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The Guitar Man

Simon Mayo | 08:12 UK time, Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Well in all honesty, I might have retuned yesterday. I knew I might struggle a wee bit as I mentioned in the blog yesterday but there's only so much rattle than you can listen too without having to cough and gargle yourself. Early indications are that things are no worse at least. This is a relief as I spend this morning watching the final Harry Potter film, HP7b. As I've written before, my eldest is 19 and his time at school coincided with the first, unheralded, Harry Potter book. He arrived home asking about this new book all his friends were talking about and could I find him one? Well the local bookshop had vaguely heard of it and rummaged around before finding a copy. We were all hooked from the beginning. As the reader-at-bedtime it was a thrill to something so different and mysterious. Plus it fell perfectly in my range of voices: camp, Cornish, cockney, Yorkshire and Lancashire. We all loved the journey and it finishes this summer. Bravo JKR.
And what a legend on the show today! Duane Eddy is in today. A guitar great, a pioneer, he will be in to talk about his return to music making with Richard Hawley. He'll even bring his guitar with him. So many guitarists have been influenced by Duane; Hank Marvin,Jimmy Page and Ry Cooder have all paid tribute. And in his honour, today's songs should be about THE GUITAR and THE GUITARIST in all it's/his/hers glory.
Well have a refreshing and inspiring Tuesday, see you after 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning Simon, team and Blogpoppets

    Glad to hear you're no worse Simon, at the least.

    How about:

    THE GUITAR MAN by Bread

    BLUE GUITAR by the Moody Blues

    Off to think of maybe a couple more

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 2.

    I've thunk:




  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning again -


    GUITAR MAN - Bread

    GUITAR MAN - Elvis

    GUITARZAN - Ray Stevens


    WAH WAH - George Harrison

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning all


    Pen xx

  • Comment number 5.


    SULTANS OF SWING - both Dire Straits

  • Comment number 6.

    Good morning Poorly Simon, Team, NYM and blogpoppets.

    Can't come up with any tunes at the mo but would like to have another go at my 3 worder from yesterday ;-)


  • Comment number 7.

    Bit tenuous....

    I've Got the World on a String - Frank Sinatra

    I loved the HP books but never got into the films. Hope you enjoy it, Simon, and look forward to the review on Friday's Wittertainment.


  • Comment number 8.

    THIS OLD GUITAR - Neil Young

    ALL THE WAY TO MEMPHIS - Mott the Hoople

    GUITAR TOWN - Steve Earle

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning all

    Simon, I didn't think you sounded too bad, and glad to know that you're no worse today. If it is a 'lurgy' as you said to Sally, does that mean that the rest of the DT team will be croaking by the end of the week?

    Can I second deebee's #2 suggestion WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS please.

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning Simon and everyone....

    GUITAR TOWN ~ Steve Earle

    GUITAR MAN ~ Bread


  • Comment number 11.

    Okay, one more from me (as multiple posts seems to be 'de rigeur')


    Tortie (and Billie) - very happy to share.

    Off to work - 'see' you at coffee time.


  • Comment number 12.

    Billie, I've just spotted you've also chosen Steve Earle's fab song so can we please share it.... I love it and it was the first song that came to me about guitars!


  • Comment number 13.

    Good morning everyone,

    Sunny here in Robin Hood county but expecting a wet afternoon - will be good for the toms anyway.

    Guitar songs:

    Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
    Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

  • Comment number 14.

    Good morning everyone.

    I would ask for a little chill-out time with


    but I guess the chances of it being played are as remote as the BBC starting to look outside London and accept that some parts of the UK have different holidays to others ;-)

    How are you, Mo? :-D

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning Lord Ammo of Croakingdale, team, NYM, and strumming bloggers,

    Some fine choices already made. So could I please add to that list:

    BROKEN STRINGS - James Morrison and Nelly Furtado

  • Comment number 16.

    Good Morning all

    A suggestion is :-

    ROCK & ROLL (I gave you the best years of my life)

    With the opening lines of 'I can still remember when I bought my first guitar'

  • Comment number 17.

    #12 LuciesMum - no probs.

  • Comment number 18.

    Another couple of guitar type tunes from me....

    WORLD ON A STRING ~ Neil Young

    SPANISH GUITAR ~ Toni Braxton



  • Comment number 19.

    Hi everyone

    Hope you are feeling better Simon.

