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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- How Much I’ve Lied by Gram Parsons. Legendary country folk from Parsons’ 1973 album GP.
- Do What You Gotta Do by the Four Tops. Well, it’s Levi Stubbs, innit?
- 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.
- East Jesus Nowhere by Green Day. From their excellent 21st Century Breakdown album, this finds the boys on top form.
- The Puppy Song by Harry Nilsson. Classic Harry from 1969.
That’s all, folks!