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.

How to Do a Cover Version (That Summer Feeling #20 – #21)

Aww, you guys.

Following on from my post yesterday about Mr Blue Sky, I received two comments nudging me in the direction of two more, very different, cover versions that I wasn’t aware of, both of which are so good, I felt obliged to seek them out and post them.

So, and with thanks to Alex G, first up here’s Lily Allen, who did a version for a French mobile phone network advert (I think) which doesn’t seem to have ever had an official release here in the UK, hence this awful sleeve I found online:

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Lily Allen – Mr Blue Sky

Further thanks to julianbadenoch for letting me know about this:

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Joe Brown – Mr Blue Sky

Joe will be featuring in a future post I have lined up, so I won’t talk about him now, but I have to say, that’s bloody good, isn’t it? It really captures the happy-go-lucky essence not just of the record, but of Joe himself.

Dad – one for you to learn?

More soon.