As we head towards the end of the first series of series one of Blood on the Tracks, I present my choices on episode 11 which featured Justin Hawkins, Pat Cash, Ali Siddiqi and Edith Bowman.
Favourite film based on songs in it – I’ll refer to one from my teenage years here, when gothic revenge film The Crow was released in 1994, all of the press was on how it’s main star Brandon Lee died during the making of it in a stunt gone wrong. The official soundtrack however was absolutely fantastic, and a great glimpse of the metal scene of that time, and my choice from it is Nine Inch Nails’ cover of Joy Division’s “Dead Souls.”
A song based on vocal range – This is a bit of an off key choice, excuse the pun, as the vocalist only really displays one vocal range, but it is so distinctive and different that apart from the nonsensical lyrics, his voice is the best thing about “Mmm mmm mmm” by the Crash Test Dummies.
Shuffle – From the main Spotify playlist, the selection is this early 1990s rocker “Boneyard” by The Little Angels.
A song or album that help you through bad times – Thankfully I don’t have that many bad times, but one album I usually go to when I need a pick me up, and I’m usually a bit worse for wear sobriety-wise, is Marilyn Manson’s 1998 album “Mechanical Animals.” Not everyone’s favourite album by Marilyn, but I love it. My choice is “Coma White.”
Favourite slice of pure female pop – I first heard this on a music channel when I was in Poland, so I always assumed she was European, but it turned out she was actually Australian and this is Lenka with “The Show.”
Final – two or more musicians teamed up for one day and produced something magic – Back in 1995 a bunch of musicians submitted a song to an album that would become “Help” and raise money for Warchild. The final song on the album was a band calling themselves the Smokin Mojo Filters, which comprised Paul Weller, Paul McCartney and Noel Gallagher, who did this version of The Beatles “Come Together.”