Friday, October 5, 2012

The James Bond Collection

Do you like Adele's Skyfall? I do. And today it gave me a strange kind of jamesbondesque hunger. I went looking for all the past songs from the 007 movies. It has been a quick & easy hunt, courtesy of Wikipedia (every time it happens, I keep wondering: "how can Wikipedia have a page for every thing I'm looking for? Is it maybe the answer to Bono's secular existential drama I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For?).

Anyway. All the songs are pretty available on Spotify (all but Adele's Skyfall: seen her past attitude toward Spotify, she likely will make it available in June 2018). Half of them are chronologically collected in a nice album from 1983. The rest, I found it elsewhere and added on this playlist. From the languid beauty of the Sixties (Shirley Bassey, Nancy Sinatra) to the poppy perversion of the Eighties (Duran Duran, a-ha) to the pure schizophrenia of the Internet era (Garbage? Madonna?? Chris Cornell??? Alicia Keys & Jack White????).


... and if you prefer a YouTube version with original opening titles from (almost) each movie, you can take a look to this thing I posted on the website of the Italian paper La Stampa.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

London 2012 Olympics Playlist

From Stereogum, again:

"British director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) was tasked with picking a playlist for the upcoming Olympic opening ceremony in London, and his 86-track playlist has leaked online, according to The Telegraph. Notable: It’s probably a deliberate choice that members of the Queen’s Jubilee Court — knighted folks like Elton John and Paul McCartney — were left off. Though it hasn’t been officially confirmed, the playlist doesn’t jive with a certain Spice Girl. “We literally flew the flag — and Geri even wore it — around the globe,” Mel C, AKA Sporty Spice, told The Mirror. She’s got a point. Check out (listen to) the full playlist below".

72/86 tracks available.
No Beatles, no Led Zeppelin, no Pink Floyd, as spoti-usual.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Stereogum's Indie Songs of the Summer 2012

Two months without writing or playlisting anything. Sorry, sometimes real life steals your fantasy life. I don't know if I will find a way to get regular again, here on Spotirama, but today I read this little list on Stereogum and I thought: "uhm, why not?". So it is... a little summer indie playlist: 12 songs, with just one missing (Azealia Banks' Jumanji). Enjoy!

P.S. You can vote your favourite summer song on Stereogum.


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Sunday, April 22, 2012

BBC6 Music Playlist (week 16, 21/4/2012)

(week 16, 21/4/2012)
Source: BBC6
Songs available on Spotify: 28/33 (84,84%)

New entries: 
Come On, Be a No-One (The Cribs), Love Interruption (Jack White), Hot Fruit (Gaz Coombes), Stairs (Family of the Year), Oblivion (Grimes), The Night (School of the Seven Bells), All of Me (Tanlines), Juarez (We Are Augustines), Silver Tongue (Zulu Winter), Tosta Mista (Hooded Fang), All the Robots (Regina Spektor), Be Your Bro (Those Darlins)
Missing songs: 
Dead and Gone (Black Keys), Someone Purer (Mystery Jets), Breezeblocks (Alt-J), Bashful (Kwes), One Drop (PiL)
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(all songs that appeared in previous 2012 BBC6 playlists)

Songs: 73
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Flavorwire's The 30 Best Kiss-Offs in Musical History

What's better than celebrating a kick-off with a playlist based on kiss-offs?
The kick-off: Spotify button (look below and tell me if it works!)
The kiss-off: Flavorwire's The 30 Best Kiss-Offs in musical History.
Enjoy! :o)

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Source: Flavorwire.
Songs available on Spotify: 27/30 (90%)
(not available: Break of Day by Bonnie Prince Billy, Positively 4th Street by Bob Dylan, How Do You Sleep? by John Lennon)
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pitchfork Best New Music of 2012 (march update)

This playlist is based on Best New Albums section of the US webzine Pitchfork. It only features albums reviewed in 2012. Latest 30-days new entries are Burial, Grimes, Frankie Rose, Lambchop, Perfume Genius. Killing-cat curiosity: one year ago, at the beginning of march, Pitchfork had honoured with the "best new music" etiquette just  nine albums, two less than this year. Enjoy!

Source: Pitchfork.
Albums available on Spotify: 8/11 (72,72%)
(links are to Pitchfork reviews)

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory (8.6)
Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions (8.4)
John Talabot - fIN (8.5)
Burial - Kindred EP (8.7)
Grimes - Visions (8.5)
Frankie Rose - Interstellar (8.4)
Lambchop - Mr. M (8.3)
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N2 It (8.4)

Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction (8.4)
Julia Holter - Ekstasis (8.6)
The Men - Open Your Heart (8.5)

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Friday, March 2, 2012

NPR's 70-song SXSW Playlist (on Spotify)

Whistlin' in the rain

Well, actually NPR made a 100-song playlist. And many of them are available as MP3 on their website. In this playlist you can listen to the 69 70 I found on Spotify. Enjoy!

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NPR's 70-song SXSW Playlist
Source: NPR.
Songs available on Spotify: 69/100 (69%)

Adam Arcuragi - Presidents' Song
Alabama Shakes - I Found You
Allen Stone - Sleep
Amy Bezunartea - Doubles
Andrew Bird - Eyeoneye
Apparat - Black Water
Bear In Heaven - The Reflection Of You
Ben Howard - Old Pine
Best Coast - When I'm With You
Big Deal - Chair
Black Tusk - Set The Dial To Your Doom
Blondes - Wine
Brendan Benson - Bad For Me
Bright Moments - Travelers
Caveman - Old Friend
Ceremony - Hysteria
Chappo - Come Home
Chic Gamine - Closer
Chicha Libre - La Danza Del Millonario
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Same Mistake
Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless
Crooked Fingers - Your Apocalypse
Cults - Abducted
Dan Deacon - Bangkok
Daughter - Landfill
Deafheaven - Violet
Dessa - The Beekeeper
Dev - In The Dark
Dry The River - New Ceremony
Eleanor Friedberger - My Mistakes
Emma-Louise - Jungle
Emperor X - Erica Western Teleport
The Front Bottoms - Maps
Fanfarlo - Deconstruction
Feathers - Believe
Firehorse - Our Hearts
fun. - We Are Young
G-Side - NAT GEO
Gappy Ranks - Longtime
Garland Jeffreys - Coney Island Winter
Girl In A Coma - Smart
Great Lake Swimmers - Easy Come Easy Go
Grimes - Oblivion
Heartless Bastards - Parted Ways
Herzog - Silence
Horse Feathers - Fit Against The Country
Hospitality - Friends Of Friends
Imperial Teen - Runaway
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - Everything Will Be Fine
Kendrick Lamar - Ab-Souls Outro (feat. Ab-Soul)
Kishi Bashi - Bright Whites
La Sera - Please Be My Third Eye
La Vida Boheme - Nicaragua
Laura Gibson - La Grande
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Faithful Man
Lost Lander - Cold Feet
Lost In The Trees - Red
Lower Dens - Brains
Luluc - Little Suitcase
The Magnetic Fields - Andrew In Drag
The Men - Open Your Heart
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Milagres - Here To Stay
Milo Greene - 1957
Mind Spiders - Wait For Us
The Milk Carton Kids - There By Your Side
Nada Surf - When I Was Young
Nicolas Jaar - With Just One Glance
Now, Now - Dead Oaks
Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
Patrick Watson - Into Giants
Polica - Lay Your Cards Out
Quiet Company - You, Me & The Boatman
Royal Thunder - Mouth Of Fire
Reks - Autograph
Robert Glasper Experiment - Ah Yeah

