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Playlist 28.01.13

Stuart Bailie | 09:58 UK time, Thursday, 31 January 2013

Like many music fans, I was sorry to hear about Wilko Johnson and his cancer diagnosis. The music he created with Dr Feelgood was a needy awakening for my generation - a signal to return to the speed and the lurch and the ceremony of rhythm and blues. I saw him play Belfast in the summer of 2010 and he was still energised by the force. He also emerged from the Julian Temple film, Oil City Confidential, as a grinning outsider, into his astronomy and a wiser proposition since the Feelgood exit.

His post-diagnosis comments are also remarkable, particularly when he spoke to Radio 4's Front Row. "Every little thing you see, every cold breeze against your face, every brick in the road, you think 'I'm alive, I'm alive' - I hope I can hang onto that.
"I've had a fantastic life. When I think about the things that have happened to me and the things I've done, I think anybody who asks for more would just be being greedy. I don't wanna be greedy."

'Back In The Night' is perfect testimony to Wilko's choppy guitar, perhaps only rivalled by 'Roxette'. What a great song it is - the story of a man who moisturises with Swarfega and who gets though the shift work on the memories of the previous evening's escapades.

Dr Feelgood - Back In The Night (Arista)
The 1975 - Chocolate (Vagrant)
Telecom - Cristina (Moshi Moshi)
Ciaran Lavery - Little More Time (Public Sector)
Johnnie Allan - Promised Land (Jin)
Nolan Cormier - He Haw Breakdown (Swallow)
First Aid Kit - Kings Of The World (Wichita)
Villagers - The Bell (Domino)
Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers - It's Not Enough (Track)
Widowspeak - Ballad Of The Golden House (Captured)
Sir Joe Quarterman - So Much Trouble (Metro)
Toots And the Maytals - Funky Kingston (Island)
Cat Power - Manhattan (Matador)
Indians - New (4ad)
Bill Kirchen - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Floating World)
Ciaran Lavery - Shame (Public Sector)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Baby (4ad)
Annabelle Chvostek - Ona (Borealis)
Ian Skelly - Firebird (Watertown)
Grace Jones - I've Seen That Face Before (Island)
Indians - Reality Solution (4ad)

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