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Simon Mayo | 09:34 UK time, Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Feeling old this morning. Feel old most mornings. But child 1 turns 21 today and memories, photos and presents are much in evidence along with articles and newspaper cuttings revealing the advancing years. It's one of those 'Sunrise,Sunset' moments (younger bloggers need to refer to 'Fiddler on the Roof' here) that seem to occur with amazing frequency now. I remember playing Baby Baby by Amy Grant on the show the next morning and trying and failing to say something meaningful. And looking back there were probably a few better songs to play than Baby Baby but at the time...what did I know etc.
Hey we have Keane on the show today. New album is Strangeland, their 5th consecutive No 1, a record only bettered by The Beatles (from debut recording this is). I do enjoy their melodies and Tom Chaplin's singing so look forward to Keane after 6.
And oldies please for the TOUR DE FRANCE which Matt reports on every night and in which Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky seem now to be the favourites. It must be one of the biggest prizes in sport and it's time to salute the yellow jersey. Tour de France tunes please.
Have a fragrant and well-powdered Tuesday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning

    Bicycle Race - Queen

    More after pesky meeting …

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Happy birthday to Master Mayo!

    Songs for Tour de France:

    MY WHITE BICYCLE by Nazareth

    BICYCLE RACE by Queen

    THE RACE by Yello

    RUNNING UP THAT HILL by Kate Bush

    PUSHBIKE SONG by Mungo Jerry

    HELEN WHEELS by Paul McCartney

    LOST IN FRANCE by Bonnie Tyler

    ~X~

  • Comment number 3.

    Good morning senior Simon, team, NYM and sweet-scented poppets

    Happy Birthday to Child #1 Simon, whatever they say, you don't look old enough!


    Some TdF choons ...

    BICYCLE RACE - QUEEN

    LOST IN FRANCE - BONNIE TYLER

    YELLOW - COLDPLAY

    THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL - ABBA

    THE RACE - YELLO

    THE DRUGS DON'T WORK - THE VERVE

    #137 from over the page ...Hoffs... I hope today isn't as bad as you fear x

    Happy Tuesday all!
    Jx

  • Comment number 4.

    Good morning everyone

    Seeing the blog title,'Good Grief', I wonder what had happened! Happy 21st birthday to Simon's 'child 1'

    LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE ~ Engelbert Humperdinck

    LOST IN FRANCE ~ Bonnie Tyler

    RIDE ON ~ Christy Moore

    BICYCLE RACE ~ Queen

    PUSHBIKE SONG ~ Mungo Jerry

    RIDE LIKE THE WIND ~ Christopher Cross

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning all,

    Tour de France oldies already tweeted:

    WATCHING THE WHEELS - JOHN LENNON

    TOUR DE FRANCE - KRAFTWERK

    madchick x

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning all. Loved all the ISIHAC quotes on the last blog. I was a full-on Radio 4 listener until 4 years ago, when I discovered some of my favourite Radio 1 presenters from my yoof here on Radio 2 and ISIHAC is my absolute favourite. I have tried to book a local recording, but they sellout within minutes, so Samantha et al remain in my imagination.

    Won't go for the obvious ..

    AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH by Diana Ross

  • Comment number 7.

    Good Morning Simon and Poppeteers

    A very happy 21st birthday to child 1 today Simon. I hope you all have a lovey day.

    THE PUSHBIKE SONG - MUNGO JERRY

  • Comment number 8.

    It's when the youngest turns 18 and you become a 'parent of adults'

    That.



    THIS WHEELS ON FIRE - JULIE DRISCOLL and THE BRIAN AUGER TRINITY

    BIKE - PINK FLOYD

    :^)

  • Comment number 9.

    I just LOVE Katy's suggestions!

  • Comment number 10.

    Just thought of another....

    WATCHING THE WHEELS ~ John Lennon and Yoko Ono

  • Comment number 11.

