What Is The Chain?


The Chain is our never-ending list of records, with every new track somehow connected to the last.

On each show, Stuart and Mark will play three records and discuss the connections that link them.

You can suggest the next link in The Chain by using the contact form.

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1000. CHUCK BERRY - MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
^
The River Doe runs through Tennessee...

999. ERNIE K. DOE - HERE COME THE GIRLS
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And here come...

998. THE BEATLES - HERE COMES THE SUN
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The Times is a type of newspaper. So is the Sun...

997. PRINCE - SIGN 'O' THE TIMES
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Sticking with signs...

996. RICHARD HAWLEY - BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN
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Sticking with birthplaces...

995. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BORN IN THE USA
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From The King to The Boss...

994. ELVIS PRESLEY - KING CREOLE
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Kid Creole adapted his name from the film of the same name...

993. KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS - STOOL PIGEON
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A person acting as a decoy or as an informer, especially one who is a spy for the police can be a supergrass or a...

992. SUPERGRASS - ALRIGHT
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'Keep their teeth nice and clean'...a hymn to adolescents....

991. X-RAY SPEX - GERM FREE ADOLESCENTS
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You get white stripes in toothpaste. The following record mentions teeth-cleaning...

990. THE WHITE STRIPES - BLUE ORCHID
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From one white to another...

989. CREAM - THE WHITE ROOM
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One of many things you can whip is...

988. DEVO - WHIP IT
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Chrissie Hynde is from Akron, Ohio, as are...

987. THE PRETENDERS - I GO TO SLEEP
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You dream when you sleep...

986. ROY ORBISON - IN DREAMS
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From one dream to another...

985. TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS - RUNNING DOWN A DREAM
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Keep on running, and running, and running...

984. SPENCER DAVIS GROUP - KEEP ON RUNNING
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If you train, you probably run a lot...

983. THE CLASH - TRAIN IN VAIN
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From one train to another...

982. GOLDFRAPP - TRAIN
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You will need a ticket to ride on a...

981. THE BEATLES - TICKET TO RIDE
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Remake/Remodel contains a bass reference by the Beatles so...

980. ROXY MUSIC - REMAKE/REMODEL
^
Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry was an art teacher (of pottery)....

979. RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - THE ART TEACHER
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Rufus Wainwright also had a song called Little Sister. But the next track on his album 'Want Two' is...

978. ELVIS PRESLEY - LITTLE SISTER
^ As Ry Cooder also recorded Little Sister, and it's Elvis's birthday...

977. RY COODER - GET RHYTHM
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Ry Cooder was rumoured to have co-written 'Honky Tonk Woman', hence...

976. THE ROLLING STONES - HONKY TONK WOMAN
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From one woman to another....(plus a hefty dose of cowbell in both tracks!)...

975. SANTANA - BLACK MAGIC WOMAN
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From one kind of magic to another...

974. STEPPENWOLF - MAGIC CARPET RIDE
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"A tack" attaches the floor to the carpet...so...

973. MASSIVE ATTACK - TEARDROP
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From one teardrop to another...

972. JULIAN COPE - WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH
^
The world would be a lot quiter if everybody shut up...

971. SIMON & GARFUNKEL - THE SOUND OF SILENCE
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Spirit of Radio borrows lyrics from...

970. RUSH - SPIRIT OF RADIO
^
Nick Lowe is a singing bass player, as is Geddy Lee of the band Rush...

969. NICK LOWE - I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS
^
You might drink said gin from a glass, which often results in this lovable noise...

968. THE DIVINE COMEDY - GIN-SOAKED BOY
^
You might put lemon in your gin and tonic....

967. LEMON JELLY - NICE WEATHER FOR DUCKS
^
A drake is a male duck...

966. NICK DRAKE - TIME HAS TOLD ME
^
Millie was looked after by Chris Blackwell of Island Records, to which was signed Nick Drake...

965. MILLIE - MY BOY LOLLIPOP
^
There's a rumour that Rod played the harmonica solo on this...

964. ROD STEWART - MANDOLIN WIND
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A fisherman uses a rod. So...

963. THE WATERBOYS - FISHERMAN'S BLUES
^
Karl Wallinger was a member of the Waterboys before forming World Party and there is a track on the Fisherman’s Blues album entitled ‘World Party’ so....

962. WORLD PARTY - PUT THE MESSAGE IN THE BOX
^
Where to put that message? Erm.....how about...

961. GRANDMASTER FLASH - THE MESSAGE
^
A letter is a message...

960. THE BOX TOPS - THE LETTER
^
From Little Star to Big Star, which featured Alex Chilton, who was also in The Box Tops...

