Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Ultimate playlist

As I suspected, the creation of the playlist to end all playlists was a sizeable undertaking. Not only in terms of words on virtual page but the thinking power required was larger than anticipated.  In fact, this list has taken so long to write that I started to wonder whether I should just write a tribute to the ultimate playlist ala Tenacious D.  This would lead me to write ‘A house Endless Art’ - et voilĂ . Moreover, it is all very well knowing and loving the tunes but remembering them all on demand proved to be rather difficult.  Yet somehow, in direct contradiction to this, every time I thought I’d reached the end of the list, about four or five songs offered themselves up for addition.  It started to feel like much like the A house track already mentioned – endless art.  I’m basically an encyclopaedia for the best songs ever written. The love of a song and artist is entirely subjective? Surely musical genius is a matter of objective truth?  ;-)

It is entirely possible that this playlist has been a barrier to work, housework, sleep, relaxation and thinking of anything else other than the playlist.  Given the girth of distraction, it is a relief to finally reach the end.  And yet, as already suggested, is it the end?  Can one ever create the definitive, ultimate playlist? Unless we assume that all good music has already been written, which is a ridiculous notion, then no.  The playlist to end all playlists is, by its very nature, perpetual work in progress. Thus, this is the first draft, as complete as I’m capable of at this time.

Note: The Beatles songs are tricky to locate on You Tube but damn, so many covers.

So………in no particular order, here is the perfect playlist and the playlist links (edit: some videos have been helpfully blocked. Cheers You Tube. Spotify playlists needed). 

(Further edit: if you play the playlists via a PC or laptop or just avoid You Tube mobile, the tracks all work. Damn those adverts though. Painful).

Additional mini playlist of previously unannounced gems of musical achievements:

Mellow guitar

Folk and mellow

Dance floor


Hip hop vibe

57 guitars


Ever incomplete, I've added to Mellow Guitar, Hip Hop Vibe and Dance Floor playlists......

Radiohead - Creep 
It soundtracked a transformation in me. Through this song, and in life formed alongside it, I became more myself.

Nick Drake - Pink Moon 
This song is reputed to be about transformation so an appropriate choice for the soundtrack of my life.  It is an achievement, both lyrically and musically.

The Cure - Close to me 

The Cure - The Caterpillar 

Cafe de la mar - Energy 52
Missed this of the first draft. Faux pas. 

The Beatles - Real Love 
The reasons are obvious.  It is beautiful in sentiment, in music and in lyrics.  

Chaka Khan - I feel for you 

Prodigy - Firestarter 

Emmy the Great - Constantly

Mazzy Star - Fade into you

EMF - Unbelievable

Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody

Chumbawamba - Homophobia

The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses 

Nancy Wallace - Are You Ready for Love 
This stripped back cover of Elton John's song makes my soul sigh.

DJ Crust - Warhead 
It was about time something hardcore got a look in. This track makes me dance like a demon. I've forgotten some serious social gatherings to this track.

Wings - Band on the Run 
It's like a series of songs in one. A rock symphony.

Sucioperrro - The Ruins 
I saw them play this a record store in Scotland.  Wonderful times.

Nirvana - Come As You Are 

Nirvana - Rape Me
Excellent song yet terrifying song title.

Nirvana - Something in the Way 

Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box 

Biffy Clyro - Bubbles 
This is Biffy’s first mention, it will not be their last.

Biffy Clyro - Bodies in Flight 
As indicated above, Biffy again.  This song is like I'm being spiritually amplified.

Grimes - Be a Body 
It's like angels landed in her voice.  Some songs seem to be written in the annals of time.  In other words, this track, like some others on this playlist, is as if an artist connects with something that is of the divine, floating in nature, unheard but in existence then releases into the world.   

Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love 

Fleetwood Mac – Albatross 

Goldfrapp -  Lovely Head 

Goldfrapp – Utopia 
See Grimes – Be a Body

Wings - My Love 

Chumbawamba - Enough is Enough 
First heard in the Victoria Hall in Hanley, when they supported The Levellers.  I fell in love with this band. The lyrics resonate in these times more than when I first heard them.  Racism is rife.  This is both sad and terrifying.

The Levellers - What You Know 

The Levellers - The Devil Went Down to Georgia 

The Levellers - One Way 

Race against the machine - Killing in the Name of 
See Chumbawamba – Enough is Enough. 

Faith No More - Epic 
I had such a crush on Mike Patton.  I wasn’t keen on his massive moustache when they played Pheonxi Festival 1993.  They were epic.  Pun intended.

Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings 
And not just because it was used in Spaced.  I loved it way before that happened.

Faithless - Insomnia 
This song is about the inability sleep which is interesting because when I play this tune and crank up the volume, it’s like my spirit wakes up.

Manic Street Preachers - Motorcycle Emptiness 

Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2 in E minor 
Musical perfection.

Laura Mvula – Green Garden 

Joan Baez - Diamonds and Rust 
This was written about her relationship with Bob Dylan.

The Smiths – Reel Around the Fountain 

Bob Dylan - Twist of Fate 

Arcane Roots - You Are 

Arcane Roots - Energy is Never Lost Just Redirected 

Chopin – Nocture Op.9 No.2 

Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata 

House of Pain – Jump Around 

Primal Scream - Higher Than the Sun. 

Mozart – Piano Concerto No.21 

Gustav Holst - The Planets 

Dry the River - Weights and Measures 
I’ve recently blogged about this track.  Adore much.

The Beatles - Come Together 

The Beatles – Julia 

The Smiths – Cemetry Gates 

The Smiths - There is a light that never goes out 

Marmaduke duke – Silhouettes 
Possibly my favourite Marmaduke duke track.

Roni Size (Aphrodite remix) – Brown Paper Bag 

Aphrodite – Stalker 

Mooi – Sway 

Lamb – Gorecki 

Florence and the machine – Howl 

Kate Bush – Cloudbursting 

The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
It has to go in because it was the first record I ever bought, unless we count Shakin Stevens’ Green Door, which perhaps we shouldn’t because Shaky detracts from my super cool image.   

Babylon Zoo - Spaceman 

Talking Heads – Psycho Killer 

Florence and The Machine – Never Let Me Go 

A House – Endless Art 
This song is about endless art, this playlist is about endless art.  Not to include it would be a crime against a point well made. Plus I refer to it in my introduction. Meta vibes.

The Sultans of Ping FC – Where’s me Jumper 
I saw them play for five minutes at a free music festival.  I arrived late because I looked too young to buy alcohol in the off-licence.

The Sultans of Ping - You Talk Too Much 

Cud – Rich and Strange
Because I am both rich and strange. Okay, just one of these describes me accurately.

The Mission – All Tangled up in you 

Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People 

Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love 

Pearl Jam – Alive 
I have the vinyl picture disc for this single.  Like the one ring, it is my own precious.

Pearl Jam – Even flow 

Grimes – Realti 

The Prodigy – Out of Space 

Alanis Morrisette – Not the Doctor 

Alanis Morrisette – You Oughta Know 

The Orb – Perpetual Dawn 
The Orb were my first dance artist gig experience.  What a wonderful first it was.

Alpine – Villages 

Alpine – Damn Baby

Harry Nilsson – Without You 
Tragically pulverised by Mariah Carey.  Yet the song itself is so incredible, it’s almost beyond comprehension.

The Beatles – I’ve Just Seen a Face 

Joan Baez (Jackson Browne cover) - Fountain of Sorrow 

Sinead Lohan - No Mermaid 

Alicia's Attic - Incidentals 

Alicia’s Attic - I am, I feel 

Sinead Lohan - You're in my Love 

Culture Shock - Pressure 
Some serious hardcore leaping about to this track at Chicos nightclub in Hanley.

