Three years on.

Well, I suppose it’s actually two years on since I concluded the fifty two/52 project.  Whatever.

As I am rapidly approaching my 55th birthday in a few days, I have decided to resume hostilities on my sister blog.  Expect music, Taiwan, children, life, death, traffic, bicycles, Chinese and Lego, among other delights.


Just a random image to perhaps pique your interest.  #dark

If you are (still) interested in what’s going on in my tiny mind, head this way from the 18th:
Hope to see you there.


Full Track Listing

If truth be told, I could probably sit down and recall about 100 of these right now, but thanks to Excel and my amazing housekeeping skills, the information was all there, ready to cut and paste in here.  Good old Bill Gates, eh?  It’s been an interesting little project and I’d still be hard pressed to pick a top ten, but I hope there’s something in here for most people who have been bothered to dip in and out from time to time.

Now I need to think about something new for the next 12 months.  In all honesty, I reckon it’s time to properly focus on learning some Chinese.

Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer
Mansun Six
T Rex Born to Boogie
Cake The Distance
Poliça Dark Star
Arctic Monkeys Fake Tales of San Francisco
Heaven 17 Crushed by the Wheels of Industry
Chic Le Freak
XTC Making Plans for Nigel
Plank! La Luna
Public Service Broadcasting Spitfire
Simon and Garfunkel Keep the Customer Satisfied
Paul McCartney Junk
Dreadzone Little Britain
Metallica Enter Sandman
The Cult She Sells Sanctuary
Neil Young Only Love Will Break Your Heart
Earth Wind and Fire Fantasy
Everything Everything Suffragette Suffragette
Duran Duran Planet Earth
Delgados American Trilogy
Eric Clapton Cocaine
Focus Hocus Pocus
The Jam English Rose
Wham! Everything She Wants
Colorblind James Experience Considering a Move to Memphis
Chemical Brothers Setting Sun
Blur This is a Low
Low Just Like Christmas
Dr Feelgood Roxette
The Police Roxanne
Laura Marling Sophia
Genesis Firth of Fifth
James Blake Retrograde
Half Man Half Biscuit Joy Division Oven Gloves
Death In Vegas Aisha
The Smiths There is a Light That Never Goes Out
Stone Roses Fool’s Gold
Haircut 100 Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
Edwyn Collins Girl Like You
Aztec Camera Oblivious
Radiohead Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Talking Heads Same as it Ever Was
Rick James Super Freak
Madness Baggy Trousers
The Jackson Sisters I Believe in Miracles
Michael Jackson Working Day and Night
Kylie Spinning Around
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five The Message
Elastica Waking Up
B52s Love Shack
Leftfield Lydon Open Up
The Jam Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
Television Marquee Moon
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy Television, the Drug of the Nation
Supertramp Dreamer
Santana Smooth
Queens of the Stoneage No one Knows
Deep Purple Highway Star
The Wedding Present Interstate 5
Stone Roots Tease
King Trigger The River
The Members The Sound of the Suburbs
The Who You Better You Bet
The Isley Brothers Summer Breeze
Outkast Hey Ya
Buzzcocks Lipstick
Magazine Shot by Both Sides
Thin Lizzy Don’t Believe a Word
Belle and Sebastian The Boy with the Arab Strap
Beth Orton She Cries Your Name
Tenpole Tudor Swords of a Thousand Men
The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows
Bis Eurodisco
Tom Robinson War Baby
The Blue Nile Tinseltown in the Rain
Tears for Fears Everybody Wants to Rule the World
9 Below Zero Don’t Point Your Finger at the Guitar Man
Graham Coxon Freakin’ Out
Radiohead Just
Sufjan Stevens Chicago
The Clash This is Radio Clash
The Hives Hate to Say I Told You So
Badly Drawn Boy Once Around the Block
Monaco What Do You Want From Me?
The Rolling Stones Doom and Gloom
Ash Shining Light
Joan Armatrading Love and Affection
Tame Impala Elephant
Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit
Joey Negro and Taka Boom Saturday
David Bowie Oh You Pretty Things
Wishbone Ash Blowin’ Free
Big Country Fields of Fire
The Skids Into the Valley
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Sleep and Swim (Like a Shark)
Midlake Roscoe