959. STINA NORDENSTAM - LITTLE STAR
^
From Norway to Sweden's Stina Nordenstam...

958. THE BEATLES - NORWEGIAN WOOD
^
From one wood to another...

957. SCRITTI POLITTI - WOOD BEEZ
^
In The Hives live....

956. THE HIVES - MAIN OFFENDER
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Poison ivy might give you...

955. THE COASTERS - POISON IVY
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From the holly...to the...

954. THE HOLLIES - BUS STOP
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A type of shelter is a...

953. THE ROLLING STONES - GIMME SHELTER
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Another Smith, Delia Smith, baked the cake which was on the front of the Stones' 'Let It Bleed' album...hence...

952. ELLIOTT SMITH - WALTZ #2
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A 'line' is a type of dance (er, line-dancing), so is a waltz hence...

951. JOHNNY CASH - I WALK THE LINE
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Given that Tom Petty recorded with Johnny Cash when the Man in Black was in his American Recordings phase....

950. TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS - AMERICAN GIRL
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Bob Dylan toured with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, so...

949. BOB DYLAN - LAY LADY LAY
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From one lady to another...

948. JIMI HENDRIX - FOXY LADY
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'Touch Me' was a hit for Sam Fox. Let's not play that though. Let's have...

947. THE DOORS - TOUCH ME
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From that family TV favourite ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ to another Jim, Mr Morrison and his band...

946. ELBOW - THE FIX
^
From betting to fixing a horse race...

945. THE WHO - THE BETTER YOU BET
^
The Who had an album called 'Face Dances', so...

944. THE FACES - YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE, SING OR ANYTHING
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The Bees are Brentford F.C. - Rod Stewart had a trial for them. He of course fronted The Faces...

943. THE BEES - A MINHA MENINA
^
More bees... PLUS! A brazil is a type of nut. And this was originally a Brazilian song...

942. B BUMBLE & THE STINGERS - NUT ROCKER
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From the birds to the bees...

941. THE BYRDS - CHESTNUT MARE
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Horses have withers, so...

940. BILL WITHERS - GRANDMA'S HANDS
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From Grandaddy to Grandma...

939. GRANDADDY - THE CRYSTAL LAKE
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Edwyn Collins was in Orange Juice. Orange Juice is in a Bucks Fizz, as is champagne. Cristal is a type of champagne...

938. EDWYN COLLINS - A GIRL LIKE YOU
^
'123' by Len Barry is sampled at the start of this song...

937. LEN BARRY - 123
^
ABC, it's as easy as 123...

936. ABC - THE LOOK OF LOVE
^
Eggs get laid. They also get fried. Martin Fry is the singer in ABC...

935. JAMES - LAID
^
From "may you never lay your head down..." to Laid...

934. JOHN MARTYN - MAY YOU NEVER
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From beds to a song with the line "...make your bed out in the cold..."

933. MADNESS - BED AND BREAKFAST MAN
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People drink orange juice with their breakfast...

932. ORANGE JUICE - FELICITY
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From one Captain James Kirk to another, via the following song (written by James T Kirk, the band's original guitarist)...

931. SPIZZ ENERGI - WHERE'S CAPTAIN KIRK
^
Khan was the enemy of Captain Kirk...

930. CHAKA KHAN - I'M EVERY WOMAN
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From a man... to a woman...

929. SPENCER DAVIS GROUP - I'M A MAN
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"I'm a maaaan!" was an assertion of Frank Spencer...

928. MUDDY WATERS - MANNISH BOY
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At The Band's 'Last Waltz', they were joined by, amongst others, Muddy Waters...

927. THE BAND - STAGE FRIGHT
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Andy Partridge from XTC suffered from stage fright...

926. XTC - RADIOS IN MOTION
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From Radio to Radios...

925. RADIOHEAD - FAKE PLASTIC TREES
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Pretend equals fake hence...

924. THE PRETENDERS - I'LL STAND BY YOU
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Buddy Holly played with his band The Crickets. Crickets are also known as Katydids. The guitarist in the band, The Katydids, Adam Seymour, latterly played with The Pretenders... so...

923. BUDDY HOLLY - RAVE ON
^
The opening line of 'Rave On' starts: "A-weller-weller..."

922. PAUL WELLER - WILD WOOD
^
Davey Jones of The Monkees was in Coronation Street,as was Sally Lindsay, who's about to wed Steve White, who played for...