    Happy 21st Birthday to Mayo 'child 1' , will he now lose the child moniker now that he's turned 21?

    Another oldie suggestion:

    THUNDER ROAD - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    x

  • Comment number 12.

    LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE - ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINK

  • Comment number 13.

    Good Morning all

    Let hope that Bradley stays in front all the way to Paris

    Suggested song titles

    SILVER MACHINE - HAWKWIND

    FREEMAN IN PARIS - JONI MITCHEL

  • Comment number 14.

    #8 & #11 I see that you and I have the same opinion on that one, Katy! ;-)

  • Comment number 15.

    Good morning everyone.

    I'll hopefully have more time to spend on the blog today which may or may not be a good thing depending on your point of view ;0)

    One of the most beautiful songs I know, from the movie "One from the Heart":

    BROKEN BICYCLES by TOM WAITS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF-HAAUY45c

    I think making the movie nearly bankrupted Zoetrope.

    A truly wonderful album and it's going to be my music of choice this morning.

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning all

    Happy birthday to Mayochild 1

    THE RACE - YELLO

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 17.

    For anyone getting a puncture -

    PUMP IT UP - ELVIS COSTELLO

  • Comment number 18.

    Bike songs?

    Head over heels - Abba!

    Mcw, they might lose the 'child' status, but they'll always be our Children eh? I've got one turning 21 this year too, anyone else?

    Happy Days.

  • Comment number 19.

    Good Morning All;

    Happy 21st birthday to Simon's Child 1 :) Time certainly does fly!

    Oldie suggestions...

    YELLOW - COLDPLAY

    TOUR DE FRANCE - KRAFTWERK

    SILVER MACHINE - HAWKWIND

  • Comment number 20.

    Morning to all bloggers, lovely Drivetime crew and, now that I know who you are, the NYM (thanks Deebee!)

    Happy birthday to Mayo child 1, although no longer a child really - hope he has a great day.

    Just quickly - off to catch a train:

    KING OF THE MOUNTAIN - MIDNIGHT OIL

    BICYCLE RACE - QUEEN

    YELLOW - COLDPLAY

    See you later x

  • Comment number 21.

    All a bit hit and miss today, the sun does have his hat on here atm, but I think could be taking it off at a moments notice...

    http://www.raintoday.co.uk/

  • Comment number 22.

    Morning All,

    Happy 21st to Child 1.

    'Leader Of The Pack' The Shangri Las

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 23.

    Its a rest day in the TDF today but tomorrow, they go into the Alps so for that,

    ITS A LONG WAY TO THE TOP - ACDC

  • Comment number 24.

    #Oldiestheme


    ON THE ROAD AGAIN - CANNED HEAT

    BICYCLE SONG - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

    RIDING ON MY BIKE - MADNESS

    BROKEN BICYCLES - TOM WAITES

    MY WHITE BICYCLE - NAZARETH

  • Comment number 25.

    #8 Yes, absolutely KatyMatey...

    Actually I came back to suggest THIS WHEEL'S ON FIRE (should really be doing what I get paid for), but you beat me to it... Great choice!

    :o))

  • Comment number 26.

    That’s better, meeting postponed ….

    Congratulations Simon & a very happy birthday to Child 1. You must have been about 20 when he was born?


    King Of The Mountain – Kate Bush

    Rider on The Wheel – Nick Drake

    King Of The Road – The Proclaimers

    Race For The Prize – The Flaming Lips

    Freedom Road – The Divine Comedy

    Wings of Speed – Paul Weller

    Over The Hill – John Martyn

  • Comment number 27.

    As the race finishes on the Champs Elysee can I suggest what is a very popular French song

    CHAMPS ELYSEE - JOE DASSIN

  • Comment number 28.

    'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' Diana Ross and the Supremes

  • Comment number 29.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Congrats to blog menshes yesterday.

