“Some days are sulky, some days have a grin; and some days have bouncers and won’t let you in”

Presenting another Spotify playlist to fill a gaping creative hole in my writing (as is always the case *insert winkey smiley*).

The theme for this 32 track eclectic musical feast is days of the week; featuring, in the interests of equality, a track for each day sung by him and her. There’s also three weekend toe-tappers to round off the week because why not, eh?

I don’t like ‘I don’t like Mondays’ so ‘I don’t like Mondays’ isn’t on this playlist, just to get that elephant out of the room as the first day of the week song you could think of was more than likely ‘I don’t like Mondays’ — amaright?


Presenting my second ‘playlist to the stars’ featuring an eclectic mix of space-related music from TV, Movies, and albums that I love so much.

Running Order:

Iron Maiden – Satellite 15…..The Final Frontier
Genesis – Keep It Dark
Elton John – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time)
Kraftwerk – Spacelab
Vangelis – Theme From The TV Series ‘Cosmos’ -- Heaven And Hell
James Horner – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
John Williams – The Imperial March -- Darth Vader’s Theme
Orbital – Doctor?
Air – Kelly Watch the Stars
Antilles – Astronaut Dance
Apollo 440 – Lost In Space (Theme) -- Instrumental Version
Buckethead – Big Sur Moon
Monty Python – Galaxy Song (Monty Python Sings)
t.A.T.u. – Cosmos (Outer Space)
Adam Ant – Apollo 9
Billy Bragg – The Space Race Is Over
Yello – Solar Driftwood


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Presenting a musical “Fuck you” to the Government coalition that is ‘Nick, Dave and the Bad Seats‘ -- a playlist of ‘politically’ relevant songs that sums up the current world we live in, the clueless band of elitist cunt-flaps we suffer under, and the mess they so incompetently created; a masterclass in fuck-tardery

This is for the red, blue, purple and yellow quagmire of sewer-ridden criminals and morally corrupt rat-bags, running this small island through the ground and straight to the scorching core of perdition’s rancid smelling anus. May they all die horribly, and a little bit worse, and burn in perpetual damnation for all eternity, and a wee bit longer.


N.A.T.O. (Global Cops) — Poor Righteous Teachers — Instrumental

Uprising -- Muse — “Another promise, another seed / Another, packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed”

Money And Corruption -- The Kinks — “I visualise a day when people will be free / And we’ll be living in a new society / No class distinction, no slums or poverty”

Wat About Di Workin’ Class? -- Linton Kwesi Johnson — “Insurrection is the order of the day / Is a lot of people cryin’ out for change nowadays”

Young Gifted And Skint -- New Model Army —“Can’t pay the rent-man a single thing, don’t let the man from the Gas Board in”

Cash Machine -- Hard-Fi — “No no, this can’t be right / I live an honest life / It seems like sometimes / You don’t cross the line / You don’t get by…”

Unemployed In Summertime -- Emiliana Torrini — “Unemployed in summertime / I’ve only just turned 21”

Obedient Workers (Feat. George Carlin) – Reks — “They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking”

History Repeating -- Shirley Bassey — “There is fashion, there is fad /Some is good, some is bad /And the joke is rather sad / That it’s all just a little bit of history repeating”

I Blame The Government -- Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine — “Under achievers taken by the receivers / Robbery with violence with torture and silence”

Rock Hard Times -- Eels — “As if i cared ’bout the little minds / In the little heads of the herd”

Fuck Police Brutality -- Anti-Flag — “But the cops can do no wrong / They can kill, they can rape, they can do what they want”

Mr. Prime Minister -- Ms. Dynamite — “And did you stop and listen before you started dishing / Our tax for ammunition to kill innocent children”

We Want Your Soul (Feat. Bill Hicks) -- Free*land — “No thinkers, no teachers, no facts, no freaks /no skaters, no tweekers, no truth, no sleep”

Blood Money -- Cliff Lin — Instrumental

Brainwashed -- The Kinks — “You look like a real human being / But you don’t have a mind of your own / Yeah you can walk, you can breathe You can work, you can stitch you can sew / But you’re brainwashed”

Anarchy In The UK -- Sex Pistols — “Your future dream is a shopping scheme”

Killing In The Name -- Rage Against The Machine — “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me”

Running The World -- Jarvis Cocker —It’s the ideal way to order the world / “Fuck the morals, does it make any money?”

