No apologies for today, my friends. Today”™s playlist I class as easy listening, as it is a Friday and everyone needs to get some weekend up inside their guts. So that is the way it is.
It”™s Friday the 23rd of April. This means a number of things. First, a big shout out to Sean Ferguson, who will be celebrating his birthday tonight. Guess where? The Railway, Cheltenham which also happens to be a Cheltenham Underground night. Today is chock full of good reasons to go down to the Railway and have yourself a super mega fun time. Playing tonight at the Underground are such fantastic acts as Stressechos, Men Diamler and Mark Hole – check the link about for the full bill.
Right, enough guff let”™s get to the good stuff. Once again, thank you for listening, submitting, commenting and just being generally awesome.
- Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
- Manic Street Preachers – The Masses Against The Classes
- Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz
- Suede – Animal Nitrate
- Magoo – A To Z And Back Again
- Mogwai – Auto Rock
- Pearl Jam – Once
- Ash – Who You Drivin”™ Now
- Sonic Youth – Touch Me I”™m Sick
- Tad – Grease Box
- Soundgarden – 4th July
- Nirvana – Sappy
- Alice In Chains – Them Bones
- Social Distortion – Story Of My Life
- Goldfinger – Ghouls Night Out
- Misfits – Teenagers From Mars
- Misfits – I Turned Into A Martian
- AFI – My Michelle
- Tiger Army – Power Of Moonlight
- Dead Kennedys – Kill The Poor
- Rancid – Roots Radical
- Operation Ivy – Sound System
- Bad Religion – Infection
- Suicidal Tendencies – Cyco Vision
- The Vandals – My Girlfriend”™s Dead
- Nerf Herder – Pantera Fans In Love
- The Ataris – I Won”™t Spend Another Night Alone
- Me First & The Gimme Gimmes – Crazy
- The Specials – Too Much Too Young
- Mad Caddies – Drinking For 11
- Strung Out – Somnombulance
- Lagwagon – May 16
- Catch 22 – Keasbey Nights
- NOFX – Bottles To The Ground
- The Offspring – Amazed
- Pennywise – Bro Hymn
Some quick and dirty hightlights.
First up is Iggy Pop with “Lust for Life”. Remember the film Trainspotting? Yeah, that”™s right.
With that behind us, we move on the more traditional part of the playlist. People have commented that “Masses Against The Classes” wouldn”™t be their first Manic Street Preachers choice. However, I love playing this on guitar, it”™s a vitriolic release to me, simple and straight ahead. As such, just listening to it to exercise any negative thoughts that I may succumb to during the day.
Similar story with “Caught By The Fuzz” by Supergrass. I”™ve got a soft spot for Supergrass and this track always makes me bounce around.
“Animal Nitrate” by Suede makes an appearance here to silence my boss, who was highly critical of my last Suede choice being “Filmstar”, due to the fact it was from the post-Butler era. No matter what he says, Coming Up was a fantastic album and a big hats off to Richard Oakes for stepping up to the plate back in the day.
“Once” by Pearl Jam is on there for two reasons. Firstly, being a huge Nirvana fan when I was a kid, I was dead set against Eddie Vedder. Eventually gave Ten a listen to and kicked myself over and over again for being so closed minded. Never again. Secondly, this track has helped me through some pretty dark times in my life. It also leads into the next stage of the playlist”¦ grunge.
Okay, so Ash aren”™t grunge. But Mudhoney were, and Ash were pretty big fans of Grunge back in the day. Hence this awesome cover of “Who You Drivin”™ Now”. It”™s catchy, it”™s catchy. Could do with some more fuzz, though. Big Muffage! Oh did I mention that growing up both Ash and Mudhoney were two of my favourite bands? There is another band that I”™m a fan of too – and that band is Sonic Youth. Keeping in with the Mudhoney connection, you”™ll also find their cover of “Touch Me, I”™m Sick” on this playlist.
Soundgarden”™s 4th July is quite personal for me, but I won”™t go into why. I love the tuning in this song, Christ the entire track gives me shivers.
Many people seem to see Nirvana as a guilty pleasure these days. This is wrong. There was a reason that they were so successful and that is because Kurt was a fantastic songwriter. This song, entitled “Sappy” was probably written as early as 1987, yet never featured on any album. It was recorded a bunch of times at various studios but Kurt was never happy with the results. In my eyes the definitive version was the version recorded with Albini at Pachyderm Studios in 1993. However, this version doesn”™t appear to be on Spotify so you will have to listen to the Jack Endino recording instead. Yes, I could get a job as a Nirvana historian I know.
I”™m going to leave this here. But all I will say is “Bro Hymn” by Pennywise. It is fantastic. I wish they had the tribute version on here, but alas they don”™t.
Keep it peasant, people.