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Happy Friday!

What song did you initially dislike but then grew to admire?

That’s this week’s question to be in with a chance of winning an instantly lovable €25 Golden Discs voucher.

Here’s mine.

Simply answer below and the winner will chosen by my imaginary robot.

Please include video links where possible.

Lines MUST close at 9.30pm (late entrants will be considered).

Nick says: Good luck.

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66 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Darn! I was trying to get first post, but it is awaiting moderation :-(

      This is a great song, but one thing about it brought up a thought for me. Some songs I have not liked, but then I hear them in the context of a film or TV show soundtrack, and they perfectly fit the mood of the film (this was used in Peaky Blinders). I have learned to like several in this way.

      I think one of Nick’s earlier competitions was something along the lines of fav song from a film or TV soundtrack, and I know many people put in the scene as their links. That was a great weekend of listening!

  1. Janet, dreams of big guns

    Roisin Murphy, Overpowered

    ” no data no data, the chromosomes match”
    again used to find her too poppy but then I stuck this album into a running list and this song transports me back to early morning coast runs in Marseille, wild friends,sparkling water, salty skin, slight rose and barbeque burps of not correctly paced, and the promise of rum punch and a dip in the freezing Calanques at the end of the day

  2. Andy Pipkin

    Did not like this when I first heard it, ( I was a lot younger), but now I appreciate the brilliant structure of the music from the piano too the vocals, but more importantly the lyrics, when you consider what was going on with the band, it’s a masterpiece!!

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Heh! I see why you did not name them. That band is not popular in some quarters around here. For my part, only band I ever claimed to be a fan of.

      That being said, I grew up on them, and always loved the melancholy of this song. When I grew up and started having relationships, it began to mean more. Thanks for posting it.

      1. Janet, dreams of big guns

        ahhhh tricked me into clicking out of curiosity
        a curse on both your houses ;)

  3. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

    Not so much the song as the artist because of the XFactor connection.

    I saw the light though and I think this is wonderful and he seems to fairly cool too…

    Harry Styles – Sign of the times

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Now pay attention, Bertie, in case you win this one. Would not want you to miss it again :-)

      1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

        I’m about to hit the road, you’ll have to mind the fort for me pal :)

    2. Janet, dreams of big guns

      this has also grown on me now watching this video and realising yer man floating around there is easy on the eyes, thanks Bertie

  4. Specific Gravity

    Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon

    I dismissed this – and by extension Zevon himself – as pure novelty for too long, only coming to appreciate his huge talent later on.

    I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
    Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain
    He was looking for the place called Lee Ho Fook’s
    For to get a big dish of beef chow mein…

  5. Andy Pipkin

    Another one of those songs my older brother was playing that I never understood, too me vocals weren’t great and didn’t understand the lyrics, forward on 15 or so years and it meant the world too me.
    And when you think the guy was only 23 when he wrote this classic, pure genius!!!!!

  6. Rosette of Sirius

    Whip It – Devo

    Early 80s. Was into metal – not the newer stuff but the likes of Black Sabbsth, Purple, Rainbow and all that nonsense.

    In the basement of Bruxelles they had a jukebox and of all the Metal tracks they had Devo. Which a buddy would always play. It really rubbed the snakebite stokers up the wrong way. Was funny all the same but I initially hated it. Then as I matured musically, I really came to appreciate Devo and the genius of Mark Mothersbaugh. Such an influential artist.

    Anyone else imbibe pints of Snakebite in the Bruxelles Rock Bar back in the day?! What fun!

  7. Andy Pipkin

    True story this!,
    I use too work in a record store, the singles buyer bought way too many of this (Limited Edition 12’ single) so in order too shift it, it was put on repeat for the day.
    First time I heard it could not stand it, by the end of the day I knew the all the words and fell in love with it!
    Fond memories.

    Video is a bit nuts !

  8. eamonn

    Robbie Robertson – Somewhere down the crazy river.
    Introduced to this one by someone whom I thought less than good thoughts about. The song seemed a bucket of pretentious twaddle……
    Now, on the other hand, I can appreciate allowing the wind to just push you that way
    Maybe I am just mellowing with the passage of time?
    Have learned to think better of the aforementioned individual too –

  9. Daisy Chainsaw

    When the Smiths started making waves in the 80’s I hated their stuff. Now that I’m a little bit older, I can appreciate Marr’s great guitar work along with some well crafted songs. Mozza’s still a massively pretentious pain in the hoop tho!

    1. theo kretschmar schuldorff

      You’ve just reminded me that I once felt the same way about the smiths whom I now love.
      (One night when we were bopping to Panic downstairs in Thomas Reads, the P.A. exploded and the place was evacuated – most fitting)

  10. scottser

    Growing up in the 80s I hated status quo. I hated all that ‘in the army now’ and ‘marguerita time’ – who were these old tossers kidding?
    So I’m n the car with my brother and he sticks on a compilation tape with this on it – ‘Down Down’;
    Kinell, I thought, that’s actually not bad. After I heard it a couple more times I’ve decided its high up on the list of favourite stompers.

