Monday, January 21, 2008


There are songs that I love and songs that I hate and then there are songs that literally changed my life. How, you ask? There's a longer story behind each one of these but here's the quick rundown:

1) Swing Out Sister - Breakout. I liked this song so much that I bought the full-length cd (which sucked). Notable because it was the first compact disc I ever purchased back in '87. Gay!

2) Louchie Lou & Michie One - Rich Girl. Hearing this on a friend's cassette while living in Providence made me a quick dancehall convert circa 1997.

3) 2 Live Crew - Me So Horny. My sister and I bought this cassette single at Tower Records and played it incessantly on my parent's car AND home stereo. Sadly, I was 9 and didn't know what horny meant.

4) Fischerspooner - Emerge. Club Turnmills. London. 2000. DJ Dave Clarke played this song in the months before electroclash blew up and I grew so obsessed that I emailed him and described the song I had heard in his set to find out who these wunderkinds were.

5) M.I.A. - Lady Killa (Diplo Mix). M.I.A's Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape, masterminded by DJ Diplo, solidified both his and her careers as well as a heavy rotation spot in my sets to this day.

Care to share the songs and stories that changed the path of your life?


Unknown said...

The 12" mix of "Breakout" is something that can always pull me out of a nasty mood. Shame you didn't like the rest of the album.

And where the hell is "Ride on Time"?!

Sparber said...

Technically, I discovered Ride on Time kind of late. But I can definitely say its changed my '08 outlook.

Anonymous said...

the rest of the SOS album did not suck. Also it was one of the first "value deals" on CD, because it included 3 or 4 extra remixes, which was new at the time. Thrifty!