I think 1983 was the first year that I started not just listening to music but realising how really wonderful a well structured song was. I can still remember hearing one of the songs of that year; Dear Prudence by Siouxsie & the Banshees on the radio in my dad's car one Sunday afternoon while he was driving through our home town of Kilkenny. As my dad was involved in Kilkenny's local radio station the radio was always on in the kitchen, the sitting room, the garden and the car. I don't think my dad realised it then but part of the reason I know and love so many songs from the 1980s and 1970s and songs much older than those was because of the fact that we always had music playing, a childhood and teenage years full of pop songs.
Dear Prudence is one of my all time favourite songs. I wonder is that partly because I associate it with the memory of first hearing it. I like that idea. I think that's how music allows us to hang on to moments that a song just becomes part of through personal memory. I never knew it's history in that it was connected with a real person; Prudence Farrow, when John and Paul wrote it in 1968. Click here to know more.
Here is Siouxsie & The Banshees and the very beautiful Dear Prudence.