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Bryan Burnett | 19:59 UK time, Thursday, 10 November 2011

Any show that plays Bonnie Raitt, Bonnie Prince Billy and kd Lang with Carole King* is one that I would happily cosy up on the couch with. It really worked as a theme and I enjoyed hearing about many of you cracking open the red wine and relaxing on the couch while listening. I was planning a big night oot but sadly listening to the show just made me want to go home for a cosy night in. Ach well plenty of time for that throughout the winter.

Thanks for all the blog suggestions tonight although I suspect tomorrow will be a bumper night for the bloggers, especially as it came from one of your own!

It's Henri's theme of the 'songs that were so stunning they stopped you in your tracks' and it's very nature guarantees a night of incredible music. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
*The album from which it came is pictured above.


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  • Comment number 2.

    I salute his incredibility!

  • Comment number 3.

    Another repeat theme, but it could be worse.

    They could broadcast Tuesday's show again...

  • Comment number 4.

    Au Suivant - Jacques Brel

  • Comment number 5.

    I think its a sop to Henri for having played Gary Numan instead of The Leisure Society the other night.
    As somebody asked last week, when referring to Freebird and American Pie - who is it that thinks the punters want/need to hear those songs again?

  • Comment number 6.

    Oxygene - Jacques Cousteau

  • Comment number 7.

    Aye? When I asked for 'Peggy Sue Got Married' they played 'Peggy Sue' and included it on the playlist as 'Peggy Lee'

    I demand compensation!

  • Comment number 8.

    #7 refers to #5

  • Comment number 9.


    An appropriate song with which to finish, perhaps? Oft requested, etc.

    A Day to Myself - Clifford T. Ward

  • Comment number 10.

    the last song that stopped me in my tracks was probably.

    Knights of Cydonia - Muse

    I actually saw it I think on the TV with the official video and I just sat down with a grin on my as this absurd space cowboy video and strangely operatic in a way song played through the video just seemed to match the song perfectly and every time I see it I come away with a smile on my face.

  • Comment number 11.

    The only time i ever stopped driving for a song was driving on an ayrshire coastal road the first time i heard star trekkin by the firm. We had a car full and we were rollin about the place as each subsequent verse came on. I had to pull over as i was laughing that hard.

    The second time i heard it , it didnt seem that funny and by the 400th tome i heard it i positively despised it. But that very first time i'd sore ribs.

    Not a request by the way, just an illustration.

  • Comment number 12.

    there is this song that hadn't yet been released, i hadn't heard and i didn't even know of its existence..............yet it stopped me in my tracks.....
    in july 2009 i was en vacance dans normandie...deauville to be exact.
    our apartment was at the back of the town up a steep climb overlooking the racecourse, the town itself and the fancy casinos on the boardwalk.
    venturing out for a walk one evening down a country lane i came across totally by surprise, a ordinary cemetery of course. this was Tourgeville with its graves of fallen soldiers...allied and german. its a small cemetery and through the trees which surround it you can hear distant bells chiming in deauville and it has an open view over the channel.a place of peace and contemplation.a couple of names on the headstones threw up a strange coincidence which i revealed to a colleague a few months later.finding Tourgeville made that holiday for me and i would take a book and sit and read in the quiet of the early french morning.
    a few weeks later harry patch died (last surviving soldier from WW1).
    and a few weeks after that just at the time of his funeral the song was released.
    you dont expect a work of art like this from 'pop stars'. but here it was.
    a song, that was an extension of what had already stopped me in my tracks a few weeks previously on that warm summer evening at the cemetery at Tourgeville

    'harry patch (in memory of)'....................radiohead

    cheers frae the dale

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    I look forward to hearing it.



  • Comment number 14.

    #10 seconded - other Muse requests will probably be available too,

    The First Days of Spring - Noah and the Whale - this is so unlike their poppy chart tunes - nothing wrong with them, but this is different league and I was quite stunned first time I heard it. It could be played, but requires one beep.

    Cellar of Dreams - The Silencers

    Thairis air a' Ghleann - Runrig - shivers down the spine and so perfect for Donnie's voice

    Cause We've Ended as Lovers - Jeff Beck

  • Comment number 15.

    Bettye Lavette:

    'Love reign o'er me' go's been requested...and seconded...and thirded...lots of times.
    'Streets of Philadelphia'
    'Talking Old Soldiers'...appropriate for Remembrance Day Today

    Shirley Bassey - 'Almost There'

  • Comment number 16.

    #10 good suggestion Elwe. There's not many songs can put a grin on one's as.