    Re. Harry Potter, Am still in progress with the first book after about 4 years... up to the bit when the letter from Hogwarts was trying to get to Harry! Well it did take me 7 months to read The Beach! Slightly quicker when I read Gordon Ramseys autobiography "Humble pie"!

    Now for my strumming toonage:

    1. GUITAR MAN - Bread
    2. SUMMER OF 69 - Bryan Adams ( "I got my 1st real six string")
    3. CLASSICAL GAS - Mason Williams
    4. All that she wants - ACE OF BASS (Base)
    5. Anything by BASSHUNTER
    6. HEY BIG FENDER - Shirley Bassey

    Me too off to get inspired while auditing some death benefits!!!! What an exciting life I lead!

    Thanks for the 2nd Dan congrats yesterday...was touched and hope you had a lovely birthday Blogger Billie!!

    Catch ya leter

    Mandy :)

  • Comment number 20.

    #14 Harry.... agree with you about places outside of London being on holiday!!! When Simon mentioned it yesterday, I was going to text him to say the Scottish schools have already broken up for their holidays, but thought a hundred others might have let him know, but I didn't hear him mention anymore about it, so Simon, if you read the blog today, the Scottish schools are already on their summer hols! ;o)


  • Comment number 21.

    Morning all

    "GUITAR MAN " -Elvis Presley-

    "GIBSON MARTIN FEEDER " - The Pirates

    "GRACELAND" - Paul Simon - " shining like a National guitar"

    Still sunny in Yorkshire at present

  • Comment number 22.

    Suppose I should have left this one for JBG but:

    Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry

  • Comment number 23.

    Good Morning Simon, Drivetime team and fellow blogsters,

    I, too, enjoyed reading HP to both my children (who are now 19 & 21), I seem to remember night time reading stretching for longer and longer as the children would ask 'Just one more page, Mummy'. Happy days indeed.

    Guitar theme choices:

    While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles

    Guitar Hero - The Shadows

    All The Way From Memphis by Mott The Hoople

    Right, I'm going to make the most of this beautiful morning. Have a great day all

    madchick x

  • Comment number 24.

    #20 LuciesMum, Mo tweeted Simon last night.

  • Comment number 25.

    Just thought of one, I know it's a different Eddie (Cochran), but:


    "Whenever I'm sad, whenever I'm blue
    Whenever my troubles are heavy
    Beneath the stars I play my guitar
    Just like Eddie"

    # 23 mcw - Are you still working, but now able to blog as well?

    T x

  • Comment number 26.

    #22 Nadine, Nadine, Nadine! Just went off to make some coffee, and you have the audacity to take the rug from under my feet. Just kidding! But would be nice to share....

    JOHNNY BE GOOD - Chuck Berry (Also requested by Nadine_C above!)

  • Comment number 27.

    Morning all.

    The rain has arrived in the South West and is heading 'your' way if the weather forecast is to be believed.

    Can't think of a single song that hasn't already been listed above (nothing new there!) but will revert to 'thinking cap!'



  • Comment number 28.

    PS Thank you for the mention yesterday, Simon, even though I suggested the Jon & Vangelis version and not the Donna Summer one! ;-)

  • Comment number 29.

    Good morning,

    Simon, you sounded fine last night. Tell that Sal to leave you alone because you are poorly.


    PUPPET ON A STRING by Sandie Shaw

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 30.

    Should have read :-

    "GIBSON MARTIN FENDER " - The Pirates

    sorry for the spelling mistake , did not really make sense before !

  • Comment number 31.

    #25 PPS Hi Tortie, I am at home at the moment as my new employers wanted me to work even longer than 40 hours a week, shame as I really liked it there but always really only wanted part time, as life is pretty full on at home at the moment. They want me to work part time until they can find someone else, which I might do. Apparently, it took them ages to find me so it may work out quite well!

    Son and his girlfriend left early this morning to go to Kefalonia, lucky things! Glad to hear that you and Mr T had a great holiday. x

  • Comment number 32.

    Following on from Julias idea.....

    I'm a marionette - Abba.


  • Comment number 33.

    Morning all,
    Not seen it yet, but suspect that it might even be not right for R2 DT:

    Sunny here in Oxford, but have my rain cape (height of fash, don't you know) in case..will be back later, if allowed.
    Enjoy your day y'all

  • Comment number 34.