  11. Otis Blue

    I’ve been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn’t understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins’ presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group’s undisputed masterpiece. It’s an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums.

  12. goldenbrown

    Johnny Cash – When The Man Comes Around

    I’ve always had an aversion to C+W music…probably because I’m rooted in Punk/Ska and my father used to be into it, would always have it’s whiney twangy assault on in the car or the living room and I hated him for all sorts of (resolved) reasons I’m not going to get into here…but you get the picture…also had mates at that time who would frequently nod appreciation for JC (but only really because they believed it was a tosser nerdy NME subscriber badge to wear) but as it happens into my 30’s I mellowed to JC and at certain moments I’ll throw him on the deck (only JC mind no other C+W whine allowed!)

    I want that song played at my funeral

    1. goldenbrown

      Edit: the album the song comes from is “American IV: The Man Comes Around” and also contains great covers of Personal Jesus and Wichita Lineman

    2. Janet, dreams of big guns

      plus excellent album, although I have. as mall weakness for country

  13. Danny

    Jimmy Hendrix, all along the watchtower, Dylan did it so I dismissed it and almost all of his stuff! And Bob Marley, had a pass to Dalymount Park when he played here and never bothered, but subsequently listened to him and instantly regretted it!

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Bob Marley reminds me of a story. When I first went to work overseas it was in an east African country that was largely desert. I had been an electronics engineer beforehand, so this was a bit of a change. We were not allowed drive ourselves, so we had a pool of cars. There was one in particular assigned to me,as one of my roles was picking people up from and dropping them off to the airport.

      The car was an old LandCruiser, and the tape player did not one night I uninstalled it and in a fit of boredom (we had curfew from 6:30 pm each night, with nothing really to do) I repaired it and got it working. I must have cleared half the Sahara desert out of the workings, it was that dusty.And the old sound system took up almost all of the centre console, so getting it out was not the most convenient thing.

      So the next morning, with it reinstalled, the driver turns up to collect me for our first run of the day. When I got in the car, I took out a tape of Bob Marley (Legend) and put it in the player. My driver looked shocked, and when I pressed play was really worried about the tape. I had cued it up, and the first beats of Could You Be Loved rocked out of the speakers. I still remember the look on his face and the joy in his eyes.

      The clamouring for my car to be reassigned became much higher, but Mohammed refused to be reassigned, and the strains of the King of Reggae echoed down the streets as we went about our work.

      Naturally I left the tape with him. Apart from anything else, the heat was getting to it, and so Bob was getting a little slow in his renditions, but Mohammed was delighted. I am not sure, but in the rest of my time there, I do not think that any other tape was allowed be played. I nearly got sick of Bob, but then I would hear the next song, and all was forgiven :-)

        1. Slightly Bemused

          Not sure how to take that, not having heard of the book and doing a quick Wikipedia search. Every word is true!

          Ok, except maybe for the ‘half the Sahara’ bit. I was on the wrong side of the continent for that. It just felt like it :-)

  14. Mr. P

    I initially dismissed this as a cheap poppy follow-up to their initial “1-hit-wonder” anthem and gave it no thought.
    Later in life, living in a foreign country, it popped up again and the lyrics really resonated with me, it is a forlorn song of regret and love, pick the chorus starting with “I’ve looked at the ocean” and listen to the sentiment.. such sadness wrapped up in a song that you would happily jump around a dancefloor to….

  15. Friscondo

    Father John Misty, Honey Bear, I Love You. Did not know what to make of this, when I first heard it. His name, the song title and the lush strings really grated on my nerves. Just didn’t get it. The more I heard of him the more I liked his take on everything.Happy to now I’m a huge fan of all Mr Tillman’s work, and I think I can see where he’s coming

  16. Harry

    Stars from Simply Red.

    Nothing more naff than them when I was a young music fan but now I can objectively appreciate a good song and that is one.

    And they have lots. Also add a whole bunch from The Beautiful South and the Housemartins

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I have to admit I still cannot stand Simply Red, or perhaps more specifically Mick Hucknall. Not sure why. And the covers he did almost ruined my liking of the original songs.

  17. Gay Fawkes

    I have a very eclectic taste in music and The Smiths and Pet Shop Boys are two bands I initially didn’t like but now love.

    But Mary Black is an artist my mother played quite a lot when I was younger. It used to drive me mad while I played with my toys, her and Pavarotti!

    But I now really appreciate the maternal and womanly beauty of A Woman’s Heart and other songs, in particular Wonder Child. As a child I didn’t understand but now I know why my mother loved the song so much.

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      my Dad loves a bit of Mary
      I know most of them off by heart, osmosis on car journeys

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