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Tweets From 97’s top ten musical memories of 1997

Posted at 4:30 pm, July 16, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife

Smash Hits Magazine

There’s nothing to make us feel good about how we live our lives now quite like a bit of Nineties nostalgia. We turned to the Twittersphere and asked @TweetsFrom97 to give us the lowdown on his top ten musical memories…

‘As a guy with over 70 songs on my WinAmp and a notable collection of Eternal posters, I’m often the first person my friends come to for recommendations on new music. My tastes are eclectic and impossible to pigeon hole. One minute I’m rapping along to Pato Banton, the next I’m lying on my bed staring up at my glow-in-the-dark stars whilst the soothing waves of Aswad wash over me. Naturally, when Time Out asked me to put together a list of the best things about being a music fan in 1997 I jumped at the chance. So here it is, enjoy….’

1. MegaBass

‘For an insight into how music sounded before MegaBass, dig around in your mum’s cassette drawer and pull out a tape by an old band like The Beatles or whoever. Notice that dreary, featureless sound? The way all the songs sound like samey variations of each other? That folks, was life before 2Unlimited. Shame.’

2. Top Of The Pops

‘The talent of artists like DJ Quiksilver really comes across in their live performances on Top Of The Pops. In case you didn’t catch last week’s performance of Belissimma I still have it recorded on VHS if you want to borrow it. You’ll barely be able to tell it apart from the recorded version. Incredible.’

3. Subwoofers

‘My brother says the subwoofer in his Nova is capable of registering 6.8 on the Richter scale. Apparently you can actually hear Eiffel 65 from space if he’s got it at full blast. Don’t know if I believe him. Don’t tell him I said that though.’

4. Music magazines

‘Hard to remember how I ever slept without Spike from 911 watching over me from my bedroom wall. I’ve got Smash Hits magazine to thank for that. Thanks guys.’

5. Dave Pearce’s Dance Anthems

‘I’m sat on my bedroom floor having it large every Sunday night thanks to my Morphy Richards FM/AM clock radio and Dave Pearce’s Fat Ones. I can almost imagine I’m right there in the middle of a banging foam party every time I tune in.’

6. Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics

‘Sometimes my mum sees my CDs with these stickers on and I just shrug it off. No big deal to me now. Course I used to peel them off and rip them into tiny pieces then stuff the tiny pieces into a sock and hide the sock at the back of my cupboard. I’ve moved on now. Growing up.’

7. BritPop

‘The only real time I’ve ever heard a song by Blur was when I accidentally pressed the ‘auto-reverse’ button whilst listening to 3T on my Now 37 CD. Song was about a guy who gets up when he wants and feeds the pigeons or something. I don’t know, sounded much too heavy for my tastes.’

8. MiniDiscs

‘Got to be honest with you I have no idea what these are. I just sort of put them in to look cool in case any girls are reading. My friend Chris says his Dad brought him a MiniDisc player back from Japan and it projects holograms of singers on the wall whilst hovering in the middle of the room. Sounds pretty amazing.’

9. Listening booths

‘If you’ve ever walked past the Rugby branch of Virgin Megastores on a Saturday afternoon then there’s a good chance you’ll have seen me checking out the latest Shaggy CD whilst I’m waiting for my Dad to finish looking around Halfords. Come over and say hello next time, I’m usually wearing a Fruit of The Loom jumper and have my fringe moussed into eight equal segments.’

10. Borrowing CDs from the library

‘Sure, you could pay £14.99 for ‘Life Thru A Lens’, but why bother when in 15 months’ time you can rent it for a day for only £2.50? That’s my mum’s logic at least.’

For more of this memorabilia follow @tweetsfrom97.

And, if our Top Ten hasn’t quite fulfilled your need for a reminiscent hit, check out comedian Rosie Wilby’s ‘Nineties Woman‘ show, or the retro club night ‘Nineties By Nature‘ club night.

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