Sarah Jaffe - Glorified High
Sarah Siskind - Feeling For You
SBTRKT - Wildfire
Seryn - We Will All Be Changed
Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 - Rise
Sepalcure - Pencil Pimp
Sharon Van Etten - Serpents
Shearwater - You As You Were
Shimmering Stars - Sun's Going Down
Silverbus - Those Forgotten
Sleeper Agent - Get It Daddy
Spoek Mathambo - Put Some Red On It
STS - Here Tonight
Tanlines - Brothers
THEESatisfaction - QueenS
Water Liars - Dog Eaten
We Are Augustines - Headlong Into The Abyss
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Act On Impulse
Wild Belle - Keep You
Y La Bamba - Squawk
Yellow Ostrich - Marathon Runner
Young Buffalo - Catapilah
Young Prisms - Floating In Blue
Zola Jesus - Vessel

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Booktracks - Rob Sheffield's Love Is A Mixtape

I cannot count how many times, while reading Rob Sheffield's Love Is A Mixtape, I thought: "Hey, that's it! That's how things work, or should! It's really like this!". Naturally, I don't share 100% of the author's musical tastes (let's say, 73,8%). Neither I share(d) a sentimental relation like the one he had with his wife Renée, full of mixtapes, romance, gigs, fun and grief (though I must confess I often long for something like that... without the grief part).

But many feelings and thoughts (and dirty playlist-making obsessions), yes, they seemed to come out of my mind. And many parts of the book, they're so great that I'd really like I wrote them before him. It's a nice book, believe me. There are some sad moments in it. Some melancholy for the golden age of 90s, as time goes by. Mostly, though, it gives you free laughs. A lot of them. I'm European, I have been raised by High Fidelity, so somehow I see it as kind of an American answer to Nick Hornby. With less Britannia and more Pavement. Generating the same, light, witty reading pleasure.

It's a book full of playlists. Or better, mixtapes. Title's not a trick: every chapter starts with one.
Yes... right guess, I spotified all of them. :o)
If you decide to read it, here you find - definitely and literally - the right soundtrack.

"Every time I have a crush on a woman, I have the same fantasy: I imagine the two of us as a synth-pop duo. No matter who she is, or how we meet, the synth-pop duo fantasy has to work, or the crush fizzles out. I have loads of other musical fantasies about my crushes - I picture us a Gram-and-Emmylou country harmony duo, or as guitarists in a rock band, trading off vocals like Mick and Keith. But for me, it always comes back to the synth-pop duo. The girl is up front, swishing her skirt, tossing her hair, a saucy little firecracker. I'm the boy in the back, hidden behind my Roland JP8000 keyboard."

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#1 RUMBLEFISH (ides o'march 1993)
Songs available on Spotify: 16/20 (80%)

Pavement – Shoot The Singer
The Smiths – Cemetary Gates
Belly – Feed The Tree
Sloan - Sugar Tune
L7 – Shove
Lois – Bonds in Seconds
Grenadine - In a World Without Heroes
The Pooh Sticks - Sugar Baby
The Chills – Part Past Part Fiction
Whitney Houston – I'm Every Woman
L7 – Packin' A Rod
R.E.M. – Man On The Moon
10,000 Maniacs – Candy Everybody Wants
Royal Trux - Sometimes
Bettie Serveert – Palomine
Morrissey – We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Passionate Kisses
Pavement – Texas Never Whispers
Boy George – The Crying Game
Belly – Slow Dog

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#2 ROLLER BOOGIE (december 1979)
Songs available on Spotify: 16/20 (80%)

Van Halen – Dance The Night Away
Gary Numan – Cars
Donna Summer – Dim All The Lights
Cheap Trick – Surrender
Electric Light Orchestra – Turn To Stone
Blondie – Heart Of Glass
Boston – Don't Look Back
Donna Summer – Bad Girls
Foreigner – Feels Like The First Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
M – Pop Muzik
Michael Jackson – Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
The J. Geils Band – Must Of Got Lost
The Knack – My Sharona
Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall
The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
Aerosmith – Dream On - Live
Earth, Wind & Fire – September
The J. Geils Band – Give It To Me
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

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#3 TAPE 635 (june 1980)
Songs available on Spotify: 22/24 (91,66%)

Cheap Trick – Surrender
Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
Electric Light Orchestra – Turn To Stone
Electric Light Orchestra – Sweet Talkin' Woman
Steely Dan – Reelin' In The Years
The Cars – Just What I Needed
The Eagles - Life in the Fast Lane
The Rolling Stones – (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Cheap Trick – Ain't That A Shame (live)
Cheap Trick – Clock Strikes Ten
The Guess Who – American Woman
Supertramp – The Logical Song
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
The Rolling Stones – Jumpin' Jack Flash
Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E's In Love
Gerry Rafferty – Get It Right Next Time
The Knack – My Sharona
The J. Geils Band – Where Did Our Love Go (live)
Cheap Trick – Dream Police
Nick Lowe – Cracking Up
Squeeze – Cool For Cats

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Songs available on Spotify:

R.E.M. – It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Thelonious Monk – Memories Of You
ABC – That Was Then But This Is Now
Eric Carmen – She Did It
Yazoo – Nobody's Diary
Magazine – Shot By Both Sides
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Little Wing
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Bold As Love
The Beatles - What You're Doing
The Beatles - Yes It Is

The Dogmatics – Cry Myself To Sleep
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)
Aretha Franklin – Don't Play That Song
Aretha Franklin – Day Dreaming
Aretha Franklin – Angel
Aretha Franklin – Until You Come Back To Me [That's What I Am Going To Do]
Alex Chilton – Take It Off
Lou Reed – Bottoming Out
Johnny Thunders – It's Not Enough
Baby Astronauts - Lost at Your Party
The Verlaines - Death and the Maiden
The Flying Lizards - Sex Machine

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#5 BIG STAR: FOR RENEE (october 1989)
Songs available on Spotify: 34/37 (91,89%)

(Big Star full Sister Lovers album)
Big Star – Kizza Me
Big Star – Thank You Friends
Big Star – Big Black Car
Big Star – Jesus Christ
Big Star – Femme Fatale
Big Star – O, Dana
Big Star – Holocaust
Big Star – Kanga Roo
Big Star – Stroke It Noel
Big Star – For You
Big Star – You Can't Have Me
Big Star – Nightime
Big Star – Blue Moon
Big Star – Take Care
Big Star – Nature Boy (Alternate Mix)
Big Star – Till The End Of The Day
Big Star – Dream Lover
Big Star – Downs
Big Star – Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
The Bats – Sir Queen
Velvet Underground - Radio Ad
(Big Star full Radio City album)
Big Star – O My Soul
Big Star – Life Is White
Big Star – Way Out West
Big Star – What's Going Ahn
Big Star – You Get What You Deserve
Big Star – Mod Lang
Big Star – Back Of A Car
Big Star – Daisy Glaze
Big Star – She's A Mover
Big Star – September Gurls
Big Star – Morpha Too
Big Star – I'm In Love With A Girl
Big Star – O My Soul
Lucinda Williams - I Just Wanted To See You So Bad
The Raincoats – Only Loved at Night
Marti Jones - Lonely Is (as Lonely Does)