921. THE MONKEES - RANDY SCOUSE GIT
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From gorillas to monkeys...

920. GORILLAZ - DIRTY HARRY
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From Debbie Harry to...

919. BLONDIE - SUNDAY GIRL
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From the Sabbath, aka Sunday...

918. BLACK SABBATH - WAR PIGS
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Pigs like mud. Hence...

917. MUD - TIGER FEET
^
Sticking with feet...

916. CROWDED HOUSE - FALL AT YOUR FEET
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Suzanne Vega was married to Mitchell Froom, who produced Crowded House...

915. SUZANNE VEGA - SMALL BLUE THING
^
Another miniature primary-coloured object...

914. SAM COOKE - LITTLE RED ROOSTER
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From one bird to another...

913. MANFRED MANN - PRETTY FLAMINGO
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From Led Zep's John Paul Jones to Manfred Mann's Paul Jones...

912. LED ZEPPELIN - WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS
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Elvis was from Memphis. Memphis Minnie wrote the following song...

911. ELVIS PRESLEY - ALWAYS ON MY MIND
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There is an eternal flame that burns over Elvis' grave at Graceland. So how about...

910. THE SMITHS - THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT
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Nancy and Morrissey collaborated on a single. Therefore...

909. NANCY SINATRA & LEE HAZLEWOOD - SUMMER WINE
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Lee Hazlewood was the producer of the original version of 'Peter Gunn', hence...

908. THE ART OF NOISE FEAT. DUANE EDDY - PETER GUNN
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Eddy Grant wrote 'Baby Come Back' for the Equals so another 'Eddy' takes the Chain to...

907. THE EQUALS - BABY COME BACK
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If baby doesn't go, then it might...

906. THEM - BABY PLEASE DON'T GO
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Keith, don't go - baby, please don't go either!

905. NILS LOFGREN - KEITH DON'T GO
^
Let's have a song about Rolling Stone Keith Richards...

904. THE ROLLING STONE - (I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION
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On a grammatical theme, we go from one double negative to another...

903. BOB DYLAN - YOU AIN'T GOING NOWHERE
^
"Tomorrow's the day my bride's gonna come" is a line in...

902. DAVE EDMUNDS - I KNEW THE BRIDE
^
Chuck Berry's You Never Can Tell was adapted into this song, first by Nick Lowe, then by...

901. CHUCK BERRY - JOHNNY B. GOODE
^
A juniper is a type of berry...

900. DONOVAN - JENNIFER JUNIPER
^
Guinevere is the French version of 'Jennifer'...

899. CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - GUINEVERE
^ Avalon was where King Arthur was supposed to come from. His second wife was Guinevere, hence...

898. ROXY MUSIC - AVALON
^ Bryan Ferry's son is called Otis so...

897. OTIS REDDING - BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG (TO STOP NOW)
^ From beans to been...

896. HEINZ - JUST LIKE EDDIE
^ From 57 channels to Heinz 57...

895. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - 57 CHANNELS AND NOTHING ON
^ Apparently there's nothing good on TV at the moment so...

894. GIL SCOTT HERON - THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
^ A state can be overthrown in a revolution, hence...

893. BELLE & SEBASTIAN - THE STATE THAT I AM IN
^ Indiana is a U.S. state...

892. R. DEAN TAYLOR - INDIANA WANTS ME
^ Bonnie and Clyde were on the run from the law, as is the protagonist in this song...

891. SERGE GAINSBOURG & BRIGITTE BARDOT - BONNIE & CLYDE
^ Sticking with famous criminals...

890. PRINCE BUSTER - AL CAPONE
^ And from one Prince to another...

889. PRINCE - DIAMONDS & PEARLS
^ From a diamond to diamonds...

888. DAVID BOWIE - DIAMOND DOGS
^ From one dog to a few...

887. LED ZEPPELIN - BLACK DOG
^ From one dog to another...

886. THREE DOG NIGHT - MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME
^ From a Cat... to a dog!

885. CAT STEVENS - MATTHEW & SON
^ In a family, you might get a son...

884. FAMILY - BURLESQUE
^ From one family to another...

883. SLY & THE FAMILY STONE - EVERYDAY PEOPLE
^ From a rock to a stone...

882. SIMON & GARFUNKEL - I AM A ROCK
^ 'Picture This' mentions the word 'December', as does...

881. BLONDIE - PICTURE THIS
^ From Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera, to picture frames!

880. AZTEC CAMERA - GOOD MORNING BRITAIN
^ Mick Jones of B.A.D. (and of course, The Clash), features on this record too...

879. BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE - E=MC 2
^
Sticking with maths, let's have a formula...

878. CHERRY GHOST - MATHEMATICS
^ You get division in maths, so...

877. JOY DIVISION - SHE'S LOST CONTROL
^ Beethoven's Ode to Joy... hence...

876. CHUCK BERRY - ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
^ With soup, you get a roll, hence...

875. THE SOUP DRAGONS - I'M FREE
^ You can get turtle and mock turtle soup... hence...

874. THE TURTLES - HAPPY TOGETHER
^ Other marine creatures are...

873. THE BEATLES - I AM THE WALRUS
^ A raven is a type of bird. There is a poem by Edgar Allan Poe called 'The Raven'. Edgar Allan Poe is referenced in the following song...

872. THE BYRDS - THE BELLS OF RHYMNEY
^ Cardigan is in Wales. Rhymney is also in Wales, hence...

871. THE CARDIGANS - LOVEFOOL
^ Woolly jumpers or...

870. SAM THE SHAM & THE PHAROAHS - WOOLLY BULLY
^ From Sham 69 to another Sham...

869. SHAM 69 - HURRY UP HARRY
^ From one Harry to another...

868. HARRY J. ALLSTARS - THE LIQUIDATOR
^ 'I'll Take You There' and 'The Liquidator' start with the same tune...

867. THE STAPLE SINGERS - I'LL TAKE YOU THERE
^ The Staple Singers did a version of Slippery People, so...

866. TALKING HEADS - SLIPPERY PEOPLE
^ Eels are slippery, hence...

865. EELS - NOVOCAINE FOR THE SOUL
^ A type of drug is...

864. ROXY MUSIC - LOVE IS THE DRUG
^ A track from the album 'Siren' is...

863. THIS MORTAL COIL - SONG TO THE SIREN
^ Jeff Buckley's dad, Tim, wrote this song, which was covered by...

862. JEFF BUCKLEY - GRACE
^ From one Grace to another...

861. GRACE JONES - SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM
^ Prince once appeared with 'slave' written on his face after a dispute with his record label...

860. PRINCE - PURPLE RAIN
^ After a thunderstorm comes the rain...

859. THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN - SOMETHING IN THE AIR
^ From lightning to thunder...

858. GEORGE JONES - WHITE LIGHTNING
^ From one White to another...

857. THE WHITE STRIPES - ICKY THUMP
^ Loretta Lynn sang 'Coal Miners' Daughter'. Jack White produced her 'Van Lear Rose' album, so...

856. LEE DORSEY - WORKIN' IN A COALMINE
^ From shafts to mines...

855. ISAAC HAYES - THEME FROM SHAFT
^ From a Cook(e) to a chef! Isaac Hayes played the character Chef in 'South Park'...

854. SAM COOKE - TWISTIN' THE NIGHT AWAY
^ From one twist to another...

853. WORLD OF TWIST - THE STORM
^ From one storm to another...

852. THE DOORS - RIDERS ON THE STORM
^ "Like a dog without a bone" is a line in the last song, a line in the next...

851. RAY CHARLES - BUSTED
^ From one Ray to another...

850. THE LEMONHEADS - IT'S A SHAME ABOUT RAY
^ From one lemon to another...

849. THE MOVE - (HERE WE GO ROUND) THE LEMON TREE
^ From one tree to another...

848. NICK DRAKE - FRUIT TREE
^ ZZ Top were named after two brands of cigarette rolling paper, so we go to something from Nick Drake's '5 Leaves Left' album (after the message at the back of a Rizla packet)...

847. ZZ TOP - SHARP DRESSED MAN
^ Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry is renowned as...

846. ROXY MUSIC - DO THE STRAND
^ Vine Street is a street on the Monopoly board. So is The Strand...

845. TOM WAITS - HEARTATTACK AND VINE
^ The previous song contains the line "When I kissed a cop on 34th & Vine", so here's a neighbouring street...

844. THE CLOVERS - LOVE POTION NO.9
^ From brews, to potions...

843. CREAM - STRANGE BREW
^ From the Monkees to the PG Tips chimps... to a cup of tea... a brew...

842. THE MONKEES - PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY
^ From primitives to primates to monkeys...

841. THE PRIMITIVES - CRASH
^ The Specials were from Coventry... so were...

840. THE SPECIALS - GHOST TOWN
^ From one town to another...

839. DESMOND DEKKER - 007 (A SHANTY TOWN)
^ A-Ha sang the theme tune to the James Bond film, 'Living Daylights'. Bond. James Bond...