    From the file labelled "obscure but relevant"...


  • Comment number 35.

    Ooo, just thought of another - apologies if it's already mentioned, busy busy at work, no time to check back (but no squirrels to chase today)


  • Comment number 36.

    Morning All,

    No suggestions from me (makes a change...not, lol).

    Both my boys thoroughly enjoyed the HP books. As the books got thicker, bedtime story session got longer. Oldest boy even put off moving to his own room, cos he didn't want ot miss out, bless! When HP7 got handed to me through the window (postie couldn't fit it in through letterbox, hehehe) that was it. I couldn't wait. It took me from Saturday morning to the wee hours of Sunday morning to finish, only breaking off to make sure the boys were fed and watered. It was a right old roller coaster of a trip. From floods of tears to befuddlement back to floods of tears. Then I had to do it all again when reading HP7 to the boys. JKR, me and my boys think you are wonderful.


  • Comment number 37.

    1. SLOW HAND - Pointer Sisters ( apparently about Eric Claption.

  • Comment number 38.

    The Lonesome Guitar Strangler by Dr John
    The title song from the Lionel Bart musical, Twang!
    Picking The Blues by Grinderswitch
    Nashville Cats by Loving Spoonful
    Axe Victim by Be Bop De Luxe
    Six String Music by Jimmy Buffett
    Five String Serenade by Mazzy Star (one string must have broken)

  • Comment number 39.


    B.B. King - "Lucille"

  • Comment number 40.

    #14 #20 I tweeted him back to tell him I wasn't talking nonsense as he had implied. Was hoping for a follow up but will let him off since he has man flu ;-)

    I'm great Harry! My journey to and from work is so much easier now the Scottish schools are on holiday ;-). How was your Independent Shop Day?


  • Comment number 41.

    #40 Mo, are your schools off? Wow! That's not what we do in England. ;-)

    I had a great day in the shop yesterday but I don't think it was anything to do with the "Independents Day" promotions. Just lucky the right people turned out and I had the books they wanted. It's all very hit and miss.

  • Comment number 42.

    #33 I am officially a klutz.
    Duane Eddy is the interviewee.
    Back to think about Guitar/axe songs that may be suitable...

  • Comment number 43.

    Back for a coffee break!

    I too have enjoyed the HP books with my children, although Daughter has preferred to read the later ones by herself - to be honest, I was just grateful she had her nose in a book! She was very jealous when I told her Simon was going to the screening - she and her friends have a plan to go to a midnight screening in Basildon, of all places.

    Talking of Daughter, she's off at oh-gawd-double-oh tomorrow to fly to Malia with 7 friends. She's really excited. I'm really scared...


  • Comment number 44.

    Giving the musical heritage, and the general good taste, of the DT bloggers I'm gobsmacked no one has requested


    They don't write them like that anymore!

  • Comment number 45.

    And of course, there's the semi-autobiographical song penned my Mark Knopfler, and performed by the likes of Elvis, when he discovered his Stratocaster wouldn't stay in tune:


  • Comment number 46.

    My July resolution is to contribute more frequently, so i've managed 2 days in a row now....

    Simon - I hope you feel better; though I, for one, am a fan of the 'husky Mayo' . Lucky you going to HP7b - I hope it liv up to expectations

    I'll second Ziggy Stardust but for a complete change of pace have a couple of offerings from Bon Jovi (following Hyde Park a couple of weeks ago):
    Wanted Dead or Alive ("I walk these streets, a loaded six string on my back.....")
    My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms (album track on 'These Days')

  • Comment number 47.

    Boss Guitar by Duane...with Darlene Love on vocals.

    Remarkable record for its time...better than Guitat Man.

    Or Duanes self penned 3.30 Blues described as the best blues instrumental he ever heard...by none other than B B King which is praise enough.

    Duanes...Peter Gunn it dont get better even if it is a sax record...stand on me!!!

  • Comment number 48.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Boss Guitar' by Duane Eddy (Du'uh!)

    'Careful With That Axe, Eugene' by Pink Floyd

    'Feel No Fret' by The Average White Band
    which leads to...
    'Fretless' by R.E.M.

    'Yackety Axe' by Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler

    'Twangy Strat' by The Arrows

    'I Should Be So Plucky' by Kylie Minogue. (Sorry)

  • Comment number 49.

