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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

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Please excuse the delay, there were some shows in July but, well, you know how things go when the sun’s out and the outdoor beckons. I’m temporarily holidayed out so got back behind the desk this week, with songs from 1995 (Pulp, Tricky, Radiohead, Pavement), along with some songs celebrating the end of the Tour de France and the start of the Ashes. You never get the same old themes regurgitated on the SHM – well, not every week anyway. The finest new music you can hear on the radio came from Nerija, Joan Shelley, Modern Nature and Vanishing Twin


After a 2 week hiatus (birthday, sore throat) I’m back with a bang and a fake radio voice for a while, at least until I realised how stupid I sounded. Songs about ‘Up!’ to counter the feeling of melancholy that had crept into the previous show, a few bits from 1992 and some great new music. 28 cracking songs in 2 hours from the likes of Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Cate Le Bon, The Hackney Colliery Band, Aphex Twin and the Andrews Sisters. You want eclectic, we got eclectic!

11956Freddie Bell & The Bell BoysGiddy Up a Ding Dong
21992Aphex TwinHeliosphan
32019Flying LotusLand of honey
42019SolangeStay Flo
51967Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah BandButton up Your Overcoat
61992R.E.M.Sidewinder sleeps to nite
72019Aldous HardingDesigner
81963The CrystalsAll Grown Up
91957Elvis PresleyAll Shook Up
102019Vampire WeekendMarried in a gold rush
122019Hackney Colliery BandMmm mmm
132018LowAlways up
141992The Beastie BoysSomething's got to give
152019Cate Le BonThe Light
161992Sonic YouthPurr
172017The War on DrugsUp All Night
182019Tame ImpalaBorderline
192019Julia JacklinPressure to Party
201956Little RichardRIP it up
211992The LemonheadsIt’s a shame about Ray
222019Snapped AnklesRechargeable
232019Weyes BloodWild Time
241969James BrownGive it up or turn it loose
251992SugarIf I can’t change your mind
272011The Andrews SistersI'll be singing up there
282019Bill CallahanSon of the sea


Tonight we listened to songs about vegetables (they’re good for you, you know?!), some songs from 1991 and great new sounds form Vampire Weekend, Flying Lotus, Bill Callahan, Mega Bog and Aldous Harding

12013Prefab SproutThe Best Jewel Thief in the World
21966Vince GuaraldiThe Great Pumpkin Waltz
32019Vampire WeekendMarried in a Gold Rush (feat. Danielle Haim)
42019Flying Lotus9 Carrots (feat. Toro y Moi)
51991My Bloody ValentineBlown A Wish
6196713th Floor ElevatorsSlip Inside This House
72019Bill Callahan747
82019Hackney Colliery BandNetsanet (feat. Mulatu Astatke)
92010This is the kitThe Turnip
102015Rozi PlainFive Beans
111991Primal ScreamHigher Than The Sun
122019Cate Le BonMagnificent Gestures
132019Erin DurantHighway Blue
142019Mega BogDiary of a Rose
152019Sir Victor Uwaifo & His TitibitisIziegbe (Ekassa No. 70)
161991The FallA Lot of Wind
171938Count BasieMama Don`t Want No Peas `N Rice `N` Coconut Oil
182016Blood OrangeSquash Squash
192019BeirutI Giardini
201991Teenage FanclubThe Concept
212019Aldous HardingDamn
221987Yo La TengoThe Asparagus Song
23?Memphis SlimDuggin' My Potatoes No.2
242019Bill CallahanWriting
251991R.E.M.Half A World Away


Songs of 1990, new stuff from the always excellent Bill Callahan and Cate Le Bon, and songs about Miami, house fires, dolphins, mountains and the Hulk (!?)

