The Friday Music Shuffle (22.9.23)

by Rick Johansen

Welcome back to the Friday Music Shuffle. It’s where my music device selects ten songs from my collection and I tell you what it’s chosen. All you have to do is click on the title to listen and, hopefully, sing along.

I hope you find something you like!

  1. Zor and Zam by The Monkees. From 1968’s The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees, this is more than slightly bonkers.
  2. Cut The Dummy Loose by The High Llamas. Sean O’Hagan’s High Llamas are so good, sounding like a post Smile Beach Boys might have done. From 1999’s Snowbug.
  3. Dark Star by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Cracking Stephen Stills joint from 1977’s Crosby, Stills and Nash LP.
  4. Find The River by R.E.M. Although I still find 1992’s Automatic For The People slightly underwhelming, it’s still full of excellent tunes, like this one.
  5. Playing With Fire by Brandon Flowers. 2010’s Flamingo was a brilliant departure for Flowers, with The Killers starting to turn into the stadium singalong heritage band they are today. This is great.
  6. Block Rockin’ Beats by The Chemical Brothers. And now, incredibly, we go back to 1997 for a great track from Dig Your Own Hole.
  7. Bad Sneakers by Steely Dan. Greatness from 1975’s Katy Lied.
  8. I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) by Hall and Oates. Back to 1981 for some great blue eye soul from Private Eyes.
  9. Carnival Of Souls by The Wondermints. The sadly underrated and neglected Wondermints should have made it big. Still, I love them.
  10. Show Me More by Girl Ray. The brilliant all female trio with a track from 2019’s Girl.

This week’s Desert Island Disc just has to be Bad Sneakers by Steely Dan.

Have a good week ’til next week!

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