2013 Playlist

Towards the end of 2012, listening to Desert Island Discs on Radio 4, I decided to list the eight records I’d take with me. Naturally I couldn’t keep the list down to eight and so I thought, damn it, why not pick one record per day for the whole of the year. And so on January 1st 2013 I began to post to my Facebook page a track of the day.

The criteria were simple enough: [1] these had to be songs I like to listen to repeatedly, assuming I had a functioning iPod on the island with me; [2] only one song per artist was permitted; [3] the tracks had to be available on the web (mostly YouTube). The exercise began well enough and the only difficulty was choosing the order of tracks.

Then it took longer and long to remember all the tracks I loved. I could’ve included okay songs, those that sound great to hear once in a blue moon but that didn’t appeal. And so I started to pick a second track from a favourite artist. I don’t think there are too many duplicate acts. However, two or three managed to sneak three songs onto the playlist – purely because I didn’t keep the database up to date.

If I were play this game again, I suspect the majority would reappear, I think they are that good. So, here are 365 tracks that rock my boat – or my desert island. And if you don’t know any of them go and listen on YouTube: I really do recommend these.

Jan 1 1 Fleetwood Mac Oh Well
2 2 Black Sabbath Paranoid
3 3 Capt Beefheart Autumn’s Child
4 4 Jethro Tull A Song for Jeffrey
5 5 Inspiral Carpets Beast Inside
6 6 Melanie Leftover Wine
7 7 Animals When I was Young
8 8 Finbar & Eddie Furey Her Father Didn’t Like Me, Anyway
9 9 Jefferson Airplane Lather
10 10 Nirvana [UK] Rainbow Chaser
11 11 Jake Bugg Lightning Bolt
12 12 Velvet Underground Venus in Furs
13 13 Lightning Hopkins You’re Gonna Miss Me…
14 14 Only Ones Another Girl, Another Planet
15 15 Ronnie Lane How Come
16 16 Psychedelic Furs Flowers
17 17 Ed Banger Kinnel Tommy
18 18 Snow Patrol Run
19 19 Tom Lewis Fairwinds
20 20 Gallon Drunk In the Long Still Night
21 21 Wedding Present Brassneck
22 22 Cerys Matthews Oxygen
23 23 Manfred Mann I Got My Mojo Working
24 24 Canned Heat On the Road Again
25 25 Grant Lee Buffalo Teardrop and Jupiter
26 26 Siouxsie & The Banshees Helter Skelter
27 27 Ike & Tina Turner River Deep, Mountain High
28 28 Sparklehorse Beautiful Widow
29 29 Kristin Hersh Listerine
30 30 Joe Cocker and the Grease Band With a Little Help From my Friends
31 31 Richard & Linda Thompson Shoot out the Lights
Feb 1 32 Rheostatics Legal Age Life at the Variety Store
2 33 Special Needs Francesca
3 34 Theatre of Hate Do You Believe in the Westworld?
4 35 Quatermass Black Sheep of the Family
5 36 Belle & Sebastian The Boy with the Arab Strap
6 37 Ultravox Vienna
7 38 Two Gallant Las Cruces Jail
8 39 Hapshash and the Coloured Coat The Wall
9 40 Python Lee Jackson In a Broken Dream
10 41 Small Faces Lazy Sunday
11 42 Mumford & Sons Little Lion Man
12 43 Saints This Perfect Day
13 44 Tim Rose Morning Dew
14 45 Neil Young Like a Hurricane
15 46 Juicy Lucy Who Do You Love?
16 47 Panama Ltd Jug Band Round and Round
17 48 Groundhogs Garden
18 49 Patti Smith Because the Night
19 50 Janis Jopin et al Cry Baby
20 51 Rolling Stones Let it Bleed
21 52 Kevin Ayers The Oyster and the Flying Fish
22 53 Adverts Gary Gilmore’s Eyes
23 54 Clint Eastwood & General Saint I Can’t Face Another World War
24 55 Strawbs New World
25 56 TV on the Radio Poppy
26 57 Johnny Cash The Man Comes Around
27 58 Bob Dylan Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
28 59 Remy Zero Save Me
Mar 1 60 Thalia Zedek Dance Me to the End of Love
2 61 Moriaty Jimmy
3 62 Magazine Shot by Both Sides
4 63 Band Long Black Veil
5 64 David Bowie Five Years
6 65 Smashing Pumpkins Disarm
7 66 New York Dolls Personality Crisis
8 67 Can Yoo Doo Right
9 68 Rich Kids Ghosts of Princes in Towers
10 69 Television Marquee Moon
11 70 John Lennon Gimme Some Truth
12 71 Ministry Jesus Built My Hotrod
13 72 Steeleye Span Rave On
