TruffleShuffle Insider: Meet…Annette

TruffleShuffle fans! We’re back with another (and final!) installment of our long running TruffleShuffle Insider series which has been giving all you lot a little look into the lives of each and everyone of us behind these scenes here at TruffleShuffle.com.

A perfect chance for us to reveal, who we are, what makes us tick and well perhaps just put some names to faces to anyone who has been in touch before. Stalking if you wish ūüôā

This time we’re taking a few moments to introduce our very latest member of the team, welcome fun loving foreign affairs hero Annette to the stage! Take it away…

Picture credit: Owen Davies
What do you do here at Truffle Towers?
Well, I translate all the English blurbs into German blurbs, and help with any German or French correspondence within customer services. I am pretty German all in all (ever been to Berlin?).
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How long have you been at TruffleShuffle?
I’m the newbie in the house. I started earlier this year in March. It seems once you work for TruffleShuffle you never leave. Spooky!
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What do you like most about working here / best thing about your job?
I simply love hanging out with nice people (and the team here is awesome), and I love languages. Two flies with one stone, you know?
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What is your favourite tee currently on the site?
It’s got to be this one: Black Sabbath 1978 US Tour T-Shirt. Rock! Dark Rock! My boyfriend, who gave me the T-Shirt is standing next to me as I write this.
When you’re not at TruffleTowers, what do you like to do?
I hang out with my ace family, play music (I used to be in two bands here in Bristol for years and years called Big Joan and Annette Berlin), design lots (I’m also a freelance designer) and go to gigs whenever I can, but there has been less partying and late nights since the little twins arrived. Middle aged mum alert!
Recently Finn & Daisy aka ‘the twins’ were playing pirates and were using cardboard cones as wooden pirate legs. They limped up the stairs to go to the bathroom. And as a mum does (I hope it’s not just me) I went up there as well (eventually) to check on their bathroom routines (they’re 4 years old) and asked those all important questions: “Did you flush? Did you wash your hands? Any drips?” Finn just took the earlier mentioned cardboard cone, held it up to his mouth, turned around to me and said “GO AWAY, PLEASE!”
Name three things you like….
My family, 6 Music (don’t tell Claire), Food!….and cats, my friends, PJ Harvey, Warrior Queen, horse riding, walking through woods, singing, Bristol, camping, picnics.
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Name three things you don’t like….
Little dogs (only joking*), Math rock and Anchovies (*I’m not joking).
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Favourite three films as a kid?
The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Muppet Show.
Who is your idol?
PJ Harvey is definitely an idol of mine. I simply love her voice, and the first couple of albums, where she was so raw and hormonal, still blow me away. And she seems to make a decent living from being a musician, whilst still having a private life. Oh, I wish…
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Who is the last band you saw live?
Some crazy, experimental band from Indonesia mixing traditional music and loops using instruments built by themselves with a singer who goes effortlessly from a low grunt to an operatic soprano. Check them out live, you won’t believe your eyes and ears. They are called Senyawa.
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If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
New Orleans and St Petersburg.
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Which iconic TV/Film car would you most like to own?
The little beetle, Herbie.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Difficult, I like so many bands.
Courtney Barnett, Nina Simone, Kate Tempest, This is the Kit, Jemima Surrender, The Hysterical Injury, Part Chimp, Slint. A few of these are from Bristol btw. Bristol is brilliant for music! I ended up living here because of the music. True fact.
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If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
‘Did I mention I like music yet?’
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If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
My grandma once won the lottery. She went and bought more lottery tickets with the £20 winnings. It would be the usual I guess, pay off any debts/the house, help your family out, have a nice holiday and build a music studio in the garden shed (have I mentioned I like music?).
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So there you have it folks! We’ve officially covered all the names and faces behind the TruffleShuffle shop window. Hopefully you’ve learnt a little something about who we all are, what we all do and just what makes us tick.

Stay tuned next month for a complete round up of all these little interrogations and to get a snap shot of the whole team!

xoxo

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Our Top Ten Albums Turning 20 in 2015!

As we all know from watching Ferris Bueller, time flies and it certainly does when it comes to music! There are soooo many classic albums that people love and which launched such big names into the world that will be celebrating their 20th birthday this year. It’s a scary thought we know.
Yep all of these albums are now old enough to drink, drive, gamble and pretty much everything else we were told not to do growing up. To give ourselves and you guys a cheeky blast from the past and help relive the good old days, we thought we would put together a short list of our top ten albums turning 20 in 2015 and here you have them!

