Jim’s June Playlist – The Reaction

The response to June’s “Discs and Doughnuts” follows.

I suppose Computer Love is more “accessible” than earlier Kraftwerk. More lyrics, more harmonies. I guess “warmer”. It’s more dancey too, I suppose. It has a rhythm though…that kind of minimalist repetitive cycle which gets quite hypnotic…not as, I dunno “colourful” as it was on Autobahn. I do like it though. Hard not to like anything by Kraftwerk. Masters of the game.

Never heard Rubberband Man before ever in my life before. Detroit Spinners I am guessing (without looking into it – doing in totally blind) are Motown – it’s Detroit, right? That funk centric thing cannot help but be fab and uplifting. It’s the BVs that make it for me.

I love Jim – Iggy, I mean. I admit to not exploring The Stooges so much. I’ve gone to in the past. Obviously being led to Iggy via Bowie and learning Raw Power was produced by David so it was a natural progression of discovery to look into Iggy and Lou Reed, etc. I guess The Stooges didn’t pull me in as strongly as Iggy did as a solo artist.

I gotta say the Sparks track is catchy. Lol. It has great harmonies. Fun for the novelty value. On this first listen I can’t see it being something I will be playing in years to come thinking “wow, what a classic!” Lol. I mean, it isn’t exactly The Number One Song In Heaven, is it?

How do you like people who think you suck arse, Jim? Lol. All I remember is Mac going on about, well, maybe not so much you, I dunno…but he was always dissing Bono and back as a lovelorn teen it would fucking piss me off. Lol. I prefer other Bunnymen songs, I think. (Lips Like Sugar – wonder why that would be? Lol. The Cutter.)

4th And Vine. Bhangra beat! It’s almost like (apart from the actual marriage aspect of the song) the “lockdown let out ladies let’s get dolled up release”. Lol. Put the bins out – bin isolating dress up excuse. Lol. It’s got all that getting married/love stuff in it. Meh. Lol. (I’m just envious, is all.)

Life In A Northern Town: It’s a magic mix of melancholy and joy. It has that softness in between those drums. For Aussies like me, it kind of reinforced that feeling of like “geez, England looks sssoooo oppressive!” Oh, as that line comes in “as the train pulls out of sight…byyyyye byyyye” – the protracted delivery of the “bye bye” – that used to induce tears I’m not ashamed to say. As oppressive as England looked, it always drew me in though. The music made me the most extreme Anglophile. Because the music ALWAYS transcended how life looked. And the same went for Scotland too. When I moved here – first to England, then to Scotland – both felt like “coming home”. As much as I loved growing up in the western suburbs of Sydney – there was always something that never felt quite like I belonged. I dreamed of getting out.

I love musicals. I’ve seen a few. And this is where I let my guard down and admit that my favourite musical is the Disney version of Beauty And the Beast. Lol. I’ve seen it about seven times on the stage in Sydney, London, Bristol (during the early stages of whooping cough in 2002 – surprised they didn’t chuck me out of the Hippodrome – I couldn’t shut up!) and Milton Keynes. Own copies of the animated film and the original cast recording of the Australian production (Hugh Jackman as Gaston, thank you very much – sadly I didn’t get to see him on the stage, he was only in the Melbourne production and didn’t come up to Sydney, DANG!). Went and saw the live action remake a few years back. Yep!

Anyway…moving on! Tom Waits…well…yeah, he’s kind of an acquired taste. Lol. I could take him in small doses. Not sure I could deal with that voice for a whole album or concert. It is a lovely languid version and not dripping with pretension – which is always good. And it’s musically pretty lush.

Well…no need for me to do a playlist in response just yet, eh, Jim? (As if he’s looking or gives a flying fuck. Lol. Asked the fans what their choices would be in the post today – no interaction! Oh, Mr Kerr, you are a master at dangling a carrot on a stick, you really are).

I keep telling myself I will try and walk away. Save myself. But I always come back for more!

