The 500th post

The Cure in 1980, circa Seventeen Seconds, their sophomore album which gave this blog its’ name.

Well, here we are, twenty-two months later, the five hundreth post.

Quite a few interviews done (and several still to be written up), a lot of music reviewed, a bit of ranting, and some nice words in the Guardian. It’s been a labour of love at times, but I’m grateful to the support I’ve had from readers, friends and family (not that these are necessarily mutually exclusive), and particularly the wonderful Mrs. 17 Seconds. She has waited patiently whilst I grappled with technology, for that five minute post that has turned into an hour, shared the frustration, and been as supportive as anyone could wish. When we met the Vinyl Villain in Glasgow a couple of months back, he quipped: ‘So what’s it like being married to an obsessive, then?’ to which she replied: ‘Well, everyone’s obssessive about something, aren’t they?.’ When I started this blog, we had yet to get cats…or even get married. Life, eh?

Some of my friends have asked if the blog’s raison d’etre is to publicise new scottish music. This is only part of it, but it’s definitely a part of it:

Bricolage -‘Our Fire’s Electric.’ mp3

I’ve also enjoyed posting weird and wonderful, well-known and painfully obscure covers, and this is probably unlikely to stop. Hell, I’ve heard a lot of stuff since I started this. But it’s also enabled me to focus on stuff I loved before, too:

The Slits -‘I Heard I Through The Grapevine.’ mp3

This seems to be the most-downloaded track from the blog:

Primal Scream – ‘Velocity Girl.’ mp3

Many thanks is due to fellow bloggers who have put in links to this site, mentioned me, left feedback and got me in the position that I seem to get several people reading this blog per day. Whilst I would love this to increase, it’s nice to know that just because only a handful of people leave responses, people are still reading it. There’s too many people to thank, but heck, you know who are you, and may you have a nice glow inside for the rest of the weekend.

Should I focus on just one type of music? Well, no, my record collection doesn’t and I don’t see why the blog should. I’m actually rather proud that the blog has featured stuff including classical, jazz, hip-hop, disco, death metal…oh, and a fair bit of scottish indie, too. I’ve done a lot of posts relating to stuff that John Peel championed, and by way of very humble tribute, I’ve tried to keep alive in my own small way a highlighting of new music, and unsigned acts. But I despise snobbery, and I don’t see why I shouldn’t mention bands that are established and successful.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. I’ve posted this before, but as it’s the song that gave this blog its’ name, it’s only fitting I should post it again. It’s lasted longer than the club night I ran of the same name.

The Cure -‘Seventeen Seconds.’ mp3