Two weeks into the latest ‘lockdown’ – just four and a half months to go, then – and I’m back in my Man Cave to set my music machine free and play ten top tunes at random. Where possible, I shall link the songs to You Tube in order for you to enjoy the ‘pleasure’ of listening to them.

So, without further ado, let’s rock!

  1. 6 Underground by Sneaker Pimps. Old Skool English Trip Hop from 1996. Mint.
  2. New Kid In Town by the Eagles. Gentle, unthreatening country rock from Hotel California.
  3. The Cascades by Fleet Foxes. Achingly beautiful instrumental track from 2011’s Helplessness Blues.
  4. Rhymin’ and Stealin’ by the Beastie Boys. From 1986’s magnificent Licensed To Ill, mind. 1986. Cana’t get my head around that.
  5. Lara’s Theme From Doctor Zhivago by Maurice Jarre. You might recognise this as Somewhere My Love, but without the words. Bloody lovely.
  6. I Live With You by Grizzly Bear. One of my favourite bands no one has heard of. Chopping electric guitars, smashing percussion and lush harmonies, from 2009’s Veckatimest.
  7. Once Upon A Time in America by the Jeevas. Led by Kula Shaker’s Crispian Mills, this is simply perfect. The guitar work is SO good.
  8. Kota by Bonobo. Moere dreamy British Trip Hop from back in the day (2000).
  9. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? by Carole King. You know I said ‘perfect’ earlier on? Well, this song from 1971’s Tapestry is literally perfect.
  10. Taking Care of Business by Lindisfarne. My absolute favourite Lindisfarne album is Roll On Ruby, from which this great song comes. The late, great Alan Hull right up there with Ray Davies IMHO.

That’s all, folks!