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while most hail from merry olde England, there are
participants from North America and Japan. Check
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everyone is from.
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Castle Cary, Somerset, UK
Real Name: Neville
Married with two stepchildren
of Ancient History
Joined RR Community: March
9th 2007, Songs about Musical Genres.
Favorite Artists: obscure
European jazz (Tomasz Stanko, Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Ganelin
Trio, Zentralquartett); Miles Davis' 1960s quintet, Wayne
Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Charles Mingus; Ultravox, Kraftwerk, Neu!;
Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Free; Mogwai;
Spice Girls, Abba, Captain & Tenille, Bangles, Susannah Hoffs.
Our Song (my wife's and mine
special song): Not entirely sure we can agree on anything like
that; possibly either kd lang's Constant Craving or The Rembrandts'
I'll Be There For You.
First A-list: Hawkwind, Spiral
Favourite RR contribution: the
deployment of Claude Levi-Strauss' structuralist theory of mythology
to justify the nomination of Roxy Music's Avalon. And it
Location: Yorkshire UK
Old enough to know better, young enough to reconsider
Occupation: Administrator (but open to more interesting
community: Haven't a scoobies. 2006?
music: Folk, blues, rock but open to most things (not good
with rap & hip hop)
Only A Lister:
Roy Harper, Forbidden Fruit
contribution: Earworms and quizzes
Past 50 physically but about 29 in my head.
A long time relationship with my girlfriend
I lead a team of mainframe database technical
experts for a large IT services company
I lurked for ages but I think I first posted on
Celestial bodies in October 2007
The Grateful Dead, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Pink
Floyd, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Fairport
Convention, Sandy Denny, John Martyn, The Clash, My
Bloody Valentine, The Cocteau Twins, Crosby, Stills,
Nash and Young either collectively, alone or in
combinations, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin,
Genesis in the Peter Gabriel years, The Who, Carole
King, David Bowie and many, many more.
Least Favourite Music:
It has to be rap, I just don’t like it at all,
followed by gabba techno
Proudest RR moment:
Getting Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” A-listed.
I want to get King Crimson A-listed
and I am a proud member of the GTDITL tendency (Get
The Dead In The List)
Our Song (my partner's and mine special song):
a tricky one, she is a bit of a rocker and a metal
head, but we both like Edith Piaf, so it is probably
“Je ne regrette rien”, because we don’t (regret
things, I mean).
Musical guilty pleasure:
AOR power ballads, stuff like Boston’s “More than a
feeling” and Diane Warren songs (she is the queen of
the power ballad)
Location: Manchester, UK
Real Name: Chris
Marital status: Complicated (divorced,
Joined RR Community: Late 2007
Favourite Artists: Grateful Dead,
Pavement/Stephen Malkmus, Talking Heads, PJ
Harvey, Throwing Muses, Velvet Underground/John
Cale, Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, Miles Davis,
Bob Dylan, Fatima Mansions, Gomez, Beck, Little
Feat and a few others.
Least Favourite Music:
X-factor-style power ballads, dull rap,
First A-list: VU's The Gift, Songs With A
Twist, April 2008
Proudest RR contribution: Founded GTDITL
(Get The Dead In The List), which had its first
success in June, 2008; re-naming this great
resource The Marconium.
Location: Queensbury, West
Real Name: Rich
Marital status: "Two Daughters
And A Beautiful Wife"
Occupation: There's so little
work around, I'm beginning to wonder myself!
Joined RR Community: 'Listy'
Songs (2006) - a few months after gordonimmel
started nagging me to join in.
Musical likes: Heavy/Classic
rock and Americana mostly, but everything
from punk to reggae to neo-classical
gets a look-in.
As a generalization, traditional Classical,
hip-hop, jazz, and all dance from rave onwards. But even there,
there are pearls amongst the swine.
Proudest RR moment: (i)
The first Drive-By Truckers A-listing
(Maddy, subbing for Dorian, picked My Sweet Annette for
'Infidelity' Songs. (ii) frogprincess
using a suggestion of mine as the soundtrack to her holiday-memory
Getting a pre-Jonno AC/DC song A-listed.
"Our" Song: Black's Wonderful
Possibly the Sole RR
flag-bearer for: Dakota Suite, 2
Tribes, Brad/Satchel, Gun, Willard Grant Conspiracy, The Family
Age: has now
overtaken my shoe size
Marital status: no
spouse, 2 kids in the house
CD-book-DVD salesperson, sometime translator & contributor
to travel guides, procrastinator extraordinaire
Joined RR Community:
Trains - January 2008
Musical likes: Folk, folk
rock, rock. Also jazz, soul and, surprisingly, countertenor
Musical dislikes: Cembalo, the
soprano voice, anything involving German pop 'deity' Dieter Bohlen
Location: Koto Ward, Tokyo, Japan
Name: Hoshino Sakura - 星野 桜 (Hoshino is family name
name is Sakura
Occupation: Sales and Promotion Girl
Community: February 2011
Artists: Love Psychedelico, The Brilliant Green, YUI ,
Stereopony Kawashima Ai and almost any J-Pop and K-Pop
Favourite Music: My least favourite music is western opera
Somehow I can not get into it
Our Song: This
is actually my younger sister and mine song - This Is
運命(unmei) / This is destiny by Melon Kinenbi; we used to dance to
it at home when we were younger teenagers and loved it; the lyrics
are quite funny.