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#6 SHEENA WAS A MAN (november 1989)
Songs available on Spotify: 14/16 (87,50%)

Young MC – Bust A Move
Digital Underground – Doowutchyalike
Tone-Loc – Wild Thing
Roxanne Shante – Live On Stage (Hip Hop Version)
Public Enemy – Fight The Power
Kings of Swing - Stop Jockin' James
Tone-Loc – Funky Cold Medina
Heatwave – The Groove Line
Inner City – Good Life
Big Daddy Kane – Ain't No Half-Steppin'
LL Cool J – I'm That Type Of Guy
The Lady Supreme - I'm That Type of Girl
Kool Moe Dee – They Want Money
Roxanne Shante – Go On Girl
EPMD – Strictly Business
Roxanne Shante – Have A Nice Day (Remix)

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#7 PERSONICS (august 1990)
Songs available on Spotify:

The Beach Boys – Don't Worry Baby
Stray Cats – I Won't Stand In Your Way
Isaac Hayes – Don't Let Go - Single Version
The Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes
The Isley Brothers – This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)
Honey Cone – Want Ads
Lyle Lovett – God Will
The Barbarians – Moulty
Holy Modal Rounders – Bird Song
Tom Waits – The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
Ten City - Right Back To You
Aretha Franklin – Angel

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songs available on Spotify: 27/31 (87,09%)

Chris Bell – You And Your Sister
Yo La Tengo – Satellite
Big Star – Nighttime (demo)
Aerosmith – Angel
The Beatles - Tell Me What You See
The Style Council – You're The Best Thing
Meat Puppets - This Day
R.E.M. – Talk About The Passion
Otis Redding – Come To Me
Yo La Tengo – The Summer
Al Green – You Ought To Be With Me
Van Morrison – Sweet Thing
Matthew Sweet – Winona
Bonnie Raitt – I Can't Make You Love Me
Big Star – I'm In Love With A Girl
The dB's – From A Window To A Screen
Billie Holiday – These Foolish Things
Roxy Music – More Than This
Matthew Sweet – Your Sweet Voice
George Jones – Color of the Blues
Yo La Tengo – Did I Tell You
Ray Charles – Carryin' That Load
Prince – Slow Love
Big Star – Blue Moon
Marshall Crenshaw – All I Know Right Now
The Beatles - All My Loving
Al Green – Let's Stay Together
Dusty Springfield – So Much Love
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
Yo La Tengo – Yellow Sarong
Big Star – Thirteen

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Songs available on Spotify: 22/28 (78,57%)

Morrissey – That's Entertainment
Unrest – Yes She Is My Skinhead Girl
Unrest - Sex Machine
The Dead C. - Scarey New
The Dead C. - Phantom Power
Love Child - Know It's Alright
Pavement – Angel Carver Blues/Mellow Jazz Docent
Sonic Youth – Personality Crisis
Nirvana – Sliver - Single Version
Teenage Fanclub – Everything Flows
Pavement – Debris Slide
Superchunk – Cool
Unrest - Cherry Cherry
Royal Trux - Lick My Boots
Teenage Fanclub – Everybody's Fool
Teenage Fanclub – God Knows It's True
Perfect Disaster – Takin' Over
Yo La Tengo – Yellow Sarong
Yo La Tengo – The Summer
Yo La Tengo – Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Yo La Tengo – Ecstasy Blues
Superchunk – Slack Motherfucker
Urge Overkill – The Candidate
Blake Babies – I'm Not Your Mother
Blake Babies – I'll Take Anything
Blake Babies – Gimme Some Mirth
The Pooh Sticks – Young People
The Pooh Sticks – The Rhythm Of Love

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#10 THE COMFORT ZONE (april 1992)
Songs available on Spotify: 24/28 (85,71%)

Vanessa Williams – The Comfort Zone
The KLF (feat. Tammy Wynette) – Justified And Ancient
U2 – One
Hi-Five – I Can't Wait Another Minute
Kris Kross – Jump
Enigma – Sadeness - Part I
Paula Abdul – The Promise Of A New Day
Linear - TLC
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Mariah Carey – Love Takes Time
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Kiss Them For Me
Prince & The New Power Generation – Cream
Madonna – This Used To Be My Playground
Right Said Fred – I'm Too Sexy
Sir Mix A Lot – Baby Got Back
Tom Cochrane – Life Is A Highway
The Escape Club – I'll Be There
TLC – Baby-Baby-Baby
En Vogue – Giving Him Something He Can Feel
Lionel Richie – Do It To Me
ALT And The Lost Civilization – Tequila
George Michael & Elton John – Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Trey Lorenz – Someone To Hold
Corina – Temptation
Nikki - Notice Me
Natural Selection - Do Anything
Mint Condition – Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)
Hi-Five - I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)

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#11 DANCING WITH MYSELF (august 1993)
Songs available on Spotify: 24/29 (82,75%)

Meat Puppets - Up On the Sun
Penelope Houston – Qualities Of Mercy
The Chills – Part Past Part Fiction
Bettie Serveert – Tom Boy
Pavement – Box Elder
Madonna – Rain
New Order – Regret
Juliana Hatfield – Ugly
Lucinda Williams – Sweet Old World
Morrissey – Sing Your Life
The Replacements – Kiss Me On The Bus
The Shams - Time
The Smiths – Cemetry Gates
R.E.M. – Sitting Still
Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is)
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
New York Dolls – Trash
X - Breathless
Jordy - Dur Dur D'Etre Bébé
Snatch - Up and Down
Rupaul – Supermodel
X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage, Up Yours!
L7 – Fast And Frightening
KC & The Sunshine Band – Shake Your Body
Shonen Knife – Shonen Knife
Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?
Blondie – I'm Gonna Love You Too
X – In This House That I Call Come
L7 – Till The Wheels Fall Off

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#12 HOW I GOT THAT LOOK (august 1994)
Songs available on Spotify: 25/28 (89,28%)

Liz Phair – Supernova
Sebadoh – Skull
Pavement – Gold Soundz
Sugar – Your Favorite Thing
Everything But The Girl – We Walk The Same Line
Hole – Plump
Superchunk – The First Part
Dinosaur Jr. – Feel The Pain
Frank Black – Headache
The Offspring – Come Out and Play
Fuzzy - Flashlight
Stereolab – Ping Pong
Veruca Salt – Seether
G. Love & Special Sauce – Baby's Got Sauce
Archers Of Loaf – Freezing Point (Vs. The Greatest of All Time)
Saint Etienne – I Was Born On Christmas Day
Pavement – Elevate Me Later
Sebadoh – Rebound
Liz Phair – Whip-Smart
Guided by Voices – Gold Star For Robot Boy
Dinosaur Jr. – I Don't Think So
Sugar – Believe What You're Saying
Rollerskate Skinny – Bow Hitch-Hiker
Grifters – Cinnamon
Sloan – Coax Me
Weezer – Undone -- The Sweater Song
The Wedding Present - Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
Palace Brothers - All Is Grace