You might laugh, you might cry but one thing’s for sure, you’ll be shocked to think just how old these absolute musical gems and moments in history are! Enjoy!

Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
Starting strong in our list of faves! This Oasis classic was just their second studio album and was packed with a list of their iconic ballads. This album was an instant success and went on to sell a record-breaking 347,000 copies in its first week on sale! With such a buzz surrounding the record and hit on there including ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, and ‘Champagne Supernova’, it’s no surprise to know it spent a whopping 10 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart. What a gem!
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Radiohead – The Bends
Another classic and another second studio album, Radiohead’s The Bends earned itself the UK number 4 spot and brought us some of their best known tracks including ‘Creep’. A slightly more slow burner than some of their later albums, The Bends went on to achieve triple platinum sales in the UK and Canada. this one will certainly have a home in our record collections for a veeeery long time.
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Pulp – Different Class
Certainly a late comer into 1995 being released in October in the UK, Pulps 5th studio album ‘Different Class’ more than made up for it and quickly became a huuuge seller going Platinum four times and winning 1996 Mercury Music Prize! Naturally this hit the number one UK charts number one spot and is considered a real keystone in the 90s Britpop movement. Seeing such success for the band, this album is regularly voted in the top 100 albums of all time and we’re sure will be for some time to come.
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Blur – The Great Escape
Now many albums hit the scene and can be launched straight into the number one spot, fewer however can say that they reached the top stop so convincingly that they outsold the rest of the top ten albums combined! Blur’s The Great Escape and proud boast that fact and goes some way in demonstrating just how huge and well-loved this album is.
In the 90s The Battle of Britpop, The Great Escape threw by far some of the biggest punches and outsold some of the mots iconic tracks from the likes of Oasis.
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Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters
This isn’t just an album, it’s a chunk of rock history! Writing, performing and recording this album pretty much by himself through his own label Roswel, Dave Grohl is said to have created this first project piece for fun and to aid his grief after loosing Nirvana band mate Kurt Cobain. He later titled it Foo Fighters hide his identity and it was quickly picked up by Capitol who set up some live performances.
As slowly more of the songs got released as singles, they bargain to get more radio airtime and the live shows and tours really took off. Such a great story and what a great album.
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The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Containing an amazing 28 songs, this third The Smashing Pumpkins album much like the others in our list hit the top spot as soon as it hit the shelves! With so many tracks to pick from, the band released a cool 5 singles which only further helped them to earn them a whopping seven Grammy Award nominations in 1997. as a concept, not a concept album though apparently, the record is split between the two discs which separately represent night and day and contracting style and lyrics all in their signature grunge turning. Classic!
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Tricky – Maxinquaye
Mixing together some sounds from hip-hop, soul, dub, rock and electronica, Maxinquaye was the debut album from Bristol (woooo!) based musician Tricky who can be compared to similar artists Massive Attack. Amazingly in this album, singer Martina Topley-Bird’s vocals were recorded in the first take without any planning before hand! The creative juices really flowed on this record and is worked making this album frequently considered one of the best albums of the 90s!
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The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust
Ahh where it all began! This was the debut album from top electronica duo and really launched them into the public eye. This was so widely loved by so many that it actually charted every year from its release in 95 right up to 2000! The title of this is a subtle nod to the bands previous name which was The Dust Brothers who had become known for their remixes of other popular songs.
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No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom
Surely everyone know the classics ‘Don’t Speak’ and Just a Girl’?? Well! This third album from No Doubt gave us them both and is surely one of their greatest moments in music. So much so that it even earned them Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rock Album! Taking over two and a half year to record in an amazing eleven different studios, the band toured this album (Project X) for a further two and a half years. A pretty big chunk of work for these guys that’s for sure.
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers – One Hot Minute
A follow up to their 1991 classic Blood Sugar Sex Magik which is just about as good as albums get, One Hot Minute was the first album after John Frusciante’s departure and featured ex Jane’s Addiction member Dave Navarro on guitar. Perhaps not considered one of their biggest hits, this One Hot Minute still brought us some of our personal all time favourte Chili’s songs including ‘Aeroplane’ and ‘My Friends’. Some pretty dark time for the band around this album, it’s still a real gem of an album and a mark of their ambition.
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So there you have them! We’ve loved getting to look back in time and see what albums 1995 brought us and which are still very much in our minds and collections today a whopping 20 years on!

So what do you think? What are your top albums from 1995? Do you still love and listen to them now? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Thanks everyone!