Daily Prompt – Teen Idol

Todays daily prompt asks who did you idolize as a teenager?

Sadly I don’t often find the time to participate in Daily post prompts these day but I couldn’t miss out on this one.

I was born in 1961.  My dad was a cabaret singer and I grew up with the music of Neil Diamond, dads favourite artist.  I love Neil’s music to this day but it was the early 1970’s that saw we stretch my musical wings.

The first album I ever bought was David Bowie‘s Aladdin Sane, it was my introduction to alternative music, a love that lives with me to this day.  I still have that LP, carefully preserved in my collection of vinyl.

It was however the late 1970’s that threw up my real idols.  bands I love to this day include the Clash, the Ramones, Sex pistols and a host of other punk bands.  It was however Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers who actually changed my life.

I grew up in Northern Ireland during the height of “the troubles.”  It was Stiff Little Fingers that helped me to see that there was another, better way of life.  The bands breakthrough record “Alternative Ulster” is to this day the best song I ever heard.

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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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