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#13 52 GIRLS ON FILM (may 1995)
Songs available on Spotify: 25/29 (86,20%)

Adam Ant – Strip
The Human League – The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
The B-52's – 52 Girls
Yazoo – Situation
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Duran Duran – Girls on Film
Depeche Mode – Just Can't Get Enough
Ray Parker Junior – I Still Can't Get Over Loving You
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy
The Waitresses – I Know What Boys Like
Vanity 6 - Nasty Girl
Bow Wow Wow – C30, C60, C90 Go
Adam & The Ants – Stand And Deliver
The B-52's – Legal Tender
Prince – Delirious
Eurythmics – Sex Crime (1984) (live)
ABC – Be Near Me
Mecano – Me Colé En Una Fiesta
Peter Godwin - Images of Heaven
Peter Schilling – Major Tom '94(English Version)
November Group - The Popular Front
Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
The Comsat Angels - Will You Stay Tonight?
Kim Wilde – Tuning In Tuning On
Haysi Fantayzee – Shiny Shiny
Dominatrixx – Dominatrix Sleeps Tonite
Intodeep – Last Night (a Dj Saved My Life)

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#14 CRAZY FEELING (april 1997)
Songs available on Spotify: 23/28 (82,14%)

Sleater-kinney – One More Hour
David Bowie – DJ
Bob Dylan – If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Lou Reed – Crazy Feeling
Lois - Capital A
Roky Erickson – You Don't Love Me Yet
Sleater-kinney – Little Babies
Leadbelly – Rock Island Line
The Softies – Excellent
The Softies – The Best Days
Morrissey – Interesting Drug
Lois feat. Elliott Smith - Rougher
The Rolling Stones – Doncha Bother Me
The Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
Yo La Tengo – Green Arrow
Peter Green & Mick Fleetwood – Albatross
Peter Green & Mick Fleetwood – Looking For Somebody
Peter Green - Like Crying
Peter Green – Man Of The World
Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
Lou Reed – A Gift
Yo La Tengo – The Lie and How We Told It
Steely Dan – Barrytown
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
Lou Reed – Ooohhh Baby
The Byrds – You Won't Have To Cry
Bob Dylan - Tell Me Mama
Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby

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#15 PARAMOUNT HOTEL (june 1997)
Songs available on Spotify: 23/28 (82,14%)

Leonard Cohen – Joan Of Arc
Pavement – AT&T
Frank Sinatra – How About You
The Divine Comedy – Becoming More Like Alfie
The Germs – What We Do Is Secret
The Rentals with Damon Albarn - We Have a Technical
The Softies - COunt To Ten

The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group – Mij Amsterdamn
Tindersticks – Dancing
Julie London – Daddy
Pavement – Give It A Day
Blondie – (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
Smog - Inspirational
Pavement – Black Out
Pavement – Father To A Sister Of Thought
Pavement – Best Friend’s Arm
Pavement – Fight This Generation
Pavement – Kennel District
Frank Sinatra – Swingin' Down the Lane
April Stevens – I Want A Lip
Arto Lindsay - Clown
U2 – Staring At The Sun
Gloria Ward - Oh Honey
Leonard Cohen – Avalanche
Roxy Music – Prairie Rose
Tindersticks with Isabella Rossellini – A Marriage Made In Heaven
Frank Sinatra – Too Marvellous For Words

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#16 MMMROB (june 1997)
Songs available on Spotify: 26/29 (89,65%)

Hanson – MMMBop
Donny Osmond - Last of the Red Hot Lovers
The Osmonds - The Honeybee Song

Urge Overkill – Sister Havana
Donnie Iris – Ah! Leah!
Kiss – Christine Sixteen
Adam Ant – Friend Or Foe
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Echo And The Bunnymen – Seven Seas
Pixies – Palace Of The Brine
Camper Van Beethoven – The Humid Press Of Days
Talking Heads – Houses In Motion
Soul Coughing - Blue Eyed Devil
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
Skee-Lo - The Tale of Mr. Morton
U2 – Mysterious Ways
The Breeders – Fortunately Gone
Cibo Matto – Spoon
Liz Phair – Stratford-On-Guy
R.E.M. – Fall On Me
The Psychedelic Furs – Highwire Days
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Cities In Dust
Luscious Jackson – Deep Shag
Soul Asylum – Summer of Drugs
The Who – Drowned
Thurston Moore – Psychic Hearts
The Jam – Start!
R.E.M. – Begin The Begin
The Who – Music Must Change

Listen on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0838)

#17 HYPNOTIZE (october 1997)
Songs available on Spotify: 21/22 (95,45%)

White Town – Your Woman
Sugar Ray – Fly
The Cardigans – Lovefool
The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize
Meredith Brooks – Bitch
OMC – How Bizarre
Gina G – Ooh Aah (Just A Little Bit)
The Hed Boys – Girls + Boys (Seka Radio Mix)
Grace – Skin On Skin (Orange Mix)
Air Supply – Lost In Love
Janet Jackson – Together Again
Scritti Politti – Hypnotize
Sugar Ray - Danzig Needs a Hug
The Notorious B.I.G. – #!*@ You Tonight
Ghostface Killah feat. Mary J. Blige – All That I Got Is You
Billie Ray Martin – Space Oasis
Donna Summer – On The Radio
Kristine W – Sweet Mercy Me
Daft Punk – Around The World
Erasure – Victim Of Love
Donna Summer – Dim All The Lights
Serge Gainsbourg – Ford Mustang

Listen on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0839)

#19 GLOSSIN' AND FLOSSIN' (december 1998)
Songs available on Spotify: 22/23 (95,65%)

Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (Oliver Momm Remix)
Sugar Ray – Ode To The Lonely Hearted
Aerosmith – No More No More
The Rolling Stones – She's So Cold
T. Rex – Bang A Gong (Get It On)
Frankie Valli – Can't Take My Eyes Off You
The English Beat – Save It For Later
Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
Dusty Springfield – I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Abba – Mamma Mia
Heart – Magic Man
Vanessa Williams – The Comfort Zone
Fleetwood Mac – Gold Dust Woman
Ozzy Osbourne – Flying High Again
Stevie Wonder – Boogie On Reggae Woman
Abba – S.O.S.
Paul Mauriat – Love Is Blue
OutKast – Rosa Parks
Jay-Z (feat. Jermaine Dupri) – Money Ain't A Thang
The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
Mase (feat. Total) – What You Want
Husker Du - Never Talking To You Again
The Rolling Stones – Waiting On A Friend

Listen on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0841)

#20 BLUE RIDGE GOLD (april 2000)
Songs available on Spotify: 32/34 (94,11%)

