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Playlist 21.11.11

Stuart Bailie | 16:03 UK time, Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The new Snow Patrol track 'Lifening' is a hope list and an affirmation, the kind of thing you rehearse in your head when life takes a nasty steer. There's the comfort of a few proper friends, the future notion of parenthood, and ideally watching Ireland in the World Cup - either north or south. But the kicker for me is the idea of "the fanclub on the jukebox". I'm supposing that the author means Teenage Fanclub, champions of the Glasgow indie scene when Snow Patrol were learning their trade.

I had my own lifening moment a few Fridays ago when I walked into the Garrick Bar in Belfast and Kenny the DJ was playing 'Planets' by TFC. It's such a sweet tune from an impeccable album ('Songs From Northern Britain') and so Kenny and I clinked our glasses and savoured the seconds. The first tune I ever played on my radio show was 'Ain't The Enough' from the same TFC album, another tune to hail the majesty in small pleasures. Sufficient to uplift you, and then more.

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Mondays, ten - midnight

Tim Wheeler, Emmy The Great - Marshmallow World (Infectious)
Howler - Back of your Neck (Rough Trade)
Profile piece - Shel Silverstein
Johnny Cash - Boy Named Sue (Columbia)
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show - Sylvia's Mother (Capitol)
Shel Silverstein - Freakin' at the Freakers Ball (Listening Bar)
Shel Silverstein - You're Always Welcome at our House (Listening Bar)
Marianne Faithful - The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan (Island)
Tom Waits - She Stole the Blush (Anti)
The Big Pink - Hit The Ground (4ad)
Seasick Steve - Cut My Wings (Rhino)
Kowalski - Navigate November (white)
Yuck - The Wall (Mercury)
Paul Simon - Getting Ready For Christmas Day (Universal)
Real Estate - Municipality (Domino)

The Pretenders - Kid (Rhino)
Tim Wheeler, Emmy The Great - Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing) (Infectious)
Nina Slash - Candy Box (white)
Tom Waits - Tell Me (Anti)
Snow Patrol - Lifening (Fiction)
Teenage Fan Club - Planets (Creation)
Meg Baird - Babyon (Wichita)
Ernest Tubb - Who Will Buy The Wine (Righteous)
Marsha Thornton - A Bottle of Wine And Patsy Cline (MCA)
Ryan Adams - Chains Of Love (Columbia)
Craig Finn - Honolulu Blues (Full Time Hobby)
Kate Bush - Among Angels (Noble & Brite)
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again (Polydor)
Tom Waits - After We Die (Anti)
Thomas Truax - November In Berlin (SL)


  • Comment number 1.

    Aye. Kenny played that at my wedding too, a final song request (the idea of a first dance made us cringe). A co-write, this time between Francis and Norman, and there aren't many of those in the Fanclub canon. There is no better band. There is no better way to lift your spirits. Although Gerry is the real genius, obviously.


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