music Retrospectives

My retro iPod

I just realised my iPod is nearly nine years old. That’s an age in the world of computers and electronics… does that make it a retro item?

My iPod

It’s a third-generation iPod, back from before they had silly features like apps, movie playback, and colour screens… And yes, it’s still going strong, though admittedly most of its use is at home in its cradle, playing music into the stereo.

And yeah, the ear phones aren’t in such good shape, which is why I’m not using them currently.



These songs are on one of my iPod playlists. Can you figure out what distinguishes them?

  • Del Amitri — Be My Downfall
  • Jellyfish — I Wanna Stay Home
  • Weddings Parties Anything — Roaring Days
  • Ocean Colour Scene — Mechanical Wonder
  • Paul Kelly — Love Never Runs On Time
  • Corduroy — Mini
  • Loudon Wainwright III — Grey In L.A.
  • Weddings Parties Anything — Under The Clocks
  • Jimi Hendrix — Hear My Train A Comin’
  • The Beatles — One After 909
  • Billy Bragg — Upfield
  • The Badloves — Green Limousine
  • The Who — 5:15
  • The Beatles — Magical Mystery Tour
  • Paul Kelly — Last Train To Heaven
  • Queen — Bicycle Race
  • The Who — Magic Bus
  • Del Amitri — Sometimes I Just Have To Say Your Name
  • Hoodoo Gurus — 1000 Miles Away
  • Jimi Hendrix — Crosstown Traffic
  • The Beatles — Ticket To Ride
  • Billy Bragg — A13, Trunk Road To The Sea
  • Jimi Hendrix — Day Tripper
  • Lenny Kravitz — Mr. Cab Driver
  • Paul Kelly — From St Kilda To King’s Cross
  • Powderfinger — Passenger
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Runaway Trains
  • Traveling Wilburys — End Of The Line
  • Oasis — D’You Know What I Mean?
  • Missy Higgins — Don’t Ever
  • Urthboy — We Get Around
  • Spiderbait — By the Time I Get to Howlong

And once that’s been answered, what others should I seek out and add?


Shuffling the dishes

One of the things I sometimes do is put the iPod on random play shuffle while I do the dishes (that is, the dishes that can’t be efficiently washed in the dishwasher).

I find that because I can’t readily skip to the next track, I end up hearing stuff from my music collection that I’d forgotten about, and often enjoy more than I thought I would.

This week’s unexpected highlights:

Missy Higgins — Don’t Ever — a hopelessly romantic ditty, the opening line “Let’s take the train to anywhere” grabbed me because I occasionally ponder (like the obsessive that I am) the portrayal of sustainable transport in art, including music. I like the way her singing style is unashamedly Australian.

Deborah Conway — Under My Skin — excellent song, off String Of Pearls. Makes me want to play the whole album, in fact.

Billy Bragg — Sing Their Souls Back Home (band version) — Tony implied on Twitter recently that the album wasn’t doing much for him, but I do like this song, Billy’s call out to the soldiers serving overseas. Has a touch of the gospel about it.

Of course, it has its down side too. As I finished up the dishes last night, I had to listen almost all of Jimmy Little’s version of Quasimodo’s Dream, which I was totally not in the mood for.


Notes from the commute

Amusing personalised number plate: “AMLOST”. Heh.

One day, train commuters are going to revolt, form guerrilla groups (which have absolutely nothing to do with me) which strike in the middle of the night, putting back all the “Stand on left / Walk on right” escalator signs.

In the mean time, if you’re standing on the right on the down escalator and you hear the rapid heavy thump thump thump of footsteps coming down from behind you, I’d advise you to get out of my way, as I’m rushing for a train.

Lady with white stick and matching white iPod earphones walking down Manchester Lane. Maybe she can smell the cars coming.

Is it unmanly of me to get the umbrella out for the three-block walk from the station to work if it’s drizzling?