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The long and winding songs...

Bryan Burnett | 19:55 UK time, Tuesday, 1 November 2011

During all the huffing and puffing on tonight's show, Kirsten and I decided to impose a lower limit for tomorrow night's 'long songs' theme. Therefore we will sadly be unable to accept anything that's under five minutes.

As far as the upper limit goes then the sky is truly the limit although I must say I'd struggle with anything over ten. Then again I do have a very low boredom threshold.

The downside is that we will not get through half the tunes we normally play but the upside is that I wont have to wait till the 7 o' clock news for a cup of tea.

Get in touch with your suggestions and for once don't bother to keep it brief.


  • Comment number 1.

    In Your Mind - Bryan Ferry - 5:19 – Stroll through the summer of your years
    High Hopes – Pink Floyd – 7:45 - From the buzzing bees to Gilmour’s soaring guitar, an aural treat
    Mother of Pearl – Roxy Music - 6:45 – A party and its aftermath. A band at their peak.

  • Comment number 2.

    From Wilco's new album...'One Sunday Morning'...clocks in at around 12 mins I think. It's fab...Mr Anderson has a copy, I would think Ricky does too...and likely Henri H!

    'Moon in June' by Soft Machine would take up about a quarter of the could eat your soup in the canteen and still have time for coffee, cake and a packet of crisps back at your microphone.

    'There's always 'When An Old Cricketer...'. ;o)

  • Comment number 3.

    Pink Martini:

    'No Hay Problema' 6:14
    'Brazil' 5:24
    'U Plavu Zoru' 6:01
    'Tea For Two' 5:02

  • Comment number 4.

    Sheep - Pink Floyd

    Actually, any Pink Floyd suggested on this blog has my backing.

    You may also consider:

    Jesus of Suburbia - Greenday
    I saw America - Stone the Crows
    Joey - Bob Dylan
    Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen
    Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Won't get fooled again - The Who
    I want you (She's so heavy) - The Beatles (which is the Fab Four's longest track apart from that rubbish revolution 9 stuff, beating Hey Jude by nearly 40 seconds)

  • Comment number 5.


    Okay, let's start and end the show with Elton John. To begin,

     Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding) - 11:08

      and to finish,

      Curtains - 6:22

      In between we can enjoy

      Pirate Jenny - Nina Simone ~ 6:37

    Mr. Banker
    - Lynyrd Skynyrd ~ 5:23

    Unfinished Sweet
    - Alice Cooper ~ 6:17

    Farm on the Freeway
    - Jethro Tull ~ 6:30

    Amos Moses
    - Sensational Alex Harvey Band ~ 5:22


  • Comment number 6.


      Not forgetting

     Venus and Mars/Rock Show - Wings ~ 6:51

  • Comment number 7.

    I make that a total of 54:10

    By the time Bryan gets done talking, that should just about cover it.

    This thread is now closed to comments

  • Comment number 8.

    Blinded by the light / manfred manns eartband 7:04

    We always hear the radio edit. Time it was heard in its full glory

  • Comment number 9.

    Anyone going to see macfloyd in paisley this month?

  • Comment number 10.

    #5 Scotch - what's the correct lingo? Oh, aye, that would be "massive seconds" for your Elton suggestions. Starting with a funeral isn't obviously obvious when finishing with curtains - ah dah kain, could we no' have
    Muse New Born first, then finish with the inevitable? Just to celebrate the birth of the 7 billionth co-inhabitant of the planet? It's over in 5 minutes......
    #7 oops -

  • Comment number 11.

    The Ocean Road - Runrig (6.33) a chance to play some 'new' Runrig and to show off Malcolm Jones' skills on the guitar. I commend this to anyone who thinks Runrig begins and ends with Loch Lomond

    No Love on the Street (6.32) or Last Kiss- Joe Bonamassa (7.15)

    Silver Rider - Robert Plant (6.05)

    Spoonful - Cream (6.29)

    Before the Deluge- Jackson Browne (6.28 or 7.58, depending on the recording, or on whether your gramophone needs wound up )

    My Mule - Woodenbox and a Fistful of Fivers (6.45)

    Unnatural Selection - the Muse (6.55) - or happy to second mary-doll

    Good to be King - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers the Live Anthology (12.14)

  • Comment number 12.

    Badman's Song --- Tears for Fears

  • Comment number 13.



    It's like a sign warning of WET PAINT. The compulsion to test the truth of the statement is irresistible.

