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If, like me, you struggle to decide what to listen to next, why not listen to everything? Ok, not exactly everything, but a carefully curated selection of songs from every decade of the first hundred years of recorded music, along with a load of great new and recent releases. Hope you enjoy it.

Thursdays, 7-9pm – everything from Doris Day to The Fall

Latest show:


We’re up to 1987 and the year of my A levels. When you’re 18 of course you’re obsessed with music so I still own quite a bit from then, and dedicated the first half of the show to Pixies, Prince, Pet Shop Boys and Public Enemy among others. The second hour was up to date, featuring 3 songs from the brilliant new album from Aldous Harding, Designer, along with Tame Impala, Big Thief, Julia Jacklin and Rozi Plain to show that 2019 can easily hold it’s own with 1987.

11987Frank BlackIsla De Encanta
21959Sonny StittI Cover The Waterfront
31987PrincePlay In The Sunshine
41987R.E.M.Finest Worksong
51987Pet Shop BoysWhat Have I Done To Deserve This?
61987Bruce SpringsteenTunnel Of Love
71987The SmithsGirlfriend in a coma
81987Frank BlackVamos
91987Public EnemyTimebomb
101987RakimI Ain't No Joke
111987The Wedding PresentMy Favourite Dress
121987Big blackThe power of independent trucking
131987Sonic YouthStereo sanctity
141987The FallHit The North
151987Jane's AddictionJane Says
161987Frank BlackThe Holiday Song
172018The BreedersWalking with a Killer
182019Aldous HardingDesigner
192019Cate Le BonThe Light
202019Tame ImpalaPatience
212019Big ThiefFrom
222019Aldous HardingZoo Eyes
232019Ty SegallLove Fuzz
242019Julia JacklinTurn Me Down
252019Rozi PlainSwing Shut
262019Shana ClevelandDon't Let Me Sleep
272019Aldous HardingThe Barrel


Back from a holiday in Spain and with a stinking cold, tonight, we stumbled through songs from 1986 (Nick Cave, Yo La Tengo, Big Black, Talk Talk), heard songs of Pictures and Fixers (don’t ask), celebrated the imminent release of albums by Vampire Weekend and Big Thief, and also heard from Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bukka White, The Beatles, Miles Davis, and a marvellous Japanese/ Latin American hybrid sound form Minyo Crusaders – sounds awful, but is really rather lovely.

22019MiriBassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba
32019Fixture PictureAldous Harding
41986I Know What I KnowPaul Simon
52019Sunflower (feat. Steve Lacy)Vampire Weekend
61986Your funeral my trialNick Cave and the Bad Seeds
71986Spring RainThe Go-Betweens
82017Tanko Bushi (Boogaloo)Minyo Crusaders
92019Daylight MattersCate Le Bon
102019Something to BelieveWeyes Blood
111947Picture On The WallLightnin' Hopkins
121967Pictures Of LilyThe Who
131986Happiness is EasyTalk Talk
142019Kamane TarhaninMdou Moctar
151986Full NelsonMiles Davis
161963I'm The FixerWillie Mahon
171967Fixing A HoleThe Beatles
182019UFOFBig Thief
192019Jupiter 4Sharon Van Etten
201989Picture ThisBlondie
211998Picture ThisBeastie Boys
221940Fixin' To Die BluesBukka White
231986KeroseneBig Black
242019Oni SuruOdeyemi
252019Walkie TalkieWand
262000Motion Picture SoundtrackRadiohead
271986Closing TimeYo La Tengo


Songs of 1985 (my O level year). It starts with a lassoing, yodelling cowpoke and builds from there: songs of the sky (and some probably unnecessary facts), and packed with new stuff from Lambchop, Solange, Tame Impala, Leyla McCalla, Cate le Bon and an early track from The Supremes, about whom I’ve been reading.

