Sep 24, 2011

Lifght Fantastic

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This week, we celebrate the as-yet uncorroborated experiment at the CERN laboratory that fired particles faster than the speed of light. This week's programme is about light and particles and such. I never really liked British Sea Power when I lived in the same town and saw them a few times – I still don't. But this opening song is pretty nice.
  1. Atom, British Sea Power, Do You Like Rock Music?, 2008
  2. 2000 Light Years From Home, The Rolling Stones, Their Satanic Majesties Request, Decca, 1967
  3. Places of Light, Brainticket, Cottonwoodhill, Bellaphon, 1971
  4. Faster and Faster, Eden Rose, On the Way to Eden, Katema, 1969
  5. Into The Atom Age, XTC, White Music, Virgin, 1978
  6. Guiding Light, Television, Marquee Moon, Elektra, 1977
  7. I See The Light, The Five Americans, 7", 1965 (from the compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, Disc. 2, Rhino)
  8. Light Is Faster Than Sound, Janis Joplin, Big Brother And The Holding Company, 1967
  9. Light Flight, Pentangle, Basket Of Light, Transatlantic, 1969
  10. Light, Amon Düül II, Carnival in Babylon, United Artists, 1972
  11. White Light, Gene Clark, White Light, A&M, 1971
  12. Eternal Light, Teenage Fanclub, A Catholic Education, Paperhouse, 1990
  13. Superspace, Quickspace Supersport, Kitty Yo
  14. I Saw The Light, Todd Rundgren, Something/Anything?, Bearsville, 1972

Sep 17, 2011


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I let shuffle take control of the play list this week because, frankly, I didn't have any ideas. I was fairly pleased with what it selected.
  1. The Needle And The Damage Done, Neil Young, Harvest, Reprise
  2. The Perfect Needle, The Telescopes, Taste, What Goes On, 1989
  3. You'll have to go sideways, The Soft Boys, Underwater Moonlight, 1980
  4. On Your Radio, Joe Jackson, This Is It, A&M, 1997
  5. Please, Please, Please, The Who, The Who Sings My Generation, Brunswick, 1966
  6. Willie and the Hand Jive, Johnny Otis, 7", 1959
  7. That's When The Tears Start, The Blossoms, Good, Good Lovin' 7", Reprise, 1965
  8. I See You, The Byrds, Fifth Dimension, Columbia, 1966
  9. A House Is Not A Motel, Love, Forever Changes, Elektra, 1967
  10. Don't go away, Margo Guryan, Take A Picture, Oglio, 1968
  11. Little Hands, Skip Spence, Oar, Columbia, 1969
  12. Life On Mars, David Bowie, Hunky Dory, RCA, 1971
  13. One Morning, Brainticket, Psychonaut, Bellaphon, 1971
  14. Dream Lover, Big Star, Third, Ardent, 1974
  15. Lost Lover Blues, John Renbourn, Another Monday, Transatlantic, 1967
  16. Streets Of Baltimore, Gram Parsons, G.P., Reprise, 1973
  17. Self Preservation Society, Quincy Jones, The Italian Job

Sep 10, 2011


Here is a weird picture of a middle-aged man dressed as Carmen Miranda
(He is actually a motivational speaker)

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You may scoff at the choice of theme this week, but a brief look at the back catalog of fruit-related tunes throws up some rather tasty tracks. Excuse the two horrendous puns – I couldn't resist.
  1. Letter full of tears, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Letter full of tears 7", Fury, 1961
  2. Ironside, Quincy Jones, Ironside (OST), NBC, 1967
  3. Motorcycle Irene, Moby Grape, Wow, Columbia, 1968
  4. I Have Known Love, Silver Apples, Contact, Kapp, 1969
  5. Go All The Way, The Raspberries, Greatest Hits, Capitol, 1972
  6. Part Of The Union, The Strawbs, Bursting At The Seams, A&M, 1973
  7. Brown Rice, Don Cherry and Charlie Haden, Brown Rice, EMI, 1975
  8. So 1950's, Cherry Vanilla, Bad Girl, RCA, 1978
  9. Shake Your Groove Thing, Peaches & Herb, Shake Your Groove Thing 7", Polydor, 1978
  10. The Modern Dance, Pere Ubu, The Modern Dance, Blank Records, 1978
  11. Rip it up, Orange Juice, Rip It Up, Polydor, 1982
  12. Since Yesterday, Strawberry Switchblade, Since Yesterday 7", WEA, 1985
  13. Happy Head, The Mighty Lemon Drops, Happy Head, Chrysallis, 1986
  14. Into Your Arms, The Lemonheads, Come on Feel the Lemonheads, Atlantic, 1993
  15. Bodyquest, Lemon Demon, 2010

Sep 3, 2011

The Mighty Wah Wah

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It's been 55 years since the invention of the wah-wah pedal by Brad Plunkett for the Warwick company. So here are some songs featuring wah-wah. Some conspicuous absences, I know, such as Miles Davis and Nick Turner, but it's only a pretext to play some groovy numbers, not a history lesson.
  1. White Room, Cream, Wheels of Fire, Polydor, 1968
  2. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), Jimi Hendrix, Electric Ladyland, Track, 1968
  3. 1969, The Stooges, The Stooges, Elektra, 1969
  4. Up on cripple creek, The Band, The Band, Capitol, 1969
  5. Rock n Roll The Joint, Twink, Think Pink, 1970
  6. Burcak, Mustafa Ozkent Orchestra, Genclik Elele, 1970
  7. Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again, Sly & The Family Stone, There's A Riot Going On, Epic, 1971
  8. Outta Space, Billy Preston, I Wrote a Simple Song, A&M, 1972
  9. Fencewalk, Mandrill, Composite Truth, Polydor, 1972
  10. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield, Superfly (OST), Curtom, 1972
  11. Inspiration Information, Shuggie Otis, Inspiration Information, Epic, 1974
  12. Get Up Offa That Thing, James Brown, 7", Polydor, 1976