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Did We Really Listen To This?

I was browsing YouTube over the weekend, searching for videos of music from my university days, and it made me ponder Did we REALLY listen to this?

My browsing old songs from YouTube was triggered when someone purchased a CD from one of my Amazon links the other day.  Since I didn’t recognise either the CD name or the artist, I thought I would look it up on Amazon, and the best description I can give is “Morris Dancing music where every track sounds the same”.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Morris Dancing, it’s a British form of street dancing that dates back hundreds of years.  You can find some examples on YouTube.

Anyhow, back to the plot, which involves my browsing through videos of songs from bands that were cult hits back in the 1970’s when I was at university, and it made me really wonder why we liked them.  My wife took one listen (barely 5 seconds is all it took) and proclaimed “What the heck are you listening to?”.

Well here are a couple of examples for you…

The first is The Galloping Gaucho from Stackridge. It’s a track from the album The Man In The Bowler Hat which I still have on vinyl (LP). If you feel the need to search for and listen to more Stackridge, you can find them on and

The second track I have for you is The Hedgehog’s Song by The Incredible String Band and it’s off their 1967 album The 5000 Spirits or the Layers Of An Onion.  Their songs evolved a lot over the years, and if you want to hear more, you can also find them on and

Do you have any music styles or artists that you used to listen to years ago and where you now wonder what endeared you to them? If so, please leave a comment and let us know.

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