BGM of Your Life


Sorry, it's not about bands from Leeds, but I would like to share this story with you.....

I was reading the latest issue of i-D Magazine at a hairdresser yesterday. When I turned the first page I found a very interesting question: If your life will be made into a film, BGM will be.....

People who got involved in the magazine issue answered this question. I don't remember which songs they cited, someone was Queen and someone was Rihanna?? Sorry I really don't remember. But just when my hairdresser started bleaching my fringe I started thinking about which songs I would use if I make a film of my life.

They picked a song but I couldn't decide only one song because I was thinking my entire life from my childhood to present, or when I die in the future. So at least 4 songs came up to my mind.....

When the film starts, I definitely use Jefferson Airplain's White Rabbit.  This song is not that merry as the beginning of the story, and it's so 60s, but it does represent my childhood and I can't explain the reason why but I just feel, this is it.

Next song will be Rodeo Masscare's Zombies of Life. I use this song for kind of transition of my life, from my past life in Japan to new life in England.  Again, I can't explain but I had this all excitement to live in the UK but also had a little anxiety for the unpredictable future and somehow I feel this song matches how I felt then.

Then I choose this Japanese band called Yurayura Teikoku, 'Rame no Pantaloon', which represent today's me. Not much to do with the lyrics but for me this song expresses that I just enjoy my funny life and don't care what people think about me. I often get lost but I never loose dynamism like their sound.

And finally I want to play Pink Floyd's Us and Them when credits appear on the screen. This is a bit weird but I've already planed what kind of funeral I have, so my film finishes with my funeral and my friends are just talking or laughing when they leave there. So the intro of this song (studio version) is perfect to play as BGM. And to tell the truth I just love this song though.....

Maybe there is no coherence between these 4 songs but they are the best songs to play in my film.  After all, this only tells what kind of music you like but this is very interesting at the same time because you can learn how you think of yourself and how you interpret your life in music.  

So well, which songs would you choose as BGM of your life in a film?? 

Here is Japanese translation of my English post.





まず映画の始まりは絶対Jefferson AirplainのWhite Rabbitから。 話の始じまりとしては全然陽気な感じじゃないし、おもいっきり60年代って感じなんですが、とにかくこの曲が自分の幼少期を表す曲なんです。うまく説明できないんですが...

次に選ぶのはRodeo MassacreのZombies of Life。この曲は自分の生活する場所が日本からイギリスへと 移った場面に。これも上手く説明できないんですが、イギリスで生活する事が決まって、とにかく楽しみで仕方がない気持ちと、それと同時に未知の生活に対する不安もすこし抱えていて、この曲はそんな自分の気持ちにマッチしているように感じるんです。


最後の最後、エンドロールが流れる時は、Pink FloydのUs and Themをぜひ流したい。これはちょっと変な話なんですが、私は自分のお葬式はどんな風にやるか、すでに計画済みなんです。ということで、私の映画は私のお葬式のシーンで終了。友人たちは葬式会場去り際におしゃべりしたり笑ったり...で、この曲(スタジオバージョン)のイントロは終わり際のBGMに最適だと思うんです。まぁ、ただ単にこの曲が大好きっていうのもあるんですが...




Legends of Leeds

They are legends of Leeds....If you love classic rock, progressive rock and instrumental music then this band is exactly for you.....


That Fucking Tank 

That Fucking Tank was formed in 2004 by old-school-friends Andy Abbot and James Lislip just as one-off performance.  Andy plays Baritone guitar which is tuned to play bass and guitar lines at the same time and James produces dynamic sound with minimal drum set.  Their energetic performances struck people not only in the UK but all over Europe.  By 2007, they started playing more regularly.  In 2009 March the band released an album called 'Tanknology' which gathered songs from the last two years of their activity. They are writing new materials now, and they will be recorded at some point in the future.

That Fucking Tankは学生時代からの友人アンディー・アボットとジェームス・リズリップによって2004年に結成されたバンド。アンディーはベースとギターラインが同時に出るようチューニングされたバリトンギターを使用し、ジェームスは最小限のドラムキットでダイナミックなサウンドをたたき出す。当初は一回限りの演奏のつもりであったが、彼らのそのエネルギッシュなパフォーマンスはイギリスのみならずヨーロッパ中にファンを作り、2007年までには定期的にライブを行うようになる。最近の2年間の活動から曲を集めたアルバム'Tanknology'を2009年3月にリリース。現在は新たな楽曲を作成中、そして将来的にはレコーディング予定である。

There are some photos I took at their gig in London early this year.  (At Old Blue Last)


This is their latest music video directed by JakOmat. (2011)

こちらはジャック・オマト氏によって作成されたThat Fucking Tankの最新ビデオ。(2011年)

This is one of the weirdest videos I've ever seen so far....but well, the sound is really cool. 


I often went to see them when I was living in Leeds. When I first saw their live they just blow my mind. I just couldn't believe that just this two people with minimal instruments could make such massive sounds which  made all people in the venue crazily move and jump (probably dance too, but it looked like people were happily drowned in their sound and just expressing their feeling with their body gestures).  They don't play that much in London and I heard they don't like London....but their fans are quite a lot here in London too. I do hope to see them soon again somewhere!!!


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