Ok, the idea of this is shamelessly ‘borrowed’ (inspired by) Tom Ewing’s fantastic live-blog (found here) in which he listened to Brian Adams’ ‘Everything I Do’ sixteen times in a row, one for every week it spent at number one!
I have no justifiable reason to ape this concept, least of all for the song(s) I have chosen to repeat-listen to, but what came out of Tom’s blog that I found interesting was the way in which he noticed different parts of the song on each listening. Each time he heard the song, though it was exactly the same recording, it was different; or more precisely he heard it differently.
The idea of repetition breeding change is summed up in the name of this blog: ‘The Changing Same’, and it is something I am fascinated by. A repeated sound, by virtue of the fact that it has been repeated is necessarily perceived differently (and thus is different) each time it is heard.
I think this repeated listening technique could be a useful way of unpacking some of the mystery behind the almost obsessive fixation I sometimes get with a particular pop song. You know that thing when you hear a song, and you have a compulsion to listen to it over and over and over again? I’m trying at the moment to compile a list of songs that I have had that experience with, and by listening to them ten times in a row, making comments after each listen, I hope to come to some conclusions as to the particular songs ‘catchiness’.
I should point out that by no means is this going to be a series of songs that I have loved. Indeed, many of the songs are among my least favourite songs of all time. But even in these abominable tunes, I sometimes find a masochistic compulsion to hear them; to have confirmed to me the level of hatred.
So, the rules: each song must be one that I have had some sort of fixation with in the past. I will listen to each song ten times in a row without rest. Comments on the song will be divided up into observations made during each listen. I will then offer some sort of conclusion at the end.
 Actually, he does listen to the extended 6 minute version once.