Friday Night Music Club

Here we are again, and this week, as ‘promised’ a completely new mix for your Friday Night enjoyment.

Not much to say about this one (man alive, I know how to pitch!), except to say that after the first track, it goes a little bit Radio 2 for a few songs (which is no bad thing in my book), before diving head-long into a right old Indie disco, starting off over in the USA (and mostly New York) before switching to some tunes which are unmistakeably British, along with a rip-roaring final track to bring matters to a close.

Here comes the disclaimer: any skips or jumps are down to the mixing software (there’s one biggie in the first tune, but other than that it seems to have behaved itself this time); any mis-timed mixes are down to me; all record selections are mine.

Friday Night Music Club Vol 9

And here’s your track-listing:

  1. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Darklands
  2. Eagle-Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
  3. The Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang
  4. Electric Light Orchestra – Sweet Talkin’ Woman
  5. Eagles – Take It Easy
  6. The Lemonheads – You Can Take It With You
  7. The Wedding Present – Go-Go Dancer
  8. Redd Kross – How Much More
  9. The Go-Go’s – Beatnik Beach
  10. Ramones – Rockaway Beach
  11. Kings of Leon – The Bucket
  12. Weezer – Hash Pipe
  13. Interpol – Slow Hands
  14. The Strokes – Reptilia
  15. Fountains of Wayne – Radiation Vibe
  16. David Devant & His Spirit Wife – Ginger
  17. Cud – One Giant Love
  18. Status Quo – Mystery Song (album version)

Long-term readers should not read anything into the inclusion of the third tune. It’s not coming back.

More soon.

Friday Night Music Club

It’s only Friday again, and, even though it’s not actually a Bank Holiday weekend, there’s plenty to celebrate, with the Tories taking an absolute shoeing at yesterday’s local election results, losing hundreds of seats across the country.

Sure, these were local elections rather than a General one, so many of these can probably be seen as ‘protest votes’, a fact that did not escape the attention of Conservative candidates in some regions, who resorted to having their party name listed as “Local Conservatives” on the ballot paper, in an effort to distance themselves from the bunch of crooks, wasters and philanderers currently in Government…

…but there’s been so little to be happy rather than angry about for a good while now, tonight’s mix – entirely non-political, in case you were concerned – lands at just the right time.

For tonight sees the posting of the second and final part of the previously-available-as-one-long-mix which I only made available via Soundcloud (an experiment I soon got bored of), and it’s a beauty. There have been some tweaks in the running order since it’s last incarnation, as well as some changes in the songs included, but it gives y’all the chance to shake your booty to some top-notch pop records.

If I may pinch a title from Drew at the much missed Across the Kitchen Table blog: “It’s Friday….Let’s Dance”! (And if dancing on a Friday night is good enough for Drew and The Dude, then it’s good enough for you too):

Here comes the disclaimer: any skips or jumps are down to the mixing software (and there are a few, sorry!); any mis-timed mixes are down to me; all record selections are mine (and this last bit is especially relevant, for when I say “some top-notch pop records” I mean there’s some cheesy-but-great 70s and 80s stuff in this one…I stand by their inclusion, 100%. You trust me by now, right? Right…..???)

Good. Off we go then:

Friday Night Music Club Vol 2.2

And here’s your track-listing (look away now if you want to avoid spoilers):

  • Beck – New Pollution
  • Lizzo – Juice
  • Basement Jaxx – Oh My Gosh
  • Lily Allen – Knock ‘Em Out
  • Björk – There’s More To Life Than This
  • Cansei De Ser Sexy – Alala
  • The Nolans – Attention To Me
  • Laura Branigan – Self Control
  • Phillip Bailey & Phil Collins – Easy Lover
  • The Dooleys – Wanted
  • Paris Angels – Perfume (All On You)
  • Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
  • Lene – Paper Bag
  • Robyn – Dancing On My Own
  • All Saints – Pure Shores
  • Guys ‘n’ Dolls – There’s A Whole Lot of Loving

Next week: an entirely new, never been heard before mix, you lucky people.

Or, to put it another way: more soon.