838. A-HA - TAKE ON ME
^ 'Knowing me, Alan Partridge, Knowing You, Chain caller... A-Haaaaa!'

837. ABBA - KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU
^ Andy Partridge is the lead singer of XTC. Alan Partridge's 'theme tune' is...

836. XTC - SGT. ROCK (IS GOING TO HELP ME)
^ From one sergeant to another...

835. THE BEATLES - SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
^ From Pepa... to Pepper...

834. SALT N PEPA - PUSH IT
^ A door has a handle. To open it you can pull it... or...

833. OTIS REDDING - HARD TO HANDLE
^ The 'Hallelujah Chorus' is part of Handel's Messiah. From Handel, to handle...

832. LEONARD COHEN - HALLELUJAH
^ Gloria is an ecclesiastical chant, as is Hallelujah...

831. PATTI SMITH - GLORIA
^ Double link alert! Lola is a girl's name, so is Gloria. Both names are spelt out in both songs!

830. THE KINKS - LOLA
^ 'Walk on the Wild Side' is a song about tranvesticism, as is...

829. LOU REED - WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
^ Bob Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman, Zimmer frames are an aid to walking so...

828. BOB DYLAN - LIKE A ROLLING STONE
^ New Order ask, 'how does it feel?'... so does...

827. NEW ORDER - BLUE MONDAY
^ From blue jeans...

826. THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS - YOU'RE NO GOOD
^ Levi's are a type of jeans... hence...

825. BILLY BRAGG - LEVI STUBB'S TEARS
^ ....which was written by Norman Whitfield. He's name-checked in this song...

824. THE TEMPTATIONS - AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG
^ 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' is on the soundtrack to the film 'The Big Chill'. Also on that soundtrack is...

823. THE ROLLING STONES - YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT
^ And the Rolling Stones say in reply...

822. THE INSPIRAL CARPETS (feat. Mark E Smith) - I WANT YOU
^ From wanting someone back... to just wanting someone!

821. THE JACKSON 5 - I WANT YOU BACK
^ Champers is known for its bubbles, and Michael Jackson owned a chimp called Bubbles...

820. SAILOR - A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE
^ We might toast you on your birthday with a glass of bubbly...

819. THE SUGARCUBES - BIRTHDAY
^ One might have a party on their birthday...

818. JONA LEWIE - YOU'LL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE KITCHEN AT PARTIES
^ From fighting for your right to party... to hiding in the kitchen at one...

817. THE BEASTIE BOYS - FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT
^ 'Kick it!' starts the next tune...

816. THE UNDERTONES - TEENAGE KICKS
^ If you have good times, you might be getting some 'kicks'...

815. CHIC - GOOD TIMES
^ 'Rapper's Delight' used the same bassline as...

814. SUGARHILL GANG - RAPPER'S DELIGHT
^ From dee-lite... to delight...

813. DEE-LITE - GROOVE IS IN THE HEART
^ De-luxe to Dee-lite!

812. BE BOP DELUXE - MAID IN HEAVEN
^ And from one Be Bop... to another...

811. GENE VINCENT - BE BOP A LULA
^ From one bop to another...

810. THE RAMONES - BLITZKRIEG BOP
^ From Hi Ho... to Hey ho! Let's Go!...

809. JEFF BECK - HI HO SILVER LINING
^ Paul Carrack, who sang the previous song, is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter. Wednesday fans sing 'Hi Ho Sheffield Wednesday' to the tune of...

808. SQUEEZE - TEMPTED
^ Boogie woogie joanna player Jools Holland was once in Squeeze...

807. T.REX - I LIKE TO BOOGIE
^ A tutu suggests ballet. Billy Elliot did ballet, and this was a song that featured on the soundtrack...

806. THE SMITHS - VICAR IN A TUTU
^ From Desmond Dekker to Desmond Tutu...

805. DESMOND DEKKER - THE ISRAELITES
^
'Into the Valley' featured on a Maxell advert. So did...

804. THE SKIDS - INTO THE VALLEY
^ From one "Valli" to another...

803. FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS - THE NIGHT
^ From Four Seasons in One Day... to Four Seasons in one band...

802. CROWDED HOUSE - FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY
^ 13. 1 + 3 = 4, so...

801. BLUR - TENDER
^ An unlucky number is 13. '13' is an album by Blur, which features...

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