1: Bruce Springsteen – Racing In The Streets (Acoustic Boot) ~ Tincanman
Springsteen’s Racing in the Streets is one of the saddest songs I know, and I’d argue his best. If he’d put the fiddle from this bootleg on the album version it’d be too painful to listen to. Bye bye career, sorry, all your fans have killed themselves.
2: Any Trouble – Playing Bogart ~ Treefrogdemon
Someone on the TP&TH Facebook page quoted the verse from this song that mentions TP, the other day. I love Any Trouble and I’ve known this song for years but I never noticed that…oops. This is the shorter, faster version.
3: The Pirates – Castin’ My Spell ~ RockingMitch
These were the 2nd set of Pirates and this was their first solo record in 1966. They took the song from a version by Johnny Otis and put a completely new spin on it. Originally, this and the A-side “My Babe” were to be recorded by Johnny, but they had laid down they backing track whilst he was away in the Midlands. Unfortunately, on his way back to London, he was involved in a fatal car smash, so Johnny Spence (aka Holliday) took over on the vocals. Mick Green’s guitar is superb, I think.
4: Punjabi MC (ft. Surinder Shinda) – Mirza ~ Chinny
I considered Mirza by Punjabi MC/Surinder Shinda for its bassline last week. Then decided it lacked a sufficiently pumping or memorable one. The song is an absolute belter, though. Its East-West mix is one of the sublimest I know. It’s just so damn epic and portentous! It’s like a really profound, Punjabi power ballad!
5: Hubert Von Goisen Und Der Original Alpinkatzen – Heast As Nit ~ Abahachi
“The young men have grown old, and the old ones have died…” A sad, beautiful song about the inexorable passage of time, albeit sung in an Austrian dialect and with added yodeling.
6: Death In Vegas – Amber ~ DarceysDad
I would call this hypnotic slab of electronic dub one of my all-time favourite songs to lose myself in, whether dancing to it (yes – me! Dancing!!) or lying in a darkened room chilling out.
Thanks for all the recent feedback and to those of you who are already sending your Holiday Earworm songs in. I plan to post one playlist on Monday 17th December. If there are lots of submissions, I may schedule another. So let’s have ‘em if you’ve got them. I’ll post a cut-off date in a couple of weeks.
A big Thank You to everyone who contributed worms to this playlist or has sent them in to the wormbank. Please send your juiciest worms plus a line or two per song on how you got hooked to either firstname.lastname@example.org or a wormhole near you. Thank you.