Friday Night Music Club

It’s another Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, so another long weekend which I will doubtless spend putting off doing all the odd jobs – like finish unpacking, or finally construct my bed (it’s only been seven months…) around the house which I’ll be cursing myself for not having done come Tuesday morning.

To soundtrack that, and whatever you’re up to, here’s another of the old mixes split down into manageable one hour chunks. I was surprised when I revisited this one to find that it the original mix was only two hours long, so we’ll have rattled past this one and on to anew one in no time.

I shan’t waste anymore time (except for the usual disclaimer which you all probably know off by heart by now: any skips or jumps are down to the mixing software; any mis-timed mixes are down to me; all record selections are mine) so here’s the link:

Friday Night Music Club Vol 2.1

…and here’s your track-listing:

  • Peter, Paul & Mary – I Dig Rock And Roll Music
  • Pixies – Weird at My School
  • The Walkmen – The Rat
  • Interpol – Evil
  • Lene Lovich – Lucky Number
  • The Jags – Back Of My Hand
  • The Vapors – Turning Japanese
  • Generation X – Dancing With Myself
  • Marvin Gaye – Got To Give lt Up
  • Prince & The Revolution – Girls & Boys
  • Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You)
  • Jungle – Busy Earnin’
  • Belle & Sebastian – Your Cover’s Blown
  • Friends – I’m His Girl
  • Micachu – Golden Phone
  • Le Tigre – Hot Topic
  • The B-52’s – 52 Girls

Enjoy!

More soon.

Friday Night Music Club

Regular visitors to my Friday night slot (stop it….!) will probably have noticed a few things that I like to do with the mixes I put together and post here (I’m talking the self-contained, meant-to-be-listened-to-as-a-whole mixes, not one of the ones I’ve recently split down into hour-long mixes).

Firstly, I like the first tune to be a definite opener; not necessarily one which sets the tone and style for the rest of the mix, but one which can easily be recognised as a curtain-raiser. See Tonight You Belong To Me by Patience and Prudence from Vol 1; I Dig Rock’n’Roll Music by Peter, Paul & Mary from Vol 2; Rudy, A Message To You by The Specials from Vol 3; Serious Drugs by BMX Bandits from Vol 4; R.E.M.’s Daysleeper from Vol 5…you get the idea.

Secondly, I love placing songs next to each other which shouldn’t really be there, songs which you would never have thought to play alongside each other but which somehow work (I think/hope).

Thirdly, I do love to slip in a tune which makes the listener think: ‘Blimey, I’ve not heard this for ages’ or ‘Cor, I’d forgotten all about this!’ (Not that anyone really says ‘Cor’ or ‘Blimey’ outside of a Carry On film anymore.)

Fourthly, end on something magnificent, just like you would want any gig or DJ set you went to in real life to do. Go out on a high, always leave ’em wanting more etc etc.

You’ll find examples of all four of these character traits on tonight’s brand new shiny mix, so let’s get the admin out of the way and crack right on, shall we?

Admin Part 1: any skips or jumps are down to the mixing software (I counted two when I listened back to this one); any mis-timed mixes are down to me (there’s one that’s a bit clunky here, I’m afraid; all record selections are mine (you’d better believe it, baby).

Admin Part 2: two of the tunes featuring this week contain some effin’ and jeffin’. One of those two contains a lot. Therefore this warning is most definitely required this week:

Friday Night Music Club Vol 8

And here’s your track listing. Look away now if you like it to be a surprise:

  • Death In Vegas – Dirge
  • Marilyn – Calling Your Name
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – Geno
  • The Pogues – The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn
  • Pixies – Nimrod’s Son
  • Super Furry Animals – Golden Retriever
  • New Order – Regret
  • Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris – Gossip Folks [Fatboy Slim remix]
  • Miike Snow – Animal [Crookers Remix]
  • Fatboy Slim – Everybody Needs a 303
  • The Beloved – Your Love Takes Me Higher [7″ mix]
  • Bentley Rhythm Ace – Bentleys Gonna Sort You Out
  • The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  • Belle & Sebastian – Seeing Other People
  • Beck – Deadweight
  • The Primitives – Spacehead
  • Ride – Twisterella

That’ll do.

