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Playlist 16.01.12

Stuart Bailie | 14:39 UK time, Wednesday, 18 January 2012

You might never worry about songwriter's block as long as you can make a list. It always worked for Chuck Berry, who would literally catalogue the cities, the cars and the accessories of teen America. Bob Dylan took that idea and made it cosmic, man. Soul brothers could sing about the endless dance crazes and even just list their majestic peers. Neil Hannon has been there numerous times, with 'The Booklovers' and 'The Indie Disco' but I especially love 'Absent Friends'. And who can fault the Skids for name-checking the soap stars of the late Seventies and chorusing with "Albert Tatlock!"
So, hey, we got two hours of radio out of this tendency. Thank you to my friends on Facebook, who pitched in with excellent requests. Sorry, I just couldn't bring myself to play 'We Didn't Start The Fire' by Billy Joel. A boy has to have standards, you know.
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Mondays, ten - midnight

Ian Dury - Reasons To Be Cheerful (Stiff)
Chuck Berry - Promised Land (Chess)
Dexys Midnight Runners - Dance Stance (EMI)
Billy Paul - Let Em In (Philadelphia International)
The Divine Comedy - Absent Friends (Parlophone)
REM - It's The End Of the World (IRS)
Snow Patrol - Lifening (Fiction)
The Jam - That's Entertainment (Polydor)
Flight Of The Conchords - Fou du Fafa (Warner)
Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Lose Your Lover (Sony)
Nina Simone - Ain't Got No - I Got Life (BMG)
The Waterboys - A Bang On The Ear (EMI)
Wilson Pickett - Land Of A Thousand Dances (Atlantic)
Arthur Conley - Sweet Soul Music (Atlantic)
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love (Fiction)
The Skids - TV Stars (Virgin)
Bruce Springsteen -Ain't Got You (Columbia)
Johnny Cash - One Piece At A Time (Columbia)
The Beloved - Hello (Warner)
A House - Endless Art (Setanta)
The Moonglows - Ten Commandments Of Love
Van Morrison -The Days Before Rock and Roll (Polydor)
Chris Spedding - Guitar Jamboree (EMI)
Bob Dylan - Forever Young (Columbia)
Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow (Fish People)


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