The first tune I ever remember liking was 'Mr Postman' by The Carpenters, I was about 3 or 4 years old. I then remember when my dad was out I went digging into my dad's box of 7" singles which mostly consisted of Rock 'n' Roll songs. The song that I played the most was 'The Wanderer' by Dion. As I got older my dad got into Country and Western, so the likes of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash filled my young ears and shaped my thinking. I was still into Rock 'n' Roll in my very early teens and learn't how to do The Bop' My first teen disco's was at 'The Alexandra' in Grangetown and in the church hall at St' Aidan's Church. The 'Alex Disco' influenced me massively with it's eclectic range of music such as Ska, Rock 'n' Roll disco and Soul along with the current tunes of the day. St Aidan's disco had The Mods going there so I heard some of the music that catered for their taste. I was then drawn to New Wave and the New Romantics music and became very obsessed with the likes of Depeche Mode and The Human League. I then became a Skinhead and got into Ska music. I'll never forget seeing 'The Station Skins' pogoing and nutting each other on the floor as the Sunderland band 'Zone 57' were playing in the YWCA. Then It was 'Gens'. What place, got me into disco and soul music big style and and after watching on Top of the Pops Lionel Richies video 'All Night Long' it was here that I started doing 'The Robot' dance as early Hip Hop emerged. I then became a Break Dancer and got into Hip Hop and Electro music. I went to Tiffanys in Newcastle every Saturday afternoon to listen to electro and Hip Hop and battle other crews. My life was changed forever. Aged about 17 I heard the track 'You Sure Love To Ball' by Marvin Gaye and this converted me into a true 'Soul head' and since then up to this present day I obsessively seek out soul songs, constantly! Then there was the shit 'Rick Ashley' years, that was barren as fuck but suddenly 'Acid House' music rescued us. From that point I got into House music and lived life to the full in the 88-91 Rave scene. Went to the likes of Back 2 Basics, Club Havana, Chambers etc. I felt privileged to also witness and be a part of the emergence of 'Brit Pop' which was born from these places. Also at this time I ended up smoking loads of Joints and Bongs in bedsits and such with Hippies and forward thinking people. I fell endlessly in love with folk music. The later House scene I follow passionately and went to The Arena, Hard Times, Cream. Got disillusioned with the whole scene when the 'Super Club' and the 'Look at me, look at me' culture bled in. Got into Drum and Bass and Jungle music. Fuck all happened after that due to no new genre coming along and making such an impact on society as the genres above had done. I have witnessed the death of the passionate 'Youth Culture' and their music shaping society for the better, writing songs that shape the world and telling the world 'We are sick of the shit around us'. But today due to the internet making the world smaller their are new artist who are just as good as the old one's and change and dream's are still being formed though not as visible and prominent. I'm finding new music that restores my faith in it's creativity. I dream of a day a new grene will come along and have the impact of the past genres in everyday life and the shaping of it. I now listen to everything and anything as long as it is good shit. The influences of the genres of music have now gone into one big cooking pot and I feast on this lovely broth on a daily basis. If you think this opening post is too long then you are thick as fuck. Ahh!!