The White Stripes Seven Nation Army
Franz Ferdinand Take Me Out
Peter Gabriel Biko
Echobelly Dark Therapy
Interpol Evil
PJ Harvey Good Fortune
The Farm All Together Now
Grandaddy He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot
Jane’s Addiction Just Because
Tubeway Army Are Friends Electric?
Robert Wyatt Shipbuilding
Melanie Ruby Tuesday
Blondie Rapture
Mercury Rev Goddess on a Hiway
The Brothers Johnson Stomp!
Barber Adagio for Strings
Elvis Presley Teddy Bear
Elvis Costello and the Attractions I Don’t Want to go to Chelsea
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Weezer Hash Pipe
Kula Shaker Hey Dude
The Fall F-olding Money
Inspiral Carpets I Want You
The Shirehorses Horny
Japan Visions of China
Siouxsie and the Banshees Spellbound
Cozy Powell Dance with the Devil
Phil Collins In the Air Tonight
Pavement Shady Lane
Bjork Venus as a Boy
Bennet Mum’s Gone to Iceland
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
The Tom Robinson Band Power in the Darkness
The Human League Hard Times
The Flaming Lips Race for the Prize
Nat King Cole Unforgettable
Public Image Ltd Public Image
The Cure A Forest
Roxy Music Editions of You
Faithless Insomnia
Fun Lovin’ Criminals Scooby Snacks
Status Quo Down Down
Athlete Wires
The Fall Totally Wired
The Monkees Pleasant Valley Sunday
Lynryd Skynyrd Free Bird
Sparks This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us
Mansun Wide Open Space
Gary Clail Human Nature
Boomtown Rats Mary of the 4th Form
Genesis Fly on a Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974
Idlewild When I Argue I See Shapes
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Squeeze Take Me I’m Yours
Dire Straits Sultans of Swing
The Rapture House of Jealous Lovers
Coldplay Yellow
X-Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescents
Teenage Fanclub Sparky’s Dream
Paul Weller Sunflower
The Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive
Sex Pistols Holidays in the Sun
Echo and the Bunnymen The Killing Moon
Wah! The Story of the Blues
The Teardrop Explodes Reward
Buzzcocks What do I Get
Emerson Lake and Palmer Fanfare for the Common Man
Jocelyn Brown Somebody Else’s Guy
Stereolab French Disko
Roni Size/Reprazent Brown Paper Bag
Altered Images Don’t Talk to Me About Love
AC/DC Whole Lotta Rosie
Fleetwood Mac The Chain
Sister Sledge He’s the Greatest Dancer
Ian Dury Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick
Modest Mouse Float On
Suede The Beautiful Ones
Elastica Connection
The Vapors Turning Japanese
Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love
Brian Eno and David Byrne Strange Overtones
The Stranglers Peaches
Talking Heads Psycho Killer
Genesis Squonk
Super Furry Animals (Drawing) Rings Around the World
Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove
Greg Lake I Believe in Father Christmas
The Style Council Long Hot Summer
ELO Mr Blue Sky
Eels Novacaine for the Soul
The Waitresses Christmas Wrapping
Cornershop Brimful of Asha
Joe Cocker With a Little Help From My Friends
Jona Lewie Stop the Cavalry
Donna Summer I Feel Love
The Damned New Rose
The Longpigs Far
Richard Hawley Coles Corner
Pulp Common People
The Stooges I Wanna be Your Dog
The Ramones Sheena is a Punk Rocker
The Kinks You Really Got Me
America Horse With No Name
The Eagles Hotel California
Joe Walsh Life’s Been Good
Gian-Piero Reverberi & Robert Mellin Theme to Robinson Crusoe
Beck The New Pollution
Adam And the Ants Xerox
Dead Kennedys California Uber Alles
The Breeders Cannonball
Veruca Salt Seether
L 7 Pretend We’re Dead
Jilted John Jilted John
Mink DeVille Spanish Stroll
M Pop Musik
Deee Lite Groove is in the Heart
The Passions I’m in Love with a German Film Star
Kraftwerk Tour de France
The Violent Femmes Blister in the Sun
Richard Hell and the Voidoids Blank Generation
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Kylie Where the Wild Roses Grow
Mash Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless)
X-Press 2 and David Byrne Lazy
Paul Hardcastle 19
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
D-Train You’re the One for Me
The Wedding Present Brassneck
The Wedding Present Kennedy
X-Ray Spex Identity
Bobby Womack Across 110th Street
Soulwax Everbody Wants to be the DJ
