Music probably was my first love and it might be my last, if I haven’t deafened myself by the time I pop my clogs. Failing that, Hartleys XB and cheese on toast are right up there.
Anyway, I digress. Here’s 10 tunes chosen at random by the iPod, live from my man cave.
1. The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. The only Hornsby song you ever get to hear on the radio is this one and it’s tonight’s random iPod choice, but the album of the same name is stellar and so utterly essential.
2. Laura by Girls. From the album entitled Album, this is Girls, who aren’t girls at all. Sounds a bit like Neil Diamond meets the Clash who are having a pint with Bob Geldof. Brilliant.
3. White Winter Hymnal by the Fleet Foxes. Truly, madly, deeply gorgeous. Fascinating fact: Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) was in the band then, played drums and sang backing vocals.
4. Listen to the Music by the Doobie Brothers. A classic, innit?
5. What’s Eatin’ You by Airbourne. I have Airbourne to thank for my tinnitus (thanks lads) but what a tune from the Runnin’ Wild long player. As old pal Sladey once said (in jest), “Australia’s answer to AC/DC”.
6. Perfect by the Lightning Seeds. It’s not perfect but it’s bloody close. Hugely underrated band.
7. Autumn ’68 by Pink Floyd. Not from 1968, but from Endless River, their most recent and final record. David Gilmour’s guitar gives away who it is.
8. 100 I Dream by Cat Stevens. From the mighty Foreigner album.
9. Feeling’s Gone Away by Joe Vitale. From the magnificent album Roller Coaster Weekend, my friend (I am being serious, here) Joe Vitale, the man who co-wrote Rocky Mountain Way, provides an absolute belter of a tune. Love this man.
10. Party Time by Gloria Estefan. This was the club song at the Corfu Plaza in St George South when we were on holiday there in 2000. Try not to tap your feet. Impossible.
That’s all, folks.