Bored are we, as we come to the end of the working week (my week ended yesterday, not that I am showing off)? In that case, prepared to be even more bored as I launch the iPod to see this week’s random shuffle, live and loud from my man cave.
1. Runaway by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. A more than slightly bonkers version of the Del Shannon classic.
2. We’ll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning by Gram Parsons. From the mighty GP album, this track features the golden voice of Emmylou Harris.
3. (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville by REM. REM does country in this little gem from 1984’s Reckoning long player. This song can give you ear worm.
4. M79 by Vampire Weekend. Starts off like the theme from a TV show jumping programme, but soon sounds exactly like everything else they have ever done.
5. California Girls (Party Mix) by the Beach Boys. Stripped bare from the Beach Boys Party album, it’s brilliant and funny.
6. Trust In Me by Siouxsie and the Banshees. Staggering old tune from the 1980s, quite unlike the normal Siouxsie, if such a person exists.
7. A Blast from the Past by Mark Moraghan. From the excellent Moonlight’s Back in Style album, written by Nicky Campbell, some lovely swing band music here.
8. Chinatown by Toto. From their most recent record Toto XIV comes this blindingly good effort, featuring the voices of David Paich, Joseph Williams and Steve Lukather. Also includes legendary percussionist Lenny Casto, Keith Carlock on drums and the unmistakable Michael McDonald on backing vocals. Hints of Steely Dan here.
9. Always by the Association. One of the great harmony bands of the 1960s, the Birthday album is gorgeous.
10. Guiltiness by Bob Marley and the Wailers. It’s on Exodus and of course it’s magnificent.
That’s all, folks!