I’ve been thinking a lot about the songs I remember from my childhood. The songs that were always on around the house. I can’t really remember a time without this Ultravox record in a pretty steady rotation whenever my dad was home from the road. I would dance through the living room and the kitchen to this song. It just always seems so much “bigger” than any of the kids songs I was forced to listen too at school. I was way more interested in listening to stuff like this, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Stan Ridgeway, Rush, Prince, etc. all of the things my parents listened too instead of the crappy recordings of “How much is that doggy in the window?” my teachers had to work with.
I remember dancing around like crazy to this song and the entire record. It stuck with me. My junior year of high school, I had finally sucked up the courage to audition for the spring musical and we were supposed to prepare a choreographed piece. I was nervous, I had no idea and I procrastinated. The night before I decided that I’d just pick a song I knew I liked to dance too and I’d just improvise something once I got on the stage. I ended up picking this song. The drama was perfect. I didn’t know about modern dance or different styles, but apparently I did something they all thought was a lyrical piece and they put me in the cast.
As a kid I didn’t understand what these grown up songs meant or were about, but I didn’t care. I just knew that I liked listening to them, so I’d ask my parents to repeat them over and over until they finally got exasperated and taught me how to use the fancy cassette decks and the brand new CD player so that I could play them myself. (Let’s just say I was the only 6 yr old on the block that had that kind of knowledge or access to their parents stereo) I remember dad showing me how to balance the bass, treble and balance on his stereo and explaining that this would help his JBL’s sound even better. He was right. I still get excited when dad lets me pick what we’ll listen too when I’m over visiting. Even though I have my own stereo now, it just sounds better on his (though that’s probably because I don’t have JBL studio grade speakers in my house.) Sometimes, I’ll even still pick this Ultravox record.