    Indeed, I salute its irresistibility!


  • Comment number 14.

    A couple of Rainbow tunes for a change:

    Stargazer - Rainbow (8mins)

    Hall Of The Mountain King - Rainbow (6 mins)

  • Comment number 15.

    Are 12 inch / extended versions of songs allowed?

  • Comment number 16.

    Spanish moon - 7.36 - Little Feat
    Jessica - 7.07 - Allman Brothers
    Layla - 7.06 - Derek and the Dominoes
    Goodnight Siagon - 7.00 - Billy Joel
    Rose of Cimmaron - 6.48 - Poco or Emmyou Harris
    Jersey Girl - 6.28 - Springsteen
    That Lady - 5.38 - Isley Brothers
    I can't make you love me - 5.32 - Bonnie Raitt
    Carry on Wayward Son - 5.28 - Kansas
    Cannonball - 5.14 - Damien Rice
    Michelangelo - 5.14 - Emmylou Harris
    Bab O'Riley - 5.09 - The Who


  • Comment number 17.

    #11 @ ya began and ended with 'play gaelic'

    cheers frae the dale

  • Comment number 18.

    i've just listened to every song of more than 5 mins ever recorded.
    and quite frankly mr. shankly none better than

    'stolen child'..........waterboys

    cheers frae the dale

  • Comment number 19.

    At last! this is the theme for

    Van Morrison - in the days before rock n roll

  • Comment number 20.

    They made me do it!!!!

    Broooooooooooooce - Jungleland

  • Comment number 21.

    #19 seconded again.

    Would be interesting to see the blogs top ten list of most requested sings never to have been played.

    Captain, your mission if you choose to accept it is to devise a programme that can rest every blog entry snd every playlist and then and then

    Em just make it up.

  • Comment number 22.

    Rest? Read.

  • Comment number 23.

    Sings? Songs.

  • Comment number 24.

    #17 @ya dale - tha mo fhaclan air chall!!

  • Comment number 25.

    Go wash your mouth out with soap, Ms Brown!

  • Comment number 26.

    Anne Ding sold nightgowns…

  • Comment number 27.

    My media player of choice tells me that the longest songs I have are
    Concerto de Aranjuez / Jim hall 19:18
    Shine on you crazy diamond / Pink Floyd 17:33
    Kitty's Back / Bruce Springsteen 17:00
    Love to love you baby / Donna Summer 16:51
    Echoes / Pink Floyd 16:31
    I feel Love / Donna Summer 15:52
    Telegraph Road / Dire straits 14:17

    A 7 track show. You'll need to cut the news short and miss out the Macauley trailer. There's yer dinner. Plenty time to eat it!

  • Comment number 28.

    well then , yiz wurnae expectin' this the day.....

    caption compo..................

    somewhere in a darkened kitchen as the green chilli and spinach bubbled on the hob........

    'bat oot a' hell? a n n o t be sirious'.....(j.mcenroe invited for his T)

    pleased wi' that effort too.

    always ahead of the game i shall defo take a pile of they new drachmas thats gonnae make a comeback.....soonish please. i'm needin' a cheeky wee raki!!! (ha ha)

    cheers frae the dale

  • Comment number 29.

    #1 some good choices there Eric, to add to that;

    'If There Is Something'
    'The Bogus Man'
    'For Your Pleasure' complete with Dame Judi dench reciting poetry at the end
    'A Song For Europe'

    J.O'B. in Inverness

  • Comment number 30.

    Stevie Wonder - 'Do I Do' just makes it at 5:01

    Broooce - 'Rosalita' would take me back to Scout Discos (the DJ at the time had really good eclectic taste)

    The American funk rock band Mother's Finest isn't very well known over here but their live version of Jefferson Airplane's 'Somebody To Love' is excellent (5:57). They also have a song called 'Show Time' which you probably haven't a hope in hell of finding but if you're up to the challenge it's also version...pretty sure it's over 5 mins long.

  • Comment number 31.

    Sing "And I'd Own Glen's Thong"

  • Comment number 32.

    The perfect night for:

    Good Stuff by the B52's (5.58)

  • Comment number 33.

    Television - Marquee Moon (10.40)

    If that's too long then Prove It (5.02) sneaks in.

  • Comment number 34.

    No - no 12 inchers (are we making an exception for Blue Monday that was 12" by default?)

    Stolen Child - definitely in my top 5 songs ever

  • Comment number 35.