    A very happy birthday to Mayo Junior and yes I remember when you played Amy Grant, 1991 reminds me the long Summer when Mr Adams was languishing at numero uno with the Robin Hood tune a;; the way to 26th October (Damn! 3 days b4 my birthday, he could have lasted another 3 days!) oh well he made up for it when I planted a smacker on his cheek when I 1st went to see him at the NEC on November 11th! and when he sent me a postcard from Iceland on December 23rd (Awwww what a year 1991 was...)

    So raise your coffee mugs and toast Simon's 21 year old!!!

    Now choons:

    1. THE RACE - Yello
    2. BICYCLE - Queen
    3. PUSH BIKE SONG - The Mixtures
    4. WHEELS ON FIRE - Trinity and Julie Driscoll
    5. YELLOW - Coldplay
    6. RIDE ON TIME - Black box
    7. LOST IN FRANCE - Bonnie Tyler
    8. FOOTSIE - WIGANS CHOSEN FEW ( Wiggins chosen fes)!!
    9. LEADER OF THE PACK - Shangrilas
    10. DONT STOP - Fleetwood MAc

    Oh well must tootle off

    Nice day folks

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 30.

    Out on the road - The Hollies.

  • Comment number 31.

    #9
    Why thank you Paul Smith!
    [you made me jump lol]
    Go ahead and second/suggest them - please. I've had plenty of mensh lately - it might just be your day.

    :^)


    #15 Oooh ... now you're talking.
    Hadn't seen your post when I was compiling my little list - so I've inadvertently repeated your suggestion.

  • Comment number 32.

    As the TdF must be one of the most gruelling sports, how about:

    HURTS SO GOOD by SUSAN CADOGAN

    And, on that subject, did anyone hear Vanessa Feltz this morning?

    She was speaking of sunbathing on on her recent holiday:

    "There was a rather large woman, in a very tiny bikini, stuffing her face with cheese and onion crisps, reading 50 Shades of Grey. Well, her husband just looked nervous."

    :0D

  • Comment number 33.

     
    "In my yellow jersey,

    I went out on the nick.

    South Street, Romford

    shopping arcade..."

     
    Razzle in My Pocket - Ian Dury and the Blockheads


    Innit!

  • Comment number 34.

    If we are going to celebrate this year's TdF in particular, then we have to salute Mr Wiggins (or Mr Biggins, as Granny Hoffs thinks he is). He apparently really likes Paul Weller, so:

    In the TdF, there is 1 prologue followed by 20 stages which almost makes 22 (!!)

    22 DREAMS - PAUL WELLER

    Maybe 21 days of cycling on the tour and then off to the Olympics could make 22? OK, ok, clutching at straws now - definitely need to go now!

    SHOUT TO THE TOP
    A MAN OF GREAT PROMISE (the acoustic version)


    Bye!

  • Comment number 35.

    Morning all. Congratulations to Mayo "child 1".

    Three word Tuesday: End of Term :)))))

    Won't have time to pop back til later I dont' think so a few oldies - mostly repeating others:
    Lost in France - Bonnie Tyler
    Mellow Yellow - Donovan
    Wheels on Fire - Trinity

  • Comment number 36.

    #31 Katy, it's Tom Waits! I don't think we need worry about who gets the mensh, do you? LOL

    From the same album, Crystal Gale singing Old Boyfriends:

    "You fell in love, you see
    With someone that I used to be"

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Comment number 37.

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    ROLL WITH IT - OASIS

    LDN - LILY ALLEN

    RING MY BELL - ANITA WARD

    ROLLING IN THE DEEP - ADELE

    THE CHAIN - FLEETWOOD MAC (for bike chains, though it's probably too associated with Formula 1)

  • Comment number 38.

    #Oldiestheme


    The obligatory:

    RAWHIDE - FRANKIE LANE

    :^)

  • Comment number 39.

    Bonjour, mon ami!

