Tuesday, 6 March 2018


Have you ever heard a song played over the radio (or should that be 'on Spotify' nowadays? I find at the ripe old age of 27 I'm not so hip with the kids anymore) and it has made you remember a special time, place, or feeling from your past? 

Of course you have! Everyone has at least one song that they associate with a memory, good or bad, somewhere in their arsenal; I just needed to write some form of introduction so that you wouldn't all go "Hey Elle, this isn't a travel-related post? What the deuce?" 

Stewie Griffin impersonations included, of course.

Well, the gauntlet was thrown by the lovely Kerri from Kerridiculous to create a list of songs that take me back in time. After reading her fabulous collection - then spending an hour on Youtube working my way through the said list, because 'Hello, serial procrastination' - how could I resist?

Pokerface - Lady Gaga, (I Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
Starting off with a double whammy - these two songs may not look like they relate in any way, but they'll always remind me of my course mates at university. Whether it was dancing to Lady Gaga whilst pre-drinking in the kitchen, or recreating Johnny and Baby's dance moves in Popworld, these songs will never fail to make me smile... then dance like my life depended on it!

Tik Tok - Kesha (or the Midnight Beast version), Don't Trust Me - 3OH!3
Ah, more pre-drinking! (I really wasn't that much of an alcoholic, I promise!) The legendary Beer Fest was an annual event my friends and I would go to every year, and of course, we had to hype ourselves up for it in style. Making up our own dance moves - and by 'dance moves' I mean waving peace sign fingers across our faces a la Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction - whilst drinking questionably coloured alcopops with my friends are some of the best memories of my teenage years. I even called my friend Tash during Kesha's set at Wireless Festival in London to play the song down the phone to her... which I'm sure she appreciated during the middle of work!

Jungle Skank - JP Tronik
Sometimes, it only takes one thing to bond a group of people together. For my first-year university hall mates and I, that thing just so happened to be the ever so eloquently named Jungle Skank

Hey, I never said 'the thing' had to be profound! But there is something highly enjoyable about a line of eight relative strangers stretching down a narrow corridor, all "stepping to the right, stepping to the left" and "rolling with the jungle mans spear" in mild synchronisation and laughing our asses off. The fact I still, to this day, remember all the moves is a skill to seriously consider popping on the old CV.

Pass Out - Tinie Tempah
If you happened to be living and, more importantly, partying in Southampton between 2010 to 2012, then you probably experienced the effect this particular song had in a packed room of revellers; purely for the lyrics "I been Southampton but I've never been to Scunthorpe, where's my fucking clap, where's my encore?" (clapclapclapclap), Pass Out very quickly became THE ultimate song of my university career.

In the Ayer - Flo Rida
All it takes is the first two notes of this song, and I instantly flash back to being 17/18; sneaking out of sixth form with Alex and our friends during our shared Double Free period like the rebels that we were (sorry Mr Norton!), all piling into my tiny silver Peugeot 106 and driving down the duel carriageway towards Yeovil as fast as we (legally) could... all to go spend our remaining hour raiding New Look, buying a tuna panini and the biggest Costa hot chocolate we could afford before booking it back for Final Registration.

Can you tell we all grew up in a tiny Dorset villages? Those excursions were one of the highlights of my WEEK, even just for the drive - blasting that tune as loud as my crappy speakers would allow, all windows rolled down as everyone jived and shout-sang the lyrics as loud as we could. In those moments we could have been Peyton, Brook, Haley and the gang, rocking out in a red Mercury Comet as we cruised through Tree Hill.

Love Story - Taylor Swift, When It Rains - Paramore
When I think of my friend Jess, I always get taken back to these two songs - back to us hanging out in her teenage bedroom (it was purple, a sweet as window seat that looked out over the driveway, and had quotes and lyrics handwritten all over the walls, which always seemed such a cool thing to be allowed to do!) talking about our feelings, dressing in each others clothes, doing photoshoots and listening to the thousands of songs she had downloaded onto her iPod (How to Make Myself Feel Old 101) I even helped her film a music video to When It Rains when we did Media together during sixth form, and ultimately, I believe these two songs really encompassed our angsty teenage years. Well, that and our love for the musicals, especially Wicked, but that's another list for another time!

She's So Lovely - Scouting for Girls
If The Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series was the epitome of mine and my school friends teenage years, then the movie, and it's accompanying soundtrack, was the culmination; even nearly ten years later - again, how to make myself feel old! - I can't listen to this song without remembering the Ace Gang, "The hills are alive with the sound of PANTS", Slaggy Lindsay, Angus the feral Scottish cat, Dave the Laugh, the Snogging Scale, and wondering what it felt like to be a giant olive running through the streets of Brighton. Plus, quite coincidentally, Scouting for Girls were one of the very first live bands I ever went to see with my friends Tash and Lisa!

Just remember - bleaching your hair with bathroom cleaner will lead to a chunk of it snapping off in your hand, "Nunga Nungas" is an excellent alternative name for boobs, and never underestimate the crazy antics of a 7 foot tall Viking boyfriend called Sven.

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
If you even so much as mention this ICONIC song with my mum, stepdad, brother and sister in the near vicinity, we WILL proceed to sing it all the way through at the top of our lungs; including (but not limited to) the iconic Wayne's World head banging bit in the middle. Should this play in the car just as we were reaching our destination, we are NEVER allowed to shut off the engine until the song had played all the way through. With all of us having such varied tastes in music, Queen just happens to be one of the few bands we all collectively love. Freddie Mercury forever!!!

I've got to stop here before you all wither to dust because there are many, MANY more songs I could add - maybe a Part Two could be on the cards? Let me know in the comments below if that's something you'd like to see! 

OR feel free to make your own lists and tag me in them because I'd love to read them! Jade, I think I've defiantly got to pass on this challenge to you - Go for it, you fabulous lady!


  1. What you say ‘allowed to do’ I think the great Mr Phill may disagree with you there 😉 but by then it was too late �� love ya El, and I miss my lil room! (Ps: LOVE that you still have that pic!) xoxo

    1. Haha poor Mr Phill! Of course I still have that pic - found it on an old hard drive yesterday so it definitely had to be used :) I've also still got the one of the four of us on your dads' car bonnet. Love you too Jess <3 xxxx