It’s the final day of the meteorological autumn and, in my view, one of the most depressing days of the year. So, what better to do than head to my Man Cave, dust off the gramophone (iPod really) and press the button to let it play some random music? Well, plenty of things, I imagine.
Anyway, here we go. Welcome my friends to the show that never ends.
- Breakaway by the Beach Boys. An absolute beauty, written by Brian and Reggie Dunbar, who was really Brian’s dad, Murry Wilson.
- Tongue by REM. This gem comes from the feisty Monster album. Some lush castrato singing here from Michael Stipe.
- Nobody by the Doobie Brothers. Re-recorded for the World Gone Cray album and, unusually for this sort of thing, costly superior to the original version.
- The Air That I Breathe by Simply Red. Simply Mick does an impeccable cover of this Hollies classic and it’s sufficiently different from the original to be worth the effort.
- Infinity by Aphrodite’s Child. Classic Greek Prog Rock from the band’s epic 666 album. Vangelis and Demis Roussos never sounded better. As for the wailing woman who appears to be enjoying an orgasm during this track, the less said the better.
- The Mingulay Boat by Fisherman’s Friends. Beautiful from the pride of Port Isaac.
- Downtime by Timothy B Schmit. The Eagles’ bass player from his Expando record.
- Centrefield by John Fogerty. A live version of the Creedence man’s epic baseball tribute record.
- Stronger by Clean Bandit. Despite their ghastly Corbynista supporting ways – they are privately educated Oxbridgers, after all – this is mint. From their New Eyes album.
- Encore by Graham Nash. Simply beautiful tune from his most recent album This Path Tonight.
- Barefoot in the Head by A Man Called Adam. Lush chill out music.
- Welfare Symphony by Carole King. Jazzy Carole from her seriously underrated Fantasy album. Powerful lyrics.
- Will Anything Happen by Blondie. From the seminal Parallel Lines LP.
- Last Night by the Strokes. Of course, I like the Strokes. They’re an American guitar-based rock band. And they never made a better album than Is This It?
- Moonlight Feels Right by Starbuck. This little gem predates Starbuck’s as an overpriced coffee destination and it’s classic Radio Two stuff, hugely unchallenging and rather lovely.
- The Ballad of John and Yoko by the Beatles. Still magnificent after all these years!
- Bardo by Todd Rundgren. Latter day Todd from the Arena album. Just gets better.
- Jennifer Eccles by the Hollies. Another mention here for the Hollies and Graham Nash, who sings lead on this harmless bit of fluff.
- See What Love Did To Me by Cat Stevens/Yusuf. From his rather good 2017 album, the Laughing Apple, the old boy is close to top form here.
- Going Going Gone by Gregg Allman. Another old timer with a gorgeous song from his final album Southern Blood, released shortly after his death.
- Erotica by Madonna. Sexy beast.
- Glorious by Natalie Imbruglia. She is.
- Rhyming Man by Talc. Absolutely brilliant by the scandalously unknown Talc from their excellent Licensed Premises Lifestyle album.
- Fireball by Deep Purple. At their absolute best. Ian Paice’s drumming is insane.
- Holiday Inn by Elton John. In my humble opinion, his 1971 Madman Across The Water was as good as it ever got for Reg Dwight, all downhill from herein. Despite his bonkers American accent – he’s from Pinner in Middlesex FFS – this is great.
That’s all, folks!