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!

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