Perez Prado – Why Wait
Elvis Presley – Moonlight Swim
Ray Charles – Wichita Lineman
Nan Vernon - Moon River
The Standells – Riot On Sunset Strip
Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
April Stevens – Teach Me Tiger
Kyu Sakamoto – Sukiyaki
The Shadows – Spring Is Nearly Here
Neil Diamond – I Am...I Said
Dean Martin – Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime
The Dave Clark Five - Catch Us If You can
The Shangri-Las – Bulldog
Louis Prima – My Conochetta
Glen Campbell – Gentle On My Mind
The Tornados – Telstar
Stereo Total – Supergirl
John Denver – Thank God I'm A Country Boy
The Three Suns – Delicado
Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman
Nico – These Days
Merle Haggard – I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am
Santo E Johnny – Sleepwalk
Dressy Bessy – Jenny Come On
Sweet – Wig Wam Bam
Shirley Ellis – The Clapping Song
Louis Prima – That Was A Big Fat Lie
Ella Mae Morse – The House Of Blue Lights
Rooftop Singers – Walk Right In
Gloria Wood – Hey! Bellboy!
Petula Clark – A Sign Of The Times
Nellie Lutcher – Fine Brown Frame
The Quin-Tones – Down The Aisle Of Love
Rosie & The Originals – Angel Baby

Listen on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0842)

#21 VIA VESPUCCI (december 2002)
Songs available on Spotify: 32/33 (96,96%)

Elton John – Mellow
Fairport Convention – Tale In Hard Time
Gary Stewart – Out Of Hand
Lou Christie – Two Faces Have I
The Dovells – Bristol Stomp
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – No More Tearstained Make Up
Gary U.S. Bonds – Quarter To Three
Ronnie Wood – Mystifies Me
Jerry Butler – For Your Precious Love
Elton John – Dirty Little Girl
The Beach Boys – Johnny Carson
Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
The Everly Brothers – All I Have To Do Is Dream
The Five Americans – Western Union
Stevie Wonder – Golden Lady
Tom T. Hall – I Miss A Lot Of Trains
Lonnie Donegan – Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight)?
The Monkees – Daydream Believer
The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman
Lou Christie – The Gypsy Cried
Swingin' Medallions – Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)
The Jive Five – Hully Gully Callin' Time
Ray Barretto – El Watusi
Freddy Cannon – Palisades Park
Chubby Checker – The Fly
Joe Jones – You Talk Too Much
Dion – Love Came to Me
Brenda Lee – Sweet Nothin's
Tommy James & The Shondells – Mirage
Merrilee Rush – Angel Of The Morning
Ohio Express – Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
Fats Domino – I'm Walkin'

Listen on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0843)

Listen on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0844)

Previously booktracked:
- Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch
- Nick Hornby's High Fedelity
- Luca Castelli's La Musica Liberata (sweet child o'mine)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pitchfork Best New Music of 2012 (february update)

Time to open the Pitchfork magic box, again. This playlist is based on Best New Albums section of the US webzine. It only features albums reviewed in 2012 (for 2010 and 2011 playlists, see below). It's a good start. I love Cloud Nothings' Attack on Memory and - by now - we have 100% of albums available on Spotify. The playlist will be monthly updated. Enjoy!

Source: Pitchfork.
Albums available on Spotify: 3/3 (100%)
(links are to Pitchfork reviews)

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory (8.6)
Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions (8.4)
John Talabot - fIN (8.5)

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lite (three tracks each album): HTTP, URI (SR0823)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI (SR0824)

lite (three tracks each album): HTTP, URI (SR0182)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI (SR0506)
lite (three tracks each album): HTTP, URI (SR0576)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI (SR0577)

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Imperial Williams (a 80 minutes tribute to 80 year-old John Williams)

Few days ago, great composer John Williams celebrated his 80th birthday. This is a little tribute to his work, a playlist made with some of his most popular movie themes. It's amazing how many and how universal they are: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jaws, Superman, Schindler's List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the latest Tintin and many more. These tunes manage to bring you back into a magic and dreamful world: push the play button, close your eyes and you will suddenly find yourself in a soundscape filled with childhood memories: flying bikes, lost arks, tyrannosaurs, lightsabers. 80 minutes for 80 years. Enjoy!

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(a 80 minutes tribute to 80 years-old John Williams)

1. Main Theme from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
2. Flying Theme from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
3. Olympic Fanfare
4. Theme from The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
5. Flight to Neverland from Hook (1991)
6. Main Title from The Poseidon Adventure (1973)
7. Main Theme from Jaws (1975)
8. Main Title from Home Alone (1990)
9. Slave Children's Crusade from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
10. The Imperial March from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
11. Cantina Band from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
12. Main Title from The Reivers (1969)
13. Theme from Jurassic Park (1994)
14. Theme from Schindler's List (1993)
15. Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan (1999)
16. Title Theme and Love Theme from Superman (1979)
17. Harry's Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2003)
18. Wild Signals from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1978)
19. Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Friday, February 3, 2012

RockFirst Top 30 Britpop Albums of the 90s

Doctors told me I have to listen to Britpop from the 90s, now and then. It's for my health. So it's good when I find charts like "Les 30 meilleurs albums de Britpop des années 90" by french magazine Rock First. I don't like all of them. But the list includes some of the greatest albums of my university years (Oasis vs. Blur, plus Suede, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Verve, Pulp...). I made the usual two playlists, out of it. Mammoth and lite. Nostalgically enjoy! And point your finger at Trashcan Sinatras, whose A Happy Pocket is the only album missing.

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Source: Rock First / Acclaimed Music.
Albums available on Spotify: 29/30 (96,66%)

30. The Trashcan Sinatras - A Happy Pocket
29. Echobelly - On
28. Lush - Lovelife
27. Sleeper The It Girl
26. Kula Shaker - K
25. The Bluetones - Expecting To Fly
24. Ocean Colour Scene - Moseley Shoals
23. Cast - All Change
22. Stereophonics - Word Gets Around
21. Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
20. Saint-Etienne - Tiger Bay
19. Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
18. Elastica - Elastica
17. Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
16. The Verve - Urban Hymns
15. The Charlatans - The Charlatans
14. The Auteurs - New Wave
13. Primal Scream - Give Out But Don't Give Up
12. The Boo Radleys - Wake Up!
11. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Felling Sinister
10. Paul Weller - Wild Wood
9. The Divine Comedy - Casanova
8. Radiohead - The Bends
7. Blur - Parklife
6. Supergrass - I Should Coco
5. Oasis - Definitely maybe
4. Pulp - Different Class
3. Suede - Suede
2. Oasis - (What's the story) Morning Glory?
1. Blur - The Great Escape

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Lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR821)

Friday, January 13, 2012

From ACT's Point of View (a tribute to 20-year-old ACT Music label)

Stop your clocks. Turn off your electric guitars. Forget your daily life noise. Press the play button. Open a book and start reading it slowly. Or just take a seat and look out of the window. The nighter, the better. Cognac allowed. This playlist is jazzy. Contemporarily jazzy. Filled with slow piano ballads and silken female voices. It starts with the late Esbjorn Svensson, it goes through a Norah Jones cammeo, some flamenco, a Vietnamese-reinvented Eleanor Rigby and it ends with a nice rendition of The Simpsons' theme. It features a lot of musicians with exotic, non-anglosaxon birth names: Bugge, Nils, Leszek, Rigmor, Paolo, Youn, Solveig, Iiro, Nguyen, Viyaj, Ulf, Viktoria...  It's a 20-song happy-20th-birthday to ACT jazz label. I got the idea while reading this article on The Guardian. ACT is based in Germany, it was founded by Siegfried Loch in 1992 and almost incredibly it hasn't an English Wikipedia page, yet. If you sprechen Deutsch, there's the German one. Consider it as a quiet parenthesis in the barbaric yawp of chaos. Enjoy it. Then, start yawping again.

