When I was young…

…I had hair.

That long flowing (all relative) mane was a vital ingredient when I was a miniature headbanger at school discos. I had a denim jacket with the front cover of `Bat Out of Hell´ studiously painted onto the back and all other spare space carefully adorned with small patches announcing my other (crap) musical preferences…

But people change and so do follicle counts. For example Bruce Dickinson (legendary lead singer of ace heavy metal combo Iron Maiden) went on to compete internationally in fencing (the pointy sword type – not the wooden barrier between gardens type) after the demise of his rock career. Later still he became an airline pilot, flying 737s around the globe.

None of this is particularly relevant – I´d just like to salute that tiny rocker in all of us that still `rocks out´deep within our souls – bringing air-guitar joy to our mundane lives and involuntary `rock´ hand gestures at traffic lights when some old git cuts us up…

I didn´t surf today…

20 Replies to “When I was young…”

  1. OK, let’s get this straight. First of all WHAT demise?

    Second of all, your music tastes were not ‘crap’, you just look on it differen… ok forget my second of all.

    Third of all, my no. 2 mini-somnambulist, who is definitely cool if it’s possible to classify as such, knows all the words to Run From The Hills, and quite a lot of the words from the rest of the album in your picture.

    Admit it, we were just ahead of our time. And please snap out of this feeling-sorry-for-yourself phase. Or I will start posting photos (I’ve warned you once!)

  2. Well yeah but…. I reckon Iron Maidens’ first album and the single `runnin free` changed rock forever man ,in a good way.:>
    Oo don`t get me started on rock,I`d rather listen to a hundred iron maiden lp`s than one second of a trance cd!

    PS Last post ???Had us going.

    PPS I have a found a photo of your good self the morning after your 30th birthday,but you probably don’t remember and no one would be interested ,or would they?

  3. Crikey! Iron maiden? Meatloaf? I actually owned some john denver stuff. You got nothing to be ashamed of in the music department….

    Bad hair? Different department. Bring on the pics!

    1. I have fond, youthful memories of seeing Iron Maiden in concert with Twisted Sister … and even fonder memories of winning a high school lip sync competition as Meatloaf. But don’t even get me started on the hair …

  4. There are no pics of me anywhere! Definitely none of me previous to the year 2000. No spiky hair, no mini-headbanger, no hippy/juggler, no dreadlocks or mohicans. None whatsoever. Born bald me…

    1. Welcome Ms Gartner – although hesitant to respond to anyone that might take advice from my father!
      I think I had grown out of my metal phase by the age of 12 and am glad to say that the Old Gits butt crack hasn´t effected my dating preferences…

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