More soon. I may even post something else before next Friday, you never know.

Good Friday Night Music Club

By which I mean, a Friday Night Music Club mix for Good Friday, as opposed to “At last! A good Friday Night Music Club!”

I’ve “ummed & ahhed” about posting this one to be honest; whilst I am not in the least bit religious – I’m firmly in the “religion is the opium of the people” camp – I do think it’s important to respect those who do have faith, no matter in which God, and I didn’t want this to come across as me taking the mick.

Besides, if I’m going to happily accept some extra days off work at Christmas and Easter, it would be rude to bite The Hand that feeds me.

That said, when you’re trying to find pop songs which in some way relate to the biggest Christian festival of the year, of which there are few, and whilst also trying to stay away from obviously religious songs, of which there are many, one does worry that what I’ve prepared may see disrespectful. Genuinely, it’s not meant to be, and I hope it isn’t.

See, I think I’ve dodged that particular pitfall by trying to make this mix so that it roughly follows the events of Easter weekend (as far as I can remember from junior school), starting a little earlier with Judas’s betrayal of Jesus, through Peter’s repeated denials, the crucifixion and resurrection, with some stuff about chocolate and bunnies thrown in to cover the Saturday, when nothing much happened. Apologies if I have misremembered the ‘true’ sequence. If only someone had written it down in some kind of, I dunno, good book that I could have referred to…

I also wanted to avoid including anything from obvious film or theatre portrayals, so there’s nothing from Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar or from Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Oh ok, there is a teensy bit of Life of Brian in there, but don’t fret, it’s not Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

For those of you pondering Dylan’s inclusion, he’s in there for two reasons: firstly, the song title seemed pretty apt, and secondly, because of the infamous moment when someone shouted “Judas” at him at a gig after he dared to start playing an electric guitar. This of course only makes him the third worst Judas that I’m aware of: there’s the obvious Iscariot chap at #1, and of course Sol Campbell at #2, for leaving Tottenham on a free transfer to go to play for Arsenal. (See, if I was religious, I’d have forgiven him by now.)

Anyway, as I say, I’m honestly not trying to offend with this mix (so there’s no need for an ‘effing and jeffing’ warning this week), rather the idea is to offer up a way that non-Christians can enjoy the weekend’s activities from a musical perspective, and who knows, perhaps even engage in a way they haven’t done for a long time.

Here we go then:

Good Friday Night Music Club

Here’s your track-listing:

  • !!! – Even Judas Gave Jesus A Kiss
  • Cowboy Junkies – Good Friday
  • Bob Dylan – Knocking on Heaven’s Door
  • Prince – The Cross
  • The Beatles – Carry That Weight
  • That Petrol Emotion – Creeping to the Cross
  • Monty Python – Not So Bad Once You’re Up
  • Army Of Lovers – Crucified
  • Shanks & Bigfoot – Sweet Like Chocolate
  • Kylie Minogue – Chocolate
  • Ash – Return Of White Rabbit
  • The Undertones – More Songs About Chocolate and Girls
  • The White Stripes – The Denial Twist
  • Mott the Hoople – Roll Away the Stone
  • Status Quo – Resurrection
  • Gabrielle – Rise
  • The Cardigans – Rise And Shine

Here comes the disclaimer: any skips or jumps are down to the mixing software; any mis-timed mixes are down to me; all record selections are mine.

Oh, and for those of you rolling your eyes at the inclusion of yet another Quo tune, you’d best avoid BBC4 tonight, for it’s Quo night, making today not just a Good Friday but a great one!

More soon.

Friday Night Music Club

It’s that time of the week again, so here we go with, some of you will be relieved to hear, the final part of my revisit and butchering of the first five-hour long mixed playlist.

For those who listened to it the first time around: I’ve jiggled about with the running order a little, and squeezed in an additional tune, y’know just to make it a bit more interesting (for me, if nobody else).