11949Slim WhitmanI'm Castin My Lasso Towards The Sky
21956John Lewis & The Modern Jazz QuartetSkylark
32019SolangeStay Flo
42019Cate Le BonHome to You
51985Camper Van BeethovenTake The Skinheads Bowling
61985The Jesus & Mary ChainNever Understand
72019Leyla McCallaLavi Vye Neg
82019Karen O & Danger MouseNox Lumina
92007WilcoSky Blue Sky
101985Hüsker DüMakes No Sense At All
111985Half Man Half BiscuitReflections in a flat
122019Tame ImpalaBorderline
132019Edwyn CollinsBadbea
142019LambchopCrosswords, or What This Says About You
151985LL Cool JI Can't Live Without My Radio
161985New OrderSubculture
172019Vampire WeekendBig Blue
182019Sir Victor Uwaifo & His TitibitisIziegbe (Ekassa No. 70)
191985Kate BushThe Big Sky
201985Lloyd Cole and the CommotionsLost Weekend
212019Better Oblivion Community CenterDylan Thomas
221959Elmore JamesThe Sky Is Crying
231963The SupreamesButtered Popcorn
241985Tom WaitsJockey Full Of Bourbon
251985The SmithsHow Soon Is Now?
262019Weyes BloodEveryday
271962The SkylarksRoll Jordan Roll


This week we listened to songs (and accompanying facts) about Hands – don’t say you don’t learn anything from the Mixtape! Continuing our journey through the last 50 years of song we heard from Talk Talk, The Waterboys, Daniel Johnston and This Mortal Coil from 1984. The show was packed full of great new music too from Rozi Plain, Modern Nature, Solange The Unthanks and Chris Forsyth. Phew!

11984Hand In GloveThe Smiths
22019HaarErland Cooper
32019Swing ShutRozi Plain
42018Hand In HandPaul McCartney
51984Such a shameTalk Talk
62019NatureModern Nature
72019CattailsBig Thief
82018Bite the HandBoygenius
92019Chalk Hill BlueWill Burns & Hannah Peel
101984I Will DareThe Replacements
112019Down with the CliqueSolange
121927Gonna Die With My Hammer In My HandThe Williamson Brothers & Curry
132019SocksThe Unthanks
141984Church not built with hands The Waterboys
152019You Had Your Soul with YouThe National
162019what lovers doHand Habits
172019Dream SongChris Forsyth
182019Daylight MattersCate Le Bon
191956Cotton Picking HandsThe Dukes
202019VuelveInsólito UniVerso
211984Another DayThis Mortal Coil
222016Another DayMark Kozelek
232017The Curious HandSeamus Fogarty
242019Kamane TarhaninMdou Moctar
251946God's Almighty HandSister Rosetta Tharpe
261984True Love Will Find You In The EndDaniel Johnston


We’re up to 1983 on our whistle-stop tour of the last 5o years in music, and I discover slim pickings in my record collection, but still great songs from Tom Waits, Echo and the Bunnymen, R.E.M and the Go-Betweens. We also had a veritable smorgasbord of trivial and half-baked themes on offer – signs of the zodiac, codes, cattle, ‘cutters’ – is that even a thing? Still, great new music from Tame Impala, Solange, Big Thief, Weyes Blood and Wand, and much older stuff from Miles Davis, Joe McCoy and Tex Ritter. Yee-hah!

11983REMRadio free europe
22019The Comet Is ComingSuper Zodiac
32019Tame ImpalaPatience
42019SolangeTime (Is)
52019Robert ForsterCrazy Jane on the Day of Judgement
61983The Go-BetweensCattle And Cane
71947Tex RitterCattle Call
82005The Hold SteadyCattle and the Creeping Things
92019Big ThiefCattails
102019Shana ClevelandDon't Let Me Sleep
112019Andrew BirdCracking Codes
122016Kristin HershSecret Codes
132019Rustin ManBrings Me Joy
142019WandWalkie Talkie
151983Tom WaitsShore leave
162019Hand Habitscan’t calm down
172013Boards Of CanadaGemini
182000The FallTwo Librans
192018The Scorpions & Saif Abu BakrSaat Alfarah
201966Miles DavisCapricorn
212019Weyes BloodMovies
222019Edwyn CollinsBadbea
231983Echo & The BunnymenThe Cutter
241930ishJoe McCoyMeat Cutter Blues
252008The Hold SteadyOne For The Cutters
262019Jessica PrattHere My Love


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