It’s like a bloody Zoo around here ………

OK, so I am taking the whole “Animals” concept quite loosely here, but I decided to limit myself to songs that referred to an animal or animals in the title.

I could have chosen many more, but these will all do quite nicely, I think.

I’ve not been posting much recently, pressures of work and life in general, but hopefully I am back now.

Anyway, the tunes;

01 God’s Monkey – Fripp/Sylvian
02 Kangaroo – This Mortal Coil
03 Animal Zoo – Spirit
04 Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
05 All The King’s Horses – Robert Plant
06 Groundhog – The Groundhogs
07 Tigermoth – Steve Hackett
08 Constipated Duck – Jeff Beck
09 Last Lonely Eagle – NRPS
10 Bird – Dead Can Dance
11 Boris The Spider – The Who
12 One Way Donkey Ride – Sandy Denny


It is grey, damp, melancholy, let’s think of better times ahead

There isn’t really a theme to this particular playlist, except perhaps that all the tracks I’ve chosen have a certain quality that reflects my state of mind at the moment.

There is a kind of otherworldliness about many of these, tinged with maybe a dash of melancholy, distance or maybe detachment from the day-to-day dullness of grey, dismal February.

I’ve tried to make the playlist a kind of voyage, starting out with a dash of experimentation that flows into Jerry Garcia’s achingly beautiful “The Wheel”, via some old and new psychedelia, a dash of a Fripp and Travis soundscape, a leavening of classically lovely female singing and finally coming home again, via post-rock, to a place of aching beauty again.

The photograph that heads up this playlist is one of my own. It is the Château de Sercy in the southern part of Burgundy, just north of Cluny. I have no particular reason to post it, except that it is a lovely place and the sky is blue in the picture.

We all need a bit of blue in our skies at this time of year. I think that February is the worst month of the year, but hopefully this playlist ends on an fairly uplifting and optimistic note and leads the way to a happy 2011 for all of us ‘Spillers and our loved ones.

Anyway, now for the music;

1. Jerry Garcia – The Wheel
2. Moby Grape – Looper
3. Mazzy Star – Look Down From The Bridge
4. Warpaint – Warpaint
5. Robert Fripp and Theo Travis – Moonchild
6. It’s A Beautiful Day – Bombay Calling
7. Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Black Mountain
8. Sandy Denny – I’m A Dreamer
9. Mogwai – Like Herod
10. Sigur Ros – Agaetis Byrjun