of your jib ….good stuff mucker :))))

March 27, 2020 9:07 am


Cheers Mars…it’s all good fun! My missus thinks I’ve got an online burd the amount of time I’m on this site!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

March 27, 2020 9:07 am

Dear god i’m in tears…..hope the link is right , played my mums music / records in my room from 1964 then she bought me 45s of my own to play.

T nT thank you

big packy
March 27, 2020 9:08 am

going to take a guess at 3 of my mate jims fav albums
the best of mantovani
an hour with josef locke
Brighouse and rastrick brass bands greatest hits,

March 27, 2020 9:08 am

Marspapa, well done!

big packy
March 27, 2020 9:10 am

MARSPAPA, was wondering where my old record player went,??

March 27, 2020 9:10 am

I wonder if this was Fr Oats favourite song…

March 27, 2020 9:15 am

Packy, I wouldn’t argue with any of those records. My taste in music is very very broad. I couldn’t come up with a favourites list. I sympathise with many of the guests on Desert Island Discs, it’s an almost impossible task. Far too many to choose from. And it changes on a daily basis depending on the mood I’m in.

March 27, 2020 9:18 am


big packy lol.

McCaff naw.

when he was dealing wae me it was more , lying eyes , hated him with a passion ……15 years later it was he who married my wife and i .

March 27, 2020 9:19 am


I thoroughly recommend Sounds of the Seventies on R2 on a Sunday,3-5pm.

Apart from playing the choons of our formative youth,it has the mellifluous tones of Johnny Walker at the helm.

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be,but for two hours a week…

It is bloody magic!

March 27, 2020 9:25 am

I was saying to Twists earlier that the supermarkets are operating a queueing system. Easier to break out of Alcatraz than to get in,caused me some problems yesterday as I was delivering.

But not at all of them. Sainsbury in Trowbridge was my fifth delivery to a large outlet. No queues,so I bought a few odds and ends. Coffee,potatoes,biscuits. Limited to two per customer. So was the beer,sadly.

Just your luck when you turn up,I suppose. And just your luck on what’s available too. Just in time delivery doesn’t really work when outlets experience such an unprecedented demand,because their suppliers simply aren’t geared up to it.

March 27, 2020 9:27 am


Pink Floyd,canny remember why I like them.

Brilliant comment. Takes me back.

big packy
March 27, 2020 9:29 am

JIM, to be honest I could listen to all of those records, as you know my father loved the brass bands and josef locke?

March 27, 2020 9:32 am


You sent me GIF details a few weeks ago, this is a first attempt, fingers crossed…

March 27, 2020 9:32 am

Wonderful post from my oul’ pal LENNYBHOY 755pm last night on CQN.

And cap doffed also to another good man,CELTICROLLERCOASTER.

March 27, 2020 9:33 am

i think i wore the grooves out of these two singles never mind countless needles( /stylussessess)…lol , can see McCaff s mind going into overdrive :)))

March 27, 2020 9:38 am

Excellent BMCUWP, it worked first time!

For the younger of the older guys out there, this is a poster that my brother made, to decorate the hall for my 50th, of some of the vinyl that he stole from me 25 years ago!!He moved down South with my collection of mostly 80s but also early 90s vinyl. He photographed every cover individually and then used a collage app to produce the picture. It must have taken him days to do it…i’d have preferred my records back!!! There’s loads of good stuff on there – and some pure crap as is the way with every record collection – but if the quality is good enough see who you recognise.

March 27, 2020 9:45 am


Blinkin’ flip,I’d forgotten about that!

I’ve only ever put one thing on a gif and that was the 5WA letter. It was the only way I could put it on the site. Fortunately,wiser heads prevailed! I wouldn’t have put it up without permission from the source of course,but I wanted to be ready to go with it right away.

Took me forever.

I’ll trace the mail I sent you for the instructions. Thanks for that,saved me a lot of effin’ and blindin’.

March 27, 2020 9:45 am


Despite my Pop Video successes I was never a singer but my mate, who is a good singer, encouraged me to get up in the Gairdener’s Airms, (remember the Garden Festival site pub under the Kingston Bridge?) to sing RESPECT with him…everybody in the pub lost respect for me that night!!!

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