Last Flight by Akiakane for the topic of
contribution: nominating Korean boy band Dong Bang Shin Ki.
RR ambition: To
have a Japanese or Korean pop song on the A List! (the
more cheesy the better!)
- Location: Madrid, Spain
- Real Name: Andrew
- Age: 50
- Marital Status: married with two children
and a grandson
- Our song: Drowning Man by U2 (a long
story I have told on RR and
will no doubt tell again).
- Profession: Teacher
- Joined RR Community: September 2009
- Musical likes: Flamenco and a lot more
- Musical dislikes: None
- Proudest RR moments: getting Enrique
Morente and his daughter, Estrella, A listed.
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Married with two adult children
Television news feed coordinator
Community: Jan. 11, 2008 - blog topic was Songs
about Guilt and Regret
(in no particular order) Crash Test Dummies, Doug
and the Slugs, Maria Muldaur,
Rankin Family, Garolou, Shania Twain,
Traveling Wilburys, Manhattan Transfer, Bette
Midler, Van Morrison, Chris de Burgh, 10CC, Tomita, Animals, Manfred Mann, Dave Clark
Five, Beatles, Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Platters, Les Paul & Mary Ford
and songs from musicals like Les Miserables,
Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors and Chicago. I
also like some jazz - Dave Brubeck Quartet comes to
mind, and some classical, especially the
romanticists like Rachmaninoff and Tschaikovsky but
I also like Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.
Not a big fan of rap with some exceptions. I
particularly don't care for rap with crude lyrics
which I find unpleasant to listen to. Don't care for
Our Song (my
wife's and mine special song): The Rose by Bette
First A Listing:
Albedo 0.39 by Vangelis for the topic of
Marital status: Divorced
Occupation: Retired but looking for
RR Community: May 2007 "Songs about
Musical likes: Americana, industrial
noise, folk, psychedelia, bass drone,
grime, post-punk, lots of others
Musical dis-likes: Modern R'n;B,
bhangra (you can blame my neighbours for
- Name: Mitch Mitchell
(no one gets my real first name!)
- Age: 62
- Residing: Mainly now in March, Cambridgeshire,
but also Sarf London.
- Occupation: Musician, Rock and Roll Historian,
Bouncer at Mothercare.
- Favourite Artists: Gene Vincent, Bill Haley,
Little Richard, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Joe Turner, The Everly Brothers, Lavern
Baker, Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke, Arthur
Alexander, Connie Francis, Wanda Jackson, kd
lang, Brenda Lee, Jimmy Reed, Ronnie Hawkins,
Dion, Chuck Jackson, Garnett Mimms, The Coasters,
Jerry Lee Lewis
and many doo-wop bands.
- Totally dislike: Beatles, Rolling Stones, The
Who, Queen, what now passes for R & B, Celine
- Best Career Moment: Appearing at the Albert Hall
supporting Bill Haley & Duane Eddy with members
of the Beatles and Rolling Stones in the
audience (May 1968)
- Status: Widowed with one son.
- Proudest moment on RR: Dorian described me as
"our resident rock & roll expert".
- Location: London, South of the river.
- Real Name: Well...It isn't "Danny"
- Age: 42
- Occupation: Actor/ Writer
- Joined RR Community: I forget exactly when I joined,
but my mate RockingMitch persuaded me to have a go.Glad I did.
It's great fun. Recently got my first A lister and 2 B's in the
same week, for songs about Uncertainty.
- Favourite Artists: My all time favourite is Jackie
Wilson, but also Little Willie John; Percy Mayfield; Clyde McPhatter;
Elvis Presley; Dinah Washington; Sarah Vaughan; Louis Jordan; Marvin
Gaye; Sam Cooke. Generally into good, 50's R&B, Rock & Roll, early
Soul and early to mid 60's Pop. Also good Reggae by the likes of
Matumbi, The Mighty Diamonds and Bob Marley. I'm a big fan of swing Jazz
by the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman or even earlier stuff
Henderson. I'm a keen guitarist myself, so I enjoy
the likes of Django Reinhardt and Barney Kessell. Early and Capitol era
Frank Sinatra is also a big favourite, as well as Mel Torme; Sammy
Davis Jr; Barbra Streisand; Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole Trio.
Grew up listening to my dad's collection of 50's and 60's Country
records, so I enjoy Don Gibson; George Jones; Willie Nelson; certain Jim
- Least Favourite Music: I love all forms of popular
music from the 30's onwards, but I can't abide Hip Hop, Techno or Heavy
- Proudest RR Moment: Any time I have been able to
introduce someone to
a record that they have enjoyed.
- RR Goals: To keep on introducing folks to, and
discovering new (to me)
artists and recordings.