Speaking of Motown…

Of course you can hear Sir’s playlist HERE

Jim’s June Playlist

Do I go through the pretence of responding? Lol. Dream of the old “discs and doughnuts” idea? Well, the doughnuts are back on, that’s for sure. Oh, to sit and listen to these with him and then discuss them over a pistachio and hibiscus signature…

Let’s give a thought-out response in due course. And I PROMISE I’ll write it out to spare you all looking at my hideous face.

Antipodean Greats Playlist

I literally have nothing better to do. Lol. What’s worse is – I recorded a video of my choices. Yes…I waffle! And I look horrendous! This is why any other time the camera is pointed AWAY from me. Anyway…enjoy (if you can).

 

Crowded House – When You Come
Mental As Anything – Spirit Got Lost
Dragon – Rain
Mi-Sex – Computer Games
The Angels – After The Rain (Live)
Sherbet – Magazine Madonna
V Spy V Spy – Take Me Away
You Am I – Who Takes Who Home
Headless Chicken – Cruise Control
Leonardo’s Bride – Even When I’m Sleeping
INXS – Don’t Change
Hunters And Collectors – Betty’s Worry or The Slab
Skyhooks – Smut
Regurgitator – The Song Formally Known As
Split Enz – I Hope I Never
Icehouse – I Can’t Help Myself
AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie
Midnight Oil – Read About It
Cold Chisel – Star Hotel
The Cruel Sea – Black Stick
Divinvyls – Siren (Never Let You Go)

Bonus Track: The Triffids – Wide Open Road


P.S. Dunno why the Spotify links are going crap on here now.
Also…I was right about Smut being about “pleasuring” oneself rather than being…pleasured.

Spotify list:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6AaLiZqsxcnikMOtMFp3m2?si=p9Ttu0cRQQ-EuQgdzth0HQ

 

The Formative Years Playlist

Because it’s the time of lockdown and I am looking for things to do – and because…I dunno – it’s just a way to respond to Jim’s playlists with stuff that I can choose, etc.
Anyway, here goes another playlist. The names in brackets at the end of each explanation to the song choice is the person who influenced the choice, either my mum, brothers David or Quince (or on the odd occasion both!) or my sister Cheryl.

All My Friends Are Getting Married – Silly but, even though I was only just 5 years old, I was already hankering for relationships and was obsessed with boys. And even to my tender young ears, I could hear what I mistakenly thought was nostalgia and longing to be like your friends. When in actual fact it was a lament for them. For all those silly ones who went and settled down too soon. My five year old ears didn’t quite hear it like that. This song weirdly made me long to be an adult. (Quince)

Just Being You – I found this uplifting at the time. It’s on a Sherbet album called “Life…is for living” – and it really IS an uplifting and life-affirming album. Well, I found it to be. It’s conceptual…the way it starts with a meld or urban city sounds, day to day life. I grappled with which track from the album to choose. The title track is so…kind of anthemic “fuck yeah!” affirmation is awesome. But I guess Just Being You spoke more of what could be rather than what is – and as a five year old, projecting to the future was important. “You can be whatever you want to be / now don’t be afraid / you can do whatever you want to do / so don’t waste your time away”. Oh, I wish I could have taken that advice. (David)

Light My Fire (Feliciano) – My mum loved Jose Feliciano and long before I knew of The Doors this was the version of Light My Fire I was familiar with thanks to mum. (Mum)

Stop! In The Name Of Love – She also loved Motown (is there a person on planet earth that doesn’t?). I almost chose Baby Love and I could have chosen Reflections too. I remember more so playing this Supremes “hits” album she had in my early teens – lamenting the fact I was alone and didn’t have a boyfriend. Again…that yearning is always there. Omnipresent. (Mum)

Sylvia’s Mother – one I remember really vividly sitting around having to “endure” while my mum played Dr Hook. Lol. I have a grudging like for them as a result. A “guilty pleasure” you could call it. I know FAAAAAAR too many Dr Hook songs off-by-heart. Again…a break-up song. A lament. Lol. When other young girls are into pure pop and uplifting and catchy, dancey kind of things, I’m listening to break-up songs and lamenting not having a boyfriend. Lol. What a sad fucking kid! (Mum)

