Today is a momentous anniversary for all of us here at 27 Leggies (i.e. me). It was exactly ten years ago that our first ever post was published. If my records are correct, since then we've featured 3903 different tracks and roughly 2300 different artists, from Admiral Dele Abiodun all the way to Zuluboy.
Way back then I would never have dreamed that we would become Surfers of the Zeitgeist. After all, we weren't even paddling at that point - more sitting in the car with sandwiches and a thermos flask on a rainy Sunday afternoon hoping the weather would clear long enough for us to manage a quick stroll on the beach.
Some of the many highlights of the last ten years include: becoming penpals with Mama Coconut; being pestered by hip European DJs for cutting edge Tsonga Disco samples; being bigged up on US National Public Radio; meeting the legendary Klaus Voorman; getting on the guest list for some excellent gigs; being relentlessly trolled by irate Elkie Brooks fans for daring to suggest her disco version of "Only Love Will Break Your Heart" was less that great; and, most of all, getting to know all our lovely friends and followers.
To mark our 10th anniversary, here are the first five songs I posted back in 2009. If you would like to make your own contribution to the celebrations, stick a number between 1 and 3903 in the comments and I'll put together a playlist of whatever tracks have the equivalent numbers on my spreadsheet. It is alphabetical by artist so if you fancy a bit of Tommie Young go high.
"They'm" - Rainbow Ffolly
"They Crowned An Idiot King" - Swamp Dogg
"Femme Africaine" - Soule Ngofo Man
"Ti Ricorda Ancora" - Fabio Concato
"Who Let The Flowers Fall?" - The Act