Good grief – it’s Friday again! We’re well into winter now – if you doubt me, then take a step outside! – and we need some great music to cheer us up. Sadly, if you don’t share my eclectic musical ‘taste’, this might not cheer you up at all. Never mind.

So, here, as per usual on a Friday, I set my portable telephonic device to play ten tunes at random and I tell you what they are. Without further ado, let’s rock!

  1. Miss Fortune by the Coral. The second single from their excellent album Distance Inbetween and it’s great.
  2. Last Night by the Strokes. Magnificent tune from Is This It? If you don’t have this album, why not?
  3. Graceland by Paul Simon. Classic Simon from the album…I forget its name…but again, you need to own this record. I mean own, not stream. Streaming is akin to stealing music. Rant over.
  4. Deep Blue Sea by Deep Forest. From their 2002 album, Music Detected, this song features the brilliant Indonesia born French singer Anggun. Deep Forest should have been huge.
  5. After the Dolphin by Crosby, Stills and Nash. The Dolphin is a pub in Bloomsbury that got bombed by a Zeppelin air raid in 1914 and this Graham Nash song is all about that story.
  6. Playground of a Wedgeless Firm by the Chemical Brothers. From their 1995 (FFS) album Exit Planet Dust, the brothers Chemical deliver once more.
  7. It’s So Hard by John Lennon. Bluesy rocker from the great man’s Imagine album.
  8. Hello It’s Me by Todd Rundgren. “It’s important to me that you know you are free. ‘Cause I never want to make you change for me,” goes the lyric on this very beautiful tune from his finest record Something/Anything.
  9. Processional by Xaos. From the quite brilliant album Xaos (Greek for chaos), some stunning electronica from the Greek/UK outfit.
  10. I Can’t Let Go by Linda Ronstadt. 1980 cover of the Hollies classic from the divine Ms Ronstadt’s 1980 long player Mad Love. And it’s brilliant.

That’s all, folks!