Blog on the Tracks – Episode 9

Episode 9 – Lindsay Ell, Alan Johnson, Russell Kane, Kate Richardson-Walsh
Dysfunctional band who should not have worked but did – The Libertines remain one of the most disfunctional of our time, and yet have an incredible body of work to draw from. This is from their greatest period of disfunction and almost poetically describing it “Can’t Stand Me Now.”
Best political track – Having just seen the mighty Stiff Little Fingers last night, it’s hard to look beyond their work. So I’ll pick one of their most politically driven tracks, and one of my favourite songs by them “Wasted Life.”
Shuffle – As usual from my Spotify playlist, and this one is a bit more retro, “Love Her Madly” by The Doors.
Romantic song – A hard one to answer as I feel I have done already, but last time I went for Al Green and this time I’ll pick one of the most beautiful love songs ever written, as certified by Frank Sinatra and sung by Elvis Presley, “Something” by The Beatles.
A record Lindsay would love (born 1989) – I recall when I heard this question for the first time, and my understanding of it was something that came out post 1989, that Lindsay would have been old enough to appreciate. Well every kid loves a great guitar song right? At the time I thought “La Tristesse Durera” by Manic Street Preachers, and I still do.
Final – favourite Beatles song for book of your life – Another Beatles song, “In My Life” and “A Day in the Life” are too obvious, but having spent the first few years of my post-university career trying to get my first break, I’ll forever my Dad singing “Paperback Writer” so that will be my choice.

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