    First thoughts:

    'Everyday Is A Winding Road' - Sheryl Crow
    'Higher Ground' - Stevie Wonder
    'Je Suis Un Rock Star' - Bill Wyman (rock/mountain, French, non?)

    N xx

  • Comment number 40.

    Just read back - some fantastic suggestions - hope to hear lots of them later. Have good days all x

  • Comment number 41.

    Its hard to avoid Kratfwerk/Queen here, but in addition:

    TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT - The Eagles

    However saving my best until last with what I would tout as my best ever suggestion for box-ticking: I give you...drum roll please....

    RIDERS IN THE SKY - The Shadows

  • Comment number 42.

    Just found this, but maybe a little too long for drivetime......

    In the hall of the mountain king - ELO.

    So instead HOLD ON TIGHT - ELO :)

  • Comment number 43.

    Good morning all
    How about

    RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH - TINA TURNER

    Back later.

    JW

  • Comment number 44.

    Greetings folks! A big hello and thanks to Hoffs, for your comment in the waning hours of yesterday's blog!

    And...Amelia.... are you me? #20 - Kate Bush, Nick Drake, The Flaming Lips AND (the one and only beautiful and long lost) John Martyn, all on one post. I'm looking into a mirror here trying to establish whether I might also be Amelia! I also have a bit of a thang for the Divine Comedy and not averse, though not a fan of, to a bit of Weller, so - great choices!

    How about

    PUSH IT - Salt N Pepa

    I also think (*dares to suggest*) this might be an honourable source of puns:

    I'm So Tyred - The Beatles
    Saddle Songs Say So Much - Elton John
    Brake Out - Swing Out Sister
    Crossbar Traffic - Jimi Hendrix
    Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Spoke Tree - Tony Orlando and Dawn
    Thorn in my Sidewall - Eurythmics

    I'm sure you can all do better?

  • Comment number 45.

    HARD ROAD TO TRAVEL = JIMMY CLIFF

    SPINNING WHEEL - BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS

    LONG AND WINDING ROAD - BEATLES

  • Comment number 46.

    Morning all. Personally I'm finding this topic a bit more of a challenge, but would still like to suggest

    Come a long way - Michelle Shocked

    Don't Give up - Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

    Life in the fast lane - The Eagles

    Don't stop - Fleetwood Mac

    King of the mountain - Kate Bush

    Silver Rider - Band of Joy or Low

    Breathless - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

    Roll with it - Oasis

    Don't stop me now - Queen (I'm not going to mention the other one)

    Chasing cars - Snow Patrol

    Hmmm, got more than I expected. Have a nice day all. Coffee break is over and it's soopermarket time

  • Comment number 47.

    Oops - forgot -

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY #1 MAYO SON!! Hope you have a great day!

    JW

  • Comment number 48.

    Dont bring me down - ELO.

  • Comment number 49.

    Greetings Mayo Man & ALL Blog Dudes & Dudesess...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man - And when a say 'Mayo Man' am noot talking ter a 'orse..... Although a am this time both talking ter a top DJ & about 'orses - WHATTA COINCIDENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A 'eard Mayo man mention yesterdee thatta 'orse called Mayo Man 'ad won at 14 ter 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That's like 14 Mayo Man's ter 1 Mayo Man.... Which would look something like this:

    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN
    MAYO MAN (this is almost like being back at school doing lines!!!)

    Ter one MAYO MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mayo man, Man do a wish a 'ad banged a wad of readies on Mayo Man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Am also wondering who is reading this blog as it's a mighty BIG coincidence that a often write Mayo Man on this blog and someone else 'as goot the name.... Be it a 'orse!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As for the 21 year old birthdee...... Firstly 'APPY BIRTHDEE greetings ter the 21 year old.... Then secondly congrates ter The Mayo Man on 'aving a 21 year old.... (am still trying ter find meself a baby let alone one that old.... Should ave started young maybe).... And thirdly..... MY GOODNEEEESSS..... The Mayo Man doesn't look old enough ter 'ave a 21 year old child/ now adult (yer did start young!!!!!!)( mind you a should imagine being a top R1 DJ.... Am sure it would be easy ter pull a babe!!!!!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As for a well powdered Tuesdee..... A will am off ter sand me wall down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tatty bye!