    Hi Everyone and, of course, Simon The Gravelly Drivetime Dude, The Team and The NYM,

    Late to the party again so haven't caught up yet. Just desperately want to hear:-

    OH YEAH, ROXY MUSIC (there's mention of rhyming guitars, doncha know).

    Apologoes for repeating if already requested.

    Laters sweet p'taters

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 50.

    Cant believe i didn't think of this earlier.

    Every day is a good day to play a Clash song

    Jail Guitar Doors — The Clash


  • Comment number 51.

    Just thought of another:-


    ~ xx

  • Comment number 52.


    "Guitar" -- Prince (Planet Earth)
    "Guitar Town" -- Steve Earle
    "Perfectly Good Guitar" -- John Hiatt
    "This Guitar Says Sorry" -- Billy Bragg

  • Comment number 53.

    Morning All,

    'Guajira' Santana
    'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' Santana

    Hope everybody has a good day

  • Comment number 54.

    Oh dear one of the other secretaries is on hols this week and one of her bosses has asked me to do some work for him. Why do I get nervous when I'm in this situation? I have 30 years experience but still feel worried. :s

    I see some lovely new peeps have swooped in under the radar so hi and warmest welcomes and Autumn_Gale - welcome back, hope you can all manage to poop by to enjoy the fun and frolics.

    Blog doesn't like my rambling post so will be back with another instalment in approx 3 mins :)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 55.

    Harry Potter? I read the first 5 and a half books to the elder boy and by the time I got that far it really was a chore. Thankfully, the younger boy has been happy to watch the films - at least I can fall asleep and no-one notices (well 's long as I don't snore too loudly), not so easy when you're reading is it?

    Deebs, hope the GD has a wonderful time with her friends. I can imagine how you're feeling.

    PoS - good luck with your visitor. I'm sure he'll be most impressed.

    Harry - glad you had a good day yesterday.

    Nadine - I'm in the next county across from you m' Lovely :) It's still dry and relatively bright here at the mo.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 56.

    The back door would appear to have been left open.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 57.

    morning alll

    guitar man-elvis presley

    the guitar man-david gates/bread

    while my guitar gently weeps-george harrison/beatles

    while my guitar gently weeps-eric clapton

    and of course theres

    dance with the guitar man-duane eddy and the rebelettes

  • Comment number 58.

    #41 Well I never, are you telling me Scotland and England are different, Harry ;-). Are you still coming to Aberdeen at the end of October?

    #49 gotta second anything by the lovely BF


  • Comment number 59.

    Ooops MCW, I'm so sorry, I did notice your boy has gone off on hols - hope he has a fabby time too.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 60.

    #58 - blimmin' 'eck Mo, I'd never noticed the difference between Scotland and England before but now you come to mention it... ;) BF is just totally gawjus isn't he. mmmmm yum, scrum-diddly-umptious.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 61.

    #49 That is an excellent suggestion, Toots. It is one of my favourite Roxy tracks ever. Why didn't I think of it? Fingets crossed Noisy plays it! :-) x

  • Comment number 62.

    How about ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART by The Coasters.

    Great show! Keep it up.

  • Comment number 63.

    #61 - MCW - not sure where the inspiratino came for that - most unlike me. I've now got it playing in my brain - it would be fab if the NYM or indeed Noisy were to choose it. (I haven't had a mensh for ages and I can't think of a better way to break the drought)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 64.

    #62 - Harpmj - warmest welcomes - hope you can hang around to enjoy the banter found on this 'ere blog. Good choice, by the way :)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 65.

    #58 Mo, I'm planning on being in Aberdeen Fri-Mon 28-31 Oct. I'm supposed to be attending a Book Fair at the Hilton Treetops Hotel on the Saturday and Sunday.

    They've changed the dates this year; previously it's been at the end of September and I'd do the fair and have a holiday, spending a week in the area. Might still do that.

    Will you be around? I thought you were away?

  • Comment number 66.

    Rebel Rouser...Duane Eddy

    Miserlou....Dick Dale

    Rumble.....Link Wray

    Strollin Guitar....Eddie Cochran

    Nothing by the shadows

  • Comment number 67.

    #65 need to check but I think I fly out first flight on the Monday. Treetops is 5 mins from where I work.

    Seems I didn't do enough lateral thinking for today's theme. Shall have to hang my hopes on getting my 3 worder read out again ;-)


  • Comment number 68.

