Vesoul - Jacques Brel
Tongue twisting virtuoso. A long distance sprint.
I'm Back In Town -Melanie (Safka)
Painting a song you can see.
Jolly Captain - Jake Thackray
Peerless original. Love how he jams in 'vexatiously'
Pretty Things - David Bowie
Most complete artist England has produced.
Burlesque - Family
Me and Kirsty in a car united in our love of this
Peggy Overseas With A Soldier - Jack The Lad
Wretched tale of ruined love. Wanting shot of the arm but missing the hand.
Identity - Xray Spex
Made me cry
Oh Shit - Buzzcocks
I like lyrics that don't seek to flatter the utterer. We have ugly thoughts too.
Different For Girls - Joe Jackson
Raised questions for a girl growing up in the 70's
Marry Me John - St Vincent
I like the chug of this and her phrasing
Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
Makes me cry
Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club
This is my happy place. Also enjoy singing along in an altogether different brand of spanish
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
No one can match his deft lightness of touch.
No GDM - Gina X
Sexy and timeless
I Believe In You - Talk Talk
I'm hung in space
Un Prince En Avignion - Esther Ofarim
Magical. Her voice is exquisite.
The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel
Perfect voice blending. Fluid and effortless.
Mr Woman Loves Mrs Man - Hugh Harris
I' love his timing in this. Truly engaging lyric. Caught me first time I heard it.
Typical - Frasier Chorus
Lovely conversational approach. Bitter sweet.
Green Shirt - Elvis Costello
It's Elvis. Silly to try and choose just one.
When It Sings - Elvis Costello
Another that stays with me. Considered and resigned and it weighs on your chest.
Great Expectations - Elbow
Beautifully written and perfectly executed.
Windmills Of Your Mind - Petula Clarke
The version I fell for.
Les Amant D'un Jours - Edith Piaf
I was mesmerised by this and sang along with borrowed gravitas as a child, even though I never knew why the banana cried.
Ship Building - Robert Wyatt
Never fails to make my chest implode.
White Chalk - PJ Harvey
Her lyric writing is both opaque and accessible. Like taking the story from a series of polaroids.
Cry Baby - Janis Joplin
That first opening Cry Baby. Onomatopoeia.
Hope There's Someone - Anthony And The Johnsons
Came out of nowhere. A modern day cantata.
All Through The City - Dr Feelgood
Shrimpers on a sunday night.
Bored - Iggy Pop
Love this riff.
The Glory Of Love - Lou Reed
A record that introduced to me the notion that there were all kinds of different lives being lived.
Another Girl Another Planet - Only Ones
52 girls - B 52's
I love it when girls seem to give it some on their own terms and not as some camouflaged act of compliance.
Sun Spots - Julian Cope
I like the circular, repeated melodic theme. Good record.
Birthday - Bjork
I found it hard to listen to when i first heard it because i found it so good.
Never Let Me Down Again - Depeche Mode
I like how they challenged with this. It has a compelling mood
Under The Flag parts 1&2 - Fad Gadget
I did BV's on this. He was an interesting, innovative poet who was not given the credit he deserved,
Boogie Nights - Heatwave
I am 15. I like discos.
i am the walrus - The Beatles
Stupid again to try and think of my favourite Beatle song but one must be included. Picking this out of a hat. First band to get me listening to a back catalogue.
Israelites - Desmond Decker
Tuesday nights. Ballard's Walk Community Centre. After the Judo
Double Barrel - Dave & Ansell Collins
Tuesday nights. Ballard's Walk Community Centre. After Israelites.
London Calling - The Clash
Something was agitating. The town was getting prickly.
Come Up And See Me - Cockney Rebel
I remember the fresh voice on Top Of The Pops. Very cool.
Pjamarama - Roxy Music
This town aint big enough for the both of us - Sparks
Blew everyone away this track and their astonishing stage presence, all at odds.
The Show Must Go On - Leo Sayer
Many layered. Great song.
Everybody Hurts - REM
Nothing wrong with redemption songs. It can be good to have articulated a common mood. It is a balm.
A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cook
Beautiful voice and a common prayer.
Brimful Of Asha - Corner Shop
Another happy place.
Anyone Who Had A Heart - Cilla Black
First record we got and I was 3. Having only a handful of records for many years, this was played daily. Cilla's is to my mind, the definitive version.
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