To begin with, I grew up listening to a strange combination of music thanks to my parents. My mum played Glenn Miller while she was pregnant with me, lots of big band 40s swing, because she loves World War 2 and everything that comes with it. As a kid, I distinctly remember listening to her Adam Ant, Thin Lizzy, T.Rex and Shakin' Stevens cassettes, those were influences but the most important is Queen. I still love Queen with all my heart to this day, in fact I'd go so far as to say I have one-sided conversations with Freddie Mercury, I miss him and I love him more than I could love anyone.
Of course, growing up in the 90s, I danced to Pump Up The Jam in my buggy, my dad had Lighthouse Family cassettes constantly playing in the car, the usual. That's to be expected though, right? After all, I grew up in the best era for music!
This is where I get lost. I know for a fact I got into Ozzy Osbourne, David Bowie, KISS and Alice Cooper at this age, but my parents deny ever liking any of them or playing me their songs. I remember seeing Ozzy's video for Perry Mason on Top Of The Pops once and remaining fascinated to this day, but the others must've just come with the territory. I found myself mesmerised by powerhouse main men that wear makeup and unusual clothes. I still style myself around them all to this day.
My parents say the first cassette I was bought was Mr Blobby, and I feel no shame, that was a legitimately timeless single, and nobody can take that away from me.
Before secondary school I remember hearing Taking Back Sunday's 'Cute Without The E', I can't remember how, but I heard it and I fell in love with the sound, the emotion, the power. I could never have predicted how much that song changed my entire life and future music taste.
As I progressed into secondary school, my friends severely influenced me and by 2003 I was hooked on My Chemical Romance and The Used, and I still am today.
Troy's been the one boyfriend to make a massive impact on my music taste. Because of him, I love Machine Head, Slipknot, Korn, Stone Sour, Wednesday 13, Pantera, Mudvayne, Hellyeah, Ghost and Soulfly.
I still listen to every band I've listened to over the years. From BUSTED to Ozzy to Slayer, I've never fallen out of love with them. Except Mr Blobby. Maybe.
Finally, the end of the post! Sorry that was so pic-heavy and generally text-heavy, and thank you if you're still reading this! I had so much fun reminiscing and writing this, I'm so glad I finally wrote it all down.
How much has your music changed in your lifetime? Do you still listen to the bands you loved growing up?