    Let's clean up the ghetto / Philadelphia International Allstars 8:36
    Ripples / Genesis 8:07
    Searching / Change ft Luther Van dross 8:02
    Love Sensation / Loleatta Holloway 7:40 (sampled by Black Box Ride on Time)
    Center city / Fat Larry's Band 6:16
    Am I Black enough for you / Billy Paul 5:18
    Like a Rock / Bob seger 5:55
    Sierra / Boz scaggs 5:22
    My Declaration / Tom Baxter 5:22
    Love won't leave me alone / Arlenes 5:32
    Freddie's dead / Curtis Mayfield 5:25
    The Pie / Sutherland Bros 5:44
    A murder of One / Counting Crows 5:44
    Only Women Bleed / Alice Cooper 5:52
    Make it all so real / Steve Forbert 5:55
    A Man I'll never Be / Boston 6:35
    The Ghetto / Donnie Hathaway 6:51
    As / Stevie Wonder 7:11
    Deacon Blues / Steely dan 7:34
    The Future / Laughing Lenny 7:11

    Apologies...I thought the theme was long lists

  • Comment number 36.

    Can't help but second a couple of suggestions from above:
    Farm On The Feeway: Tull
    Telegraph Road: Dire Straits

    but would love to hear "Before The Deluge": Jackson Browne

    Hurrican: Dylan
    North And South: Gerry Rafferty
    Three Hours: Nick Drake
    Solid Air: John Martyn
    Is It Like Today?: World Party
    Private Investigations: Dire Straits
    Last Of The Hobo Kings: Mary Gauthier

  • Comment number 37.

    Jackson Browne - Fountain of Sorrow 6:51

    sheer class

  • Comment number 38.

    You could always play the original of Wild Horses by Melanie at 6:49

  • Comment number 39.

    Obviously I'm agreeing with any and all Floyd tracks, so taking that as read, I'll add:

    * Peter Gabriel - Biko 7:33
    * The Temptations - Papa Was a Rolling Stone 6:55
    * Focus - Hocus Pocus 6:41
    * Golden Earring - Radar Love 6:26
    * Peter Gabriel - Mercy Street 6:22
    * The Sawdoctors - Clare Island 6:18
    * The Alarm - Blaze of Glory 6:05
    * Roger Waters - The Tide is Turning 5:46
    * The Who - Real Good Looking Boy 5:42
    * Sinead O'Connor - I Am Stretched Upon Your Grave 5:35
    * Traveling Wilburys - Tweeter and the Monkey Man 5:28
    * The Delgados - Mr Blue Sky 5:28
    * Sly & The Family Stone - Que Sera, Sera 5:20
    * Bowie - Young Americans 5:14
    * The Human League - The Lebanon 5:05
    * Little Miss Higgins - Bargain! Shop Panties 5:04
    * Canned Heat - On The Road Again 5:03

  • Comment number 40.

    Ooh, a Bragg track too:
    * Must I Paint You a Picture? 5:32

  • Comment number 41.

    Or you can nip off fer yer dinner to Kelvin Dales early cause I hear he has got his winnings and is treating at the Big Blue:

    Jackson Browne - The Load Out / Stay 8:27

    I will even nip round with the live version recorded in Glasgow (I was there) - official release not a bootleg! Just need to bake a cake to go with it....

  • Comment number 42.

    #39 Truly a great list of suggestions el capitano....

  • Comment number 43.

    #41 I meant as show clsoer....

  • Comment number 44.

    I've been eating blue smarties excuse the overactivity

  • Comment number 45.

    Support for Mary Gauthier Last of the Hobo Kings (see #36)


    Smartie people are happy people.

  • Comment number 46.

    New Order - Crystal (6.51)

    Magazine - I Want To Burn Again (5.16)

    David Byrne & Brian Eno - Home (5.06)

  • Comment number 47.

    Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles - Spirit in the Dark
    Chic - At Last I am Free
    Steely Dan-Aja
    Jefferson Airplane-Fat Angel
    Joni Mitchell-Down to You
    Pentangle-Once I had a Sweetheart

  • Comment number 48.


    Amazed no-one has asked for this...

    One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - George Thorogood & The Destroyers ~ 8:27

    My favourite rendition of this song can be found on the album

    The Baddest of George Thorogood and the Destroyers

    The posted running time assumes the playing of this recording.

  • Comment number 49.


