My All-Time Top 100 Tracks

The great Dave Bates – the guy who signed Teardrop Explodes, Def Leppard, Tears for Fears, Texas & Wet Wet Wet and reinvented the careers of giants like Robert Plant & Scott Walker, then and then resurrected the dormant Fontana label with bands like the House of Love & the Cocteau Twins – invited me to send him a playlist. So I did: the favourite 100 tracks (give or take) I’d stream on my desert island.

You can hear ’em here...

Fave albums 1974-1985

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Johnnie Johnstone of New Perfect Collection asked me and a bunch of other folks to list their 30 best albums released between January 1st, 1974 and December 31st, 1985. As resistant as I am to lists (as blokey and reductive), I couldn’t, well, resist. So here in no particular order are my platters of choice… no doubt fairly bloody obvious, but still as honest as I can be:

Todd Rundgren: Todd

Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey

Joni Mitchell: Court & Spark

Television: Marquee Moon

Talking Heads: ‘77

Associates: Sulk

Gene Clark: No Other

Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti

Earth, Wind & Fire: I Am

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Natty Dread

Ramones: Leave Home

Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures

David Bowie: Low

Al Green: Al Green is Love

Bobby Womack: Lookin’ for a Love Again

Neil Young: Tonight’s the Night

Chic: Risqué

Kate Bush: The Dreaming

Prince: Dirty Mind

Rickie Lee Jones: Pirates

Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones

Steely Dan: Gaucho

Dennis Wilson: Pacific Ocean Blue

Fleetwood Mac: Tusk

Randy Newman: Good Old Boys

Suicide: Suicide

Elvis Costello: Get Happy!!

Donald Fagen: The Nightfly

Luther Vandross: Any Love

My top 30 tracks of 2017


Very much for my own delectation, I’ve compiled a Best Of The Year playlist… but I figured, why not share it with the World At Large?

Here’s the full track listing for your perusal…

1 Future Islands: ‘Seasons’
2 Slowdive: ‘Sugar for the Pill’
3 Kendrick Lamar: ‘PRIDE.’
4 Jesca Hoop: ‘The Lost Sky’
5 Queens of the Stone Age: ‘The Evil Has Landed’
6 Randy Newman: ‘Wandering Boy’
7 Jessie Ware: ‘Your Domino’
8 Grizzly Bear: ‘Glass Hillside’
9 Everything Everything: ‘Desire’
10 Aimee Mann: ‘You Never Loved Me’
11 Ryan Adams: ‘Anything I Say To You Now’
12 Todd Rundgren w/Robyn: ‘That Could Have Been Me’
13 Feist: ‘A Man Is Not His Song’
14 Elbow: ‘Trust The Sun’
15 Hurray for the Riff Raff: ‘Hungry Ghost’
16 Lindstrom: ‘Under Trees’
17 Loyle Carner w/Kwes: ‘Florence’
18 Nadia Reid: ‘Right on Time’
19 Grandaddy: ‘Evermore’
20 Thundercat: ‘Bus in these Streets’
21 Kelela: ‘Truth or Dare’
22 Perfume Genius: ‘Slip Away’
23 Jay Som: ‘Baybee’
24 Fleet Foxes: ‘Third of May/Odaigahara’
25 Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White: ‘Look at What the Light Did Now’
26 Chaz Bundick Meets the Mattson 2: ‘JBS’
27 Shabazz Palaces: ‘Shine a Light’
28 Sampha: ‘Incomplete Kisses’
29 Andrew Bird: ‘Truth Lies Low’
30 Sun Kil Moon: ‘God Bless Ohio’