Thursday, 18 October 2012

It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Happy Birthday To You... and Me!

Jo, circa 2009 - age 25.

Happy Birthday To You... and Me!
by Jo Michelmore

There’s something happening this week. It’s not world news, but it’s kind of cool. It’s kind of cool, because it means I get a present or two, I get cake without guilt (thank you editor!), I get to spend some time singing songs in a darkened room with a bunch of people I love (karaoke party anyone?) and I get to be the centre of attention for a couple of minutes! October is the best! Even though it was tempting and I know you would have loved it; I decided rather than posting clips and pictures of myself, I should see who else was born this month. There were a couple of people….

Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)
October 3 

He’s generally not the first person you think of when you think Fleetwood Mac, because that attention
seeker Stevie Nicks is so damn weird (and amazing) she’s been taking the spotlight from Lindsey since the mid 70’s. No wonder their relationship didn’t last. Stevie is probably still jealous she didn’t write ‘Go Your Own Way’; Fleetwood Mac’s first top 10 single. Get over it Stevie, October is Lindsey’s month! Mine too! That means I get to pick one of my favourite Fleetwood Mac songs to play! Happy Birthday Lindsey! Happy Birthday me! 

Darren Middleton (Powderfinger)
October 4 


Chances are, if you’re not Australian, you may not even know who this guy is. You should. Guitarist for Powderfinger, they were some of Australia’s favourites before they split in 2010. They didn’t change the world but they wrote some awesome rock songs and a lot of perfect for singing along in the car songs. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a car sing-along. This is one of my fave road trip sing-alongs and since its Darren’s birthday month and mine too, I get to sing-along as much as I want. Happy Birthday Darren! Happy Birthday me!

Eddie Clark (Moterhead)
October 5 

You know what? I don’t even really know who this guy is. I just stumbled across him while researching who was born this month. I thought it was a sign that I should include this song, since I forgot it existed and this is one of my favourite (and most hilarious) metal songs ever. I know the chorus, well, and I sing it, well. Yep. I don’t have a lot of favourite metal songs, but this is my birthday month, so, whatever, deal with it. Happy Birthday Eddie, whoever you are! Happy Birthday me!  

Flea and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
October 16 and 25 

I took it as a sign that I should include a Red Hot Chili Peppers song, since two of its members are born in October. Damn, I’ve loved this band so much at times. They’re going to be like the Stones aren’t they? Still playing when they’re like 60 or so years old and I suppose (hope) Anthony Keidis will be the new Keith Richards, all pickled and still going strong, years from now. I just hope they don’t try that weird ‘naked except for a sock’ thing 25 years from now. That could be unfortunate. Happy Birthday Flea! Happy Birthday Chad! Happy Birthday me! 

Chrissy Amphlett (Divinyls)
October 25 

The thing about Chrissy Amphlett is, she was like this diva of rock, which is kind of cool, and she’s also a hard core vegetarian, which appeals to the hard core vegetarian in me. I mean, she’s a bit crazy-hard-core vegetarian but that’s kind of needed every now and then. How boring would everything be if no one was crazy-hard-core-anything? She also sang this song, which was super controversial at the time. Now? Not so. I still like the song though. Happy Birthday Chrissy! Happy Birthday me! 

Roger Stevens (Blind Melon)
October 31 

Let’s finish at the very, very end of October, the 31st, which is one of my favourite days of the year (Halloween! Yes! Excuse to wear weird make up! Excuse to wear weird costumes! Yes!) So; like the Motorhead guy, I didn’t know who this guy was until I started researching my fellow October-ians, but when I remembered this band, I remembered this song and since it’s my birthday month I get to hear whatever I want, and I loved this song for a good week or so there, so suck it. Happy Birthday Rogers Stevens (and why do you have two first names?) Happy Birthday me!

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