'casual poet' on radio 1003 / playlist for 9 jan 2011

as you grow older, more & more things make you go, ah, those were the good old days. when i was 11 or 12 -- that was back in 1997 or 1998, i really can't be bothered to do the math -- i found a copy of "Now 3" in the house. i was part of the generation that was born too late for mixtapes laboriously recorded on cassettes and too early for the too-hip-for-thou playlists made popular by itunes, but smacked right in the middle of those two ends were the compilation CDs regularly released by major record labels featuring the "sensational hits" of the day.

in the late 90s, EMI & Polygram collaborated on a series of compilation albums which they called "Now That's What I Call Music!" (not to be confused with the release by Universal in 1999 bearing the same name, or the identically-titled U.K. compilation series of the 80s).

the copy that i'd unwittingly found lying around the house one afternoon last week was one such album - the one and only... "Now 3".

and that, i guess, is how a somewhat gimmicky compilation album featuring some 18 radio chart-toppers became the soundtrack of the early years of my adolescence. those were the days when you didn't think beyond lunch, so i had no way of knowing that one day i'd find the cheesy "2 Become 1" by Spice Girls a nostalgic link to a certain part of my history, but yes, that's the way the story goes...

so anyway, i managed to play some of these songs on air last sunday (it was crazy fun). here's the full playlist:

River (Live) - Joni Mitchell
Lovefool - The Cardigans
Mmmbop - Hanson
Don't Speak - No Doubt
If I Never See You Again - Wet Wet Wet
Staring at the Sun - U2
Fly Away from Here - Aerosmith
Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - Backstreet Boys
2 Become 1 - Spice Girls
Milk & Honey - Nick Drake
Across the Universe - The Beatles
Roads - Portishead
Invisible War - Julia Fordham
The Truth - Ali Marcus
Mona Lisa - Atlas Sound
Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
Gna Gna Gna Gna Gna - The Bugaloos
Getting Over You - Janis Ian
Alone - Bee Gees


this is a video of Hanson singing "Mmmbop" on the Tokyo, Tulsa & Middle of Nowhere Tour. they look ridiculously young, but god they are good!

catch our programme 'casual poet' on air every sunday SGT 10pm - 12am on 100.3fm!


January 13, 2011 at 3:18 AM iwishihadtaste said...

Le me go a bit further: One of these NOW's had Oasis' "C'mon Feel The Noise." I didn't buy the CD (I was a poor pre-teen and there was no internet ordering around that time), but I knew this because I used to call the radio station, giving the DJ the directions on how to find the song in their archives, so that I could be ready to record it in my cassette.

Speaking of which, I should download that song.

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