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Playlist 04.07.11

Stuart Bailie | 20:51 UK time, Tuesday, 5 July 2011

It's a significant birthday for me today. It essentially kicked in the very second that my radio show finished at midnight. In those final moments, the Facebook notifications were fluttering in, as good friends and casual connections greeted the moment with one-liners and fine sentiments.

The idea was to make the finale of the show reflect something that happened in music when I was born. Unfortunately, 1961 was not a rocking year. Eddie Cochran was dead and so was Buddy Holly. Elvis was out of the army but into the ballads and sorry films. Jerry Lee and Chuck Berry were disgraced and replaced by simpering articles like Bobby Vee and Bobby Vinton.

However, there was Roy Orbison. Putting all of the human condition into those glowering tunes. Over-reaching passion and bottomless dread. The vulnerable sting and the redeeming swoon. On Running Scared he's flitting around town, terrified that the rival guy will show and take his love away with him. And so the song is like some ritualized Latin dance, signifying danger and life-defining moments. But at the end of the tune, she turns on her heels and leaves with the singer. Mercy. And so Roy escorted me to my birthday, tremulous and wild. Thank you, big man.

BBC Radio Ulster, 92-95 FM
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Blog: www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie/
Mondays, ten - midnight


Aztec Camera - Somewhere In My Heart (WEA)
Cashier No.9 - Flick Of The Wrist (Bella Union)
Aaron Shanley - Here Without You (Love Gum)
Paul McCartney - Oo You (Starcon)
Jim White - Rambler (Loose)
Paul Westerberg - profile
The Replacements - Alex Chilton (Sire)
The Replacements - Androgynous (Restless)
Paul Westerberg - Dyslexic Heart (Epic)
Paul Westerberg - Only Lie Worth Telling (Vagrant)
Paul Westerberg - Ghost on the Canvas (Dry Wood)
Tyrone Taylor - Cottage In Negril (Love & Inity)
Jason Isbell - Never Could Believe (Lightning)
Lila Downs - Cumbia del Mole (Narada)
Bjork - Crystalline (One Little Indian)

T Rex - Rock On (Edsel)
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Body (PIAS)
Steve Earle - Waiting On The Sky (New West)
Kowalski - Outdoors (white)
Jenny And Johnny - Animal (Warner)
Salt Flats - Sweet Minerva (white)
Nguuni Lovers Lovers - Cheza Ngoma (Dream Beach)
Culture - Love Shine Bright (Virgin)
The Lambing Season - Orchard (white)
Gillian Welch - Silver Dagger (Acony)
Robbie Robertson - When The Night Was Young (Fontana)
Ciaran Lavery - Call Me Back (white)
Shaolin Afronauts - Journey Through Time (Freestyle)
Roy Orbison - Running Scared (Monument)


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