Yes, it’s safe to look away now. Friday 13 October and I’m in my little Man Cave watching the world go by. That’s a slight exaggeration because all I can see out of the window are dark, scudding clouds and leaves being blown from the trees. But you get the idea.
Anyway, welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. It’s the friday random iPod shuffle!
1. Patience by Take That. And we begin with a bit of Take That and what was effectively their comeback record, taken from the Beautiful World, easily their best album..
2. Double Bass by Gorillaz. Classic Damon stuff.
3. One Love Stand by Little Feat. From The Last Record Album from 1975. Wikipedia describes their style as “Southern rock, blues rock, roots rock, funk rock, jazz rock, boogie rock, country rock, jam rock, swamp rock.” Come on, it’s much more than that!
4. How Many Times by Toto. Love ’em or hate ’em, these are some of the greatest musicians on the planet and this belter is from their 35th anniversary tour album recorded Live in Poland.
5. Sunday Morning by Maroon 5. I still like them, especially Adam Levine’s castrato vocals, but they remain hamstrung by the fact that their best work was on their very first album Songs About Jane, from whence this beauty comes.
6. Soulful Old Man Sunshine (Songwriting excerpt) by the Beach Boys. From the staggeringly wonderful Endless harmony collection.
7. For the Love of You by the Isley Brothers. Ronald Isley has the most gorgeous voice, doesn’t he? And what a tune.
8. Run Daddy Run by the Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Huey and the boys from their excellent album Loco.
9. Excited by the Doobie Brothers. And I’m always excited by the Doobie Brothers, especially when they make records as good as this one. From their excellent Brotherhood LP.
10. Radio King Dom by the Beach Boys. The band’s triumphant return to form came with the brilliant Holland album, recorded in, well, the Netherlands, or Holland as some call it. With it came a special EP called Mount Vernon and Fairway (A Fairy Tale), all about a Magic Transistor Radio, written by Brian Wilson and narrated by Jack Rieley. Beautiful, actually,
That’s all, folks.