    I seem to be having Toots' problem of not being allowed to post long posts. So here is the one I wanted to post, but in two parts:

    Welcome to Autumn_Gale, harpmj and amp46. Autumn_Gale, I'm guessing from your comments that you are female ;o)

    #54 Toots, I know exactly what you mean - it's always nerve-wracking when you have to work for someone different, as you don't know how they like things done, or what is expected of you. I'm sure you'll be fine.


  • Comment number 69.

    And part two :

    I'm curious about how people choose their oldies suggestions. When I seen what the theme is going to be, I 'brainstorm' on a piece of paper any songs that come to mind that might have anything to do with the theme. More often than not there's some quite obvious ones (which inevitably lots of other people also suggest!) - sometimes I can ONLY think of the obvious, but occasionally I get what I consider to be quite a clever one.

    And it's more of a challenge to come up with something that nobody else has.

    I only resort to Google if I don't know the name of an artist, or if I don't want to embarrass myself by spelling it wrongly. And I try keep it to a maximum of 6 or 7 songs - actually I can rarely think of more than that number, although sometimes I'll reject a song that subsequently gets played.


  • Comment number 70.

    Part three - this only seems to happen in the middle of the day:

    For me it's not so much about getting a mensh (although that's quite nice once in a while!), but more to do with being on the right lines - I get pleasure from a song I've suggested being played even if somebody else gets the credit for it.


  • Comment number 71.

    #69 & #70 Good Afternoon Deebee, and All :)

    For oldie suggestions - I have Googled, but I tend to be able to come up with four or five suggestions on my own first. I only usually Google if I'm unsure of the artist, song name etc or if the theme is a bit tricky, but then sometimes (like today) I don't always proffer any suggestions.

    There is something lovely about bagging a mensh, but it's great to hear a song you suggested getting played never-the-less.

    I mainly just like the fact that Simon (and the team) takes the time (in his VERY busy schedule) to read the blog, and our tweets ;) It is nice that things we tweet/text in are sometimes read out, or used in a feature on the show e.g Rebecca talking about Independent's Day yesterday after Paul mentioned it on the blog, and I tweeted about it.

  • Comment number 72.

    Thanks for the welcomes.... I often read but only rarely get time to contribute. Now things are begining to ease off towards the holidays (I'm a teacher) - my goal is to get an oldie played (I don't even dare to dream about ARF!)

    Yes, Deebee definitely female (and struggling with a crush on Jon BJ which is unseemly for a woman in her latter 30s ;)

    Simon is lovely too of course ...... but in less of a 'rock-god' kind of way!

    Anyway oldies - I always love to read the suggestions and am unfailing impressed by the range and cleverness of them. I tend to stick to what I know - but it's pretty eclectic so I've usually got one or two I hope to hear on any given night. Occasionally I'll google to check the absolutely correct title or lyric - but not for suggestions per se.

  • Comment number 73.

    #54. Toots, perhaps your discomfort at suddenly having to do secretarial work for a 'new' boss after thirty or so years is something to do with the unknown. You might subconscoiusly be worried that he (or she) could suddenly come up with new words in dictation, that you had previously never heard and were having trouble spelling. Don't worry, chuck. This is perfectly nobroulous, and in any case is usually frailled by scumffer.

  • Comment number 74.

    #68 good topic for discussion Deebee. I am envious of those that have quicker brains than I have.

    For me it depends when the new blog arrives and whether I can switch from work to blog. I use a post it (other bits of paper...) to gather initial brain waves then usually use my iPad or amazon to check any artists I'm unsure of. Rarely come up with more than 3/4. It can be disheartening to come on and find all the songs I've thought of already chosen. I know it's not always the first ones that are given menshes but I personally don't like adding to an already long list of choosers.

    Because I rarely get a mensh I do tend to celebrate, although i celebrate just as much for fellow blogpoppets. My last mensh was for a song I hadn't chosen LOL!


  • Comment number 75.

    #68 - 70, Deebee, I feel quite pleased with myself if I can come up with 1 song nevermind 6 or 7 lol. Have to say that it is not often I come up with suggestions direct from the old noggin. Usually I peruse my music on the 'puter. Occasionally I resort to Google, depending on how busy I am and I only suggest them if I know the song. I wonder who else will admit to using Google?

