Roughly halfway through winter now and today, in Bristol at least, we have a little tease of what spring might feel like. For once, we have clear blue skies and not a single cloud to spoil the view. It even feels not too cold in the sun. Happy days. So let me throw a spanner in the works with this week’s music shuffle.
My musical device (phone) chooses 10 songs at random from my collection and I tell you what it chose. And if you want to sing along – and why wouldn’t you? – then just click on the title.
So, without further ado, let’s rock!
- Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie. This is what can happen when you own a David Bowie compilation. Still, because Bowie is here it makes Queen that little tiny bit less terrible, if only for a few minutes.
- Shepherd’s Song by 77:78. Two of the Isle of Wight’s The Bees, now called 77:78, with a track from their fine 2018 album Jellies.
- Here Comes The Night by The Beach Boys. I mean, the Beach Boys come over all disco for over 10 minutes. Carl Wilson’s vocal is just brilliant, as always.
- Funny Thing by Thundercat. From 2021’s brilliant It Is What It Is, short, sweet and sensational.
- Come Together In The Morning by Free. Classic Paul Rodgers and co from 1973’s Heartbreaker.
- I Don’t Know My Name by the Dwight Twilley Band. Dwight plainly does know his name despite the track of this song, which was a bonus track on the re-release of Sincerely in 2007 and not featured on 1976’s original.
- What You See Is What You Get by Hall and Oates. The veteran blue eyes with a joint from their 2004 album My Kind Of Soul.
- Roundabout by Yes. Vintage prog rock from the best year ever in music, 1971, taken from the Fragile album.
- Heartlight by Neil Diamond. Didn’t even know I had this one. It’s on a compilation of MOR stuff and the tune is from 1982, about a decade after Diamond lurched into the cabaret circuit. It’s just about okay.
- Broken Down Angel by Nazareth. Lead singer Dan McAfferty gargled with razor blades, so they say. What a voice. A hit single from 1973’s Razamanaz, my favourite Nazareth album.
That’s all, folks!