14 73 Cranberries Zombie
15 74 Easybeats Friday on My Mind
16 75 David McWilliams Days Of Pearly Spencer
17 76 Ice T The Tower
18 77 Nirvana [USA] Penny Royal Tea
19 78 Placebo Pure Morning
20 79 Robyn Hitchcock Trash
21 80 Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Chile
22 81 Roxy Music Mother of Pearl
23 82 Crocodiles Jet Boy, Jet Girl
24 83 Gang of Four At Home He’s a Tourist
25 84 Byrds Ballard of Easyrider
26 85 Pretty Things Good Mr Square/She Was Tall…
27 86 Sonic Youth Sugar Kane
28 87 Cracker Big Dipper
29 88 Libertines The Man Who Would be King
30 89 Rasputina Bad Moon Rising
31 90 Yardbirds Shapes of Things
April 1 91 Who Won’t Get Fooled Again
2 92 Donovan Universal Soldier
3 93 Tindersticks Drunk Tank
4 94 Radiohead Creep
5 95 Barry McGuire Eve of Destruction
6 96 Buzzcocks Ever Fallen in Love
7 97 Luxuria Redneck
8 98 Love Sculpture Sabre Dance
9 99 Camper Van Beethoven Take the Skinheads Bowling
10 100 Decemberists The Mariner’s Revenge
11 101 Undertones Teenage Kicks
12 102 VCs Residual Energy of the Broken Hearted
13 103 Locomotive Mr Armageddon
14 104 Ten Benson The Claw
15 105 Specials Gangsters
16 106 Members Flying Again
17 107 Robert Wyatt Ship Building
18 108 Drugstore The Funereal
19 109 Hawkwind Silver  Machine
20 110 Free Mr Big
21 111 Family Weaver’s Answer
22 112 Comsat Angels Total War
23 113 Richie Havens Here Comes the Sun
24 114 Leyton Buzzards Saturday Night Under the Plastic Palm Trees
25 115 Hazel O’Connor Will You?
26 116 Procol Harum A Salty Dog
27 117 Simon Dupree & the Big Sound Kites
28 118 T Rex Elemental Child
29 119 Echo & The Bunnymen All My Colours (Zimbo)
30 120 Cure Primary
May 1 121 Cat Power Salty Dog
2 122 Who My Generation
3 123 Loudon Wainwright III Glad to See You’ve Got Religion
4 124 Forest A Glade Somewhere
5 125 Walkabouts The Light Will Stay On
6 126 Pixies Monkey Gone to Heaven
7 127 Kirsty MacColl There’s a Guy Works Down the Fishshop…
8 128 Vapours Turning Japenese
9 129 Pink Floyd Astonony Domine
10 130 Thin Lizzy Roisin Dubh (Black Rose)
11 131 Fisher Z Pretty Paracetamol
12 132 Motorhead Ace of Spades (acoustic)
13 133 Girls Vomit
14 134 Creedence Clearwater Revival Ramble Tamble
15 135 Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever
16 136 SAHB Gambling Bar Room Blues
17 137 Cream White Room
18 138 Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi
19 139 Supergrass Caught by the Fuzz
20 140 Kaiser Chiefs I predict a Riot
21 141 Doors People are Strange
22 142 Sparks Amateur Hour
23 143 Joy Division Transmission
24 144 dEUS For the Roses
25 145 Fall How I Wrote Elastic Man
26 146 Dr Feelgood Roxette
27 147 Faces That’s All You Need
28 148 Loving Spoonful Younger Generation
29 149 Arlo Guthrie Alice’s Restaurant
30 150 Seeds Can’t Seem to Make You Mine
31 151 Ralph McTell Streets of London
June 1 152 Kinks Lola
2 153 Oasis Champagne Supernova
3 154 Thunderclap Newman Something in the Air
4 155 Boo Radleys Lazarus
5 156 Moby Extreme Ways
6 157 Good, the Bad & the Queen The Good, the Bad and the Queen
7 158 Clash Jimmy Jazz
8 159 Iggy Pop Lust for Life
9 160 Bonzo Dog Band Can Blue Men Sing the Whites
10 161 Julian Cope Safesurfer
11 162 Big Star Thirteen
12 163 Traffic Pearly Queen
13 164 Chicago I’m a Man
14 165 Otway & Barrett Louisa on a Horse
15 166 Mothers of Invention Flower Punk
16 167 Alt-J Breezeblocks
17 168 Skids Into the Valley
18 169 Boomtown Rats Rat Trap
19 170 Slits Heard it Through the Grapevine
20 171 Tripping Daisy Piranha
21 172 Veruca Salt 25
22 173 Ian Hunter Bastard
23 174 Lulu Shout
24 175 Electric Prunes I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night
25 176 Michael Moorcock A Song for Marlene
26 177 Fats Domino Blueberry Hill
27 178 Vanilla Fudge You Keep Me Hanging On
28 179 Flaming Lips Waiting for a Superman
29 180 Bow Wow Wow Go Wild in the Country
30 181 Art What’s That Sound?
July 1 182 Roy Harper When an Old Cricketer Leaves His Crease
2 183 Mungo Jerry In the Summertime
