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Thursday, 27 September 2018

S4L Radio Show Playlist #11

I woke up very early today, around 4am, and was thinking that it's been sometime since I last did a Radio Show Playlist so amid the cobwebs of the dusty mind and the quietness of the morning I threw this little lot together.

There's old music and new music gathered from many different artists but all have one thing in common, they have invaded my ears with the beautiful sound of guitars, drums, bass, keyboards and vocals (and whatever instruments they could find) to bring delight and wonder.

The Playlist

On The Playlist
Radio Radio - Spear of Destiny
Who doesn't like a good song about the Radio? 

7" Singles - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
Recently released video spotlighting a track from a new collection tracing Paul Heaton's musical journey entitled 'The Last King of Pop'

45 - The Gaslight Anthem
They have been out and about playing The 59 Sound album as well as other tracks from their catalogue including this one.

45RPM - The Alarm
Another ode to the the 7" single. The Alarm will be back on the road in the USA and Canada starting in Hollywood 25th October and finishing up in Toronto 15th November. They then launch out on another UK Tour starting in London 28th November. For all details of all dates go to their website (click here).

That Song - The Bouncing Souls
Sometimes there is a song you just want to play over and over again because it's just that good.

Don't Come Close (40th Anniversary Mix) - Ramones
Taken from Road To Ruin
40th Anniversary Edition. It's a nice package that comes with a Remastering of the the 1978 album, a special 40th Anniversary Mix, B-sides, Demo and Acoustic versions and a live hometown show from 31st December 1979 in NYC.

Just Breathe - Thrice
From the brand new album Palms on Epitaph Records.

Prayers - Good Charlotte
From their latest Generation Rx project that follows on after the success of Youth Authority from 2016.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
Now I'm not usually fussed about Ms Lavigne but I heard this song unaware of who it was and really liked the lyrics on it and so was mightly surprised to discover it was Avril!

Downhearted Town - The Textones
Opening track from their album Old Stone Gang on Blue Elan Records. Must admit I know nothing about the band but what I've heard from the album I quite enjoyed.

High Cost of Loving You - Scott Sharrard
From his latest album Saving Grace. Another artist I know little about but I love the mix of Blues and Soul that runs through his latest album.

Girlfriend - Anderson East
So as I begin thinking about the list of the Top Albums of 2018 I'm sure Anderson East will be on it somewhere. His album Encore is one of my favourite releases of the year.

Confidence - Candi Staton
Taken from her 30th album Unstoppable that includes covers of Patti Smith's People Have The Power, and Nick Lowe's What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding. It was released in August this year and has received a lot of good press for her. Another one that might show up on my end of year Best of list.

Save Me - The Saints
Drifiting back in time to 1978 and this wonderful cover of a track that first appeared in 1967 on Aretha Franklin's I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You album. This version was on Prehistoric Sounds, the third album by The Saints, released on Harvest Records in October 1978 and was the last album to feature Ed Kuepper who had been one of the founding members of the Australian band.

Wanderlust - Glen Matlock
Taken from his recently released album Good To Go on the Peppermint label. Ex-Bowie guitarist Earl Slick and Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom feature as musicians on the album.

Movin' On - Paul Weller
Brand new video from Mr Weller spotlighting a track from his latest album True Meanings. It sees Weller in a more quieter and acoustic frame of mind.

I Am The Highway - Ann Wilson
Taken from her latest album Immortal in which she has chosen the songs of musicians she loves and respects who have passed away in the past few years. I Am the Highway is her tribute to Chris Cornell. Also included on the album are tributes to Tom Petty, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, Jack Bruce, George Michael, Amy Winehouse, Lesley Gore and Gerry Rafferty.

My Way - Willie Nelson
Album number 68(!) from Willie Nelson and this time around he's paying tribute to Frank Sinatra! His album Last Man Standing from earlier this year was a wee gem and if this latest collection of shows anything it is that you can't put Willie Nelson in a box because he just comes along and blows the box up!

The Parting Shot
Goodbye, Goodnight - Jars of Clay
Taken from their 1999 album If I Left The Zoo.