11990The LemonheadsDifferent Drum
22019The Comet Is ComingSummon the Fire
32019Cate Le BonMiami
42019Bill CallahanShepherd's Welcome
51990Pet Shop BoysBeing Boring
61990Lou Reed/ John CaleNobody But You
72019The NationalI Am Easy to Find
82019Big ThiefJenni
92000Add N To XMiami Dust Mite Harvest
101990Tim BuckleyDolphins (Live)
122019Modern NatureNature
131990Jane's AddictionBeen Caught Stealing
152019Chris ForsythMystic Mountain
162019Sharon Van EttenNo One's Easy to Love
172017Baxter DuryMiami (Edit)
191990Pale SaintsSight Of You
202019Jake Xerxes FussellJubilee
212019Tyler ChildersHouse Fire
222019Cate Le BonMother's Mother's Magazines
232019Bill CallahanThe Ballad of the Hulk
241990My Bloody ValentineGlider
251990Teenage FanclubEverything Flows
261960Ray CharlesMoon Over Miami


We’re up to the end of the 80’s, into the year 1989, which means songs from De La Soul, The Stone Roses,  A.R. Kane, Soul II Soul and Spacemen 3. For some reason I decided to play songs about shoes (Captain Beefheart, John Lee Hooker), and one about socks (The Unthanks) to fill up some time. I also played two from Bill Callahan, inspired by a walk on the beach the weekend before, and his long awaited forthcoming double album, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest (can’t wait!). We had the usual glut of great new sounds to round out the show from Aldous Harding, The National, Erin Durant, Tyler Childers and Mdou Moctar. A feast.

11989De La SoulMe, Myself & I
21967Captain Beefheart & The Magic BandBig Black Baby Shoes
32019Tyler ChildersHouse Fire
42013Bill CallahanSummer Painter
51989The Stone RosesSally Cinnamon
61989Bob MouldSee a Little Light
72019Andrew BirdCracking Codes
82019The UnthanksSocks
91989Digital UndergroundDowachulike
101962Billy WalkerCharlie's Shoes
112019Aldous HardingTreasure
122019International Brothers BandOnuma Dimnobi
132019Weyes BloodSomething to Believe
141960John Lee HookerNo shoes
151989LoopFade Out
162019Big ThiefCattails
171967PP ArnoldThe First Cut Is The Deepest
182019The NationalNot in Kansas
191986R.E.M.Begin the Begin (Remastered)
202019Erin DurantHighway Blue
211956Pee Wee KingBlue Suede Shoes
231989Soul II SoulKeep on Movin'
242019Mdou MoctarAnna
252009Bill CallahanJim Cain
261989Spacemen 3Lord Can you hear me


My brother Ian joined me in the studio tonight on a whistle stop visit from Prague. Together we listened to the music of 1988 (Prince, Leonard Cohen, Dinosaur Jr, Morrissey, My Bloody Valentine), as well as songs of duration – Minutes, hours days, that sort of thing – from Eddie Boyd, Portishead, Peetie Wheatstraw, David Bowie and more. New music was supplied by Weyes Blood, Mega Bog, Blick Bassy, Cate Le Bon and Solange.

11988R.E.M.Pop Song 89
21985Ry CooderHouston In Two Seconds
32019Big ThiefOrange
41988PixiesRiver Euphrates
51988Sonic YouthCross The Breeze
62017Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel BandTwo Minutes Love
71952Eddie Boyd24 Hours
82019Mega BogDiary of a Rose
92019Weyes BloodWild Time
101988Leonard CohenAin't No Cure For Love
112019Will Burns & Hannah PeelChalk Hill Blue
122019Vampire WeekendThis Life
131988Dinosaur JrBudge
141988My Bloody Valentine(When you wake) you're still in a dream
151960sRem Wall & his green valley boysOne Of These Days
161931Peetie WheatstrawSix Weeks Old Blues
172019Aldous HardingWeight of the Planets
181988The House Of LoveDestroy the Heart
191997PortisheadSeven Months
201952Eddie BoydFive Long Years
212019Blick BassyNgwa
222019Minyo CrusadersTanko Bushi (Boogaloo)
231988MorrisseySuedehead (Remastered)
241988Womack & WomackTeardrops
252019Cate Le BonThe Light
271977David BowieArt Decade
282019Big ThiefCentury


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


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