Aphex Twin Windowlicker
Billy Bragg New England
Jake Bugg Lightning Bolt
The Beastie Boys Sabotage
Lalo Schifrin + others Starsky and Hutch Theme
Supergrass Alright
Blur Song 2
The Gossip Standing in the Way of Control
The Smiths Bigmouth Strikes Again
Two Door Cinema Club I Can Talk
Vampire Weekend A-Punk
The Charlatans Weirdo
Visage Fade to Grey
Richard Dawson The Vile Stuff
Stevie Wonder Superstition
David Essex Rock On
The Faces Stay With Me
Elbow Fugitive Motel
Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues
Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Chile (slight return)
Public Enemy Fight the Power
Muse Hysteria
Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman
Gang of Four Damaged Goods
Placebo Nancy Boy
Spandau Ballet To Cut a Long Story Short
U2 I Will Follow
Magazine The Light Pours Out of Me
Devo Jocko Homo
Janelle Monae Tightrope
King Crimson 21st Century Schizoid Man
Jeff Buckley Grace
Nick Drake Riverman
Blondie/The Nerves Hanging on the Telephone
Orange Juice Rip It Up
Camper Van Beethoven Take the Skinheads Bowling
Elton John Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting
New Order Blue Monday
Isaac Hayes Theme from Shaft
Credence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising
Black Grape Kelly’s Heroes
Pavement Carrot Rope
Harvey Danger Flagpole Sitta
S-Express Theme from S-Express
The Beta Band Assessment
Morrisey The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get
The Music Getaway
The Rolling Stones Miss You
Genesis Counting Out Time
Hawkwind Silver Machine
Radiohead Creep
Joy Division Transmission
Blur Beetlebum
Oasis Cigarettes and Alcohol
The Flaming Lips Do You Realize?
The Psychedelic Furs Pretty in Pink
The Clash Ovepowered by Funk
Rose Royce Car Wash
The Human League Being Boiled
Orbital Satan
10 CC Dreadlock Holiday
Cameo Word Up
Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al
Free All Right Now
Bad Company Can’t Get Enough of Your Love
The Futureheads Decent Days and Nights
The Animals We Gotta Get Out of this Place
Genesis The Musical Box
Mudhoney Touch Me I’m Sick
The Undertones My Perfect Cousin
Pixies Monkey Gone to Heaven
Johnny Cash Hurt
The Adventures of Stevie V Dirty Cash (Money Talks)
Booker T and the MGs Soul
Echo and the Bunnymen The Cutter
Echobelly Great Things
The Small Faces Itchycoo Park
The Doors Riders on the Storm
Adamski Killer
The Osmonds Crazy Horses
Mungo Jerry In The Summer Time
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Enola Gay
Neil Young Harvest Moon
David Bowie Life on Mars
Paul McCartney and Wings Live and Let Die
The Beat Mirror in the Bathroom
The Specials Too Much Too Young
John Lennon #9 Dream
Killing Joke Love Like Blood
ZZ Top Gimme All Your Lovin’
Lush Ladykillers
The Only Ones Another Girl Another Planet
ABC Tears Are Not Enough
Stereolab Ping Pong
Jean Michelle Jarre Oxygene Part 4
Massive Attack Teardrop
Grand Master Flash and Melle Mel White Lines (Don’t Do It)
Robert Palmer Addicted to Love
Buena Vista Social Club Chan Chan
Spiritualized Come Together
The Beatles All You Need is Love
Richard Hawley Tonight the Streets are Ours
The Beach Boys Good Vibrations
Prince 1999
Blue Oyster Cult Don’t Fear the Reaper
Fountains of Wayne Radiation Vibe
Mansun Tax Loss
Doves The Man Who Told Everything
Ash Kung Fu
Daft Punk Around the World
XTC Generals and Majors
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Gerry Rafferty Baker Street
Al Stewart The Year of the Cat
Thomas Dolby Hyperactive
The Polyphonic Spree Soldier Girl
The Jam To Be Someone
The Stranglers No More Heroes
Mercury Rev Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp
Gil Scott Heron Lady Day and John Coltrane
The Cure Lullaby
Genesis Watcher of the Skies
Niel Diamond Cracklin’ Rosie
Heatwave Boogie Nights
The Real Thing Can You Feel the Force
Be Bop Deluxe Ships in the Night
Gene Vincent Be Bop A Lula
Ian Dury Sweet Gene Vincent
Gorillaz Clint Eastwood
Pavement Cut Your Hair
The Smiths Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Love Me
Euros Childs Spin that Girl Around/Shithausen
Kate Bush Wow
Steely Dan Reelin’ in the Years
Talking Heads Radiohead
Genesis The Carpet Crawlers
The Ruts In a Rut

