Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Tislam

It is school holidays in Australia. This kid can remember school holidays when he was a kid, too. For this post, I shall reminisce on one particular childhood summer holiday.
During that year, the hottest rock band in Israel was Tislam. Vinyl was at its peak popularity, but for me the only affordable way of listening to what used to be my favourite band was to listen to the Israeli army radio. There, in his weekday program airing between 11:00 and 13:00, an anchor guy called Eli Israeli* would almost always play a Tislam song.
On the days he did it felt like winning the lottery. On days he didn’t it felt like I’ve just wasted two hours of my life. Two hours of precious, distilled, school holidays life. But that was my best bet at a slice of Tislam.



As I am typing this, I am listening to Tislam on my headphones, streaming through Spotify. Some of their songs still stand the test of time, others have aged very poorly, and with others I am made well aware of the fact I would have never paid them the slightest attention if it wasn’t for the nostalgia factor.
I will say this, though. All of those people that complain about online streaming while longing for their precious vinyl can go and stuff themselves up their you-know-what. You can keep your needles and scratches, if that’s what makes you feel good. Me, I am ecstatic about the fact that all the music I could ever want to listen to is but a simple search away.


* To Mr Israeli's credit I will add that, several years later, he acquainted me with a band called Guns N' Roses

2 comments:

The Far Away Moshe said...

Tislam is still performing occasionally at different events. Guns n Roses,with Axel and Slash, are coming here this summer - you could relive summer holiday again.

Moshe Reuveni said...

How cool is that! I'd love to see Tislam in action. The closest I've come to was Danny Bassan, who, I have to say, failed to impress.
As for GNR, they have shows here, too. I think I'll give them a pass.

P.S. I'm currently listening to Benzin.