So here we go:

Friday Night Music Club Vol 1.5

And here’s your track listing:

  • LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
  • Indeep – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
  • Primal Scream – Come Together (Terry Farley Remix)
  • The Charlatans – The Only One I Know
  • Inspiral Carpets – Find Out Why
  • The Doors – Touch Me
  • divinyls – I Touch Myself
  • Yazoo – Don’t Go
  • New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill
  • Echo & The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar (Way Out West Remix Edit)
  • Big Sound Authority – This House (Is Where Your Love Stands)
  • The Bluetones – If…

Which just leaves me to add the usual disclaimer: any skips or jumps are down to the mixing software (which seems to have behaved, pretty much this time); any mis-timed mixes are down to me; all record selections are mine.

Next week: a brand new mix. As it’s Easter weekend, this may well be an Easter-themed mix, although, as I’ve commented before, Easter-related songs are rather thin on the ground so may also be it won’t be. I think I’ve got enough songs together, I think – some more tenuously linked than others – so much will depend on how it sounds once I’ve put it together. If it sounds rubbish, I’ll bin it off and give you one I prepared earlier.

Either way: more soon.

Friday Night Music Club

Evening all, and welcome aboard the latest instalment of Friday night fun and mixed playlists.

After I crammed 16 tunes into 58 1/2 minutes last time, we have the opposite in more than one way this week. Firstly, we’re in clubbing rather than indie disco territory, with a selection of what we used to call City Hall Classics (which I think I’ve explained before), and secondly there’s just 7 songs in this just-shy of 57 minutes.

That’s partly because some of these are very long and I thought they deserved to be heard in their full glory, but also because I didn’t think my limited mixing skills would do them justice (as is evidenced by their being at least one absolute clunker of a mix, one where I clearly start the incoming tune too loud, and one which, to be fair, comes off a lot better than I thought it had; I’ll let you listen and decide which is which for yourselves.)

None of these tunes should need any introduction, so we’ll crack straight on after the usual admin stuff: any skips or jumps are down to the mixing software; any mis-timed mixes are down to me; all record selections are mine.

The first tune has a bit of effin’ and jeffin’ on it and so warrants one of these:

Friday Night Music Club Vol 1.4

Track list:

  • Flowered Up – Weekender
  • Happy Mondays – W.F.L. [Think About the Future]
  • The Stone Roses – Fools Gold
  • A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray (Original Mix)
  • Mory Kanté – Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Mix)
  • Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness (Dex & Jonesey’s Higher Stated Mix)
  • Underworld – Cowgirl (Bedrock Mix)

I’m not generally a fan of remixes, but man alive I adore that Bedrock mix sooooo much…I’m getting nostalgic for those days when I wasn’t too old to go clubbing just typing this.

Anyway: more soon.

Friday Night Music Club

And we’re back, with the latest part of the first of the way too long mixes I did at the start of the series, and which I’m in the process of splitting down into much more easy to swallow hour-long chunks.

This one was an absolute joy to revisit, although I jiggled around with the running order a little and ditched one track from the initial mix for another, it was enormous fun to put together this 58 1/2 minute long mix of 16 songs, ranging from spiky indie guitar tunes to some skater punk to the 1970s New York punk scene and then to some Emo and some Goth – all absolute bangers in my humble opinion:

Friday Night Music Club Vol 1.3

Track-list:

  • Gang Of Four – I Found That Essence Rare
  • The Fall – Dead Beat Descendant
  • Maxïmo Park – Our Velocity
  • Super Furry Animals – God! Show Me Magic
  • Sports Team – Here’s The Thing
  • Elastica – Stutter
  • Sum 41 – In Too Deep
  • Good Charlotte – Girls & Boys
  • My Chemical Romance – Teenagers
  • Ramones – Beat On The Brat
  • Iggy Pop – The Passenger
  • Blondie – (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden
  • The Sisters Of Mercy – This Corrosion
  • The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers
  • Interpol – Mammoth (Erol Alkan Rework)

A quick reminder: any skips or jumps are down to the mixing software; any mis-timed mixes are down to me; all record selections are mine.

Hope you enjoy, see you back here this time next week.

(More soon.)

Friday Night Music Club

It’s Friday, it’s five o’clock and that must mean it’s time for another visit to the Friday Night Music Club.

