Iconic Albums throughout your Army Career

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  1. What albums spring to mind when you joined your Battalion, Regt, Corp’s etc during, after basic training and beyond. Obviously, depending on what genre your music tastes were/are there will be differing albums and tastes

    I will get the ball rolling, I joined in 1979.

    Manifesto: Roxy Music

    Rumours: Fleetwood Mac

    Bat out of Hell: Meat Loaf

    Now these three were not all released in 79 but were very popular at the time.

    Next please.


  2. On joining in 83 as a Junior, my Room Senior (a year ahead and referred to as "God") played Bananarama "Deep Sea Skiving" and The Jam "Setting Sons". Continually. It was his room, our boogie box and his music.
  3. Just about anything from The Jam, The Specials, Makin Time, Secret Affair and anything else vaguely "moddy" or "Ska'ry".

    However, for some reason, The Ace of Spades came up a few times :? :?
  4. Pink Floyd - The Wall
    Dire Straights - Making Movies
    Queen - A Kind of Magic
    Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
    Def Leppard - Hysteria

    The list makes me appear a bit of a head-banger, which isn't exactly true, but all these all came out at significant points in my brief career.
  5. I too joined in 79.....

    Quadrophenia - The Who
    Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf
    Lionheart - Kate's Bush
    War of the Worlds - Jeff Wayne
    Plus of course all things Northern & Wigan Casinoesque

    And the following year:
    Dexy's Midnight Runners - most original album I'd heard for years! Went to see them live in Herford & they didn't disappoint 8) as fcuk.
  6. you old cnuts ;)
  7. AlienFTM

    AlienFTM LE Book Reviewer

    End of July 1978 our squadron were on site guard standby. A bunch of us were playing three-card brag, as you do, and I was happily winning (the pile of notes removed from the table and scrunched under my betty swollox was quite big). I was vaguely aware of interesting music in the background, then it faded away.

    Then an alarm went off. And another. Then a Westminster chime. I looked around the room, confused, discovered that yes it was coming from the ghetto blaster that had very recently been playing music and that it had now burst into Time by Pink Floyd, on DSOTM.

    At this moment I realised why I had so much trouble finding "my" music. I'd gone abroad in 1966 and returned in 1967, but unbeknownst to me, music had changed in my absence (I blame the Beatles visiting the guru). where previously I had heard good music on Top of the Pops, now music was popular. Rock had been pushed off TOTP in favour of three-minute wonders and because my mum would tolerate TOTP, I was missing "my" music.

    Occasionally a classic would cross the divide. I remember in 1974, a group of long-haired yobs did Seven Seas of Rye on TOTP and I thought they might go far, even with a band name like Queen.

    Then I heard DSOTM and realised that "my" music had been suppressed for a decade.

    In short order courtesy of a buddy who set me on the way, I discovered Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin who now comprise most of my music in rapidly descending order - though courtesy of iTunes I keep picking up golden oldies like Eve of Destruction (Barry Maguire, 1964) which roll the years away.

    If I had not joined the brag table that night I shudder to think where my musical tastes would be right now.
  8. Quadrophenia - now that's an album - Love reign o'er me...........

    Anything by Pink Floyd, Genesis, The Doors and of course Next by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. The Damned, The Stranglers and The Jam, I could go on........

    If I hear 'Heart of Glass' by Blondie it places me firmly in Buller Barracks NAAFI in January 1979 so it seems I joined up the same year as you (and worryingly given the 'Lady thread' I seem to have the same taste in women!).
  9. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Having joined in 61, I was just at the back end of the big band stuff, music I still love.
    But there were greats, like Elvis, Buddy Holly, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Platters and so many more.

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  10. Havent you lot ever heard of euthenasia?!?!?! FFS! ;)
  11. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    We have indeed. Now, how do you want to travel to Switzerland? Or shall we do it here, to a background of Beethoven and a film of countryside?
  12. wasnt that an album by Megadeth? 8O