The bard Sir Paul ‘Macca’ McCartney summed it up perfectly in his dismal festive ditty Wonderful Christmas Time. “Simply having a wonderful Christmas time”, he warbled. It’s not Yesterday or Hey Jude, I know, but dear old Macca certainly made his point.
And in between roasting my nuts in front of an open fire, I have decided to have a quick shuffle (on the iPod). So, full of festive cheer, live from my man cave, here is the Not Quite Christmas Yet Music Shuffle.
1. Out of Space by the Prodigy. Okay, not that festive, but nonetheless some decent music by Mr Flint and co.
2. Turnin’ Left by Chickenfoot. This is what a supergroup is supposed to sound like.
3. Amor by Los Amigos Invisibles. From the magnificent Arepa 3000, the greatest band to emerge from Venezuela wash some amor all over us. Magnificent, joyous, perfect.
4. Just Walk in my Shoes by Gladys Knight and the Pips. The mighty Gladys and her Pips. What’s not to love?
5. Mr Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan. Live at the Concert for Bangla Desh, his royal Bobness rules.
6. Every Little Kiss by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. You know straight away it’s him, that distinctive piano playing, that voice. From the truly wonderful The Way It Is long player comes this beauty.
7. “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” by the Carpenters. This is actually a cover of a prog rock tune and lovely it is too, featuring the magical guitar of Tony ‘Goodbye to Love’ Peluso. Can I say that the Carpenters were horribly underrated?
8. The Cruel Sea by the Dakotas. Instrumental from Bill J Kramer’s old backing band.
9. Rockin’ Down The Highway by the Doobie Brothers. If anything sums up the Doobies, this does.
10. Oh Yeah by Chickenfoot. The second entry from Sammy Hagar’s boys. Let’s rock!