Monthly Archives: March 2019

Blog on the Tracks – Episode 8

Well over half way now, and this is Episode 8 which featured Gizzi Erskine, Linford Christie, Hugh Cornwell and Fleur East.

Who do you most obsess over – Am I obsessed with the Manic Street Preachers? I own every studio album, singles purely for B-sides, the B-sides collection, picture discs, special editions, and I have seen them countless times and now drag the wife along. Ok maybe it’s an obsession, but here’s one of my absolute favourites “Little Baby Nothing.”
At your house, what record do you put on for guests – I do actually have an album that I have put on for a guest who was a bit upset at the time, it’s uplifting, captivating and background at the same time. “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” by The Flaming Lips, and this is “In the Morning of the Magicians.”
Shuffle – “Liquidator” by Harry J Allstars, not only a ska classic but probably the best football run out song, but that’s from a Spurs fan too.
Best basslines – There are many options here, and I’ve decided to go with a slightly ambiguous bassline, as I’ve never really been sure if it’s played on Krist’s bass or by Kurt Cobain’s bottom strings. Anyway it’s Nirvana’s “Lounge Act.”
A song two men and two women minimum – Again a few options here including Abba and Fleetwood Mac, but with plenty of members to choose from there’s the Arcade Fire. Choosing a debut album and current live classic here “Power Out.”
Final – favourite record by someone who did something else – So many options here of songs by someone who did something before: WWF Superstars with “Slam Jam“, Sam Fox “Touch Me” and all of those popstars who were in EastEnders, and even afterwards, any number of people who went on to make records after appearing in Big Brother. However I’ll pick something which featured a member who was previously in Coronation Street, and someone who went on to a career which kind of involved inventing MTV – Davy Jones and Michael Nesmith respectively, who were both in the Monkees. Here’s “Daydream Believer.”

Blog on the Tracks – Episode 7

This is episode 7 which featured Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian, Alex Edelman, Steve Bunce and Ana Matronic from Scissor Sisters.




Which song references alcohol – So many to pick from for this section, from the obvious “Cigarettes and Alcohol” by Oasis, to the less obvious “Milk and Alcohol” by Dr Feelgood, and taking in all of the songs in between about more specific drinks. Well I’ll go for something literally alternative, Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping.” First saw them supporting the Levellers in 1993, they produced some fantastic music before they had this massive hit which ultimately ruined them, but it’s still a cracker.




New York song – Again so many to choose from here, and I was tempted by “New York” by the Sex Pistols, but instead I’ll pick this early 2000s cracker (another cracker?) from The Strokes’ debut “New York City Cops.




Shuffle – A man who will get a lot of coverage in 2019, and nice to get a bit of 1970s Elton John. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.




An album or song that means something to you – This is an episode that I may draw upon for future songs as there are a lot of broad topics! In my last year of university I was good friends with Vicky Sutherland who died just before the millennium, and one of her two music loves (the other may appear another time!) was Shed Seven. Especially for her, this is “Chasing Rainbows.”




Final – an exceptional story for naming a band – I’ll pick up one of my all time favourite bands here, who I learned in a book I read when I was about 12 that they took their name from the two bands who made them – Hollywood Rose and the LA Guns, to form Guns N’ Roses. What I recall is that members from the two bands formed the effective supergroup, and created a rock legacy. This is the classic “Paradise City.”




After relistening to this episode I feel I may have missed a question here, so I may relisten to this episode and update this in the future!

San Francisco Top 5 Playlist

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This morning i find myself in San Francisco attending RSA Conference for the fifth time. Whilst I spend the morning recovering from what I realised was a bad combination of jetlag and alcohol, I’ve decided to pick out my top five San Francisco songs. As follows:


Arctic Monkeys РFake Tales of San Francisco РA more recent song, and one of the standouts from their debut


The Bee Gees – Massachusetts– an absolute classic


Belle & Sebastian – Piazza New York Catcher¬†– I first heard this from the Juno soundtrack, and it’s such a simple song that works perfectly


Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles – Whilst not a pure SF song, it is a SF band singing about the state’s politics (and one that could be a contender for Blog on the Tracks’ best protest song)


Scott McKenzie – San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in your Hair) – well it had to be here right?

Blog on the Tracks – episode 6

On to episode six of Blood on the Tracks, and this episode featured Scroobius Pip, Clare Bowen, James Haskell and Mark Steel.

Who would be your ideal BOTT guest – For this you want someone who has great taste in music, or will at least introduce you to something new, and has good and solid opinions. Sadly Joe Strummer left this world in 2002, but his Clash bandmate Mick Jones played (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite, Gorillaz) and produced some excellent music (Libertines) over the years.
Your one prison album – All too easy to fall back on the Manic Street Preachers “The Holy Bible” once again, but I’ll refer to summer 1999 here when I had a Walkman and a few tapes for a four month working holiday in the USA. The albums were a T Rex best of, Beastie Boys “Ill Communication” and Blur’s “Modern Life is Rubbish.” As I said before, compilations count so mine would be that best of T Rex.
Shuffle – An early 1990s metal ‘classic’, “Got the Time” by Anthrax.
Spoken Word lyric – From “N W.O.” by Ministry:
All the locals hide their tears of regret
Open fire ’cause I love you to death
Sky high, with a heartache of stone
You’ll never see me ’cause I’m always alone
Best Australian song – Very easy to pick something from Nick Cave, but I saw him in London the other year and I was relatively underwhelmed. However I loved INXS back in the Hutchence and commercial success days, so let’s go for one of their best “Original Sin“.
Final – best TV theme song – Referring to Nick Cave once again, his song “Red Right Hand” soundtracks Peaky Blinders. Also dibs to the theme tune of Home and Away which will always remind me of summers recording it when it was on at the same time as Neighbours. My choice for this is the song that soundtracked Top of the Pops over and over again, Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”