I did it my way

I think this final selection has caused me more anxiety than the previous 364 put together.  I want to end with a bang, not a whimper.

I’ve considered Glen Miller, The Young Ones and Cliff Richard, Wild Cherry, Kylie, Half Man Half Biscuit, Squeeze, Average White Band, The Clash, The Jam and The Who among so many others.  I’ve even considered Liberty X (yes, really… I have a bit of a soft spot for their hit from 2002), not to mention The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers and The Troggs.

After fifty two weeks, I’m at the end.  Hardly seems possible.  As one Bill Bragg put it: “Whoops, there goes another year.
Whoops, there goes another pint of beer”, except for the beer bit.  I’ll have to wait several weeks before I can enjoy a decent pint at Oswestry Cricket Club.

After much deliberation, then, I had to go with this.  I think I was in a pretty deep rut several years ago.  Thankfully, I did get out of it.

Tomorrow, I’ll cobble together a list of all 365 selections.  If I can be arsed.  After all, it’s me birthday, don’t you know?  Again.  #old

Mild-mannered Supermen are held in kryptonite

I wasn’t going to go out of my way to select yet another Genesis track before I finish this little adventure, but I was struggling to decide between a couple of dozen other records for today’s choice when, all of a sudden, just after breakfast, my son started to sing “you’ve got to get in to get out!”  He’s never done that before.  (In fact, he’s spent the last month doing the Whoo Hoos from Blur’s Song 2).   Goosebumps present and correct.  Decision made.

Perhaps the best Gabriel vocal for Genesis?  Discuss.

Listen carefully and you’ll hear the line “There’s only One Direction”… I’d love to think that this is where they got their name.

Tomorrow I can put this to bed.  One more choice and I’ve changed my mind several times already.  More sleep-on-it time required.  Stand easy.

Gone Fishin’

This is a bit of an odd one.

It immediately reminds me of those early years at school when the 6th formers used to play us their records after lights out, but I don’t really remember Steely Dan being on the list of regular bands.  However, the date certainly fits – this was out in 1973 and I started at school in January ’74, so I suppose one of the POBs or CPOBs could have had this in the box.

It’s a while since I heard it, but I’m glad it came to mind.  It’s got a lot going for it.  Guitars, harmonies, drum stuff.  Great song. Great recording.

Here’s a live version to give you a flavour of all that hair.

The final few choices will come your way this week.  Tomorrow, how about something more from the Heads?


Having written a little about Euros Childs on the last entry, my mind took me to Kate Bush – She has a lovely song, The Man with the Child in His Eyes – and I checked to see that I had already added tonight’s featured tune.  That was close.  Another one which nearly slipped through the net.

Yes, a little bit bonkers, perhaps (in a nice way), but she’s written some terrific pop songs.  Dare I say it…?  Yes, I dare.  She’s a National Treasure.

Wow, indeed.

Sorry about the little bit of Peter Powell at the start.

Next, a great American band which, according to that Wikipedia, “blends elements of funk, R&B, and pop”.

2 Euros

For the price of one.

Here’s a chap I’ve heard many, many times on Marc Riley’s rather brilliant show on BBC 6Music.  It may not be a familiar name, although you may have heard the band he fronted – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.  Okay, maybe not.

For me this tune, and the bonus track which follows, represent everything that is worthy about Riley’s show.  Oh, and the fact that he is not averse to playing some old Genesis from time to time, much to the annoyance of a few listeners.

Anyway, have a listen to this.  A wonderful little ditty, I think you’ll agree.

Just because I’m almost at the end of this saga, here’s a bonus tune.  It doesn’t really count as a full entry on my list as it’s so short, but I must have heard it dozens of times on Marc’s show and it just feels like including it here is the right thing to do.

There’s a cat, too.  What’s not to like?

Next.  Bush.

Short Back and Sides

I jumped into the car yesterday morning, switched on the radio and out came this little beauty.  The local English language radio station, ICRT, has its moments and I quite often hear some pretty good music, which is a real bonus.  To be fair, it tends to be in the morning, on a show hosted by a Canadian called Terry.  Sure, it’s a commercial station, which would normally really turn me off, but the ad’s are in Chinese, so it kind of doesn’t count…

Anyway, here’s a tune I’d all but forgotten about.  Thank you, Terry.

I’m sorely tempted to go with another Pavement tune tomorrow – Range Life kicked in after the end of my chosen record, and that’s another belter of a song.  With only a handful of choices remaining, however, I must turn back to The Smiths.  I’ve only included two of their tunes until now.  Shocking.