    Maybes laters


  • Comment number 76.

    #71 Zoe - absolutely agree with your last paragraph!

    #72 Autumn_Gale - bloggers often experience beginner's luck, so you never know. And don't worry about the ARF - they are a LOT harder to bag. I've been here since nearly the beginning, and I didn't get one till Christmas Eve. Also, we can all be afflicted by crushes, no matter what our age ;o)

    #74 Mo - good points. I don't usually have time to check back what has already been suggested, but I won't pick a song if I happen to know someone else has suggested it.


  • Comment number 77.

    #26 So sorry, JGB, it was very naughty of me - have given my self a slap on the wrist. ;-)

    Simon, if you do happen to play Mr Chuck Berry please, please attribute it to blogger Johnny B Good - it is only right and proper!!

    I do have a soft spot for Chuck though as my mum claims I was named after his song - who knows, if I'd have been a boy maybe would have had two Johnnys on the blog!!

    N x

  • Comment number 78.

    #77. "two Johnnys on the blog!!" Carefully typed, Nadine.

  • Comment number 79.

    #73 as long as you use the Bloggpoppets dictionary you'll be fine ;-)

    #71 agreed Zoe

    Welcome Autumn Gale, amp46 and harpmj!


  • Comment number 80.

    #68, 70, 75
    I too resort to the WWW when I think of a tune but not sure of it's 'official' title, or artist spelling (like I suggested Yakety Yak last week, it was actually called something else officially, so I wasn't included on the list of menshees)....I use my brain (depending on the time of day, amount of caffeine etc) and then resort to Brain #2, aka my ipod - which means that all my suggestions are usually straight from the ♥ of my music tastes.

    I've rejected thoughts before for songs I don't actually like - and think perhaps that some of that goes on at R2 DT pow wow each day, it has to be radio friendly and pop-y but not too much so.

    I will prob miss the blog for 2 days, we have Open Days here, when we steer prospective studes and their sometimes pushy parents through talks, info, tours etc. It is usually chaos!
    Thank goodness we managed to get the squirrel to vacate the premises...

    Will listen to the show though, hopefully!

  • Comment number 81.

    #55 Hi Toots - can you see me waving across the border to you?! :-D

  • Comment number 82.

    #68 Deebee, I am not too bothered getting a mensh, either. I choose songs which I'd like to hear on the radio and I know, because they are often album tracks and a little obscure, that they stand little chance of being played. In fact, the only time I've had menshes is when the track has been blindingly obvious.

    I have said this before, and it's one of my main gripes with ARF, there are millions of great tunes that Radio2 could play and yet we hear the same stuff over and over again. I understand that I could just put on a CD but you forget so many good songs and the radio (and this here blog) is my way re-newing my acquaintance with great music. That's why I like the themed oldies; not so much for what will be played on the show, but for the reminders of forgotten treasures.

  • Comment number 83.

    Deebs, I will admit to having used Google to try to find a choon for themes but it has never been of any help. I use my noggin, and as you must have realised by now, the old noggin is so full of such other bits and pieces that my music knowledge rarely comes to the fore. My routine now is, I read Simon's blog to see what the theme is, go off and have a think and if I can come up with a choon, I'll just pop right in with it. I used to check to see if my suggestions had already been requested and if they had I didn't post them but of late, if I didn't post the first appropriate tune that pops into my head I'd never post anything and I'd just be here for the beer, errr no, the social side of things.

    Note to self:- MUST STOP RAMBLING

  • Comment number 84.

    I used to apologise for duplications but to paraphrase the lovely KatyMac - just because you were first person to post a tune, you don't have exclusive ownership of it. I don't mind if I suggest a tune and it's duplicated by someone else who gets the mensh. I'm only here for the beer, errr no, the social side of things ;)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 85.

    #78 !!!! It's exciting to sail close to the wind sometimes.....

  • Comment number 86.

    #81 - Nadine - Yeah, I see you!!! *jumping up and down, waving in an excited manner* Can you see me?

    I have a couple of good ARFO suggestions (imho) one of which I heard on JW's show on Sunday, forgot it by Monday breakfast but have since remembered it again phew! Similarly with a choon I heard on the BBC's coverage of Glasto, had forgotten which the choon by Friday past but have since remembered it again. both choons are safely stored in my memory bank so look out on Friday - you're looking at the new ARFO Queen. I hope Julia40 has kept the crown nicely polished for me ;)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 87.

