Not as good as the Fall: Approximation of a Playlist §71

3 02 2018

Artists not wholly despised by Mark E Smith



Having commented on a collection of previous Fall-related posts I was reminded of the fact that MES was notoriously scathing of other musicians and bands but in his autobiography he did name a perhaps surprisingly eclectic group of artists of whom he didn’t wholly disapprove. Although none of them were a patch on the mighty Fall of course. There are some interesting inclusions…

The Kinks
Sex Pistols
The Stooges
Led Zeppelin
The Las
Chuck Berry
John Cooper Clarke
Happy Mondays
Stone Roses

And, perhaps most surprisingly

Alvin Stardust
Gary Glitter

plus, in a recent interview, he did express some enthusiasm for Sleaford Mods

It’s certainly an interesting list.


For the Fans: Approximation of a playlist §70

17 04 2017

Football team nicknames

Some football teams really do have rather odd nicknames (others are a bit more obvious though):

I’m Your Villain – Franz Ferdinand

Go Now – The Moody Blues

Ram jam – Black Betty

White winter hymnal – Fleet Foxes

Canary In A Coalmine – The Police

Good Technology – Red Guitars

Green Hornet – Al Hirt

If I Had A Hammer – Mel Torme

Royal correspondent – Manic Street Preachers

Tiger Feet – Mud

Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon

Buffalo stance – Neneh Cherry

The Birds And The Bees – Jewel Akens

I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock of Seagulls

Rockin’ Robin – The Jackson 5

The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Tight Fit

Bootie Call – All Saints

Magpie – Abraham

Darlin’ – Frankie Miller

Baggy Trousers – Madness

Ride A White Swan – T.Rex

Hey Dude Kula Shaker

Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton

A Forest – The Cure

Back of My Hand – Jags

I’m sure there are plenty more.

Chinese New Year: approximation of a playlist §69

28 01 2017

Songs concerned with the Chinese Zodiac

A mildly topical playlist…

Black Horse And The Cherry Tree – KT Tunstall

Rattlesnakes – Lloyd Cole & the Commotions

Digging Your Scene – The Blow Monkeys

Rat Race – The Specials

The Size Of A Cow – The Wonder Stuff

Rabbit – Chas ‘n’ Dave

I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys

Who Let The Dogs Out – B-Boyz

Union Of The Snake – Duran Duran

A Horse With No Name – America

I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stoogesthe_rolling_stones-little_red_rooster_s_2

Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag – Pig Bag

Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses – U2

Tiger Feet – Mud

Sheep – The Housemartins

Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones

Mama Told Me Not To Come – Three Dog Night

Monkey gone to heaven – The Pixies

Spanish Horses – Aztec Camera

Diamond dogs – David Bowie

And Dreams of Sheep – Kate Bush

Rat Trap – The Boomtown Rats

Mansize rooster – Supergrass

Ox-ford Comma – Vampire Weekend

Goatman – Goat

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

Little Red Rooster – Rolling Stones


Happy New Year!

Helpful advice: approximation of a playlist §68

11 01 2017

Songs concerned with providing helpful advice


Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing – Incognito
You Can’t Hurry Love  – Diana Ross & The Supremes
You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
Don’t Marry Her – The Beautiful South
Honey Be Good – The Bible
Don’t look back in anger  – Oasis
Your Mother Should Know – The Beatles
Don’t Sleep In The Subway – Petula Clark
Treat Her Like A Lady – The Temptations
Don’t put your daughter on the stage Mrs Worthington – Vic Reeves
Drive Safely Darlin’  – Tony Christie




Handle with Care – Travelling Wilburys
Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
Your Mother Should Know – The Beatles
Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time – Nancy Sinatra
White Lines (Don’t Do It) – Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel
Don’t cry for me Argentina  – Julie Covington
You Should Be Dancing – Bee Gees
Billy Don’t Be A Hero – Paper Lace
Don’t talk – 10,000 Maniacs

Wise words indeed.

Cheggers played pop: approximation of a playlist §67

28 03 2016

Just a few of the artists who appeared on one extraordinary TV show


Cheggers Plays Pop was a classic game show (with an impossibly enthusiastic host) which involved a series of quiz rounds for kids interspersed with some music. What I always enjoyed was the sheer variety of the bands showcased. As this eclectic sample of performers demonstrates:

Suzi Quatro – If You Can’t Give Me Love
Slade – Give Us A Goal
Showaddywaddy – I Wonder Why
Mud – Cut Across Shorty
Sailor – All I Need Is A Girl
Darts – The Boy From New York City
The Dooleys – Don’t Take It Lyin Down
Brotherhood Of Man – Beautiful Lover
Lindisfarne – Run For Home250px-Cheggersplayspop_logo_large
Brian & Michael – Ma, When’s Me Dad Coming Home/Matchstick Men…
Racey – Some Girls
Rocky Sharpe & the Replays – Imagination
The Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force
M – Pop Musik
The Monks – Nice Legs, Shame About The Face
Dollar – Who Were You With In The Moonlight
The Wurzels – Wurzeling Time in Somerset
The Grumbleweeds – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick/Do You Think I’m Sexy
The Krankies – Charlie Brown
The Buggles – Clean Clean
Shakin’ Stevens – Hot Dog
Barbara Dickson – January February
The Lambrettas – Poison Ivy
Dexys Midnight Runners – Geno
Undertones – My Perfect Cousin
Bad Manners – Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu
New Seekers – Tell Me
Jona Lewie – You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
B.A.Robertson – To Be Or Not To Be
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
Coast To Coast – Do The Hucklebuck
Duran Duran – Planet Earth
The Beat – All Out To Get You
Toyah – I Want To Be Free
Department S – Is Vic There?
999 – Obsessed
Paul Shane & Ruth Madoc – Hi De Hi (Holiday Rock)
Tenpole Tudor – Swords Of A Thousand Men
Modern Romance – Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey
Altered Images – See Those Eyes
A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran
Classix Nouveaux – Is It A Dream
Alvin Stardust – Weekend
Bananarama & Fun Boy Three – Really Saying Something
Madness – House Of Fun
Haircut 100 – Fantastic Day
Bow Wow Wow – See Jungle (Jungle Boy)
Tight Fit – Fantasy Island
Yazoo – Only You
ABC – The Look Of Love
Nolans – Crashing Down
JoBoxers – Just Got Lucky
Big Country – In A Big Country
The Police – Every Breath You Take
The Fun Adicts – Bad Boys
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Blancmange – Don’t Tell Me
Bluebells – I’m Falling
Captain Sensible – Glad It’s All Over
Matt Bianco – Sneakin’ Out The Backdoor
Kajagoogoo – Turn Your Back
Nik Kershaw – Dancing Girls
Hazel Dean – Searching
Pauline Black – Pirates On The Airways
Flying Pickets – When You’re Young And In Love
Boomtown Rats – Drag Me Down
Limahl – Two Much Trouble
Spandau Ballet – Only When You Leave
Scritti Politti – Absolute
David Cassidy – Someone
Strawberry Switchblade – Jolene
Erasure – Who Needs Love Like That
Depeche Mode – It’s Called A Heart
Level 42 – Something About You
Ruby Turner – Bye Bye
The Stranglers – Nice In Nice
Hollywood Beyond – No More Tears
Amazulu – Montego Bay
Curiosity Killed The Cat – Misfit
The Housemartins – Think For A Minute
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hanging On
Red Box – For America
And finally, in episode 82, on 7th November 1986:
Dr & the Medics – Burn


Ego trip: Approximation of a playlist §66

11 05 2014

Bands who serve their leaders

You Keep Me Hanging On    Diana Ross & The Supremes
Wonderwall    The Mike Flowers Pops
There she goes, my beautiful world    Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Stepping stone    Gene Drayton Unit
Roadrunner    Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Battle Of Who Could Care Less    Ben Folds Five
Is this love    Bob Marley & The Wailers
Angel Face    The Glitter Band
Free Fallin’    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Beat The Beat    Mari Wilson With The Wilsations
Davy’s On The Road Again    Manfred Manns EarthbandI love me
Stand And Deliver    Adam & The Ants
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)    Junior Walker & The All Stars
I Love Rock n Roll    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick    Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Are you ready to be heartbroken?    Lloyd Cole & the Commotions
Forget Me Not    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
The Tears of a Clown    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Going postal: Approximation of a playlist §65

1 02 2014

Songs or artists relating to matters postal

Pillar To Post – Aztec Camera
Note to Self – Jake Bugg
Don’t lose the faith – The Dears
Recovery – Frank Turner
Stand And Deliver – Adam & The Ants
The Sign – Ace Of Basepostbox
Paperback writer – The Beatles
Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
Messages – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Send In The Clowns – Frank Sinatra
Dear Prudence – The Beatles
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Bananarama
He’s frank (slight return) – The Monochrome Set
Sign Your Name – Terence Trent D’Arby
Message in a Bottle – The Police
Date stamp – ABC
Please Mr. Postman – The Carpenters
Rudi, A Message To You – The Specials
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
The Message – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You – Bee Gees
We Could Send Letters – Aztec Camera
Love Letters – Julie London
Kiss – Prince
Message of Love – The Pretenders
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter – Frank Sinatra
Love Letters In The Sand – Pat Boone
Letter from America – The Proclaimers

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