Hold On Tight – If Jim ever does visit this ridiculous blog and then actually spends time reading this crap then he’ll be like “Oh, fuck no! What, woman? An ELO song?! I thought you had TASTE!” Lol. Given his little fun jibe when he did that post about that group photo taken by the mysterious photographer (and I STILL don’t know who the bloody photographer of that photo is!). Well, yeah, Jim. I like ELO – SUE ME! And this I find dizzyingly uplifting. “Hold on tight to your dream.” I try to keep my dreams in a positive light and try to be hopeful about them, rather than ending up at the inevitable point of “it’s never going to happen! Why do I bother?” Sometimes…just sometimes I try to be optimistic. And delusional. (Me)

Devil Gate Drive – This is just pure fun. Something to just sing and dance to. At four years of age, I thought Suzi Quatro was the coolest thing in the whole world. I wanted to be her. She wore leather, had this big old guitar (which is actually just a standard size bass – she’s just tiny. Lol) and she just seemed such a rock chick. Geez, how can you not love a bit of Devil Gate Drive? It still has that groove. That glam rock/rockabilly thing to it. (David)

And here I am as a 4 year old, trying to do my best Quatro stance. Lol

Jailbreak – AC/DC was always being played. They were everywhere and around our neck of the woods – the “Housing Commission” areas around Sydney’s southwest – they were like heroes. Their music was the attitude to the young guys around there. And as the girl who “wanted in” with all the boys – to be “one of the guys” – I almost forced myself to like their music to begin with. Some things came naturally to being liked, others not quite so much. I think I was just taken with the narrative of this song. (Quince/David)

Walls – I gave myself an instruction with this – make sure everything you choose for this playlist made some kind of impact on you before your 10th birthday. Well, the Icehouse album by the then named Flowers, was released three weeks before my 10th birthday on October 10th, 1980. And I’m pretty sure my brother, Quince, would have bought it upon release. I know I played it A LOT when he wasn’t around to chastise me for raiding his record collection. Walls has been and always will remain an absolute favourite from the Icehouse canon. It’ll be that bass drum that does it around (heartbeat replication) the 25 second mark. (Quince)

African Reggae – I don’t know HOW ON EARTH I decided to listen to this. Lol. Perhaps intrigued by the cover art? Being taken with the visual look of Nina Hagen? I’m not sure. I have this vivid, indelible image imprinted in my mind of me sitting in my brother’s bedroom, sitting by his big Technics hifi system. His room was very dark and there was this naff trend for having different coloured light bulbs – like traditional bayonet light bulbs in blue, red, green, black…like, just odd colours. I would love sitting in his room under one of these coloured lights and just listen to stuff he had in his record collection. I remember playing this and just … loving it. Lol. What other nine year old girl in the western suburbs of Sydney is sitting around listening to a female German avant garde punk artist? Lol. It’s bloody nuts!

Far away eyes – There were a few tracks I could have chosen for The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll, Angie, Respectable, She’s So Cold – and I very nearly chose Emotional Rescue (upon reflection I could have chosen it for my “sexy songs” playlist for, even though Mick Jagger does absolutely NOTHING for me – never has… the way he delivers the lines “I will be your knight in shining armour, coming to your emotional rescue – you will be mine, you will be mine – all mine” was absolutely goddamn sexy for this near 10 year old!) – but Far Away Eyes has this country twang I normally wouldn’t like in music. It’s kind of kitschy and tongue-in-cheek but there’s a kind of message too. I suppose I loved that poking fun at the church kind of thing that goes on in it. There’s a bit of melancholy in it too. I feel sorry for that “far away eyes” girl. (Quince)