  • Comment number 50.

    #36 As someone who gets more menshes by suggesting choons that never get played - I think you've got this one sewn up [nearly typed 'sown' - would that have altered my meaning?]

    #25 Cheers Deebs



    #Oldiestheme

    FAST - MANIC STREET PREACHERS

    RIDE MY BIKE - TOM PAXTON

    HANDLEBARS - FLOBOTS

    SPEED OF SOUND - COLDPLAY


    :^)

  • Comment number 51.

    'Bright Side Of The Road' Van Morrison

  • Comment number 52.

    Get rhythm -Johnny Cash.

    One more ride - Johnny Cash.

  • Comment number 53.

    Hi Simon, Team and Everyone!

    I'm a TdF follower and I want Wiggins to win and Happy 21st. Birthday to number one son Simon.

    DeeBee, I will not be up north this summer yet would like to be, especially to hear Simon talk about Itch, science and being an emerging novelist. Truth be told, I'd like to be anywhere else other than this bed that I've been recovering in for the past almost four weeks, harrumph - cancer sucks.

    My single for today:
    Nine Million Bicycles - Katie Melua

    LB, x

  • Comment number 54.

    And Harry... while I dearly hope the old croaker gets chosen, I fear we may have some time to kill before he does, because, as you know, Tom Waits for no man.

    My favourite Tom Waits is "Johnsburg, Illionois"

    "She's my only true love
    She's all that I dream of;
    Look here - in my wallet -
    That's her.
    She grew up on a farm,
    There's a place on my arm where
    I've written her name next to mine.
    See, I just can't live without her
    And I'm her only boy.
    She grew up outside McHenry,
    In Johnsburg, Illinois....."

    Sigh.

  • Comment number 55.

    I go to extremes - Billy Joel.

    Leave a tender moment alone! - Billy Joel!

  • Comment number 56.

    #54 B&B, favourite Tom Waits' lyrics? Has to be Heartattack & Vine:

    See the little Jersey girl in the see-through top,
    Over by the Jukebox sucking on a soda pop?
    I bet she's still a virgin, but it's only 25 to 9.
    You can see amillion of them at the Heartattack and Vine"

    :0D

  • Comment number 57.

    Morning Oh Great One & All

    Looking at the weather it can only be one tune

    RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD - B.J.THOMAS

    Always makes me think of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid film, they used it during the bike riding scene! And it is topical with the weather again today.

    Brain makes a leap in another direction . . . . watched Blockbusters last night and boy oh boy Debbie & Paul did a terrible job you were right Simon, as mentioned in your interview with Graham Norton, I don't think they understood the concept of the game at all!

    Bye for Now X

  • Comment number 58.

    'King Of Pain' The Police

  • Comment number 59.

    No it's got to be

    THE RACE - YELLO

  • Comment number 60.

    Rachmaninov orchestrated some Russian folk songs, one of which might have suited the theme if DT were on Radio 3:

    My cheeks, so white, so rosy

    ;0)

  • Comment number 61.

    Morning,

    Bicycle Race - Queen

    Bike - Pink Floyd

    Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles

    Numb - Portishead

    So fast so numb - REM

    Ain't no mountain high enough - Diana Ross

    The long and winding road - The Beatles

    On the road again - Canned Heat

    Yellow - Coldplay

    Over the hills and far away - Led Zeppelin

  • Comment number 62.