  • Comment number 17.

    Has anyone considered the implications of cars suddenly stopping when these tracks are played?

  • Comment number 18.

    "Hate To Say I Told You So" - The Hives

    "When I Ruled The World" - Coldplay

    "Sweet Music" - Showaddywaddy

  • Comment number 19.

    I can only hope all A&E units have been briefed to prepare for a spate of RTAs and grinning ases.

  • Comment number 20.

    Happy birthday DC

    was tempted to ask for carole king's way over yonder as you are so far over the hill that ive kust started climbing:-)

    What stops a boat in its tracks

    This is mine / heaven 17?
    Like a rock / bob seger?
    Like an iceberg / claude kelly?

  • Comment number 21.

    Ghosts of Dachau / Style Council

    Paul weller visited Dachau concentration camp in the late 70s but it wasn't until he formed the Style Council that he recorded this song. It's stunning. Heard it playing in a well known music store one day in the days before digital downloads and had to buy the whole Style Council Collection CD for this one track. Their best song by a country mile.

  • Comment number 22.

    #20 cheers.

    In answer to 'what stops a boat', there's the entire rock genre to select from


  • Comment number 23.

    This rock might not sink your boat but it impressed me more than anything I've heard since.

  • Comment number 24.

    #22 @ ya dc

    only a force 11 will stop a cal-mac boat.....made fae somethin' stronger than girders and ye get a decent curry on board.

    'air a' bhata' h-oganaich

    cheers frae the dale

  • Comment number 25.


    Whenever I hear this song I think of my wee sister. I was fortunate enough to hear it performed live at GRCH in June. (The ticket was a birthday gift to myself). The audience was spellbound.

    Despite hearing the song many times, familiarity has not diminished its impact.

    True Colors - Cyndi Lauper

    Happy Birthday, DC!

    Y'all gonna murder a decapod crustacean or two?


  • Comment number 26.

    Growing up in Glasgow when I did you were always hearing lots of different stuff, mostly good, some not quite so good.
    Result was that by early teens most of what I was listening to was kind of inherited from what other people, family and friends, were listening to.

    I guess this was the first real band I found for myself and just loved what I heard. To this day when I hear this played on the radio, which is very rarely, I'm back at the Apollo, think it was actually still the Greens.

    First track on their first album and it is quite brilliant.

    Remake Remodel / Roxy Music


    Happy Birthday DC
    The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.


  • Comment number 27.

    #24 I know two CalMac engineers who stay locally who might see your claim as a wee challenge and who might spot the link between Violent Storm Force and the curries.

    #25 Very tempted (six in the freezer) but it looks like rib-eye steaks on the BBQ

    #26 the problem with downsizing your age is that retirement gets further away

  • Comment number 28.

    Happy Birthday DC!

    Anything from "The Wall" would fit for the lawd I would think.

  • Comment number 29.

    First things first:

    Happy Birthday DC, many happy returns.

    Great theme well done Henri.

  • Comment number 30.

    I have three suggestions that spring to mind. The first two I would really like to hera, the third a bit of an odd one for me just because I remeber the monet so vividly.

    k.d lang - the valley

    k d lang siniging this live, well it is just incredible. I saw her at Edinburgh's festival theatre on the watershed tour and this and hallelujah were just incredible.

    jackson browne - sky, blue and black

    don't ask me, ask the whole audience at GRCH 8 June 1994. Standing ovation from the whole hall after this track (which was mid set). Amazing.

    bonnie tyler - total eclipse of the heart

    I was working on the sunday when Noel Edmunds said I am going to play a world premier and I am not going to say who by until after the song. This was it. Wow I thought. I am not sure I think wow any longer

  • Comment number 31.

    Happy Birthday, DC

    #24 aye, but you can be bobbing around in your force10 all night if she can't take the pier - curry for breakfast anyone?

    I'm a Dreamer - Sandy Denny

    Charlie Darwin - the Low Anthem

  • Comment number 32.

    Happy Birthday DC!

    Alexandra Leaving - Leonard Cohen

    It was this song turning up on the ipod 'shuffle' that sparked the idea for tonight's theme. I was mesmerised and stopped the car to listen.

    Now, Laughing Lenny isn't to everyone's taste, but whatever the song lacks in pace for a Friday evening,is more than made up for with a quite stunning lyric and tune that completely captivates your attention.

    The lyric was written in Greece and is based upon a poem written from Greek mythology called "Alexandria Leaving" - Cohen simply and cleverly changes this to 'Alexandra Leaving' and changes the context.The Greeks had many Gods, and a pretty capricious bunch they were.