Looking Out My Back Door – Mum was such a big CCR fan. I’m not even sure how it happened. Maybe it was from the man otherwise known as my father (aka, the Sperm Donor) – although he supposedly liked the Beach Boys? Anyway – in later years, before I upped sticks and moved to the UK, when I stayed home on weekends with mum, we’d have a drink, play board games and listen to music. These…rather stupidly, are my fondest memories I have being with mum. Us just being friends, drinking, playing games, listening to music. Staying up til all hours, getting drunk and acting silly. Back to the formative years though – I had NO IDEA what this song was about. No real idea what John Fogarty was singing but it’s just catchy and fun. It’s down to the music that I like this one, I guess. (Mum)

Chiquitita – I used to tease my sister something chronic when it came to her music taste (or lack thereof as I would think back then. Lol). Her very favourites were…the Bay City Rollers and Abba. I teased her more over the Rollers than Abba to be fair – as even I knew that as much as I ribbed her for liking them…secretly…Abba were fucking class! (But I would never admit that to her….not for a loooong time!) This choice could have very easily slotted into my “tears” playlist – as Chiquitita makes me openly sob like a fucking baby. I am not ashamed to admit it. So, poor Cheryl, she influenced me on one single musical act – but what an act, eh?

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0hbiSokRFTjP7NlTUmcm6m?si=BkytyJwDTvG5P_7UJpxQfw

 

Sexy Songs Playlist

It was relatively easy to come up with a list of songs for this playlist topic – what will be more awkward is coming up with reasons behind my choices. Because with songs like these, the feeling is more visceral. It’s just about…a vibe. A groove of a song. I’ll do my best to try and explain it away.

Let’s Get It On:

It’s just the groove of it. That sensual soul sound. Slow guitar groove, soft drum playing. It’s like the body just does a languid slide as soon as the music starts. Like, I just feel like I’m melting…and then Gaye’s voice comes in with this almost pleading cry of pain like “MAAAAN! I need me some goddamn loving!”

Possibly Maybe:

Slow and languid…it’s all about the lyrics for me with this one. I would think for many the obvious Bjork choice would be Big Time Sensuality and it has a more danceable beat, but this song’s sexiness comes from the possibilities it offers up…the element of the “maybe”
‘As much as I definitely enjoy solitude / I wouldn’t mind perhaps spending a little time with you / sometimes sometimes’
No strings.
Then things obviously proceed because by the time we reach the final verse, nostalgia has replaced the excitement of the possibilities that await…
‘Since we broke up / I’m using lipstick again / I suck my tongue / In remembrance of you’
How fucking sexy is that line?

Lady Grinning Soul:

Mike Garson’s piano – flamenco string acoustic guitars – Bowie’s words painting a picture of a room, a boudoir with billowing muslin curtains and the most beautiful naked woman you have ever laid your eyes upon…
‘Skin sweet with musky oil’
‘Touch the fullness of her breast / feel the love of her caress / she will be your living end’
One of the most sensual songs ever recorded.

Move Closer:

I was 14 years old when this song came out and all I remember is just wishing so bloody much to experience something like that. I won’t sugar-coat it. My sexual awakening happened VERY early (Scorpio, see. We’re born gagging for it. Lol.). I was ready for a long LONG time before I lost my virginity. The thing that stopped me being lead astray by my minge was – I am painfully shy (yes…okay, maybe not so much now….I dunno…for me there is a distinction between being gregarious and friendly and being shy and feeling socially awkward) and …. fussy. I was not going to sleep around.
Hell, it didn’t stop me from wanting sex though.
Nothing ever changes. Some 35 odd years on and…
Life is cyclical.
But, the song wasn’t really about sex. It was about love-making. It was about that physicality of being with another. And to me it sounded like the most beautiful thing in the world and I wanted that so, sssooo much. But…it needs to be reciprocal. To be desired as much as you are desiring it.
That’s all I can say.

Let’s Spend The Night Together:

This song almost leads on from the previous – but it’s from the other viewpoint. It doesn’t pretend to be about love-making but it is from the point of YOU being the desired one. Someone saying to you “I need you and I am going to fuck your bones” – has anyone ever said that to me? Not that I ever recall. Not even the only long(ish) term boyfriend I ever had.

Again, it’s really no strings. “I need you….but this is one night, mind. I ain’t making any promises here!”