No messing about this week, you know the drill by now. But to recap, I’m currently going through the earlier, no-longer-available mixes, and breaking them down into bite-sized hour long chunks.

Here’s your usual disclaimer: any skips or jumps are down to the mixing software; any mis-timed mixes are down to me; all record selections are mine.

Today, we’re on to Vol 1.2, which goes something like this:

Friday Night Music Club Vol 1.2

And here’s your poptastic track listing:

  • Clinton – People Power in the Disco Hour
  • Shed 7 – Disco Down
  • Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!
  • Cee Lo Green – F*** You! (Uncensored version)
  • Janelle Monáe – Dance Apocalyptic
  • Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
  • Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For?
  • Girls Aloud – Something Kinda Ooooh
  • Icona Pop [featuring Charli XCX] – I Love It
  • Armand Van Helden – Koochy
  • Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Enola Gay
  • Human League – Fascination
  • Archie Bronson Outfit – Dart For My Sweetheart
  • Stellastarr* – My Coco

I have two things to add: firstly, whichever bright spark decided to use Enola Gay on a recent TV advert for home cooking kits really should have listened to the lyrics first. It’s about dropping the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, so it’s hardly appropriate to use it to soundtrack images of someone making a stir-fry, for Gawd’s sake. And that’s before you even begin to take into consideration what’s going on in Ukraine at the moment.

Secondly, if you’re a bit narked with me serving up what are essentially repeats here, then if you care to pop over to JC’s legendary home, The Vinyl Villain, you’ll find an all-new, 100% original playlist by yours truly over there too. Well, I say 100% original: one song does appear in both that one and tonight’s mix here. I’m sure you’ll survive.

More soon.

Friday Night Music Club

Having finished splitting down Volume 6 into hour-long mixes a couple of weeks ago, and them being on the whole well received (many thanks again if you were kind enough to send me a message or leave a comment letting me know you’d enjoyed them), I figured that as the first few mixes were also lengthy – and, crucially, only available for a limited time via Soundcloud, a tradition I can’t be arsed with keeping up – I thought I’d go back to the start and give those early mixes the same treatment.

So for the next few weeks, Volume 1 will be broken down into its constituent parts (5 of them), after which there will be a new mix (Volume 8) before I go back to Volume 2 and split that down too, and so on until they’re all done (although I won’t be doing Volume 3, for reasons which will be apparent if you remember it from first time around, and which I’ll explain when I get to where it should be in the sequence).

Confused? You won’t be, I promise.

I have taken this opportunity to fiddle around with the running order a bit on some of them, but unless you downloaded it from Soundcloud at the time you’ll have no idea what changes I’ve made anyway.

Also, I didn’t post the track-listing on those early ones anyway, so….maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned it. If I was vain, I’d try to blag it and claim the originals will be worth so much more, but I’m not, so I won’t.

(They will be though. Some day….)

Disclaimer time (you’ll know this off by heart soon enough): any skips and jumps in the mix are down to the mixing software; any mistimed mixes are down to me; all record choices are mine.

Here we go then, with the usual mix of an appropriate, if odd, opener, followed by some stuff you’ll know and some stuff you might not; some stuff you’ve forgotten and are pleased to be reminded of and some stuff you may wish had stayed forgotten:

Friday Night Music Club Vol 1.1

And here’s the track-listing, a little more Radio 2 than usual, until we go all Black Power at the end. Let’s just say the last couple of tracks is the equivalent of me taking the knee:

  • Patience & Prudence – Tonight You Belong To Me
  • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – The Night
  • Richard Hawley – Tonight The Streets Are Ours
  • Lykke Li – Get Some
  • Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug
  • Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
  • Richie Havens – Going Back to My Roots (Groove Armada Go North Remix)
  • Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
  • Chic – Good Times
  • The Jackson Sisters – I Believe in Miracles
  • Double Trouble & Rebel MC – Street Tuff (Scar Radio Mix)
  • De La Soul – Me, Myself And I
  • Skee Lo – I Wish
  • N.W.A. – Express Yourself
  • Public Enemy – Fight the Power

More soon.