Real Name: Stephen/Steve
Occupation: Librarian (but for how
Community: Some time in early 2006 I
likes: Bit of punk, bit of reggae, bit
of folk, bit of old jazz/swing stuff innit.
don't like a lot of rap. There are
RR moment: That'll
be songs about clothes and fashion -
successful nomination of Tori Amos "The
Power of Orange Knickers".
Wyatt's Soup Song for "songs about food".
Favourite Artists: Joan Armatrading,
Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, Nico, Mary
Coughlan (I could go on)
Location: Redbridge, Essex
Real Name: anag. [5,6]
Marital status: Married, DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
Occupation: Rock’n’Roll Reference Librarian. There, I’ve said it.
Joined RR Community:
lurked for a while; didn’t contribute 'til I had
broadband. First contribution: RRSA
Homosexuality, June 29th, 2007.
I always thought I’d grow out of my dependence
on skinny young people playing electric guitars
semi-competently, but it hasn’t happened yet…
Byrds, Beatles, Velvets, Who, Move, Jam, Clash,
Wire, XTC, Beat, Smiths, Hornets Attack Victor
Mature… iconoclasts: Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Cale,
Eno, Wyatt, Cope, Rundgren, Kate Bush, Richard
Thompson, Bevis Frond, White Stripes, Banhart,
anybody who can sing in Welsh… folkies: M.Carthy,
E.Carthy, S.Collins, many more. 60s psychedelia,
70s reggae, classic soul, Paisley Underground,
power pop, Americana, African music. Despite
appearances I do listen to a lot of contemporary
stuff, but on current form it’ll be another
10-20 years before I start to retain it.
Favourite artists introduced to by RR:
Angelique Kidjo, Beausoleil, Drive-By Truckers,
Proudest RR moments:
First A-listing after 4 weeks with a very obscure song
indeed, and two A-listers the following
week! That’s how Dorian got ‘em hooked… oh, and
Amy Rigby owes me big time.
Least favourite RR moment:
Our Song (my wife's and mine special song):
Sidecar & I have no musical tastes in common at
- Real Name:
- Joined RR Community:
Sometime in 2007
- Favorite Artists:
Oh, all of them.
- Favorite RR Topic so far:
Great middle eights
In my late 30s - well I am if you can argue
that 51 is your late 30s...
status: Married with two daughters who
are older than they used to be
Community: January 2008
Favorite Artists: Prefab Sprout,
Jonathan Richman, The Decemberists, Belle &
Sebastian, Ben Folds, The Go-Betweens,
Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab For Cutie, 10,000
Maniacs, The High Llamas, Elbow, Shack, The
Blue Nile, Everything But The Girl,
Microdisney, Azure Ray, James Taylor, The
Cardigans, The Wedding Present, REM, Steely
Dan, Martin Stephenson, Elvis Costello,
Eels, Teenage Fanclub, Gene, McCarthy,
Crowded House, Badly Drawn Boy, Danny WIlson,
Babybird, Squeeze, Midlake, Cocteau Twins,
The Dentists, Flaming Lips, XTC, Orange
Juice, Caravan, Grandaddy, Frazier Chorus,
Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley, Camera
Obscura, The Smiths
Proudest RR moment: Nominating the
only two Prefab Sprout tracks ever to make
it on to the A-List. Although I have to
confess that one of them was ToffeeGirl's
goal: Getting another song on an
A-List - sometime. Who knows? It might
(my wife's and mine special song):
Without You - Nillson. I know ...
50, but don't feel like it....
developer (contractor), currently
working at the largest private bank in
Triifids, Wilco, Richard Thompson, Neu!,
Einstürzende Neubauten, REM, the Congos,
Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, Steve
Wynn, Thievery Corporation, lots of dub
reggae, Americana etc. etc.
Least Favourite Music:
Not that much into jazz....
Milton Keynes, UK
status: Divorced, three grownup children,
Free Girl Now, aka retired and having lots of
community: Nov 9 2007 – end of Illness,
start of Smiling and Laughter
artists: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Richard Thompson, Bruce
Springsteen, the Gourds, Buddy Holly, the Everly
Brothers, Gillian Welch, Diana Jones, Mary
Gauthier, the Who, Bob Dylan, the Band, Sandy
Denny, June Tabor, Shirley Collins, Show Of
Hands, Neil Young, Oysterband, Maggie Holland,
The In And Outlaws
- Location: North Hampshire, UK.
- Real Name: Amanda.
- Age: Not 40 yet...
- Marital Status: Married with two
- Occupation: Mother; Technical
- Joined RR Community: Sometime in
2005 or 2006. Definitely posted in SciFi and Space. Went away and came
- Artist that I always try to
nominate: All About Eve.
- First A-Lister: Paul Weller's
Trees, Grass and
Flowers. Somewhat underwhelming as
I'd been trying /really/ hard to get AAE in that week (as you can tell
from the moniker I was using...).
- The One That Got Away: The Sea!
I'm pretty sure that I suggested the
topic (at least in part as a way of
getting AAE's big hit in a list...)
and then I wasn't around when it
came up. Fortunately, Babryn stepped
in with 'Martha's Harbour'.
- AKA: In the early days (before
permanent login names), I blogged
simply as 'Amanda' or, at least
once, as 'Amanda the All About Eve