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Playlist 21.01.13

Stuart Bailie | 10:57 UK time, Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Tom Petty And the Heartbreakers spent their early days perfecting the jingle-jangle template of the Byrds. They had the Rickenbacker guitar, the cosmic heartache, the minor chords and the faltering voice. They were earnest in their tribute and they also had the talent to add a few of their own ideas. Hence 'American Girl' from 1977, a song written in California, but mindful of the old days in Florida. You could argue that the song was an influence on The Strokes, particularly their song 'Last Nite'. But the most fascinating response came from Byrds singer Roger McGuinn, who recorded a version a few months after the Petty version was released. The master giving his dues to the protégées. I saw Roger onstage with the Heartbreakers at a gig in Orange County, 1989. They played 'Turn, Turn, Turn' and my heart was unutterably full.

Fats Domino - Blue Monday (Capitol)
Jason Lytle - Dept Of Disappearance (Anti)
Scott And Charlene's Wedding - Two Weeks (Critical Heights)
David Bowie - Young Americans (Ryko)
Little Green Cars - Harper Lee (Island)
William Bell - You Don't Miss Your Water (Barbican)
Yo La Tengo - Well You Better (Matador)
Birds Of Chicago - Sugar Dumplin' (BOC)
Wave Machines - Ill Fit (Neapolitan)
Roger McGuinn - American Girl (Floating World)
Purity Ring - Fineshrine (4ad)
Balthazar - Do not Claim Them Anymore (PIAS)
Marvin Gaye - Purple Snowflakes (Motown)
Bobby Womack - Love Is Gonna Lift You Up (XL)
Stornoway - Knock Me On The Head (4ad)
Billy Bragg - Handyman (Cooking Vinyl)
Calexico - Maybe On Monday (City Slang)
Robyn Hitchcock - Be Still (Yep Roc)
Best Boy Grip - Postman (white)
Aaron Neville - Let's Live (Proper)
Bettye Lavette - I'm Not The One (Anti)
David Bowie - Win (Ryko)
Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow (Noble & Brite)

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