Are You Experienced:

The lyrics are actually quite ambiguous, really. I mean, is this song actually about sex? In the most ambiguous sense…yes. The sensuality of this is all down to Hendrix of course, the guitar playing, the delivery of the lyrics. The way he naturally oozes sex appeal.

Ain’t Nobody:

Checking the lyrics…I started crying. Silly cow! It’s hard for me to explain. Maybe I shouldn’t try to? For me, the sensual, the sexual, the visceral…it’s all wrapped up together. Sex, love-making, lust….all of it…all the same. No matter how much I try and get with the idea that the sexual experience needing only to be about the…release…of…stress, tension, etc…it’s always oh so much more than that. I’ve never had a one night stand in my entire life – and this is why.

Love Is The Drug:

And we cycle around again. This is absolutely about the one night stand experience. You want sex. A fuck. Get to a nightclub. Find someone willing to put out. Get your kicks. The end. “Love” is the drug? Let’s not confuse love and sex here! SEX is the drug. “Love” ain’t got nothing to do with it! Sometimes I really do wish I could just “score”. Just…get fucked and have done with it. Get it out of my system.

But I’d want more. Always more. Insatiable….

Jeepster:

I don’t know how Bolan does it…but he does. I mean…some of those lines…what the??? BUT…the important line. The one that just makes me just….fall to a puddle to the floor…the end…
‘Oh, girl I’m just a vampire for your love / and I’m gonna suck you’
I know he doesn’t mean it like that but…
I can’t help but think of that Not The Nine O’ Clock News song parody called “Kinda Lingers”

Life in Oils:

Sorry, Jim….but this is ssoooooooooo sexy! Your voice! All that panting and moaning. You do things to a girl with this one. I’ve said it. SUE ME, SIR…YOU GODDAMN SEXY BASTARD! And it’s not just your voice and the panting and moaning…the music is sexy too.
That talk on the radio station in America a couple of years back in which when recording Alive And Kicking you had this “heated debate” with Jimmy Iovine about changing the “you turn me on” opening line? You were worried about THAT?! I don’t believe you! YOU RECORDED LIFE IN OILS FOUR YEARS BEFORE THAT!
I’m sorry…but this is really sexy!

Celebrate:

Derek’s bass…my god! It is so, ssoooo sexy! And then just that little synth loop from Mick. I don’t know how that manages to be sexy…but it does. And Charlie’s guitar in the middle…
But again, Jim…every time he comes in with that “Act of love is a luxury”….and “the suit he wears belongs to me” – how that line is sexy, I don’t know. It’s just…a statement…a piece of info. But it’s kind of like “now…imagine that suit on me – how fucking sexy I am, and how fucking sexy that suit looks on me….are you wet yet?”
And then…the “she rag doll / keeps him warm” line. I keep saying it – I WANT TO BE THAT RAG DOLL!!! ERMAGEEEEEERD! I want to be that rag doll more than anything in this world!
But the thing that makes Celebrate just as sexy is….the escape. The running away. The celebration of life. We’re alive! Let’s celebrate. RUN! And…how Jim delivers those lines. God, I could eat him!

Silent Kiss:

It’s a yearning song, really. But I find it sexy too.
“And when we were kissing / the fear was missing / and it all felt natural…yeah / no hesitation / when those vibrations started to feel incredible…yeah / I’ve been waiting anticipating / because it all seemed magical”

I mean….how the hell is that not sexy? COME ON!!

From lust to love back to lust and then love again. Intertwined. I can’t separate it all out.

Sexy songs. Sensual songs…elements of love in them…but mostly they just give you the overriding feeling of wanting to fuck and be fucked.

Well, perhaps not so much Silent Kiss. I shouldn’t have that one in. As I say, it’s more a yearning song…for intimacy, togetherness….not necessarily lust. But I’ll keep it on the list anyway.

