Spillyear 1965

Is it Tuesday already? This challenge is making my life go by too fast.

I’ve been unsure about how far back in time we should go with this. Hearing people’s reminiscences has been every bit as fun as listening to the music, and the further back we go, the fewer of these there’ll be. There’s also the danger that we’ll end up with more of a canonical “best of” list, and fewer personal choices and offbeat discoveries.

But let’s give it a try, and see how it works.

1965. Half a century ago. The year that popular music began to change from light entertainment to the most vibrant contemporary art form? Maybe.

If you were there, tell us about it.

If you weren’t – well, imagine you were…


Listen to the playlist here

Add your top three tracks here

Spillyear 1992


I really enjoyed last week’s 1984 love-in. It was clearly a time when pop music was all shiny and new for a large slice of the ‘Spill demographic. For me, that came a few years later. By the early 90s, I was spending all my paper-round money at Our Price (or sometimes in the independent record shop where you could buy second hand cassettes for around £3.99, which seems absurdly expensive now) and the Melody Maker albums of the year list was a hallowed religious text.

So what were your top 3 records of 1992?

Listen to the playlist here

Add your choices



Spillyear 2000



It’s been a long time since we’ve had a ‘Spillgame… Any want to play a new one?

It’s very simple. We pick a year. We pick 3 favourite songs from that year. And we make a playlist. And possibly have interesting conversations and reminiscences in the comments.

So… let’s all meet up in the year 2000. What are your top 3 tunes from the first (or last, if you’re being insufferably pedantic) year of the millennium?

You can add them in the comments, but I’m going to attempt to create a collaborative playlist here:


You should be able to add to it by pasting YouTube links at this address:


But I’ve never tried this before, so who knows…

Christmas Earworms 22 December 2014



Happy Christmas ‘Spillers! Thanks for all your contributions, we have a bumper selection this Christmas, so I hope you find something you like in the pick n’mix. Whatever you’re doing this year, best wishes from me here in Earwormland, and when it’s all over please send more worms to top-up the bank, at the usual earworm@tincanland.com address. For festive ‘Spill points, if you’re really bored, list something you like or dislike about Christmas, beginning with one or more of the Christmassy letters below (B, C, D, F, G, J, M, N, O, P, R, S, U, V, W).

2141697_sBB King – Merry Christmas Baby – goneforeign: Here are your Christmas presents, take your pick (I was unable to choose so I picked them all, see below – Ali).

Blink-182 – I Won’t Be Home For Christmas: LeaveItAllBehind: Do anti-Christmas tunes count? Well this one from Blink-182 probably doesn’t feature on many ‘Ultimate Christmas’ compilations, it certainly isn’t East 17, more reminiscent of The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl but I love it anytime of year.

Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa – beltway: So Dylan’s Xmas album was met with rather mixed (and plenty of hostile) reviews, but this particular track is an essential part of Xmas round our place now, it’s infectious, fun Cajun style mixed with Dylan’s highly cheerful rasp is just irresistible – just love the idea that Bob likes to kick loose with this!

Boca Chica – Not on Christmas Eve – shoegazer – (no blurb, I imagine shoey is exhausted after his amazing festive ‘Spill posts).

Bristol Bach Choir – He Smiles Within His Cradle – Bethnoir: I have a rather classical ear worm for Christmas, I wanted a version in German, but this one appeared. I used to sing in choirs and always liked this one, used to sing it to my boy when he was a grizzly baby.

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Sing A Rainbow – Violet/Purple

In the Final Week of this Spill Challenge we reach the end of the rainbow.


Do rainbows end in Acapulco?


Violet Songs are, I suspect, quite rare so please chuck in Purple ones too.

According to the (misleading, lazily-written) song, rainbows contain purple, not violet.



As usual, no embedded videos please; links only.

And, of course: have fun!

Sing A Rainbow – Indigo/Pink



In Week 6 of this Spill Challenge we reach the nuanced end of the spectrum.


We should only be looking for Indigo  Songs but I’m also asking for Pink ones because, according to the song, pink is heard when you sing a rainbow and indigo is not. Three-syllable words are awkward things to fit into lyrics, it seems.


At least they didn’t take the ground-zero approach of Wyngate Junior, as reported by his proud punk Dad, or this would have been a one-week-only event.

Red and red and red and red
Red and red and red……

As usual, no embedded videos please; links only.

Have fun!