To accompany the chain story ‘A Rum Do’, DaddyPig had a brilliant idea for your birthday Webby. As many people as possible contributed one or two songs from their collection that they thought you’d like, and I offered to curate the resulting playlist. Here it is…
Track 1 – Abahachi:
John Zorn – Blues Connotation
To be honest, the only bits of Beefheart that really connect with me are when he starts channeling free jazz and showcases his Ornette Coleman influences. So here’s someone else influenced by Coleman, John Zorn, with a cover of ‘Blues Connotation’ that aims to compress the five minute original into barely a minute…
Tracks 2 & 3 – BeltwayBandit:
The Stairs – Weed Bus, a great Liverpool anthem from my own, fortunately, non-doomed youth.
The Liverpool Fishermen – Swallow the Anchor, a rare recording of a Liverpool folk classic from the Jacques Brothers and co, ripped directly from the hard to find vinyl LP, a present from one wacker to another!
Track 4 – Chris7572:
Grateful Dead – Hell In A Bucket
Welcome to the Sexagenarian Club, George. We’re all, individually and collectively, going to Hell in a bucket but the important thing is to keep enjoying the ride. As you always seem to!
Track 5 – HoshinoSakura:
Tsuji Ayano – Oh My Friend..
Tsuji Ayano is a Japanese singer songwriter, but she is not just a girl and a guitar – she is a girl and a ukelele ! ! ! This track is just a simple song about friendship, love and nice things like that, so I think it is a nice sing for any occasion ! ! !
Track 6 – Severin:
Thomas Lang – Scallywag Jazz
Thomas Lang is a Toxteth born singer-songwriter, briefly well-known in the late eighties. He’s also a good person to guide a Londoner on their first ever “Beatles tour”. I can even forgive him for calling The Thames “a stream”. I don’t know if this will be your cup of tea Webby but I do hope so.”
Tracks 7 & 8 – AliMunday:
Joe Bonamassa – Slow Train
Flanagan – Father, Father
Hoping Webby has a happy birthday!
Track 9 – may1366:
Tony Joe White – Aspen Colorado.
Track 10 – bethnoir:
Imaad Wasif – Redeemer
Many Happy Returns of the day, Beth x
Track 11 – DaddyPig:
Billy Ward and the Dominoes - You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
Because it’s from the very fine year of 1953, and because you can’t keep a good man down. It features the teenage Jackie Wilson on lead vocal. Happy Birthday!
Track 12 – RockingMitch:
Slim Harpo – “I’m A King Bee”
“From one birthday boy to another”.
Track 13 – SpottedRichard:
The Family – Old Songs, New Songs
I chose this song because The Family are one of your loves, it’s about dogs lying in front of the fire, the wife, things that trouble us and the importance of music; and most of all because it’s great. Have a wonderful 60th birthday.
Tracks 14 and 15 – treefrogdemon:
Bob Dylan – Roll On John
I was looking for an old Dylan song for you and found one called ‘Roll On John’. Then I noticed that there’s a song called that – but a different one – on Dylan’s new album Tempest, and it’s about John Lennon. So I thought you might like both.
Track 16 – Tatanka Yotanka:
Jackie Leven – Swine Fever Blues
‘And I was in Captain Beefheart’s band, though I stayed on the sidelines
And though he never saw me there, he said my playing was divine’
Hope you have a divine day!
Tracks 17 and 18 – angryirishpunk:
Frank Zappa – Willie The Pimp
As soon as the idea of this playlist was mooted a few months ago, I knew what track I would pick for you. A fun, swaggering piece of brilliance from Zappa, hopefully just the thing to put a smile on your face!
The Band – The Weight
…However, on Monday I was at a friend’s house and this came on the stereo. I was reminded of just how good a song it is. It’s certainly in my Top 5 songs by The Band, it may even be number one. I thought that a song about good-natured, uncomplaining resilience would be exactly the thing for you as it sums up your dignified but humorous presence on RR, even when you’re facing adversity! Happy Birthday!
Track 19 – ShivSidecar:
Mickey Jupp – Old Rock’n’Roller
Mickey Jupp (with Rockpile): “Old Rock’n'Roller” – well, nobody said it had to be subtle. Take Mickey’s advice: “…the show must go on….” Best of everything, old horse – I’m raising a glass to your next 60. Shiv
Tracks 20 and 21 – Anon:
Here we have two unclaimed tracks from mysterious benefactors who wish to remain anonymous…
Ian Siegal and the Youngest Sons – Hound Dog In The Manger
Bap Kennedy – Elvis, Hank & Me
Have a very happy birthday from everyone on RR and the ‘Spill!
EDIT: and this from bluepeter…