Ghost Town -- The Specials — “Why must the youth fight against themselves? / Government leaving the youth on the shelf”

Socialist Serenade -- Manic Street Preachers — “Change your name to new / Forget the fucking Labour”

Party Political -- Full Scale — “I can’t help but think, drink, smell the stink / hopefully some pen and ink will bring us all back from the brink”

No Matter Who You Vote For The Government Always Gets In -- The Bonzo Dog Band — “Posters in suburbia, experts on TV / Don’t let them disturb-i-ya / They’re just the powers that be”

The Times They Are A-Changin’ -- Bob Dylan — “Come mothers and fathers throughout the land / Don’t criticize what you can’t understand”

Integral -- Pet Shop Boys — “Everyone has their own number in the system that we operate under / We’re moving to a situation where your lives exist as information”

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This playlist is my musical tribute to all the LBGTs out there; some of whom I’m enriched enough to call my friends.  I’ve chosen these songs because of their lyrical relevance -- and also because they are uplifting pieces of music; fit for celebrating diversity.

Among them is Pet Shop Boys’ ‘To Speak is a Sin’, which harks back to gay bars of the early 80’s and the quiet desperation and hopeful optimism of picking someone up. In Erasure’s ‘Hideaway’, Andy Bell sings of enduring family rejection after coming out, while Placebo’s in-your-face ‘Nancy Boy’ explores androgynous sexuality and distorted gender roles.  For some reason Depeche Mode’s ‘Never Let Me Down Again’ makes me think of dogging.


Electric Six – Gay Bar
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax -- Original 7”
Pet Shop Boys – To Speak Is A Sin -- 2001 Digital Remaster
Queen – I Want To Break Free -- 2011 Remaster
White Town – Your Woman
Erasure – Hideaway
Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
The Rumble Strips – Girls And Boys In Love
Placebo – Nancy Boy
Billy Bragg – Sexuality
Crash Test Dummies – Androgynous
The Hidden Cameras – Awoo
Roy Zimmerman – Defenders Of Marriage
James – Homeboy


Peaches – I U She
t.A.T.u. – All The Things She Said -- Original Album Version (Edited)
Tanita Tikaram – Twist In My Sobriety
Pixie Lott – Boys And Girls
Tori Amos – Raspberry Swirl -- Lip Gloss Version
Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
Missy Higgins – Scar -- Australian Version
Blondie – Sunday Girl
Bratmobile – Are You A Lady?
Leah Zicari – Kiss That Boy
Rihanna – Te Amo
The Pipettes – Judy
Melange Lavonne – Gay Bash
Tegan And Sara – I Was Married



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Tight leather pants, trowels of make-up, eye-liner, heavily voluminous hair, and gyrations that could drill through solid walls -- but that’s enough about the guys. For this playlist I present 24 female-fronted rock bands from the last decade.

Beauties, beasts and bags of attitude, from the angelic cacophonies of Latin stunner Cristina Scabbia and piercing blue-eyed beauty Amy Lee, to the certifiable, milk curdling, screeches of Juliette Lewis and Courtney Love.

Happy head-banging!

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There was something special to me about the synth-pop sounds of the early-to-mid 80’s – before analogue synthesizers got too clever. I was knee high to a newt when I first heard Kraftwerk’s ‘The Model’ – my earliest memory of music. It sounded like something from another time; cold and clinical, yet catchy and colourful – like a Borg dancing a rainbow tutu.

Early 80’s synthpop was largely an androgynous male dominated genre -- Eurythmics and Yazoo being rarer female-fronted exceptions. Now, I’d hate to use the idiot’s idiom, ‘retro-mania’, but there’s been a bracing revival of early 80’s synth-pop recently, and the bulk of what I like exists outside of the mainstream (better out than in, I say). Even more refreshing for me is that a lot of them are female-fronted.

So, without further adieu (be-do-be-do) and padding-out of words, I give you my personal pick of synth-pop angels from this century who are crafting melodious homages to the pioneers of the last. Among them are Alison Goldfrapp, , I Blame Coco (Stewart ‘The ‘Police’ drummer’ Copeland’s daughter), Robyn, Dragonette, and the seductive Sarah Nixie (Black Box Recorder) -- who could read the local Chinese takeaway menu and still melt me. It may not surprise you to know that I also managed to sneak Tennant & Lowe into this playlist, with a bouncy remix of Lady Gaga’s ‘Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I can Say).

