Jason compiled another playlist full of songs he’s listening to at the moment. Click here to listen, and read a little more about each track below.
1. Labelled With Love – Squeeze
Always loved this song after hearing it when I was a kid. It’s about a woman who falls for an American pilot in the second World War who then moves to Texas to start a family, but eventually returns back to England as an old lady after her husband dies of alcohol abuse. Guess it’s really about loneliness and how the old often get forgotten. Great visual lyrics by Chris Difford and Glenn Tillbrook, how about that for an up-lifter to start with!
2. American Girl – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
This is just a great feel good song. I remember first hearing this track while watching a live video of the band in the ’80s called Pack Up The Plantation – it’s one of the best gigs I’ve seen. They had a horn section at the time and two really cute backing singers as I remember, ah it takes me back… Great guitaring by Mike Campbell, really love his style of playing, and of course Tom’s brilliant melodies and lyrics.
3. Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
Still one of my favourite songs and albums of all time. I heard that Mark rewired his guitar in some really weird way to get that sound from his Les Paul, one for you techies! Just one of the most moving guitar solos I’ve ever heard, in context to the lyrics that talk about the futility of war. This is just a brilliant track.
4. Cult Of Personality – Living Color
This song blew my mind when I first heard it, didn’t realise a guitar could sound like that – the solo played by guitarist virtuoso Vernon Reid sounds like two pairs of hands playing at the same time! The album was like a breath of fresh air when it was released, against a backdrop of glam rock that seemed to be everywhere at the time. Tremendous musicianship, vocals and thought provoking lyrics are all over this album.
5. The One That Got Away – The Civil Wars
Great song from the new Civil Wars album, literally just got this yesterday. It’s about a fading relationship and a lovers longing to recapture that initial fire. Really took me by surprise when I saw this as the duo famously abruptly cut their European tour short amidst a backdrop of musical differences. Thought the first album was amazing and as I’m digesting this I reckon this record could become just as big as the first. Really hope they get back together, it would be a great loss to music if they didn’t!
6. Red Alert – Basement Jaxx
This song has FUNKY tattooed all across it from the opening slap bass line through to the end! Think Basement Jaxx are two of the most innovative producers in this genre of music, they just have an amazing ear for blending the most unlikely of sounds together. It’s just a total treat to listen to their songs, this still sounds as fresh as it did in the late nineties. Banging!
7. The Real Thing – Faith No More
I remember rocking out to this song throughout the early nineties, think they have to be one of the most exciting bands of that decade! I loved their blend of funk, thrash metal and I guess punk, also like how lead singer, Mike Patton sounds a bit like Elmer Fudd on this, ha! This was his first album recording with the band after replacing original FNM singer Chuck Moseley. Chuck was apparently sacked after allegedly breaking (the drummer) Mike Borden’s arms, not one for Chuck’s CV I guess. Total high energy choruses with subtle laid back verses, amazing rhythm section in this band.
8. Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
It’s an amazing talent when someone can express so much with just one acoustic guitar and one vocal, no overdubs or additional instruments. Joni does this beautifully I think in this original version of Both Sides Now which is taken from her second studio album, Clouds. This song has been covered by every man and his dog but I reckon this is still the best. Well actually the Glen Campbell one was pretty cool too but you know what I’m trying to say:)
9. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
From Paul Simon’s 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years this is about a guy who’s contemplating splitting from a relationship and mulling it over with a girl who he ends up sleeping with. Really witty lyrics in this, I admire the way Paul has an ability to connect with his words. At times he can make it humorous – he always creates strong images in your mind when ever you listen to his songs. He’s written so many amazing tracks over the years but this one always gets my foot tapping, great tune!
10. I Need You Tonight – ZZ top
This is my final choice, taken from the 1984 album Eliminator, I Need You Tonight wasn’t a commercial release in the UK but this one stands out for me. It’s just such a chilled out track. From the moment Billy Gibbons hits that first note I’m taken away to guitar heaven!! Hypnotic drums and bass with a splash of Rhodes piano, I bloody love this song. Jimi Hendrix once said that Billy was his favourite guitarist and I can see why.