Prompted by the little fluffy kitten (as she is currently known), I’ve been pondering my musical habits of late and realised that, unlike the aforementioned little fluffy kitten, I currently lack a soundtrack for my life.

I bought a few albums over the past couple of weeks, some that I missed through 2008 (Kanye West, Q-Tip, Emiliana Torrini) but none have stuck yet. In fact I think there were only two albums that really ‘stuck’ last year. The Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow, and Like Drawing Blood by Gotye.

That’s partly down to the fact that most of my listening time is at work, and I recently wiped out my iTunes library to start over, losing the date the tracks were added and, thus, the ability to wheedle out only the last X weeks of new stuff. This leaves newer albums lost in the mahoosive library of music that I have accumulated over the past ten years or so and, frankly, it’s something I need to tackle.

I have plenty of hard drive space so I think I’ll be ‘archiving’ some music to a separate folder, where it can sit until such times as I remember that it’s there and at that point it’ll be a decision on PLAY or DELETE.

Anyway, I have no soundtrack at the moment as I’ve been dipping into old favourites as it’s easier to remember those than recall the last 10 albums I bought.

According to, the artists I listened to most in the past 3 months were:

  1. Aimee Mann
  2. Queen
  3. Pearl Jam
  4. Kings of Leon
  5. Sigur Rós
  6. Puddle of Mudd
  7. Radiohead
  8. AC/DC
  9. Elbow
  10. Foo Fighters

Which, given that only half of these artists released an album in 2008, and none of them are ‘new’ acts, might explain why I have no soundtrack other than the same half dozen songs that auto-repeat when I can’t think of any others.

Ohh well.

Just by Radiohead it is then…


  1. mike said:

    Here are mine from the last 3 months. Bit nonsensical, as I still play CDs a lot, but for what it’s worth:

    1 Fleet Foxes
    2 Beyoncé 3
    3= Buzzcocks
    3= The P Brothers
    5 Amadou & Mariam
    6 Late of the Pier
    7= Take That
    7= Joan as Police Woman
    9= Grace Jones
    9= Fan Death
    9= The Hold Steady

    January 8, 2009
  2. K said:

    Ooh, thank you for the link! Is it bad that 4 days in, I have topic block already?

    Anyway… I should have posted my chart too, so here it is:

    1. Babyshambles
    2. Elbow
    3. The Smashing Pumpkins
    4. Nirvana
    5. Foo Fighters
    6= Deftones
    6= Radiohead
    8. Amy Winehouse
    9= Rage Against the Machine
    9= Kings of Leon

    Barry White also features further down the list, but i left it playing by accident through Babyshambles while i had the speakers turned off… honest!

    January 8, 2009
  3. Blue Witch said:

    I won’t tell you how few of those artists (is that the current term?) I’ve actually even heard of, let alone heard anything by…

    January 8, 2009
  4. Gordon said:

    BW – you’ve probably heard an Elbow track, it was all over the TV during the summer. A nice uplifting track it is too:

    K – yeah I do that all the time too, half the tracks in my account are only there because I left iTunes running at work! DOH.

    mike – been meaning to grab Late of the Pier, ta for reminder!

    January 8, 2009
  5. ian D said:

    So, my top ten:

    1 – Elbow
    2 – Snow Patrol
    3 – Stereophonics
    4 – The Chemical Brothers
    5 – Keane
    6 – Flobots
    7 – The Gaslight Anthem
    8 – Attic Lights
    9 – Kings of Leon
    10 – Ben Folds

    Didn’t actually listen to all that much music in the last three months – BBC Radio 5 Live were two listens away from the top ten!

    January 8, 2009

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