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Playlist 04.06.12

Stuart Bailie | 14:15 UK time, Thursday, 7 June 2012

I playlisted the Shangri Las and The Outcasts for Terri Hooley, as they appeared on the wonderful Good Vibrations soundtrack. Co-ordinated by David Holmes, the music for the film was quality work, involving 'Dream Baby Dream' by Suicide, 'Tin Soldiers' by the Small Faces and incredibly, David Bowie's 'Star'. No song was mere dressing: each had a particular energy to give to the script and the greatest tease of all was holding back 'Teenage Kicks' until you had almost supposed that it was a no show.
There was a special poignancy in the Bowie tune at the end. Not least for the line, "Rudi stayed at home to starve", but also because the Ziggy Stardust album was one of the secret escape routes of the mid Seventies. It may have been oppressive outside, but David encouraged you to be heroic in your head, to be transformed and alive with art. As the credits rolled, we saw vintage images of the teenagers in Belfast who had taken that brave steer in an awful decade. Some were in the audience for the premiere and remain active forces in the city. But a good few of those souls have already passed away.
The pretty things: I felt sentimental and proud.

Huey Piano Smith - rocking Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu (Ace)
Alabama Shakes - Hang Loose (Roigh Trade)
JD McPherson - Scandalous (Rounder)
Howard Devoto - profile
Kowalski - While We Drive (white)
The Beat - Can't Get Used To Losing You (Edsel)
Foreign Slippers - It All Starts Now (white)
The Outcasts - Self Conscious Over You (Good Vibrations)
Eaten By Bears - Malcovich (white)
Jonathan Richman - That Summer Feeling (Rough Trade)
Django Django - Default (Because)
Three Blind Wolves - In Here Somewhere (white)
The Beat - Too Nice To Talk To (Edsel)
Random City Growlers - With You Beside Me (Henhouse)
JD McPherson - Country Boy (Rounder)
Ben Glover - Whatever Happens Will (white)
Lambchop - Never My Love (City Slang)
Gregory Isaacs - Love Me With Feeling (Island)
Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL)
Paul Buchanan - Summer's On Its Way (Newsroom)
Cian Ciaran - Martina Franca (Dell'Orso)
Paul Buchanan - Mid Air (Newsroom)
Seventeen Evergreen - President Clavioline (Lucky Number)
Nick Cave - Everything Must Converge (Mute)
Bronagh Gallagher - Fool (Salty Dog)
Shangri Las - Past Present And Future (Mercury)
Friends - Mind Control (Lucky Number)

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