Paul McCartney - This Never Happened Before 

Soulwax - Conversation Intercom 

Soulwax - E Talking 

Daft Punk - One More Time 

Kate Tempest - Lonely Days 

Kate Tempest - Circles 

Bat for Lashes - Daniel 
Ye gods this woman is amazing live!

Bat for Lashes - Pearl's Dream 

Nick Drake - From the Morning 

Nick Drake - Riverman 

John Martyn - Head and Heart 

Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice it's Alright 
This is one of my daughter’s lullaby songs.  Yes.  We are odd.

Emmy the great - Swimming Pool 

Emmy the Great - Algorithm 

Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the Jar 

Black Sabbath - Paranoid 
This is another of my daughter’s lullaby songs.  Joke.  Ha.

Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb 

Blondie - Heart of Glass 

Elbow - One Day Like This 
I watched this incredible band at Bestival.  Doves were on just before them.  The good times rolled.

Nick Drake - From the Morning 

Nick Drake - Riverman 

John Martyn - Head and Heart 

Doves - Pounding 

The Hives - Main Offender 

Bat for Lashes - All Your Gold 

Therapy? - Screamager 

Biffy Clyro – 57 
Marvellous live.  Marvellous full-stop.

Biffy Clyro - Folding Stars 

Biffy Clyro - Glitter and Trauma 

Pendulum - Blood Sugar 
“The sonic recreation of the end of the world.  Prepare to hold your colour”.  I’m quoting from the track.  Listen and you will adore.

Pendulum - Tarantula 

Make sparks - Rewind 
I saw them support Sucioperro in Glasgow.  They made an impresion.

2Many DJs / Soulwax - A Fifth of Beethoven 

Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling 

Sucioperro - Dialog on the 2 

Sucioperro - The Altruist 

Sucioperro - Dissident Code 

Sucioperro - Landslide 

Sucioperro - Grace and out of me 

Sucioperro - The Drop 

Arcane roots - Resolve 

Crowded House - Pineapple Head 

The Cardigans - Erase and Rewind 

Lush - Lady Killer 

Suede - Animal Nitrate 

Blur - Song 2 

The Wannadies - You and Me Song 

Shed Seven - Disco Down 

Shed Seven - Parallel Lines 

Shed Seven - Chasing Rainbows 

The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun 

The Beatles - Something 

The Beatles - Hey Jude 

The Beatles - The End 

The Beatles - I will 

The Beatles - Oh Darling 

The Beatles - Let it be 

The Beatles - Norwegian Wood 

Grandmaster Flash - White Lines 

Snoop Doggy Dog Feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like it's Hot 

Kelis - Good Stuff 

Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know 

Muse - Supermassive Black Holes 

The Fray - Hundred 

FPI Project - Risky 

Stonebridge - Put ‘em High 

Portishead - Glory Box 

The Streets - Don't Mug Yourself 

The Streets - Sharp Darts 

Baby D - Let Be Me Your Fantasy 

Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy 

Dry The River - New Ceremony 

Dry The River - Gethsemane 

Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows 

Beck - Loser 

Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Flexible Head 

Foo Fighters - All My Life 

Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench 

Medalark 11 - Miles 

Stone Roses - I am the Resurrection 

Stone Roses - Waterfall 

TLC - Waterfall 

Missy Elliott - Work it 

The Revolting Cocks - Beers, Steers and Queers 

Sasha - Fibonacci Sequence (The Light Remix) 

Sasha - Xpander 

Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice 

Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now 

Sneaker Pimps - Spin Spin Sugar 

Tori Amos - Professional Widow 

Cypress Hill - Hits from the Bong 

Cypress Hill - Insane in the Membrane 

Elastica - Connection 

Laura Mvula - That's Alright 

Sade - You're Love is King

The Source Feat. Candi Staton - You Got The Love 


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