Good morning! Feeling a lot happier today – found my little ginger kitty (thank buggery, tbh), and have just found out that Broken Social Scene are playing in Birmingham in June after I spent days moping around when London tickets sold out :D So, who”™s coming? SPOTISFACTION MEET-UP HAPPY TIMES ARE NAO!
It”™s Friday! We”™re alive! The weather is”¦ uh”¦ ok, I guess. So, today calls for an upbeat, uplifting playlist to celebrate. And, no better man for the job than Mr. Dan Base! *applause*.
Will hand you over to The Basinator shortly, but before I do I wanted to say a couple of things.
Part The First: Such a good shout on the Incubus track, man. Truly inspired.
Part The Second: Kids, thanks for all the submissions. Still steadily ticking over even after a couple of weeks, which is mind-bogglingly awesome. If you”™re reading/listening and are inspired to make one of your own, please do. We play every single one that gets submitted.
Safe as trucks!
Get the playlist WHILE IT”™S HOT”¦
- Ash – Walking Barefoot
- The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
- Pixes – Debaser
- The Coral – Pass It On
- The Futureheads – Decent Days And Nights
- Radiohead – You
- Sonic Youth – Kissability
- Millencolin – No Cigar
- Blind Melon – No Rain
- Incubus – Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)
- Ash – Angel Interceptor
- Jimmy Eat World – A Praise Chorus
- Skunk Anansie – Lately
- Super Furry Animals – Hello Sunshine
- The Cure – Just Like Heaven
- Pearl Jam – State Of Love And Trust
- Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
- Infadels – Make Mistakes
- The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
- Queen – You”™re My Best Friend
- R.E.M. – Shiny Happy People
- Madness – It Must Be Love
- Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
- Supergrass – Moving
- The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
There is a light and it never goes out
It”™s spring and the sun is shining. It”™s time to catch our collective breath before the insanity of this summer kicks off, so here are some songs to listen to whilst we do so. The title song is of course The Smiths”™ classic and sets the tone I”™m looking for; uplifting songs to elate, inspire, brighten and (especially) embolden.
I saw the Infadels at Glastonbury a few years ago. I was grumpy, exhausted and hungover after a brilliant (but sleepless) Friday night until I stumbled across these guys in one of the dance tents. An ice cream, the Infadels”™ set and some of my trademark awful dancing was more than enough to renew my enthusiasm for the rest of the weekend.
I”™ve picked two Ash songs – what of it? If there”™s a band that soundtrack the beginning of a summer better than Ash I”™m yet to hear them. If you like The Futureheads, by the way, they”™re playing the Guild Hall in Gloucester on 7 May. I”™m going, so should you.
“Debaser” by The Pixies is a glorious song and an explanation of why it”™s on here would be pointless. A song about debasing morality through art it may be (as far as I can tell) but dammit, it”™s a singalong
The inclusion of R.E.M.”™s “Shiny Happy People” on a playlist of uplifting songs nicely sums up the limits of my imagination but if you can listen to this without smiling then you must be a cold, dead automaton with the personality of a cheap toaster. Stay away from me you soulless freak.
“Motorcycle Emptiness” by the Manic Street Preachers may be a ludicrous cock-rock anthem from a band who loved to talk up their punk credentials but who cares? Put on your daftest sunglasses, put your fist in the air and enjoy it.
I was roundly mocked at school for liking Radiohead: “Alright Base, are you going home to listen to some Radiohead and slit your wrists? Durrr-hurr-hurr”. I”™ve always found them pretty uplifting though and “You” is the best song on their first album.
And now an inspirational quotation to end on: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Michael Hutchence