Greetings, pop-pickers and welcome to the Friday Music Shuffle. Here, my musical device plays ten songs at random and I tell you what they are.

Let’s rock!

  1. Soldiers by James Taylor. The great man has made some (three, I reckon) great albums, none better than Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.
  2. Find A New Home (New Forest Shaker) by Delays. Band leader Greg Gilbert is still with us, thank goodness, albeit living with cancer. I love Delays music more than ever now, not least their 2010 long player Star Tiger Star Ariel from which this beauty hails.
  3. Ottollenghi by Loyle Carner and Jordan Rakei. From Carner’s excellent Not Waving But Drowning album released in 2019, this is British (and Commonwealth) hip hop and rap at its best.
  4. Human by The Killers. “Are we human or are we dancer?” asks frontman Brandon Flowers on this smash from 2008’s Day and Age LP. Brilliant.
  5. Cold Gin by Kiss. For such an outrageous band, I always found their albums somewhat underproduced, but they have some great riffs of which this is one.
  6. How Much I’ve Lied by Gram Parsons. Legendary country folk from Parsons’ 1973 album GP.
  7. Do What You Gotta Do by the Four Tops. Well, it’s Levi Stubbs, innit?
  8. Love Is Cold by Jay Ferguson. Yet another favourite artist of mine who no one else has ever heard of. Your loss, peeps. Jo Jo Gunnel lead singer.
  9. East Jesus Nowhere by Green Day. From their excellent 21st Century Breakdown album, this finds the boys on top form.
  10. The Puppy Song by Harry Nilsson. Classic Harry from 1969.

That’s all, folks!