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(A tribute to 20 years of ACT Music)

Esbjörn Svensson Trio – From Gagarin's Point Of View
Bugge Wesseltoft – Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker
Nils Landgren – When All Is Said And Done
John Abercrombie & Arif Mardin – El Vito Cante
Richard Galliano, Paolo Fresu, Jan Lundgren – Que reste-t-il de nos amours?
Rigmor Gustafsson – Empty Hearts
Leszek Mozdzer – Svantetic
Youn Sun Nah – My Favorite Things
Gwilym Simcock – These Are The Good Days
Solveig Slettahjell – Take It With Me
Tonbruket – Balloons
Joel Harrison & Norah Jones – Tennessee Waltz
Iiro Rantala – Tears For Esbjörn
Nguyên Lê – Eleanor Rigby
Magnus Ostrom – Piano Break Song
Vijay Iyer – Human Nature
Ulf Wakenius – Dancing
Lars Danielsson feat. Viktoria Tolstoy – From Above
Wolfgang Haffner, Hubert Nuss, Lars Danielsson – Silent Way
Panzerballett – The Simpsons

Listen on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0819)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Coachella 2012 on Spotify

Ok, I know that Diplo doesn't agree, but Coachella festival is really a place where I'd like to be next April. And where, most likely, I won't. How many kilometres/miles separate that sunny American desert from this sunny European peninsula? Too many. So I guess I will feed myself with the usual YouTube footage.

Anyway, no pussyweeps. Time for some playlists. Either if you will be in Coachella or if you won't, you can start warming up with this bunch of Spotify tapes, based on the festival line-up. Day-by-day lists, the mammoth and my favourite 69. Enjoy!

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Artists available on Spotify:  135/139 (97,12%)
(just missing: Internet darlings Azealia Banks and The Weeknd, plus Pure Filth Sound and The Airplane Boys)

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(medium = 3 songs each artist)
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Day 1 - 13/20 April (medium): HTTP, URI. (SR0810)
Day 1 - 13/20 April (lite): HTTP, URI. (SR0811)
Day 2 - 14/21 April (medium): HTTP, URI. (SR0812)
Day 2 - 14/21 April (lite): HTTP, URI. (SR0813)
Day 3 - 15/22 April (medium): HTTP, URI. (SR0814)
Day 3 - 15/22 April (lite): HTTP, URI. (SR0815)

All days (medium): HTTP, URI. (SR0816)
All days (lite): HTTP, URI. (SR0817)
The 69 (my smartphone choices: 69 bands I'd probably go to see): HTTP, URI. (SR0818)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Acclaimed Music 1968 (Top 20 Songs & Top 20 Albums)


Let's write a new chapter of the year-by-year series based on Acclaimed Music aggregated charts. 1968. Here in Europe, the year of youth revolutions (and of the Prague Spring, forty-three years before the Arab Spring). In the US (and in the UK), rock was definitely blossoming. It rules the albums' playlist - Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash at Folsom, Velvet Underground - while soul is the king of singles: I Heard It Through the Grapevine, The Dock of the Bay, Aretha. As you can see below, just The Beatles (and young Frank Zappa) are out of this big Spotify party. Enjoy!

(legenda: the number preceding the artist name is the ranking of that song or album in Acclaimed Music Top 3000 charts)

The Complete Acclaimed History of Music Series

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1 (8) Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
2 (9) Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
3 (31) The Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
- (42) The Beatles - Hey Jude
4 (46) The Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
5 (113) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along the Watchtower
6 (176) Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman
7 (188) Desmond Dekker - Israelites
8 (194) Aretha Franklin - I Say a Little Prayer
9 (199) The Band - The Weight
10 (204) Steppenwolf - Born to Be Wild
11 (220) Dusty Springfield - Son-of-a Preacher Man
12 (225) Sly and the Family Stone - Dance to the Music
13 (229) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
-- (303) The Beatles - Revolution
14 (347) Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People
-- (348) The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
15 (364) Tammy Wynette - Stand by Your Man
-- (403) The Beatles - Happiness Is a Warm Gun
16 (428) Van Morrison - Madame George
17 (594) The Rolling Stones - Street Fighting Man
18 (610) Tommy James and The Shondells - Crimson and Clover
19 (663) Big Brother and The Holding Company - Piece of My Heart
20 (673) Aretha Franklin - Think

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Source: Acclaimed Music

- (14) The Beatles - The Beatles ("White Album")
1 (15) Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
2 (22) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
3 (30) The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
4 (80) The Band - Music from Big Pink
5 (130) Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul
6 (169) Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
7 (174) The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo
8 (187) The Kinks - The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
9 (190) The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
-- (205) The Mothers of Invention - We're Only in It for the Money
10 (242) The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers
11 (243) Big Brother and The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
12 (316) The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle
13 (319) Simon and Garfunkel - Bookends
14 (340) Small Faces - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
15 (483) Cream - Wheels of Fire
16 (625) Jeff Beck - Truth
17 (711) Dr. John - Gris-Gris
18 (729) The Incredible String Band - The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
19 (768) Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
20 (782) Otis Redding - The Dock of the Bay

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Friday, January 6, 2012

British Invasion! Songs of British Artists #1 in America

(Art print by Ron Magnes)

Sometimes Wikipedia is really inspiring. This playlist is based on the List of songs by British artists which reached number-one on the Hot 100 (USA Billboard). It goes from 1958 to 2011 and it's an interesting summary of fifty years of British pop music according to American tastes.
You can find:
- the early domination by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones (60s)
- the golden era of Elton John (early 70s)
- the disco time of Bee Gees (and Andy Gibb) (late 70s)
- the now that's what I call music era (80s... ready to be rickrolled?)
- the long blackout (since the death of Lady D to the rise of James Blunt: really? no Brit #1 in America from 1997 to 2006?)
- the modern depression (00s)

Of the 35 missing songs from Spotify, 20 are by The Beatles and 11 by George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney in their post-Beatles careers. Anyway, you get some Ringo.

