The Wednesday Music Shuffle (4.10.23)

Random tunes from my 'Best Of' playlist

by Rick Johansen

What with me being AWOL for most of September, I can only imagine just how much you have missed my music shuffles. Yeah, right. Anyway, ahead of Friday’s real one, here’s a random shuffle from a ‘Best Of’ playlist I have compiled from my collection, so this is bound to be good, right?

Anyway, here’s this very special shuffle for one day only. Click on the song title to listen or even sing along. Hope you find something you love.

  1. Radancer by Marmalade. This great band gained a real edge when rock guitarist Hugh Nicholson joined. The lyrics are all about when they were (falsely) turned over by Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World.
  2. Buddy Holly by Weezer. Back to 1994 for a great tune and one of the greatest videos ever.
  3. We Will Always Love You by The Avalanches. Simply magnificent, featuring the gorgeous sampled voice of Smokey Robinson among others.
  4. Comedy by Shack. Led by the genial Michael Head, who should be a superstar, this belter goes back to 1999. Perfect.
  5. The Lion (Gaiende) by Youssou N’Dour. Classic track from the great man’s eponymous 1989 album.
  6. Can’t Stop Moving by Sonny J. An astonishingly brilliant track by the scouse DJ, with a cracking video, too.
  7. TQG by KAROL G and Shakira. The fine Columbians. The video is almost porn so ensure you take a cold shower if needed.
  8. Long Time Coming by Delays. The tragic death of singer Greg Gilbert from cancer robbed the world of a stellar talent. This is simply wondrous. Buy Faded Seaside Glamour if you want more.
  9. Stella by Here We Go Magic. Back to 2015 for this lush track from Be Small.
  10. You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the Ironing Board, or Any Other Domestic Short Comings) by The Faces. Peak Rod Stewart IMHO, driven along by the sheer brilliance of Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones in particular. Truly great and it came out 49 years ago.

That’s the best of the best so apologies if you think it’s the worst of the worst.

See you on Friday.

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