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Pets for the unjabbed.


Brits encouraged to get rats as pets as they are ‘sociable, intelligent and friendly’ (The Mirror)



Last Friday, we asked YOU, our Broadsheet commenters, to furnish us with your favourite tunes-you-used-to-hate, for us to pick from for playing today. In fact, we asked:

‘At one point in my life I sincerely could not listen to _____________________ but now enjoy their/his/her sounds, in particular__________________’

The competition as ever was stiff, but only one contestant could bring home the twenty-five-euro voucher courtesy of Golden Discs… Spaghetti Hoop, with a rather personal entry.

I played the album as a kid while the sister was out and I accidentally warped it by leaving it beside the radiator. The fall-out was terrible for me; I was in so much trouble and had to do so many errands to make up the price of the ‘LP’ . I never wanted to hear UB40 again. The only song that could be played after I warped it was 1 in 10; the disc was so contorted that the needle would fly off into space but would settle on 1 in 10 which was in the inside of the disc.

It was at the same sister’s funeral in 2015 that I heard 1 in 10 again; she was, coincidentally, the 1 in 10 that die of lymphoma cancer every year.

The song does not make me sad about vinyl-warping or death; I think it’s just about people who are under the radar and want to be. I want to be 1 in 10 not 9 in 10. I love the song now, for it’s darkness and eighties multi-racial band that UB40 were.

Other highlights from the running:

BROADSIDESKID: “I bought John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (unheard) in 1990. I was so excited to play it. I put it on, and to my young ears it sounded like a full dishwasher being pushed down a flight of stairs. Cut to 2016. I bought a secondhand copy on CD purely to see if it was really as bad as I remembered. I couldn’t believe how melodic, soulful and wonderful it was. Now, it’s an album I listen to all the time.”

HAPPY MOLLOY: “At one point in my life I could not listen to Kenny Rogers as I thought he was pretty naff, as was anything country and western related (this of course being pre-my Johnny Cash awakening), but now I love a lot of his songwriting, like the heartbreaking Ruby that I never really listened to, and the wonderful Coward of the County, that confirmed for me that there are certain, quite extreme, situations when you gotta fight to be a man.”

STARINA: “At one point in my life (when I was a spiky teenager who thought all female singers were either trying too hard to butch it up or were folky fartwads, with the notable exception of Shirley Manson and Courtney Love – I also thought feminists hated men, LOL what a dumbass) I sincerely could not listen to Tori Amos but now enjoy her sounds, in particular the first three albums. You can see her moving lyrically from viscerally-relatable coming-of-age lyrics through darker story-telling to being a battle-scarred but strong woman. I love her SO much now and I really wish I had given her a chance as a teenager cos her music woulda helped.”

CHRISTOPHER CARROLL: “At one point in my life I sincerely could not listen to R.E.M. I associated them with simplistic, sentimental pop like Shiny Happy People and Everybody Hurts – but now enjoy their/his/her sounds, in particular the early albums Life’s Rich Pageant and Fables of the Reconstruction, which have a raw, raging pulse that’s completely distinct, foreshadowing the grunge movement to come.”

MARK1: “At one point in my life I sincerely could not listen to Fleetwood Mac (post-Peter Greene) but now enjoy their sounds, in particular Go Your Own Way. I think discovering in later years what a crazy bunch of people they all were when making Rumours has endeared them to me.”

Golden Discs