I think this is one of the most poppish playlists I ever made on Spotirama. Especially the segment from the 1980s: The Human League! Culture Club! Duran Duran! Eurythmics! Tears For Fears! Wham! Enjoy! :o)

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Source: Wikipedia
Songs available on Spotify: 137/172 (79,65%)
(artists in italics are not Brits; read notes on Wikipedia)

Acker Bilk – Stranger On The Shore
The Tornados – Telstar
The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles - She Loves You
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
The Beatles - Love Me Do

Peter And Gordon – A World Without Love
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
The Animals – The House of the Rising Sun
Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy
The Beatles - I Feel Fine
Petula Clark – Downtown
The Beatles - Eight Days a Week
Freddie & The Dreamers – I'm Telling You Now
Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – The Game of Love
Herman's Hermits – Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter
The Beatles - Ticket To Ride
The Rolling Stones – (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Herman's Hermits – I'm Henry VIII, I Am
The Beatles - Help!
The Beatles - Yesterday

The Rolling Stones – Get Off Of My Cloud
The Dave Clark Band - Over and Over
The Beatles - We Can Work It Out

Petula Clark – My Love
The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
The Beatles - Paperback Writer
The Troggs – Wild Thing
Donovan – Sunshine Superman
New Vaudeville Band – Winchester Cathedral
The Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
The Beatles - Penny Lane
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love

Lulu – To Sir With Love
The Beatles - Hello, Goodbye
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Beatles with Billy Preston - Get Back
The Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Women
The Beatles - Come Together
The Beatles - Let It Be
The Beatles - The Long and Winding Road
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
Bee Gees – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
Paul and Linda McCartney - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Rod Stewart – Maggie May
Elton John – Crocodile Rock
Paul McCartney and Wings - My Love
George Harrison - Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
The Rolling Stones – Angie
Ringo Starr – Photograph
Ringo Starr – You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful and You're Mine
Elton John – Bennie And The Jets
Paul McCartney and Wings - Band on the Run
Paper Lace – The Night Chicago Died
Eric Clapton – I Shot The Sheriff
John Lennon - Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
Biddu & Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting
Elton John – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom
Paul McCartney and Wings - Listen To What the Man Said
Bee Gees – Jive Talkin'
David Bowie – Fame
Elton John – Island Girl
Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
Wings - Silly Love Songs
Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing
Rod Stewart – Tonight's The Night
Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Manfred Mann's Earth Band – Blinded By The Light
Leo Sayer – When I Need You
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Andy Gibb – I Just Want To Be Your Everything
Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
Bee Gees – Stayin' Alive
Andy Gibb – (Love Is) Thicker Than Water
Bee Gees – Night Fever
Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing
The Rolling Stones – Miss You
Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Bee Gees – Tragedy
Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out
M – Pop Muzik
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (II)
Paul McCartney and Wings - Coming Up (live at Glasgow)
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over
Sheena Easton – Morning Train (Nine To Five)
Air Supply – The One That You Love
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony & Ivory
The Human League – Don't You Want Me
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong
Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
David Bowie – Let's Dance
The Police – Every Breath You Take
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney – Say Say Say
Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Phil Collins – Against All Odds
Duran Duran – The Reflex
John Waite – Missing You
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Phil Collins – One More Night
Simple Minds – Don't You (Forget About Me)
Wham! – Everything She Wants
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Phil Collins – Sussudio
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
Tears For Fears – Shout
John Parr – St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin – Separate Lives
Dionne Warwick (feat. Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder) – That's What Friends Are For
Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (7'' Mix)
Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Steve Winwood – Higher Love
Bananarama – Venus
The Human League – Human
Aretha Franklin & George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin' On
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again '87
Billy Idol – Mony Mony (Live)
George Michael – Faith
George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
George Michael – Father Figure
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
George Michael – One More Try
Rick Astley – Together Forever
Steve Winwood – Roll With It
George Michael – Monkey
Def Leppard – Love Bites
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind Of Love
The Escape Club – Wild Wild West
Phil Collins - Two Hearts
Mike & The Mechanics – The Living Years
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
Simply Red – If You Don't Know Me By Now
Phil Collins – Another Day In Paradise
Maxi Priest – Close To You
George Michael – Praying For Time
EMF – Unbelievable
George Michael & Elton John – Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Right Said Fred – I'm Too Sexy
UB40 – (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You
Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting – All For Love
Seal – Kiss From A Rose
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Elton John – Candle In The Wind 1997
James Blunt – You're Beautiful
Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Jay Sean – Down
Taio Cruz – Break Your Heart
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
LMFAO (feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock) – Party Rock Anthem
Adele – Someone Like You
Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris) – We Found Love

Adele - Set Fire To The Rain

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Los Angeles Weekly Top 20 Hair Metal Albums of All Time

Everybody knows it, Slash, Axl and Maya included: 2012 is the year of Guns n'Roses reunion. So, let's warm up with a hair metal revival. No, don't you dare thinking it's a skeleton I'm taking out of my musical closet! But yes, at high school I did listen to Appetite For Destruction (and, er, well, sometimes to White Lion and Bon Jovi too...). :o)

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Source: Los Angeles Weekly.
Albums available on Spotify: 18/20 (90%)

20. Junkyard - Junkyard (1989)
19. White Lion - Pride (1987)
18. Dokken - Tooth and Nail (1984)
17. Europe - The Final Countdown (1986)
16. Whitesnake - Whitesnake (1987)
15. Spinal Tap - This Is Spinal Tap Soundtrack (1984)
14. Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime (1988)
13. Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry (1984)
12. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet (1986)
11. Cinderella - Night Songs (1986)
10. Warrant - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich (1989)
9. Ratt - Out of the Cellar (1984)
8. Def Leppard - Hysteria (1987)
7. Faster Pussycat - Faster Pussycat (1987)
6. Poison - Look What The Cat Dragged In (1986)
5. Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil (1983)
4. Skid Row - Skid Row (1989)
3. Motley Crue - Too Fast For Love (1981)
2. Def Leppard - Pyromania (1983)
1. Guns n'Roses - Appetite For Destruction (1987)

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lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0804)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0805)

The Beatles Covers Project (199 artists for 199 Beatles songs)

Info: The Beatles Covers Project is a collection of covers of all Beatles songs: album by album, track by track. B-sides and non-album tracks, too. For each song, I picked a different band or artist. The list includes many well known acts (Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Black Keys, Grateful Dead, Elton John, Sonic Youth, Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Oasis...), but also obscure folk singers, tribute bands, jazz pianists, classical orchestras, angry punkers, crazy headbangers and brave electrowizards. Most songs have been recorded after the Beatles, but some versions come from before (in their first albums, Beatles actually covered some already existing songs). First version of this project has been published in March 2010, then it has been regularly updated. By Christmas 2015, the original recordings by The Beatles have finally landed on Spotify. Nonetheless, I think this collection can still give you some hours of good sonic pleasure. It's available in full form (with all 199 songs) and/or by album.
Source: Beatles discography + Spotify search
Date of publication: March 2010 (when I first compiled it)
Spotify playlist latest update: 24th March 2016
Spotify direct links (full playlist): URI / HTTP

Please Please Me

Jerry Lee Lewis – I Saw Her Standing There
Peter Lipa – Misery
Max Yasgur's Farm – Anna (Go To Him)
Cookies – Chains
Max Cohen – Boys
The Smithereens – Ask Me Why
Flamin' Groovies – Please Please Me
Estereotypo - Love Me Do
Wayne Gratz – P.S. I Love You
The Shirelles – Baby It's You
Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas – Do You Want To Know A Secret?
Chet Atkins – A Taste Of Honey
The Dickies - There's A Place
The Isley Brothers – Twist And Shout

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With the Beatles

Ewan Rachel Wood – It Won't Be Long
Two Of Us – All I've Got To Do
Emilie Autumn – All My Loving
Ringo Ska – Don't Bother Me
The Inmates – Little Child
Etta Jones – Till There Was You
The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman
Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven
Stackridge – Hold Me Tight
She & Him – You Really Got A Hold On Me
The Rolling Stones – I Wanna Be Your Man
Ian Cussick – Devil In Her Heart
The Pretenders – Not A Second Time
The Flying Lizards – Money

