This is the first and possibly the last of a series reflecting on some of my music collection which may or may not resonate with life here.
Power, Corruption and Lies is one of the first albums I ever bought, on tape for my Walkman – the iPod of it’s day, a portable music player which allowed you to insert a cassette tape giving you up to 45mins of unbroken music (whilst it’s batteries lasted).
The album by New Order was amazing and even today 33 years on I like to listen to it’s tracks. On the cassette version there were a number of extra tracks, the most famous track is Blue Monday which is a classic. Mum used to hear the thumping intro (dum dum d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d dum dum) and call up the stairs to “turn that music down”. The song incidentally was the biggest selling 12″ of all time.
Sadly the tape eventually wore out and a Vinyl album was bought later to be replace by MP3 versions.
Why do I share these facts? In truth life here in Tanzania can often resonate with the title of this track. I mostly share the positive side of life here, to do otherwise would be depressing, but sometimes it seems like we’re living in the title of this particular album – “nuff said”.