    Oh no Harry - lets not start.... (though of course you're right). But I fear you may whither and collapse in a heap of tears to one of the WORLD's most beautiful songs, never mind Toms':

    "I'll feel my way down the darkened hall
    And out into the morning.
    The hobos at the freight yards
    Have kept their fires burning.
    So - Jesus Christ, this goddamn rain! -
    Will someone put me on a train?
    I'll never kiss your lips again,
    Or break your heart.
    As I say goodbye,
    (I'll say goodbye),
    Say Goodbye...
    To Ruby's arms."

    Sob

  • Comment number 63.

    Morning again,


    Crash - Primitives

  • Comment number 64.

    Ahhh Ruby's Arms ........... you're right, of course.

    No point in going any further with this one :0)

  • Comment number 65.

    Also:

    'Follow You, Follow Me' - Genesis

  • Comment number 66.

    Dont lose my number - Phil Collins.

  • Comment number 67.

    Over here Bradley Wiggins is certainly drawing the attention not only of the sports writers in the national papers. The race didn't have a stage in this area of France this year but it does not stop it being one of the 3 main local and national topics of conversation, just behind the euro and the weather,

    late thought for another song title

    BALLAD OF EASY RIDER - BYRDS

    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 68.

    Daytime, nighttime suffering - Wings.

  • Comment number 69.

     
    #68

    Cycle delicate Sal,

    "Take your protein pills and put your helmet on."


    ;o)

  • Comment number 70.

    Am returned from my sick bed. Whole family ended up with the 'bug', but none had it worse than I (typical)

    Many congrats to 'child 1' on his 21st. Tis my neices 24th also, and I can still recall the topic of conversation at her 3rd birthday party being 'why wasent Simon Mayo on the radio this morning'?, and then walking in the kitchen to find my sisters dog on the table eating the cake(!)

    Ahhh the memories :-)

    Is there a theame from Blazing Saddles or something I can suggest?

    I will be back later (promise)
    ~gill~

    P.S. MORNINGTON CRESCENT !!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 71.

    Sounds like a plan Scotch Git :)

  • Comment number 72.

    Thank you all for the mensches for my first ever mensch last night. Just typical - I didn't hear it. I'd switched to R4 to catch up on ISIHAC after yesterday's most entertaining discussions on the subject. That'll teach me.

    I suppose I'll have to venture into the elastic trickery of i-Players and podcasts if I want to hear my name committed to immorality (or should that be immortality). That's a big step from two tins and some wet string.

    I'm please Billie got a mensch as well because she got the Gerry Rafferty idea in before I did, although I did think of it on my own, honest.

    Jenny - thanks for the H2O clue solution - I should have guessed with that being yesterday's theme. I find that I either get cryptic clues straight away or I can sit and stare for ages, getting nowhere. It's the same on Countdown - sometimes I can find words easily, other times, nothing. It's very annoying.


    Best wishes to Bradley Wiggins - long may he retain le maillot jaune. He's from my locality, so I'm biased.
    It can only be

    TOUR DE FRANCE - KRAFTWERK

  • Comment number 73.

    BIKE by PINK FLOYD

    Outside a pub this morning, there was a sign saying Mayo v Sligo, Sunday 2pm. Is Mr Mayo involved in some kind of sporting tournament, e.g boxing?

  • Comment number 74.

    Late today - on my own in the office and too many interruptions to give me time to sneak onto the web. Sorry for repeats but no time to check.
    When we collide - Matt Cardle
    The long and winding road - The Beetles
    Telegraph Road - Dire Straits
    Step on - Happy Mondays
    Small Bump - Ed Sheeran
    Slide Away - Oasis
    Riders of the Storm - The Doors

  • Comment number 75.

    #26 B&B - why thank you! I’m not too sure who I am at the moment so I could indeed be you. Except you are rather more witty & erudite than me, I have very much enjoyed your posts since your return.

    Song picking is an enjoyable, diverting way to start the day. I always end up listening to stuff that I forgot I even owned and love seeing what everyone else picks. Almost everything I choose is stuff I want to hear. Music wise I seem to be stuck in the lift between R2 & 6 Music.