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A Hard Day's Night

Peter Sellers – A Hard Day's Night
The Beach Boys – I Should Have Known Better
Nando Lauria – If I Fell
Sun – I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
Terry Callier – And I Love Her
The Punkles – Tell Me Why
Michael Bublé – Can't Buy Me Love
Los Protones – Any Time At All
Joe Cocker – I'll Cry Instead
Dwight Yoakam – Things We Said Today
Heiko Effertz – When I Get Home
Harry Nilsson – You Can't Do That
UB40 – I'll Be Back

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Beatles For Sale

Floyd Domino – No Reply
Georga - I'm a Loser
Alexander Pier Federici – Baby's In Black
Manic Street Preachers – Rock And Roll Music
Programmar – I'll Follow The Sun
The Hollies – Mr Moonlight
Little Richard – Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey
Procol Harum – Eight Days A Week
Buddy Holly – Words Of Love
T. Rex – Honey Don't
Yes – Every Little Thing
Rosanne Cash – I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
Lisa Lauren – What You're Doing
Carl Perkins – Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby

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The Damned – Help
Restless Heart – The Night Before
Jackson Browne – You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (live)
Barbara Casini Quartet - I Need You
Beatlegras – Another Girl
Five Man Electrical Band – You're Going To Lose That Girl
Alma Cogan – Ticket To Ride
Buck Owens – Act Naturally
Bryan Ferry – It's Only Love
Glycerine – You Like Me Too Much
John Egniz Connection – Tell Me What You See
Ludella Black – I've Just Seen A Face
Elvis Presley – Yesterday
Larry Williams – Dizzy Miss Lizzie

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Rubber Soul

Bobby McFerrin – Drive My Car
Cornershop – Norwegian Wood
Anne Murray – You Won't See Me
Gershon Kingsley – Nowhere Man
The Klone Orchestra – Think For Yourself
David Sanborn – The Word
Béla Fleck – Michelle
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – What Goes On
Chris De Burgh – Girl
Jenny Reynolds – I'm Looking Through You
Johnny Cash – In My Life
Connie Evingson – Wait
Barbara Dickson - If I Needed Someone
Nancy Sinatra – Run For Your Life

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Beatallica – Sandman
Aretha Franklin – Eleanor Rigby
Lobo – I'm Only Sleeping
Yim Yames – Love You To
Emmylou Harris – Here, There And Everywhere
Nada – Yellow Submarine
The Black Keys – She Said, She Said
Lulu – Good Day Sunshine
David Kitt – And Your Bird Can Sing
Diana Krall – For No One
The Barbary Coast Guitar Duo – Doctor Robert
Ted Nugent – I Want To Tell You
Earth, Wind & Fire – Got To Get You Into My Life
The Grateful Dead – Tomorrow Never Knows (live)

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Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Bill Cosby – Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Wet Wet Wet – With A Little Help From My Friends
Elton John – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Gomez – Getting Better
Easy Star All-Stars feat. Max Romeo – Fixing A Hole
Al Jarreau – She's Leaving Home (live)
Eddie Izzard – Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
Sonic Youth – Within You Without You
John Denver – When I'm Sixty-Four
Fats Domino – Lovely Rita
Psilicon Flesh – Good Morning, Good Morning
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Wes Montgomery - A Day In The Life

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The Beatles (White Album)

Lemmy Kilmister, John 5, Eric Singer – Back In the USSR
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Dear Prudence
Arif Mardin – Glass Onion
Youssou N'Dour – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Bacalhau – Wild Honey Pie
Dwight Twilley – The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
AM – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Breeders – Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Brad Mehldau – Martha My Dear
Say Hi To Your Mom – I'm So Tired
Carly Simon – Blackbird
Luis Eduardo Aute – Piggies
Lena Horne, Gabor Szabo, Gary McFarland – Rocky Raccoon
Georgia Satellites – Don't Pass Me By
Lowell Fulson – Why Don't We Do It In The Road
Daniel Johnston – I Will
John Scofield, Medeski, Martin & Wood – Julia
Leiff Garrett – Birthday
Big Gilson – Yer Blues
Then There Were Two – Mother Nature's Son
Kristin Hersh – Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey
Damills – Sexy Sadie
U2 – Helter Skelter (live)
Tanya Donelly – Long Long Long
Stone Temple Pilots – Revolution
Barbra Streisand – Honey Pie
Ella Fitzgerald – Savoy Truffle
Tom Freund – Cry Baby Cry
Neil Cowley Trio - Revolution 9
Capella Istropolitana With Soloists Of The Baroque Chamber Orchestra – Good Night

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Abbey Road

Michael Jackson – Come Together
Shirley Bassey – Something
Ed Harlow – Maxwell's Silver Hammer
George Benson – Oh! Darling
Rockabye Baby! – Octopus's Garden
Noir Désir – I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Belle and Sebastian – Here Comes The Sun (live)
Solveig Slettahjell – Because
Sarah Vaughan – You Never Give Me Your Money
Booker T. & The MG's – Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window/I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Neil Diamond – Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End (live)
The Silver Beetles – Her Majesty

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Let It Be
(12 tracks, 38 minutes)

Boney M. – Two Of Us
Hemi & The Ruderunners – Dig A Pony
David Bowie – Across The Universe
Ref – I Me Mine
Laibach – Dig It
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Let It Be
Judy Garland – Maggie, Maggie May
Giacomo Bondi & The Apple Pies - I've Got A Feeling
Richie Arndt – One After 909
Cher – The Long And Winding Road
Monti Beton – For You Blue
Al Green – Get Back

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Magical Submarine Strawberry B-Sides
(songs not included in original albums)

Chuck Mead - Old Brown Shoe
The Revolver Road Band – You Know My Name
John Bush, Stef Carpenter, Mike Inez, John Tempesta – Magical Mystery Tour
The Surphonics - Thank You Girl
Secret Machines – Flying
Colin Newman – Blue Jay Way
Jamie Hoover – It's Only A Northern Song
The Kennedy Choir – Penny Lane
The Mamas & The Papas – I Call Your Name
Joaquin Pardinilla & Inaki Fernandez - The Inner Light
The Bingo Kids – All Together Now
Digsy – Paperback Writer
Sandro y Los de Fuego – Te Conseguire (I'll Get You)
Ane Brun – From Me To You
Teenage Fanclub – The Ballad of John and Yoko
Jeff Beck – She's A Woman
Journey – It's All Too Much
Tackhead – Don't Let Me Down
Blair Casdin – Your Mother Should Know
Aerosmith – I'm Down
(Luismi) Apache – Hello Goodbye
Billy Idol, Steve Stevens, Blasko, Brian Tichy – I Feel Fine
Boreades De Montreal - This Boy
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – The Fool On The Hill
Satin And Circuits – She Loves You
Todd Rundgren – Rain
Don Henley – Yes It Is (live)
Caetano Veloso – Lady Madonna
Stevie Wonder – We Can Work It Out
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Strawberry Fields Forever
Echo And The Bunnymen – All You Need Is Love
Mina – Hey Jude
Oasis – I Am The Walrus (live)

Petra Vlkova & Band - Free as a Bird
Regina Spektor - Real Love

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