095 Blink-182

Those who know me well, know that I love Blink-182. Without Blink, I may not have gotten into music and playing guitar to the extent that I did. I now have a much more diverse taste in music, but I still love listening to Blink. I think because I didn’t want my own taste to shine through too much at the start of the show, and because I know that too much Blink can be annoying for many people, I avoided playing them on the show. I only played a song or two, and one was a Christmas song! 95 episodes in, I know that my musical tastes can’t be hidden for long, so here’s a whole show of some of my favorite Blink songs! I tried to pick stuff that was a bit less well known, as we’ve all heard the singles a million times.

Good Times – Blink-182

21 Days – Blink-182

Peggy Sue – Blink-182

Wasting Time – Blink-182

Enthused – Blink-182

Pathetic – Blink-182

I’m Sorry – Blink-182

Dumpweed – Blink-182

Dysentery Gary – Blink-182

Story Of A Lonely Guy – Blink-182

Hold On – Blink-182

Stockholm Syndrome – Blink-182

Asthenia – Blink-182

Ghost on the Dance Floor – Blink-182

When I Was Young – Blink-182

Dogs Eating Dogs – Blink-182

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094 Lost

2016 was a year that many celebrated musical artists lost their lives, either to old age, or diseases both of the body and the mind. This is a show that highlighted some of them, and the great art they created at various points in their lives. For what it’s worth, Keith Emerson did onstage Rock n’ Roll destruction with more vigor and commitment than today’s artists who smash a pre-selected cheap guitar on stage at a pre-decided moment could ever hope to live up to. Should we celebrate this? You decide. Also, I wish Earth Wind and Fire made more songs like Serpentine Fire! If anyone knows any other bands who make music like that, let me know.

Ace of Spades – Motorhead

Run ‘Em Off – Merle Haggard & The Strangers

Take It Easy – Eagles

Check the Rhime – A Tribe Called Quest

Stranger to My Happiness – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Serpentine Fire – Earth, Wind & Fire

Democracy – Leonard Cohen

Little Red Corvette – Prince

Faith (2010 Remastered Version) – George Michael

Knife-Edge – Emerson, Lake & Palmer

The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil – Jefferson Airplane

Heroes – David Bowie

093 Elvis Costello Part 2

Elvis Costello has done a lot of recording and performing in his life. He has 24 full length “solo” studio albums. He has backing bands that he likes sometimes, and argues with and fires people from sometimes, sometimes he gets back together with them or reforms part of them and sometimes he disregards them completely. I think most of them are pretty awesome. The second half of this show covers music that was released after I was born. I didn’t divide it that way on purpose, I swear. These songs are a bit longer, maybe Elvis Costello got older and more patient, I hope I do too.

The Big Light – Elvis Costello

Suit of Lights – Elvis Costello

I Want You – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Battered Old Bird – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

This Is Hell – Elvis Costello

Little Atoms – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Tart – Elvis Costello

Still – Elvis Costello

There’s a Story In Your Voice – Elvis Costello & The Imposters

American Gangster Time – Elvis Costello

Hidden Shame – Elvis Costello

A Slow Drag With Josephine – Elvis Costello

Dr. Watson, I Presume – Elvis Costello

092 Elvis Costello Part 1

Elvis Costello has done a lot of recording and performing in his life. He has 24 full length “solo” studio albums. He has backing bands that he likes sometimes, and argues with and fires people from sometimes, sometimes he gets back together with them or reforms part of them and sometimes he disregards them completely. I think most of them are pretty awesome. The first half of this show covers music that was released before I was born. I didn’t divide it that way on purpose, I swear. Most of these songs are short, that means there are a lot of them in an hour.

Welcome To the Working Week – Elvis Costello

No Dancing – Elvis Costello

Less Than Zero – Elvis Costello

Mystery Dance – Elvis Costello

I’m Not Angry – Elvis Costello

No Action – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Pump It Up – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Little Triggers – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Radio, Radio – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Green Shirt – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Clean Money – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Lover’s Walk – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Strict Time – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Beyond Belief – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Human Hands – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

TKO (Boxing Day) – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Pills & Soap – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

091 Songs in Songs

Sometimes songs are simple, short ideas that easily make sense together, and somewhat predictably repeat themselves. Some songs are not like this at all. Some have multiple movements, even in short periods of time, they change keys, they change tempos, they change writers even. It sometimes feels like there are little (or big) songs within the song. Here are some examples that I like:

A Day In The Life – The Beatles

Up In Arms – Foo Fighters

Band On the Run – Paul McCartney & Wings

No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature – The Guess Who

Those Thieving Birds (Part 1)/Strange Behaviour/Those Thieving Birds (Part 2) – Silverchair

Bones – Saves The Day

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Rude Mood/Hide Away (Live) – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

American Eulogy (Mass Hysteria/Modern World) – Green Day

Step It Out Mary / The Hunter’s Purse – Scatter The Mud

Black Wave/Bad Vibrations – Arcade Fire

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