A lot of my musical preferences when I was five were based around what my Dad was listening to. We used to spend Saturday's on Queen street sifting through records at Driftwood and then cap the day off with some pinball. My Dad was and is still my best pal and I can remember how excited he used to get about music. His enthusiasm and sheer excitement over new music has stuck with me to this day.
My Dad had this album on vinyl and I listed to this song endlessly while trying my hardest to go crazy in our basement. Going crazy when you're five includes jumping on the couch and downing and entire litre of kool-aid.
Yes, I've been a Stones fan since the tender age of five. I had this song on a mixed tape that my Dad recorded from some show on Q107 which I played on my Fischer Price Tape Recorder about a million times. Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, The Who.. they were all on there but there was something about the Stones that kept making me rewind the tape to hear them again.
I grew up in the burbs but as mentioned my Dad and I used to come into the city every weekend to hang on Queen Street. This song is totally kid friendly because of the amazing who-ha's in the chorus. Usually by the time the "Who-ha-Who-ha!" would kick in we'd be sailing over the bumps on the Gardner and catching some sweet air in my Dad's tempo....bumps which have since been fixed for obvious reasons.
Okay... okay... I was a kid so obviously I wasn't totally cool. I didn't really like Disney all that much but I was really into Cinderella and love, love, loved singing this song at the top of my lungs.
My Dad loved Blues Brothers and this song was on the soundtrack. There was a Christmas pageant at my school and I suggested singing the snow man song. I was convinced that this Sam & Dave treasure was called snow man. I suppose my teacher though that this was just the cutest so we worked furiously to change the lyrics which went a little something like this... "Coming at you from an icy road, white snow i've got a truck load... I'M A SNOOOOW MAN!"
A I remember when I was 5, my parents had just moved into a new house in a quiet neighbourhood near a quiet school so that my little brother and I could both go to the same elementary; they were also moving from their so-called "party house"; a house that they bought and moved into soley based on the fact that it was a hip place for cool parties. God love 'em. Because of this, the only music that resonates with me still from that time is all of the records my parents would blast throughout the house while having their pals over. Also, I couldn't find a photo of me from age 5; thus, I'm going to offer you this gem of a photo instead:
Believe it or not, one of my first full sentences I decided to speak was "Madonna on"; my mom told me I refused to listen to anything except Madonna from the age of about 3 and on; there was the True Blue and Who's That Girl album laying around the house, and I made good use of both of them... Papa Don't Preach was always my favorite aside from Open Your Heart To Me, even up until 5! Gotta love my Madge!
Around this time in my life, I was obsessed with the Monkees. My folks let me watch it on Much Music every night before bed, and I had a huge crush on Micky; then on my 5th birthday, my wicked aunt Terry gave me a copy of the Monkees first and only major motion picture, HEAD. I was hooked.
When this album was released in '91, you best know that my parents had this blaring nearly every evening during dinner and when we had guests. It was a pretty solid album, and I know it like the back of my hand. We can work it out!
Again, my parents always had the Mac on. The Mac Attack. This song seems to be most fitting from that era. I remember I used to think Stevie Knicks was the coolest fucking chick in the world and I wanted to look/be/sing just like her. I still think she's just as awesome.
This was just around the time that I started to get heavy obsessed with 50's/60's juke box hits; my dad bought a shit-load of compilations and I played some of them so much that they eventually became unplayable. This song always reminds me of being a kid.