10 random tunes for my Friday morning jukebox!
1. Let’s Get Serious by Jermaine Jackson. Not the most talented Jackson, but this is still a cracking tune. A stellar band including Stevie Wonder, Joe Sample, Greg Phillinganes and Ed Greene is definitely a contributory factor. If it’s good enough to appear on a Motown Chartbusters album, then it’s good enough.
2. Way Back Home by Prince. Stunning comeback by the great man, this is a track from the excellent Art Official Age album released last year.
3. Riot Van by the Arctic Monkeys. Jesus: was it really nine years ago when this brilliant band emerged onto the scene with Whatever People Say I Am? My mood is getting better by the second.
4. Jammin’ Me by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. From the Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) album and co-written by his royal Bobness.
5. Ain’t No Sunshine by Michael Jackson. Another one from Motown Chartbusters and it’s from 1972. Bill Withers wrote it and his remains the definitive version, but this is beautifully performed.
6. Ski Party by the Wondermints. Probably my favourite band ever, this is from the wonderful Kaleidoscopin’ – Exploring Prisms of the Past album. A casual listener might think this was early Beach Boys, which is entirely understandable since the Mints are part of Brian Wilson’s band and the vocalist is Darian Sahanaja, who has been Brian’s musical director for some years.
7. Wedding Bells by Godley and Creme. I always thought these two gave 10cc their more adventurous side and this soulful beauty proves it in my book. From the album Ismism. A heavenly key change near the end.
8. Something You Said by the Doobie Brothers. Classic, unmistakable Doobie rock, this time featuring Patrick Simmons on lead vocals, taken from the Brotherhood album.
9. California Saga/California by the Beach Boys. “Water, water!” begins this great song from the hugely underrated Holland album. Windswept cypress trees, Steinbeck, Big Sur, Country Joe, the air’s so clean that it just takes your mind away – wonderful.
10. Bardo by Todd Rundgren. Latter day Todd, taken from the Arena album. The man can still write a tune, sing it and play a mean guitar.