As the unfortunately disgraced pop star Gary Glitter once put it, hello, hello, it’s good to be back. So it is, as Corrie character Jim McDonald would have said. Yes, it’s time for the Friday Music Shuffle in which I allow my portable music machine to play ten tunes at random and I tell you what they are. It really is that simple (and dull).

Without further ado, let’s rock!

  1. Ooh Baby Baby by Linda Ronstadt. Gorgeous cover of a gorgeous Smokey Robinson tune.
  2. Gaia by the Bees. From their fabulous Every Step’s A Yes, the Isle of Wight’s absolute finest. Criminally underrated.
  3. Kicking The Gong Around by the Association. I’ve always loved harmony bands and few were better than the Association. Their album Waterbeds in Trinidad is quite wonderful and that’s where this beauty comes from. Try it. You’ll like it.
  4. Bush Doctor by Peter Tosh. Title track from the sublime album from Mr Tosh. Keith Richards on guitar, mind.
  5. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem. Stirring return to form from their 2017 album, er, American Dream.
  6. Way Back Home by Junior Walker and the All Stars. Absolute perfection. Simply magnificent.
  7. The Russian by a Band of Bees. This is actually the excellent Bees again, this time from their long player Free The Bees. No Bees for ages then two come along in the same shuffle.
  8. Bony Moronie by John Lennon. I’ve always felt that John Lennon was one of the greatest pure rock and roll singers of all time, right up there with Little Richard and even Elvis. This classic comes from his wonderful Rock ‘N’ Roll album. Essential.
  9. They Gave Me A Lamp by Public Service Broadcasting. Their album Every Valley, which is all about the Welsh coal mining industry, is as moving as it is musically brilliant. Play it through in order to get the full effect.
  10. Barbarella by the Wondermints. From their album, Wonderful World of the Wondermints, this is simply gorgeous. One of my very favourite bands.

That’s all, folks.