The Friday Music Shuffle (2.2.24)

by Rick Johansen

27 more days and it’s spring, the meteorological one, of course. With winter coming to an end, what better than some sunny music (maybe?) to help see us through?

So here we go with my weekly music shuffle where my music device chooses ten songs from my collection, I tell you what it’s chosen and, by clicking on the titles you can listen and sing along. What could be more fun? Don’t answer that.

Anyway, I hope you find something you like.

  1. Francine by Z Z Top. From the first ZZ Top album I ever bought, 1972’s Rio Grande Mud. Incredible.
  2. Do U Miss Me by Becky and the Birds. I may have forgotten I bought their album Trassig when it came out in 2020, but it’s a welcome reminder of how lovely it is.
  3. 2 H.B. by Roxy Music. Back to 1972 and the band’s eponymous and quite brilliant first album. H.B. is Humphrey Bogart, hence the line “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
  4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives by Pink Floyd. From 1979’s The Wall and before Roger Waters became a totally bonkers antisemite.
  5. Blowin’ A Fuse by Barry Gibb. It’s okay, as is the rest of Bazza’s 2016 In The Now, but definitely an album too far.
  6. Fireside Favourite by Groove Armada. Back to 1998 from their Northern Star LP and of course it’s mint.
  7. This Path Tonight by Graham Nash. Title track of his 2016 album and it is very, very good. (He’s 82 today.)
  8. Turn Back The Pages by Stephen Stills. Back to 1976 and a joint from his album Stills. Nice.
  9. Lafayette Railroad by Little Feat. Lovely instrumental track from 1973’s sublime Dixie Chicken album.
  10. The Waiting Game by Todd Rundgren. Todd, as we say, is God and this banger from 1989’s Nearly Human shows why.

This week’s Desert Island Disc is 2 H.B. by Roxy Music. It is hard to describe to a young person what a strikingly original and brilliant band they were when they emerged.

Hope you enjoyed it. Have a good week ’til next week.


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