A couple of other contenders too…

Spotify playlist:

Tears Playlist

Today’s post by Jim seems unnervingly timely. I’ve really never understood how he seems to have this propensity of doing this thing where, I go to write something for the blog …. have a theme of something in my mind and then before I’ve even aired it or posted about it – HE posts something that ties in with my line of thinking.

All coincidence of course, but it happens with some degree of regularity and…it can feel a bit…strange and wonderful.

So…I had started thinking about this last night, and was formulating something to do with it. I had actually done a recording of my thoughts and had thought about uploading and posting, but then changed my mind. My voice annoys the fuck out of me, esp. with that stupid nervous laugh that I have that I can’t seem to escape from! Thank god I can’t actually talk to Jim, because if I could, he’d hear what a complete fuckwit I sound like – with my still sometimes broad Aussie accent hybrid thing with some glottal stopping estuary English in between. (Example – no one comes from LuTon – they all come from “Loo – on”)

So, I was reclining on my bed, little Zoom recorder on (not to be confused with the video conference app thing) and wanting to reply to Jim in some way about the Easter playlist he did. It was a bit late to reply with an Easter theme – even though he had asked us for a fave Easter track. I don’t think he much cares for our choices these days. There used to be some replies in the past. He’d respond to people. Tell them they’d made a good choice, or likewise, etc. None of that really happens much now – more’s the pity.

I miss that MUCH more than the gigs…hand on heart honesty. I miss my interactions with him far more than the gigs. Yep! That’s how silly I am!

ANYWAY…so, it couldn’t be Easter. And then I was thinking, wondering what his next theme for choosing tracks might be. I have no idea. And my idea about this, and thought on it are probably pissing in the wind…but here goes.

It lead me to think about the songs that made me cry the first time I heard them. Ah, yes! That’s how I got there! Because he had chosen an Arvo Part piece. He always seemed to rib me for choosing Spiegel Im Spiegel. I was surprised to see an Arvo Part piece in his Easter choices as a consequence.

And then that was it – the “Tears” theme was there in front of me.

My choices, video links and reasons behind each choice follow:

Arvo Part – Spiegel Im Spiegel

I think the first time I heard it, it was being used on a soundtrack for something. A TV show of some sort. Back when I watched TV. So, it has just become synonymous with those emotions. A beautiful, simplistic piece that just tugs at the heart strings.

Samuel Barber – Adagio For Strings

The closing scene of The Elephant Man – that is all I can say.

David Bowie – A New Career In A New Town

I first got into Bowie heavily in 1985. My eldest brother, Roy, was just about to move house and he had nowhere to put his record collection. He had been keeping them in his car but in was heading into summer, and you know what Oz summers are like. His records were getting warped and so he had asked mum if he could keep his records at our house until he’d moved into his new place. So suddenly there were all these Bowie records I could listen to and I lapped it up!

The first time I listened to Low, I remember being floored by it. At that age and time, it was not something I would usually find myself liking. I didn’t really like classical music then. Even now, I don’t really go and seek it out. Words and lyrics in songs always meant much more to me. I’d be intrigued by words and would be more often taken with how the words and lyrics sounded. That was what usually got me hooked to a song most of all. A tune is all fine – the beat and rhythm of course play their part. But it was the words that really did it. I’d want to learn the lyrics and sing along. Until this album.

I had never heard anything like it and was absolutely blown away. The track that blew me away most of all? A New Career In A New Town. That opening synth melody and soft drum. It’s just so simple and it sets the rhythm of the piece. And then that harmonica playing too. I don’t know why it captured me as it did, really, but at the end of listening to it the first time, there were tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my skin.

It has been from that point on my favourite David Bowie track.

 

The Beatles – Blackbird

Of course, Jim talked about it in a pervious post. It’s one of those ones that’s uplifting ultimately. Most of the songs that make me cry end up being uplifting at the end. I think that’s what makes them so emotional.