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Playlist to the Stars is a 15 track celebration of my life-long affair with music, space exploration and science fiction. It is a musical journey compiling the quirky melodies of Sparks and the Rezillos, the classical swells of Holst and Strauss, and the genre-defining soundscapes of Vangelis and Jeff Wayne -- with a bit of Queen and Muse pomp for good measure. The musical journey concludes with two tributes: Jean--Michel Jarre‘s haunting tribute to the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger, ‘Last Rendez Vous’ and Alpha Wave Movement’s dreamy ‘Requiem for C.S. (Carl Sagan)’.

So, buckle up and set the controls for  an eclectic odyssey, featuring interstellar visitors that live among us, titans that plot to destroy us, and mortals that fell to earth in the name of science and exploration.


The flashback five – Spacemen Spiff
Carpenters – Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft
Sparks – A Fun Bunch of Guys From Outer Space
The Rezillos – Destination Venus
Joby Talbot – Journey Of The Sorcerer
The Hit Crew – Also Sprach Zarathustra
Daniel Schmidt – Mars
Muse – Exogenesis: Symphony Part 2 [Cross-pollination]
Daft Punk – Solar Sailer
Jeff Wayne feat. Richard Burton – The Eve Of The War & Forever Autumn Medley
Queen – In The Space Capsule (The Love Theme)
Vangelis – Tears In Rain
Pantera – Planet Caravan
Jean Michel Jarre – Ron’s Piece
Alpha Wave Movement – Requiem For C.S.(Carl Sagan)



If, like me, you like to express your love musically, but would rather poke your tongue in a light fitting than endure four minutes and nineteen seconds of Chris De Burgh, then ‘Side A’ is your sunny, uplifting alternative to the heart-wrenching power-ballad. If your bleeding, melancholic heart is prone to sinking deep into the depths of despair like a ship hitting an Ice Burgh, then ‘Side B’ is for you:

Happy Valentine’s Day.


Nouvelle Vague – Just Cant Get Enough
Pet Shop Boys – Heart
Melanie C – I Turn To You
Muse – Starlight
Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Kelis – Acapella
Eels – Fresh Feeling
Chairlift – Bruises
Cinerama – Love
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Emiliana Torrini – Jungle Drum
U2 – Elevation
Eurythmics – Right By Your Side
The Pipettes – I Love You

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Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Chris De Burgh – The Lady In Red
Shania Twain – You’re Still The One
Tony Bennett – The Way You Look Tonight
Céline Dion – The Power Of Love -- Radio Edit
Diana Ross – Endless Love
Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind Of Love
Client – Diary Of An 18 Year Old Boy

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Rock is apparently dead according to a recent declaration by the so-called “professor of pop”, Paul Gambaccini, because it no longer features in the mainstream, watered-down Top 40 music chart. According to a recent article in the Guardian: “The problem lay, in part, with short-sighted record labels investing less in the talent of the future and more in instantly profitable acts such as former X Factor stars.”  Fair point, Gamby-boy, but what about album sales? Nobody talks about the next Muse, or Radiohead single, but everybody buys their albums.

Iron Maiden’s ‘The Final Frontier’ album reached #1 in over 30 countries last year. Metallica and AC/DC currently have the highest grossing album sales and Bon Jovi is the highest grossing live act of 2010.  Good music is not about quick-buck singles, it is about well crafted albums and stellar live performances. Anyway, what connoisseur of music would deem the Top 40 charts to be an accurate representation of people’s musical tastes? Let me put it another way: Mr Blobby has had a UK #1 single, Bob Dylan hasn’t. ‘Nuff said.

It may be that rock no longer has a place in the mainstream, but it is not a reason to declare it ‘dead’. If anything that eludes the zeitgeist is considered dead then Jazz is dead, classical music is dead; ambient, punk, indie, folk and country are also dead – I died in 1996! During my teens I made a point of sidestepping chart music that everyone was listening to (even if it meant not listening to the Stereophonics); I was a John Peel listener, and he only played what wasn’t getting played. Rock albums have always been what chart music isn’t: They are arcane, bold, energetic and political; they dare to be different. Most importantly, they are inaccessible to those who don’t possess the desire to unlock them.

Here are a dozen guitar-driven tracks taken from albums released in 2010. Dead, my fracking arse!

Manic Street Preachers – A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
The Dead Weather – The Difference Between Us
The Black Keys – Black Mud
Blood Red Shoes – Don’t Ask
The Futureheads – Heartbeat Song
Those Dancing Days – Fuckarias
Grinderman – Worm Tamer
The Joy Formidable – I Don’t Want To See You Like This
The Greenhornes – It’s Not Real
Skunk Anansie – My Ugly Boy
The Indelicates – Your Money
Hole – Skinny Little Bitch