    You seem to have stopped reading my requests. This time it's a plea, not a request.

    I could ask you to play some man, wales's answer to The Grateful dead. But I won't because I know you won't..

    Instead, could you please play "The Garden" by Jackie Leven, from the album "The mystery of death is greater than the mystery of love" At 5.55, perfect for tonights show. Jackie is currently in hospital after major surgery, and has fought against several infections and still lucky to be with us. It would be lovely to hear one of his songs on the show.

    Fingers crossed..

    Tonights food.. Fish supper (homemade), as the fish van calls tonight, after a Gaelic class this afternoon. Tapadh leibh.

  • Comment number 50.

    #30...think I've been eating too many blue smarties too...not so sure Mother's Finest even sang Showtime...might've been The Undisputed Truth (who incidentally sang the original of Papa Was A Rolling Stone...and a few of the Temptations songs...testing them out for them)...anyway...they'll be too much faff to find anyway worries...I'm off on a half-day from work now. have fun blogsters!

  • Comment number 51.

    #49 Peter! Get aff yer knees!


  • Comment number 52.

    #27 I'm not one to boast but mine is certainly longer than yours.

    'Echoes' on my David Gilmour's 'Live in Gdansk' album is over 25 minutes long

    Just a thought Bryan, why don't you play Pink Floyd's Shine on you crazy Diamond (Parts I - XII) in the first quarter, Echoes in the second, Kraftwerk's Autobhan in the third and finish off with Jesus of Suburbia by Green Day and Brooooooce's Jungleland?

    You won't even have to do the news, Macauley trailer, or the outdoor conditions forecast (although I'll miss that lassie pronouncing 'Bredalbane' and 'Lochnagar') and the montage would be pointless.

    As I say, just a thought


  • Comment number 53.

    Bred? There a' in bred


  • Comment number 54.


    The Welsh Wizards are definitely personae non grata.

    It's ironic that hospitals are the most dangerous place to have an operation.

    Meanwhile here's Grace with a diet hint.

  • Comment number 55.

    #24 @ ya gaie

    there was 1 cd in byres road a few months ago @ £15 so i'll wait till it comes down to a fiver...somebody bought it though.
    i remember bumping into them before they were tain....they were playing a church hall......pre gig they were in a local hostelry......talking gaelic to each other...i didn't part with the £3 to see them that night either.....although i did part with the £4 to see donnie munro at a hogmonay bash in george square.....snow patrol were also playing.....thats what i call value.
    ah, those were the days....when you could drive and park near george square for free have a double espresso in a smart coffee house and a coke, 2 tickets for the open air gig and have change outta tenner. (it was only about 5 years ago!!)
    nae wunner they stopped them....mustave been a 'loss leader' for the cooncil.

    so lets hear this nice song dedicated to his mother from his first solo album which was excellent....

    'morning light'......................donnie munro

    cheers frae the dale

  • Comment number 56.

    First of all I think Bryan deserves to be given an additional hour to get through more of what are some brilliant suggestions, he has accommodated other shows in the past so I think the favour should be returned given tonights theme.

    Definiteley worthy of consideration should a similar theme come up in the future.

    And so to business

    #8 BIG seconds for Paulo's
    Blinded By The Light / Manfred Manns Earthband
    Full version is superb.

    Don't give Up / Pete Gabriel & Kate

    I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man / Prince - seldom played in it's entirety but brilliant.

    IGY / Donald Fagen
    Nightfly / Donald Fagen
    Super cool laid back, both from the excellent post Steely Dan Nightfly Album, wonder if BB feels any affinity with the title track?

    Good luck sorting this lot out in 1hr 50.


  • Comment number 57.


  • Comment number 58.

    #55 well I'll second Morning Light - my son bought me that CD one Christmas when he was a but a wee lad. A couple of years ago he and a pal from the US went to Skye before Christmas - no accommodation booked, snow lying thick, daft lads, but it worked out OK and a photo was sent back from Portree, the two of them and Donnie Munro in the supermarket.

    Ten Thousand Words - the Avett Brothers (5.36)

    Candy Man - Hot Tuna (5.49)

    New Cocaine Blues - Hans Theesink and Gerry Lockran (5.52)

    Alice's Restaurant Massacre - Arlo Guthrie (18.37)

  • Comment number 59.

    weighing in at a modest 7' and 15" ...

    'The Last of the Teenage Idols' ~~ The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

  • Comment number 60.

    and at a paltry 6' and 47 " ...

