Who did you idolize as a teenager? Did you go crazy for the Beatles? Ga-ga over Duran Duran? In love with Justin Bieber? Did you think Elvis was the livin’ end?

There’s one band that comes to mind, that I may have had a slight obsession over. One that dominated…well still does my scrobbles. One that I had their posters across my walls, would collect Kerrang/Rocksound for just to get articles about them. Would collect the vinyl singles as well as the normal singles. When I would already have the album.

I’ll give you a moment to stop laughing at the username. In my defence it was 2007, I was fourteen and MySpace was in…I repeat MYSPACE.

I remember stumbling across them when seeing their videos for Emergency & Pressure in 2006 and instantly falling in love with them. As a present for my 15th birthday my sister bought tickets for me to see them at Brixton. My first proper concert. When the tickets went on sale, I was in Swanage, Dorset as part of a Geography trip and had entrusted my dad to buy the tickets. I was ecstatic when I got them. I remember my friend and I got there so late because of school, we were trying to find the end of the line to queue up, and there was a big gap so we snuck into it and ended up being three lines from the barrier. Right up close to the band.

I still sometimes listen to them, usually AWKIF and RIOT. I drifted away from them the same time Josh and Zac left the band. It never felt the same when they left. It also tainted Brand New Eyes for me.

Annmarie xoxo



songs stuck on repeat

yes I am lacking ideas, what gave that away?

Ever since we were little my mum always had a rule that either the TV or radio had to be on in the background no matter what. ‘only old people sit in silence’ was her saying, not mine. But it’s stuck, I always have music playing whenever possible. Or, it’s just too quiet. I always find it inspiring or motivating.

Lately I’ve had these songs stuck on repeat:

I’d originally heard the Kygo remix (also really good), when it came on on a Spotify playlist I was listening to when at the gym. But I prefer the original, there’s something mystical about it.

I like most had originally heard this song because it was (and still is) a reoccurring advert on Youtube for Unilever. The first time I heard it, it just gave me goosebumps.

I can’t remember what this was a recommendation from, but it was definitely on the sidebar of another video and I thought, why not? Don’t regret that decision at all! Especially as I’ve had to recently burn bridges to friendzone land. Definitely would recommend listening to their ‘radio station’ on Spotify to find songs similar to this as it opened up many new songs to me.

I keep hearing this song whenever I’m driving. I love the original and was a huge fan of Liberty X’s cover back in the day. (Can’t believe that 12 years ago! The days of Popstars and Nasty Nigel, in the days before Simon Cowell reined every singing talent show). Especially love the bridge of the song, and can’t believe the singer is only 14!!!

What songs are you currently hooked on?

Annmarie xoxo

Three songs in fifteen minutes

‘Today, celebrate three songs that are significant to you. For your twist, write for fifteen minutes without stopping — and build a writing habit.’

Thursday – War All The Time

This song transports me back to 2006, my first time abroad. We were on a school trip to Bonn, Germany, it was back in the days when mp3 players could only hold 30 songs. Choosing those songs was the biggest decision of that trip. During the silent pauses on the coach this song would drift on throughout the week. IT wasn’t the happiest of songs, but the passion the singer sung with just made it more powerful. There was something about the drums and passing graffitti ridden walls near motorways that just transported me into my own world. I started that trip only knowing the chorus, but by the end of it could sing it completely.

BOY – Skin

I recently became obsessed with this duo due to a Youtube advert (for once they were useful!). I’ve been trying to get into more European artists, I mean why not support your locals? Plus they tend to be less commercial or overplayed on the radios. The lyrics in this song are quite deep, or at least they are to me. We’re pushed into thinking that the only way to be popular or have fun is to get drunk out of your head, dressed tothe nines, posing for photos to go on Facebook. But at the end of the day wehn away from that scene what is left? Are you actually having a good tiem, or is it the drink talking? I love the break in this song: ‘Hearing your own echoes in the empty staircase And you’re walking through the dark apartment looking for a friendly face Because the polaroid pictures on your fridge won’t do’. The acoustic version is very haunting as well.

He is We – And Run

Ever since someone on Youtube made a comment that the singer sounds like Justin Bieber I haven;t been able to listen to them properly since without getting his urgh face in my head – band ruined for me! I love this song because it sums up my frame of mind currently, I’ve spent so much of my life cowering away from any opportunty to make my life different and now I’m actually gooing for it. That was one of the reasons I joned this challenge, started this blog. It had been something I had wanted to do for ages, but I had been too scared to do so. Same with going places, trying new things. ‘I’m trying to get past this be better than i once was, tired of waiting on someone else i can fix it by myself.’

I have to say when reading this challenge I expected there to be a Maria Mena song here, but I went with the first three that popped into my head. Thought it was going to take me ages to pick a song, I have too many favourites over the years, all of them bring out different emotions or memories.

Annmarie xoxo