That's your lot until next time. Until then whatever you play, play it LOUD!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

I'm Still Here...Now Playing!

Just in case readers of this blog have been wondering if I have somehow stepped into the back of my wardrobe and ventured into Narnia and can't find the way back home or have visited the Costume Shop and suddenly found myself, like Mr Benn, at sea in the middle of a storm and awaiting The Shopkeeper to appear as if by magic to save me from a watery grave, may I calm your fears...I am still here!

Yes it's been a long time since I last posted but I did mention that I might struggle to post on a regular basis due to some medical issues etc and current state of mind. So today you got me in a good moment and for that you are rewarded with a Playlist of a few things I've been listening to over the past couple of months. Hope you enjoy this rather eclectic mix.

Thanks for your patience.

Doug. 😀

Now Playing Playlist

I'm Alive -999
Debut single from the brilliant 999.

Keepin' It Close To My Heart - Drivin' N Cryin'
Don't really know much about these guys but I really liked the sound of their album Too Late To To Turn Back Now.

Lose My Mind - Lucy and The Rats
Lucy was formerly in The Spazzys and is now apparently based in London. With her new band she has released a Self-Titled album that is pretty cool. Vocals at times remind me of early Kirsty MacCall and also of Andrea from The Darling Buds.

Rock and Stick - Bozz Scaggs
From his latest album Out of the Blues. Still sounding brilliant by the way and still out playing shows.

Get Your Shirt - Underworld and Iggy Pop
A bit of a bizzare collaboration but it actually works pretty well. Taken from the EP Teatime Dub Encounters.

1st (Acoustic Version) - Leah Daniels
Country singer from Uxbridge, Middlesex. Not exactly known as a hot bed of Country Music but she's recently put out a nice wee EP that includes a full band version of this song.

Just Found Heaven - Daughtry
From his latest album Cage to Rattle

Sheriff Fatman - Carter USM
This one appears on a new compilation called C89 which has some really cool Indie tunes.

Waiting For Winter - Popguns
Also on the C89 Compilation

Tony Hadley - Peruvian Hipsters
A last one from the C89 Compilation. Why anyone would want to sing a song about the ex-lead vocalist of Spandau Ballet is beyond me, but hey, those Indie Kids were a strange bunch!

Something Worth Fighting For - The Spitfires
Latest track to be released on Limited Edition 7" (28th September 2018) and also features on their excellent Year Zero album.

Verse & Chaos - The Droggettes
Philly Punk From the album Clockwork Girls

Future Me Hates Me - The Beths
Title track of the latest album from a band that were new to my ears. They hail from Auckland, New Zealand.

Wildflowers (Tribute to Tom Petty) - The Church Sisters
Another Country outfit that were new to my ears. Their latest album A Night at The Opry is well worth a listen.

Outdoor Miner - Wire
From the Special Edition of Chairs Missing.

Toxic - Ian McNabb
From his latest album Our Future In Space. Ms Spears is the last person on earth you would ever imagine to be covered by the Neil Young lovin' Ian McNabb!

Save Me - Aretha Franklin
From the 1967 album I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You. Recently heard a great cover of this by The Saints, and Jimi Hendrix does a version of it as well. But the voice of Aretha is one that's going to be missed. Thank goodness for the treaure of her musical legacy that's left behind.

I'd Give A Kidney For You - Hailey's Comet
Not quite sure where I stumbled over this but I'm always impressed when people write songs with either amazingly funny titles or ones that are thought provoking!

Supernatural - The Slow Readers Club
My mate Gary in Manchester is always on my case about listening to The Slow Readers Club and so I thought I would finally surrender, and they are none too shabby!

Riot On The Strip - James Williamson & The Pink Hearts
Track from the brand new album by former Stooges guitarist entitled Behind The Shade.

Old Enuff To Know Better! - Pink Fairies
The old Psychedelic Anarchists are back! This one was written by Larry Wallis and is featured on their brand new album Resident Reptiles.

Crazy Kids - Walter Lure & The Waldos
Taken from the new album Wacka Lacka Loom Bop A Loom Bam Boo. Old Walter is still kicking it big time after more than forty years of playing and he's never sounded so good.

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