    #82 I agree with you on the ARFO, and the ARF in general, Harry, the same songs have been trotted out too many times, which is probably why I am less sorry if I miss Friday's show!

    I also like to hear oldie songs that I haven't heard on the radio for ages, and I think on the whole, Simon and Co are pretty good at choosing a wide range of oldies, and they don't always go for the obvious ones.

  • Comment number 88.

    I have to add that DT and this blog have introduced to much music I would otherwise have missed.

    Speaking of missing, anyone seen or heard from the lovely Katymac. Hope all is ok with her.


    Toots LoL! Can't wait for Friday!

  • Comment number 89.

    #68 , #82
    Debbee , Harry and blogsters

    My method of selection usually involves brain racking as well ,by the time i get on the blog most of the obvious selection have been chosen . like Guitar Man by Bread today. actually not I song would have chosen anyway !

    I think the best chooses tend to be the more clever ones that don't actually feature the key works in the title , like "blowing in the wind" last week or even my own great choice of "unchain my heart" last night. These types of songs tend to be harder to google as you need to either know the lyrics or think out the box in management speak

    Andy -Wharfedalegas

  • Comment number 90.

    Afternoon all

    Bit late for suggestions so I'll not play today. Shame that a hit single cover version was selected yesterday ahead of album original.

  • Comment number 91.

    #87 'course the trouble with the ARF is that if someone asks for an obscure song - how long will it take a researcher to get it out of the dusty box, wipe it off and hand to Lord 'Marlene Dietrich' Ammo?
    An album track of years gone by gotta be hard to get played too, if they weren't released as 'radio friendly' singles' length tracks.

    In these days of 'virtual' music, should be a cinch (is that spelt right? looks wrong!) but my favourite ever song is 'Beware of the beautiful stranger' by Pete Atkins..but you try finding a copy you don't have to pay for (ie Yo*tube) draws a blank...

    What's the opposite of a 'rain dance'? need one in Oxford now - thinking of cycling home and it's doing some 'orrible drizzly thing!

    Good luck tonight new & old Blogees.

  • Comment number 92.

    #88. See twitter DM.

  • Comment number 93.

    #92 thanks Paul, got it x

  • Comment number 94.

    in light of recent events at the NOTW what about playing :-


  • Comment number 95.

    Re choosing tunes and menshes. Depending on the subject I usually get one or two songs pop into my head straight away. I like to try and think of songs that have lyrics that fit the topic rather than just the title if possible (which it isn't always!). I usually then have a couple more flashes of inspiration over the next hour or so. I sometimes check song lyrics on line just to make sure I haven't been singing the wrong words for years (like the line in 'Spanish Lullaby' by Madonna - "Young girls with eyes like potatoes..."). I try and suggest something I would genuinely like to hear - although I have suggested tracks that wouldn't necessarily be first on my playlist if I think they really fit the theme.

    It's great to hear your name on the radio, especially the first time and on a national show, but, as others have said, I just like the fact I've chosen something that fits the bill more than anything else, and hope the people listening like it too. I love games and quizzes generally and have always loved music so this part of the show is right up my strasse. I also like to see what suggestions other people come up with as everyone has their own individual take on the theme, and musical influences, and then try and guess what Simon and the team finally choose.

    And the ARFO? That still remains but an illusive dream pour moi....!

  • Comment number 96.

    #86 Toots - can't wait till Friday!!

    #88 I have heard from KatyMatey - she is dealing with some family stuff at the moment, but I'm sure she'll be around in due course.


  • Comment number 97.

    #86 Certainly can Toots - that colour really suits you!

  • Comment number 98.

    #95 - Well, me too, shall we start a (not-so) exclusive 'ARFO Dream-on Club?!
    Seems to be all 1970's tunes recently...Slade, Wizzard etc. I mean, I was alive and bopping to that stuff n' all, but come ON, DT team let's move slightly forward in time, eh?
    Howsabout the 1980's for a change ;-0

  • Comment number 99.

    #98 Not quite all 70s, Suzie. Little Richard and Eddie Cochran a couple of weeks back. When Springsteen gets played it's the 80s stuff and then there's Huey Lewis, Soft Cell, Meatloaf & Cher, and others.

  • Comment number 100.

    1. Anything by THE TWANG.


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