NEW FEATURE: Music Memories – This Week – Nine In The Afternoon

Welcome to a brand new article, I love writing about gigs and concert but Gigstory is going to be taking a break for a little while and may return in 2023. The one thing I love about music is that everyone has their own story to tell – the musician, the lyrics, the way the fans decipher them and also the way a song can also create a memory or a meaning to someone. That is what this new article is all about. Each fortnight, we will take a look at a different song and I will take you as a trip down memory lane as to what it means to me. Welcome to Music Memories.

Track: Nine In The Afternoon
Artist: Panic At The Disco
Original Release Date: 29th January 2008

In my first year of University I was put in a unilet – this is a house that is ran by the University and given to people who don’t get into halls. I was placed unfortunately in a house where the two girls knew each other and were the complete opposite of me so I felt isolated and hated it (I did have a lot of friends away from the house). It also didn’t help either that the place was horrible as well.

I was fortunate to end up with the biggest room in the house with the only king size bed as well the other two only had singles, that also put their nose out of joints, The problem with the house as that the upstairs section was always boiling hot where as the bottom section of the house was freezing cold. The living room had real wood floors with gaps which mean that we always got slugs in there.

Even though I really disliked my housemates, I was hardly ever there as I was usually at a friends place. The bonus was that they both ended up getting boyfriends in exactly the same house so they were never around so it meant that I had the place to myself pretty much all the time which was perfect.

Sometimes I found music the key to making me feel happy in that home and since I was on my own a lot. I used to play my CDs pretty loud. This was before Spotify and all my music came off my laptop. One song that I loved playing really loud was Panic At The Disco Nine In The Afternoon. We had this long gully kitchen and I used to find the song really positive and uplifting I would play that song and jump up and down and sing my heart out in this room. It is one of my happiest memories of this house and to this day always think of this.

The thing that is great about this song is the beat that you are welcomed with right at the beginning it welcomes you to this wonderful world that the track and lyrics are bringing you into. I love the chorus it is my favourite part it is so uplifting and the words may be easy to sing along with but it is the introduction of the brass instruments throughout as well.

Facts About Nine In The Afternoon

  • The lead single from the group’s second album Pretty. Odd.
  • It was the band’s first song release that did not include the exclamation mark at the end of the “Panic” in the group’s name.
  • It was the first song written after the band decided to scrap an entire album of songs that the members had been planning to release in autumn 2007
  • Panic at the Disco released “Nine in the Afternoon” via the group’s MySpace page

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