    I loved Blockbusters last night, Paul & Debbie were hilarious (but perhaps not in a good way). I liked it being an hour long show, the usual half hour ones are just too short. Alex James was clearly thrilled to have won, I loved his enthusiasm.

    From yesterday’s blog like Katy I am unlikely to listen when Simon is off, back to 5Live Drive for the week. [thank goodness for preview I almost said something daft & pointless here]

    Jenny – I too liked the H2O clue from yesterday.

    #20 Hoffs / Deebee I give up, what does NYM stand for? DM me if it is a state / blog secret!

  • Comment number 76.

  • Comment number 77.

    Harry - if I may be so bold (sorry folks for the 'old man rock fan' thing)....Aimee Mann fan?

  • Comment number 78.

    Morning all
    Just when I thought I was shaking it off the stinking cold it' back with a vengeance. Much sneezing and coughing still going on here Good job I have nothing much planned for this week and next other than feet up watching Brad and co. And going to see the might Robert Plant of course.

    Song for Bradley:

    TELL iT LIKE IT IS - Aaron Neville

  • Comment number 79.

    On the back of Katy's Rawhide suggestion, is it too rude to suggest:

    RING OF FIRE - JOHNNY CASH

    (Hoffs, NYM stands for Nice Young Man but shhh, don't tell anyone;0)

  • Comment number 80.

    Loveoneanother #73 as well as Mayo and Sligo, there's Mayo and Galway!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ2__xGKaEo

  • Comment number 81.

    #76

    I feel sure that the good SIR CUMFERENCE a.k.a. THE DRIVER should be torch carrying today ..

    :^?

  • Comment number 82.

    #77 B&B, be as bold as you dare!

    I listened to quite of lot of her stuff in 90s but I have to admit haven't heard much of the newer material. Any recommendations?

    By the way, damn good to have you back. Even if it's probably only for a short time.

  • Comment number 83.

    THE RACE IS ON ~ Dave Edmunds

    GIRL ON A BICYCLE ~ Ralph McTell

  • Comment number 84.

    #79 Shona - shurely more likely:

    GREAT BALLS OF FIRE - JERRY LEE LEWIS


    *schoolgirl snigger*

  • Comment number 85.

    #78 iPAd typing failure. First of many during the week no doubt :-)

  • Comment number 86.

    #75 - Hi Amelia - it was just a false alarm after all! That's very nice of you to say. I get carried away on here sometimes (average post length thirty lines?), but it's fun eh? The Tom Waits posting from "a gentleman in the far north west" (above) has had me weeping buckets to Tom Waits songs on Youtube for the last three quarters of an hour, and - it always surprises me, but I do know why - "Dancing in the Dark" by Spruce Bingstream. Sniff.

    A few coves have suggested Pink Floyd's "Bike"... one of the very first songs outside of The Beatles (for this little seven year old, as I was) that made me sit and think "wow!" My sister had a copy, and I still love it to bits. I've got a cloak, it'sa bit of a joke, there's a tear up the front.....it's read and black, I've had it for months". Genius! Not only the idea of a bloke with a cloak, but a bloke with a cloak that he thought was worth telling me about. Sail on Syd!

  • Comment number 87.

    #78 Ken - hope you dry up soon. Where are you seeing Percy?
    *jealous face*



    [Shona/Hoffs/Deebee - and the irony of all this is that for months the NYM has been a NYL so flattery ~won't~ get you closer to menshland]
    :^D

  • Comment number 88.

    #84 Katy, at the risk of coming over all Wellman Clinic, they now have specially designed, cut-away saddles to prevent that :0S

  • Comment number 89.