    In the narrative, 'the god of love' decides to leave, carrying Alexandra off on his shoulder for no obvious reason. The narrator delivers advice to the lover left behind as various delusions and emotional states and responses are explored in the immedaite aftermath. Essentially,Cohen suggests, there is no point in being upset, it is beyond your power to influence these things, remember it fondly, go to the window, drink it in. Say good - bye to Alexandra, lost.

    For anyone (most of us) who have ever been a relationship that has suddenly and unpredictably ended for no obvious reason or even one that's just inexplicably gone off the boil this is an enormously comforting message: forget the counseling, there's nothing you can do about it and there never was. It's as good as any other explanation I've ever considered as to why relationships break down.

    Wonderfully put together, very clever in describing how things can inexplicably change in a nano- second. Deserves to be heard.

    regardez - youse


  • Comment number 33.

    #32 great choice, the sublime ms Robinson deserves a wee mention too Henri!

  • Comment number 34.

    My parents lounge, 1963.

    Sister Margaret arrives home clutching an EP. She puts it on the gramophone. The parents and other siblings are dismissive. Henri, age 8/9 is mesmerised. A a life changing event - still in awe of one of his finest vocal performances. Imitating it got me belted by Miss Johnstone.

    Twist & Shout - The Beatles

    reagrdez youse


  • Comment number 35.

    Cars The Leisure Society

    Is this the most requested track never to have appeared on GIO? Fell in love with this band after hearing this by accident when messing about on Spotify.

    Helpless - k d lang

    The penne arrabiatta moment! Sitting in Gambrino, Great Western Road - this comes on.I stop chomping and listen.

    Tickets To Waterfalls - Jack Bruce

    Pugwash's parents had a stereo with a headphone socket (1968). I was knocked off my feet. Started a love of jack's work that has never left me.

    Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder... I could go on forever... that'll do...laughing lenny would be fantasttic to hear on GIO, though.

    regardez yoouse


  • Comment number 36.

    Twist and Shout was another high point. Here it is at No. 16 on its way up to No.4 in the singles charts. The last of 11 songs recorded in 10 hours with Lennon suffering from a cold. And only eight years from the appalling Imagine.

  • Comment number 37.

    #34 & #35

    Its your theme Henri so you get one song (Traditionally I think this is true, the one exception being when Scotch Git's theme of Agricultural Revolution was on and he didnt get The Lightning Seeds played).

    So is it Leonard Cohen, Henri ???

  • Comment number 38.

    Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please.

    Made me cry when I first heard it. Still stops me in my tracks.

  • Comment number 39.


    If it was up to me.....

    Alexandra Laeving - Leonard Cohen

    no doubt about it.

  • Comment number 40.

    My big bro bought me this album for my birthday, think his not so hidden agenda was so he could listen to it too, that's unfair as expense of an album would be a good slice out of an apprentices wages then, anyway once I heard the title track I was hooked.

    As I've said before on the blog first album I ever owned and still believe it's his best.
    Another Maggie (Bell not May) tears in at the end of the song and everything about the whole thing is just fantastic.

    Every Picture Tells a Story - Rod Stewart


  • Comment number 41.

    Oh.. and

    What A Fool Believes- the Doobie Brothers

    I heard this on DLT one morning. The Hairy Cornflake introduced it as 'the new single by the Dooleys'.

    A completely remarkable record. I played it endlessly. Ironically, I got engaged while this record was playing. It turned out to be prophetic:0))

    regardez - youse


  • Comment number 42.

    It’s your neck of the woods, so if you’re stopped in your tracks tomorrow night near Milngavie Folk Club, check out ROBIN WILLIAMSON

  • Comment number 43.

    it'd fair stop me in my tracks if this made it through the selection process ...

    'MechANIcal Heart' ~~ Nostalghia

    Featuring a singer (Cissandra) whose voice (a marriage of Kate Bush, Siouxie and Bjork) stopped me rigid, and has done ever since. Incredible stuff ...

  • Comment number 44.

    Happy birthday, DC - enjoy the barbie! xx

    Who's birthday next on the blog? (apologies for the appallingly ungrammatical construction of that question........ ;o) )

  • Comment number 45.


    Jesus is next up I think.

  • Comment number 46.

    Bless you, my son.

    Your statue is looking well. No' a bad likeness...

  • Comment number 47.


  • Comment number 48.

    Cheers awbiddy! Too busy cooking rib-eyes to tune in at the moment but will have alison again over the weekend. Hope there's not too many traffic jams out there




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