Genius playlist

March 10, 2009

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Hello world!

I thought I’d update my blog before I make it to the 1 year anniversary of my last post.

Here’s a Genius playlist which my iPhone picked for my journey home from work today. Every track a winner! I really like the Genius feature in iTunes, it’s usually spot on.

  1. Close (To the Edit) - Art of Noise (#8 in 1984)
  2. O Superman (For Massenet) - Laurie Anderson (#2 in 1981 - "Ha ha ha ha ha ha......")
  3. Cry - Godley & Creme (only reached #19 in 1985, fantastic video though)
  4. Happy Talk - Captain Sensible (#1 in 1982, great to sing along to)
  5. Hourglass - Squeeze (#16 in 1987, my pick for a karaoke if I'm ever drunk enough)
  6. Step On - Happy Mondays (#5 in 1990, can you believe it was a cover of a 1971 song?)
  7. Step It Up - Stereo MC's (#12 in 1993)
  8. Hit - Sugarcubes (#17 in 1991, just before Björk left for solo stardom)
  9. Good Morning Britain - Aztec Camera (#19 in 1990)
  10. Diary of Horace Wimp - The Electric Light Orchestra (#5 in 1979)
  11. Sound and Vision - David Bowie (#3 in 1977)
  12. Rapture - Blondie (#5 in 1981, "the first rap-influenced single to reach number one on the US Billboard Chart [wikipedia]")
  13. Sowing the Seeds of Love - Tears for Fears (#5 in 1989)
  14. Prelude - Kate Bush (From the 1995 album Aerial, not released as a single)
  15. Arnold Layne - Pink Floyd (Pink Floyd's first single, reached the top 20 in 1967)
  16. Feel It - The Tamperer / Maya (#1 in 1998 - "What's she gonna look like with a chimney on her?")
  17. Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above - CSS (2006, #39 after a re-release in 2007. They should have released This Month, Day 10, a much better track)
  18. Trouble - Shampoo (Uh-oh, We're in trouble, #11 in 1994)
  19. Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello and The Attractions (#2 in 1979, my second choice for karaoke)
  20. Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (#1 in 1975, another one for karaoke but I'd have to be very drunk!)
  21. Last Train To London - The Electric Light Orchestra (#39 in 1979)
  22. Walk The Dinosaur - Was (Not Was) (#10 in 1987)
  23. Yebo - Art of Noise (#63 in 1989)

I was stuck in traffic around Happy Talk / Hourglass / Step On (roadworks at Deddington). I hope the occupants of the Galaxy in front of me enjoyed watching me singing along.

I got home as Horace Wimp was starting, but the rest of the tracks were also pretty good so I put those in the list as well. If you’ve got Spotify, here’s a link to a Spotify playlist with all the tracks in it, except Close (To the Edit) and Arnold Layne, which Spotify didn’t have. As a bonus though, I’ve put This Month, Day 10 in there, the single that CSS should have released.

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