As a child I was brought up on quite a varied, but still specific diet of music. The strange thing is, even before I was born my Mum would play music and I would take a liking to these tracks years later without any knowledge of my pre-birth state of being subjected to them.
Anyway, I was wondering what sort of music you were brought up on, and whether it has influenced you as a person and you still listen to it. Maybe you hate it now, or maybe you love it. Like I said many times, I was born into a melting pot of mostly Asian (Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi) and Jamaican and Italian (Family and neighbours as well as friends) people. As a result I feel it's had a huge effect on the sort of music I listen to now - even if it carries subliminal hints of either culture or genre.
As a result here are some tracks and why I chose them. Feel free to chip in with yours, as I love to see what sort of places people grew up in, and whether or not it still sticks with them today. I moved from London when I was at the age of developing an identity, so apart from the odd visit, these songs take me right back.
My mother was an MC at a West London club for a short while and my Aunty and Uncle are Jamaican, so this sort of music really influenced me from an early age. Shit, even my white Nan (Mum's Mum) would play me Bob Marley.
My dad was more into Ska and anything with a bit of a giggle in the lyrics. I remember my first week at High School (I was 13) the Music teacher asked us to play our favourite track, and at the time mine was "original Prankster". Felt like a right little rebel. As for Bad Manners, the lead singer owned a Hotel near us, and lived on a boat on the same river my Grandmother drowned in. Talk about a small world. Even now I love my Ska music and my Dad took me to my first Ska gig when I was 15. Was just awesome.
My Nan would listen to Italian tracks such as "Ave Maria" as well as 50s tracks like those found in Fallout 3 and the like. many a days were spent roaming London and getting lost with her to the memories of those songs. Neil Diamond, oh man.
And as for this track? Well it just remind me of getting lost in back alleys in West London, looking up at the buildings which had New York-style fire ladders and the homeless guys watching the day go by in Covent Garden. Even now it brings back vivid memories. Maybe it was the song that got me onto Opiates. Who knows.
So what sort of music were you brought up on? Has it influenced you?