Kraftwerk – Kometenmelodie 2

Silly, sad, sycophancy Nancy moment, here…because this is how my love for this track and it’s emotional pull came about. During one of those endless “persona non grata” ‘rejection’ things I go through with His Sirness of Kerrness – the very first one, in fact…still back in Oz in early 2016, I started listening to more Kraftwerk. I liked the things I heard of theirs but had never really gone out of my way to listen to their stuff. I started listening to Autobahn – like, REALLY LISTENING to the album from start to finish. Just, settle into bed at night and have it play. Every time it got to Kometen.2 it just had OMG the most beautiful melody and I’d just start crying buckets.

La Dusseldorf – Rheinita

I was listening to Iggy Pop on Radio 6 Music doing his Sunday afternoon presenting slot and he played it. I had honestly never heard it before and I was just crying and crying as it played. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

And so, yes, things with a melody make me cry! But it’s the lyrics too.

John Grant – I’m not sure I can choose just one of his! The whole experience of seeing him live leaves me in a sobbing mess. He tends to end a show with Glacier and then I am in sheds of tears because of these words:

This pain
It is a glacier moving through you
And carving out deep valleys
And creating spectacular landscapes
And nourishing the ground
With precious minerals and other stuff
So don’t you become paralysed with fear
When things seem particularly rough

Honourable mentions of other JG songs include Vietnam, Where Dreams Go To Die, You Don’t Have To and Queen Of Denmark.

Apart from the first first two I’ve chosen, all are modern pieces. So I was thinking about songs before the 60s, pre “hit parade” modern music. Old crooners and the like. I have always enjoyed listening to Bing Crosby. And there are others I like too, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Danny Kaye. Billie Holiday can sing the phone book and make me burst into tears. There is just such pain and emotion in her voice. From Bing it has always been Swinging On A Star. Silly the songs that can be the most optimist and shining with hope can be the ones that make me cry the most – we’ll come back to that! With Nat, it’s his version of Mona Lisa. Those lines “many dreams have been brought to your doorstep / they just lie there and the die there / are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa? / or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art”


Back to modern times and I couldn’t leave out my most favourite song of them all:

Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted

And there’s eternal hope and optimism ultimately in that too. There are lines at the end that just seem to say “I WILL find love! I WILL find someone for me! I won’t always be alone. There IS someone out there for me!” It’s just beautiful.

And so, here we are. Final choice. A Simple Minds song. Oh, there are some contenders here! Spirited Away, first time I heard it. Likewise, Silent Kiss. For the longest time…I don’t know why…maybe because it has a kind of musical kinship to A New Career In A New Town for me, Kant Kino. You can’t NOT mention those opening lines to Someone Somewhere In Summertime. Charlie’s guitar solo on This Earth That You Walk Upon – and Jim’s lines after that solo “gleaming edge of light, shines so, shines so hard”. Seeing Out The Angel….

But the one that always did it, at least to begin with – just…overwhelmed me was Wonderful In Young Life. I’d go over old ground trying to explain it again so I will leave a link to my “Why I love…” post about Wonderful In Young Life just HERE

Thanks for reading. Let’s see what Jim does for his Spotify playlist for next month.

Below is a Spotify playlist of the tracks – with added Danny Kaye.

Is The “Four Letter Word” – Horn?

A batch of Simple Minds connected new releases today. Phunk Investigation and their multitude of mixes of Four Letter Word (which I am going to assume having listened to the lyrics a couple of times is actually the rather genteel “love” – perhaps I am being naive? At one point Jim admits to being “addicted to the four letter thing” – in that circumstance, I could NEVER imagine him meaning “love”) with Jim on vocals.

Secondly, the Trevor Horn “Reimagines The Eighties” version of Brothers In Arms, featuring “Simple Minds” – aka Jim, Mick MacNeil and (supposedly) Charlie (unless he’s playing violin – or in a strange homage to John Cage, without his Strat plugged in).

Anyway…all Spotify links follow…I am sure all tracks will be on YouTube as well.

Spotify 2018 Listening Stats

I really, really do lve Silent Kiss ❤️😊😚

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The only pages I didn’t save were the ones giving me a link to my Top 100 Songs of 2018 playlist – which you’ll find a link to below – and the final “share” page to share your Spotify stats rundown via social media.