1. Follow Me - Amanda Lear
Transexual (alleged but not proven) temptation (1979).
2. Wondrous Place - Billy Fury
Larry Parnes' favourite shag (1960).
3. A Day In The Life - Black Riot
Todd Terry kicks off the Brooklyn House export. I hadn't even taken E yet.
4. Down To Mexcio - Boca 45
Southern California before it got even more fucked.
5. Rubber Biscuit - Chips
Early Doo Wop head fuck. Better with purple hearts than with cocaine. Blues Brothers covered it.
6. Let's Dance - Chris Montez
Latino drum power pushing its percussion in 1962.
7. Bankrobber - The Clash
My favourite Clash song (1980). Very popular in Brixton in the early 1980s.
8. Do You Love Me? - Contours
Twisting and shouting thoughtfully planned frenzy in the early Motown era (1962).
9. I Feel Free - Cream
The first supergroup's mix of blues guitar and vocals, jazz drums and acid (1966).
10. Your Body - Cubanitos
Cuba's Reggaetons. They got it right. Necessary to accompany listening with rum and cigars.
11. Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee
Simplicity is the criterion of truth. Early Phil Spector production (1961).
12. Groove Is In The Heart - Deee-Lite
New York 1990 House. Excellent lyrics from A Tribe Called Quest.
13. I Can Sing A Rainbow/Love Is Blue - Dells
Believed to be the longest held note ever recorded in the charts dominance (1969).
14. Rubber Band Man - Detroit Spinners
Motor City's slow lane flexibility.
15. Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy
1950's guitar power. Eddy's favourite city in the world is Sheffield.
16. Something Else - Eddie Cochran
Strongest Rock n Roll voice ever. I saw his last concert, the day before he died, in Cardiff.
17. Didn't It Rain - Exciting Voices
It poured tears and raindrops. Unhinged doo-wop.
18. She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
Love the snare drum poppin (1989).
19. Absurd - Fluke
Messy head. Works with any drug. Makes you take drugs if you are straight.
20. We Have All The Time In The World - Fun Lovin' Criminals
Just a lovely song.
21. Real Wild Child - Ivan
Best and very early version of the later Iggy Pop hit by one of Buddy Holly's crickets.
22. Restless - Johnny Kid and the Pirates
Without the pirates, there would have been no Who and no Led Zeppelin. Incredibly influential.
23. Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me - Johnny Otis Show
The simple symbiosis of mother daughter relationships.
24. Open Up - Leftfield
Johnny Rotten waited long enough for this.
25. Mocking Bird - Little Eva & Big Dee Irwin
He was massive. She was small. They worked in harmony.
26. Alone Again Or - Love
Arthur Lee's brilliance. He did the same set for over 30 years and called it Forever Changes.
27. Danny - Marty Wilde
Written for Elvis as the original title track for King Creole (based on Harold Robbins' "A Stone for Danny Fischer).
28. Total Control - Motels
Slow feminine power gradually gaining supremacy.
29. Do You Love Me? - Nick Cave
Dark threatening interrogation.
30. Hold Me - PJ Proby
First track ever to use a double-voice, PJ (whom I once managed) slipped it out between doing demos for Elvis and splitting his trousers.
31. In A Broken Dream - Popes
Best version by far of the Python Lee Jackson (Rod Stewart) hit.
32. Stop Your Sobbing - Pretenders
When girls made us cry.
33. You Don't Know What You've Got - Ral Donner
Released in the early 1960s. No one could distinguish his voice from Elvis'. Rumours abounded.
34. Carol - Ray & The Darchacs
Sadness to the point of ridicule. Massicve doo-wop hit.
35. Rude Boy (Chew Fu Vitamin S Fix) - Rihanna
Ok it's dubstep, but easily the best mix ever of this tune.
36. Sun Arise - Rolf Harris
Works with the dawn after just about anything other than sleep.
37. The Book - Salt City Orchestra
Hacienda highlight. For God and all you would be writers.
38. You Don't Like I Know - Sam & Dave
1960s soul, well remembered up north.
39. Killer - Seal
Adamski and Seal (the great vocalists first) (1990)
40. You Can Never Go Home Any More - Shangri-Las
Produced by George "Shadow" Morton, the Shangri-Las remain unbeatable for melodramatic representations of death, loneliness and abandonment.
41. Take A Heart - Sorrows
Drums like 1960s heartbeats. Induces fibrillation.
42. Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
Identification for kids lost in the early 1990s
43. Valerie - Starlites
Doo wop goes professional.
44. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
Always worlks, but watch those burns.
45. Here's Where The Story Ends - Sundays
The first Indie track I took seriously.
46. It's OK - Sunglows
Stoic macho doo-wop.
47. Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic
First European house track to break into US market (1990)
48. Rez - Underworld
The first time I saw Underworld live. Love this one. Slippy born lager too over.
49. Merry Go Round - Wild Man Fischer
Failing to reinvent oneself after an acid trip. Zappa's discovery of the talent of a busker.
50. Shes' Not There - Zombies
Very early Rod Argent. Great build up.