It’s Friday afternoon, the weekend starts now (well, yesterday for me, but I don’t like to boast about it). Why make a cup of tea, find a biscuit to dunk, settle down in your favourite chair and join me in my man cave to enjoy the Friday iPod shuffle?
Bring forth the music…
1. (It’s Not War) Just the End of Love by the Manic Street Preachers. Puts me in a good mood straight away, a great song from Postcards From A Young Man.
2. Awaken by Yes. Coming in at nearly 16 minutes, from the Going for the One long player is this prog rock gem featuring the classic Yes line up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White, and Rick Wakeman.
3. Cadgwith Anthem by Fisherman’s Friends. Port Isaac’s finest.
4. Jump, Jump, Jump by Rick Derringer. From Derringer’s great 1973 debut record, featuring a stellar cast of musicians including Joe Walsh and Barnstorm, Edgar Winter and the magnificent Toots Thielemans.
5. Day Tripper by the Beatles. Double A side with We Can Work it Out from…good grief…1965.
6. Forget That Girl by the Monkees. From Headquarters, an album on which the boys played virtually all the instruments, rather well too.
7. Monster Mash by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers. I had no idea I had this classic, tucked away on an old compilation record.
8. Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All by Ry Cooder. What a player and what an album Into The Purple Valley is.
9. Runnin’ Out by Chickenfoot. Cracker of a rocker from Sammy Hagar and the boys.
10. Happy Ending Kids by Nils Lofgren. Ridiculously, this is from Nils’ 1977 album I Came To Dance. I thought it was a recent album, like.