Yes, it’s that time of the week again, that time where I get my iTunes music collection to play ten tunes at random and I tell you what they are. Isn’t that fun? Probably not, but it’s my blog and I’ll write rubbish like this if I want to.

So, here, live from my Man Cave, is my Friday Music Shuffle.

  1. I’ll Be Around by Empire of the Sun. This just washes all over you. Sheer loveliness from the Aussie chaps from their brilliant Ice on the Dune long player.
  2. Wasted On The Way by Crosby, Stills and Nash. A classic Nash tune from the band’s excellent 2012 live album. “Look around me, I can see my life before me, running rings around the way it used to be,” they sing.
  3. Old Man by Neil Young. Absolute classic from Old Shakey from his Harvest album.
  4. Children of the Grounds by Midlake. Great song by the American folk rockers from their The Courage of Others record of 2010.
  5. By My Side by the Rides. From the short lived supergroup (Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg), this features some lush blues guitar from Mr Stills.
  6. Everybody’s Talkin’ by Harry Nilsson. Many of Nilsson’s biggest hits were in fact cover versions, despite his own stellar songwriting talents. This gem from 1969’s Aerial Ballet was written by Fred Neil and was featured in Midnight Cowboy. Perfect.
  7. Pop Song 89 by R.E.M. From 1988’s Green album and of course it’s great, this song and the album, that is.
  8. Mess Around by the Marmalade. Little known Marmalade tune, to me as much as anyone else. Very bluesy from their 1968 album There’s A Lot of It About. Dean Ford – what a voice. RIP.
  9. Telstar by the Tornados. Classic instrumental from 1962 which features on rhythm guitar – and I am not making this up – one George Bellamy, who just happens to be the father of Matt, frontman of generic AOR stadium rockers Muse.
  10. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison. Classic from dear old Van, the grumpy old git that he is!

That’s all, folks!