    'Nothing Else Matters' ~~ Metallica (withthe San Franciso Symphony Orchestra)

  • Comment number 61.

    #58 @ ya gaie

    i shall never return to skye 'tween the months of march and november.
    the midgies are mental.
    and if you want a sample of scottish island life in the 50's, well there is this hotel in dunvegan.....where things like smoking bans are clearly a thing of the future.

    cheers frae the dale

  • Comment number 62.

    #52 well mines is longer than captain Ramius's.

    My papa was a rolling stone clocks in at around 10 minutes

  • Comment number 63.

    A long time for a song without a melody

  • Comment number 64.

    Don't know that one eric, can you hum it?

  • Comment number 65.

    Supper's Ready clocks in a 22:00 - And You And I at 11:00 and Donna's MacArthur Park is 17:00... but be honest, henri, do you really want to hear them?

    Well, not really.

    I've got zillions of tracks over five minutes: heer's two or three that would make the drive home and evening chomping all the cheerier:

    Year Of The Cat - Al Stewart six minutes of sublime Alan Parsons production.

    Keep On Truckin - Eddie Kendricks 8 magnificent minutes -stunning arrangement by Motown Producer, Frank Wilson.

    Benedictus -Karl Jenkins 7 minutes of heaven, or close to it.

    Where It's At - Beck about 5:30.

    Sara - Fleetwood Mac 6 minutes, longer than I thought.

    The Wind Cries Mary - Jack Bruce Go on, Bryan! Breathtaking 5:30.

    The Air That I Breathe - K D Lang utterly brilliant

    Sing It Loud - K D lang equally brilliant, but not as utterly.

    I Got The Music In Me - Kiki Dee scrapes in at 5:02, great track for tea time.

    #2 yep, I do have Wilco's latest offering and a huge second for that but at 10 minutes, pigs will fly.

    regardez youse


  • Comment number 66.

    oh and...

    Safe From Harm - Massive Attack


    True faith (94) - New Order

    regardez youse


  • Comment number 67.

    You little puss!

    Martin - Soft Cell @ 10:13 & certain sure to put anything played on Monday's show in the bargain bin! GIO.

  • Comment number 68.

    Theoretically tonight should be about songs previously unplayed on GIO as too long.


    Only my usual self-edit rules out 6.00 or over - whereas I'd have thought 5.00-6.00 were probably played fairly often? I could mention a few but you know what would happen...

  • Comment number 69.

    Ach, in for penny an' all that..

    Hendrix Medley - Soft Cell 10:22

  • Comment number 70.

    Justin Currie - No, Surrender

    A superb track not unlike Nothing ever happens

  • Comment number 71.

    Too Long - Daft Punk

  • Comment number 72.

    Half an hour in and all the usual mince

  • Comment number 73.

    Tori Amos: Winter
    Al Stewart: Year of the Cat or Time Passages
    Graham Parker and the Rumour: The Heat in Harlem
    Randy Crawford: Give me the night
    Gil Scott-Heron: Winter in America

  • Comment number 74.

    Autobahn - Kraftwerk 22:47

  • Comment number 75.

    I've never noticed an Aberdonian talking over the last thirty seconds of Macarthur Park before. Do I need new speakers?

  • Comment number 76.

    #73...scrub all my previous requests...The Heat In Harlem by Graham Parker is one I should've remembered about...can't usually suggest it cos it's I think about 7 mins long. Great shout!

  • Comment number 77.

    #75 my version has

    "Aye? Fit like? Foo ye deen quine? Fit ye deen here like? Ye seen the flooors in Duffus Park? Be'r thin thes!"


  • Comment number 78.

    Right, I'm off to buy one of those Marischal amps.

  • Comment number 79.

    It was a tad disappointing to hear Freebird and American Pie, in full, once more.

    Mind you,in a show which was going to comprise of about ten tracks, giving 20% to repeats is somehow fitting - it kinda sums things up - at least 20% of the output is already repeats along with 20% budget cuts to follow through, we'll be hearing Freebird and American Pie (neither of which I'm fond of, American Pie was turgid in 1972 and it hasn't improved with age) fairly often. It does make you wonder... are there people out there who actually listen to this stuff at home?

    A lot of the tracks played tonight were simply self indulgent variants of better appreciated 3:00 pop songs.

    Interesting theme 'Songs about the bath'... we'll be on Spotify for that one.

    regardez youse



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