I’ve thought long and hard about this. I have tried to avoid “all dismal, all dead”; I have not picked any West African music because Bish did that last week; and I have tried to make it cheerful. The result is a bit anodyne but that could be a fiendish plot to make it more difficult, unless you are DsD or Shoey, who will probably swing the axe with gusto. The sacrificial lambs follow – which one will you cast out on the mountainside?
Spring Song – Linda Lewis
Spring 1979. Curled in the warmth of a new relationship. Sunday morning, slightly hung over. Linda Lewis’ album “Lark” on the stereo. Sun filtering through the curtains. Toast. Bliss.
She Said – Plan B
It’s a real earworm, great voice, great rhythm, tells a story.
What’s not to like?
Going Down Slow – Steve Payne
A nice bit of blues from Mr Payne – he used to be a regular on the Bristol circuit, with Keith Warmington on harmonica. Not sure who is playing harmonica on this track, though.
Show Me Heaven – Maria McKee
This one is for my inner Bish. Have it on a compilation album, and (a rare thing in my collection) it is sung by a woman. Great power ballad.
Payphone – Maroon 5
This one is for my inner young Munday. He plays it often and it’s so catchy (he has the clean version) but I ignore the bad language in this one. I’m sure he will hear it all at school, anyway.
Yellow Moon – The Neville Brothers
Ahhh. Yellow Moon, what tales you could tell. Thank goodness you’re not on Twitter.
Theme from Boat Weirdos – Joe Walsh
Well, back to the early ’80s when my friend was a big fan of Joe Walsh; The Eagles; The Allman Brothers; Alan Parsons and Steve Miller. I still have lots of compilation tapes and this is from one of them.
The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
I’ve never been to the States but in my mind’s eye I’m there, cruising down the boulevard in my convertible, wind in my hair, looking gorgeous. You may need to work up some imagination here.
Wild Mountain Honey – Steve Miller
See above. We are starting to get seriously laid back and Radio 2 but not so much as:
I Woke Up Laughing – Robert Palmer
Music to wash your hair in? Maybe, the rhythm is rather rain-like, and I love it. It’s just so odd. He struck me as someone who knew how to have a damn good time.
Hocus Pocus – Focus
Oy! Wake up at the back there! Warning: gratuitous whistling may cause aural discomfort. At least it’s not Flo Rida.