    #86 - I'd like to thank the 7yr-old me for coming back to type some of the above post! Shucks again Harry - thank you! You know the only reason I'm back is that it's good to BE back, and it's good to be back because of you lot! I don't have much Aimee Mann either, but saw her live a coupla times in the nineties too, but my favourite album is/was Bachelor No 2, with the sublime "Red Vines", which I have just been Youtubing live from a Fleadh some while ago:

    "So you're running round the parking lot
    'til every lightning bug is caught,
    Punching some pinholes
    In the lid of a jar
    While we wait in the car
    With cigarettes and red vines.
    Just close your eyes, cos baby...
    You never do know.
    And I'll be on the sidelines,
    With my hands tied,
    Watching the show."

    (I believe red vines are the US equivalent of our red liquorice? Is that how you spell it?)

  • Comment number 90.

    #86 B&B, not to mention Gerald!

  • Comment number 91.

    #89 B&B, I think Bachelor No2 might have been where Aimee Mann and I parted company. About '98/'99? Must have another listen.

    I'm still ploughing my way through Tom Waits' back catalogue: Closing Time and 'Rosie' at the moment :0)

  • Comment number 92.

    Good afternoon everyone!

    I'd like to second:
    THE RACE - YELLO
    BIKE - PINK FLOYD
    for the #oldiestheme

    Well, my left hand weighs a little more than it did when I went home on Thursday :)

    Lovely day on Friday. My (then) soon-to-be father in law came round and we tidied up the garden for the post-wedding barbecue.

    Then the rain came :|

    It rained and rained and rained. But we had a fantastic day on Saturday!
    Mrs coffeeBuzz looked stunning in her party frock and with her hair-doo done.
    Vows were made, rings were exchanged, photographs were taken, speeches were made*, food and drink were consumed and dances were danced.

    *the best-man kindly displayed several photographs of coffeeBuzz, as never seen before by many of the guests. I must remember to thank him ;)

    I managed a quick scan back through the bits I missed from the blog on Friday and yesterday.
    Thank you all so much for your kind messages, cakes and cards :D

    I'll also add my belated birthday wishes for those I missed.
    Good to hear that LilacBlue is keeping spirits high. Long may that continue!
    *hugs*

    Off to the coffee machine...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 93.

    #92 Hey cBuzz, welcome back!

    Have you noticed the difference yet? You will! ;0)

  • Comment number 94.

    #15 and beyond

    Harry - spookily enough my bro-in-law just posted this from last night:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcbksRsGAsE
    [Tom Waites - Letterman - 9/7/2012]
    :^)

  • Comment number 95.

    #90 - exactly... all the songs I'd heard on the telly at that age were about "I love you love me love you love me", and I never realised that songs could be about such mundane but otherwise fascinating things. A couple of years later, and I'm still not yet ten, and these same blokes are in a cave - GROOVING AROUND WITH A PICT! I mean...number one, they're with a Pict (consider that I was probably with my friend Paul Wilson, and we were about as hip as you could be, aged nine, in Warrington, in the late sixties), but number two .......they're grooving about! It must have been a heady time to be sixteen.

  • Comment number 96.

    #84 Katy, he's at the Kentish Town Forum (or the Town and Country Club as I consider it to be). Other than the warm up gig he did in May in Gloucester, WOMAD at the end of the month, and one gig and a festival in the States that seems to be it as far as gigs are concerned at the moment.

  • Comment number 97.

    Menshland - think I need signposts!

  • Comment number 98.

    #91 - Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs are my favourite, and I have a (immodestly put) pretty cool version of me doing "Hang Down Your Head" recorded somewhere. Thank God I'm not at home to go look for it!

  • Comment number 99.

    #94 Katy, thanks for that. I subscribe to Tom Waits' updates on FB and I got the reminder that he was on but I didn't follow it up. Going to watch now.

  • Comment number 100.

    It would have been immodest to have got another 100 eh? When in the school play, aged ten, my mum won the first two prizes in the raffle, and the remaining three went unclaimed. When we got home she'd told me she won ALL the prizes but was too modest to claim more than two as people would think it was a fix!

 

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