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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Funny Thing by Thundercat. From 2021’s brilliant It Is What It Is, short, sweet and sensational.
  5. Come Together In The Morning by Free. Classic Paul Rodgers and co from 1973’s Heartbreaker.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Roundabout by Yes. Vintage prog rock from the best year ever in music, 1971, taken from the Fragile album.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!