3 184 Morphine Good
4 185 Cockney Rebel Sebastian
5 186 Bruce Springsteen Atlantic City
6 187 Devebdra Banhart Little Yellow Spider
7 188 Medicine Head Pictures in the Sky
8 189 Curved Air Back Street Luv
9 190 Beta Band Dry the Rain
10 191 Granddaddy AM 180
11 192 Monochrome Set Love Goes Down the Drain
12 193 Julie Driscoll et al Road to Cairo
13 194 Mazzy Star Fade Into You
14 195 Spencer Davis Group Gimme Some Lovin’
15 196 Fat Medicine Road to Nowhere
16 197 Franz Ferdinand Matinee
17 198 Stranglers Get a Grip on Yourself
18 199 Eels Susan’s House
19 200 Bauhaus Bela Lugosi’s Dead
20 201 Magic Numbers Mornings Eleven
21 202 Steppenwolf Born to be Wild
22 203 Rezillos Top of the Pops
23 204 Three Dog Night Mama Told Me Not to Come
24 205 R Dean Taylor Gotta See Jane
25 206 Doves There Goes the Fear
26 207 Beirut Brandenburg
27 208 Mary Hopkins Those Were the Days
28 209 Derek & the Dominoes Layla
29 210 Blondie Picture This
30 211 New Order Temptation
31 212 Syd Barrett Octopus
Aug 1 213 Them Here Comes the Night
2 214 REM Losing My Religion
3 215 Business Drinking and Driving
4 216 Ruts Jah War
5 217 Wreckless Eric Whole Wide World
6 218 Kitchens of Distinction Quick as Rainbows
7 219 Pulp Common People
8 220 Ultrasound Fame Thing
9 221 Status Quo Break the Rules
10 222 Mott the Hoople All the Way from Memphis
11 223 Dinosaur Jr Out There
12 224 Hammell on Trial Bill Hicks
13 225 Tragically Hip Scared
14 226 Flying Lizards Money
15 227 Lene Lovich Lucky Number
16 228 Stereophonics More Life in a Tramp’s Vest
17 229 Zombies She’s Not There
18 230 Love Alone Again Or
19 231 Police Invisible Sun
20 232 Butthole Surfers Lonesome Bulldog
21 233 Chicken Shack I’d Rather Go Blind
22 234 Greatest Show on Earth Again and Again
23 235 Lindisfarne Lady Eleanor
24 236 Laurie Anderson O Superman
25 237 Spooky Tooth Tobacco Road
26 238 Desmond Dekker Isrealites
27 239 Buffy Saint Marie Soldier Blue
28 240 John Kongos Tokoloshi Man
29 241 Gun Race with the Devil
30 242 Nena 99 Luftballons
31 243 Atomic Rooster Devil’s Answer
Sept 1 244 Frank Zappa Peaches En Regalia
2 245 OMD Enola Gaye
3 246 Chris Farlowe Out of Time
4 247 Buffalo Springfield For What It’s Worth
5 248 Spear of Destiny You’ll Never Take Me Alive
6 249 Tom Waits Small Change
7 250 Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space
8 251 Amen Corner Bend Me, Shape Me
9 252 Electrafixion Zephyr
10 253 Chuck Berry Memphis Tennessee
11 254 Tenpole Tudor Swords of 1000 Men
12 255 Led Zeppelin Kashmir
13 256 Gomez Whippin’ Piccadilly
14 257 Dead Kennedys Holiday in Cambodia
15 258 Billy Idol White Wedding
16 259 Muse Unintended
17 260 Bob Marley Redemption Song
18 261 Wonderstuff The Size of a Cow
19 262 Stiff Little Fingers Suspect Device
20 263 Auteurs Lenny Valentino
21 264 Cat Stevens Lady D’arbonville
22 265 Counting Crows Raining in Baltimore
23 266 Tom Robinson Band 2-4-6-8 Motorway
24 267 Songdog The Time of Summer Lightning
25 268 P.I.L This is Not a Love Song
26 269 Nice Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon
27 270 Catatonia Mulder and Scully
28 271 Waterboys Raggle Taggle Gypsy
29 272 Clearlake Jumble Sailing
30 273 Visage Fade to Grey
Oct 1 274 Simon and Garfunkel The Boxer
2 275 Mighty Wah Story of the Blues
3 276 Blue Horses Barbara Allen
4 277 Grinderman No Pussy Blues
5 278 Country Joe and the Fish I Feel Like I’m a Fixin’ to Die
6 279 Bo Diddley Hey! Bo Diddley
7 280 James Sit Down
8 281 Jam Modern World
9 282 Travis Writing to Reach You
10 283 Ian Drury What a Waste
11 284 Cult She Sells Sanctuary
12 285 Mercury Rev Holes
13 286 ELP Lucky Man
14 287 Scott Joplin The Entertainer
15 288 Crazy World of Arthur Brown I Put a Spell on You
16 289 Rita Lynch Beautiful Eyes
17 290 Only Ones The Big Sleep
18 291 Gallon Drunk Geraldine
19 292 Drugstore Accelerate
20 293 Dead Kennedys Kill the Poor
21 294 Kinks You Really Got Me
22 295 dEUS Hotellounge
23 296 Otis Redding Dock of the Bay
24 297 Two Gallant Steady Rollin’
25 298 Creedence Clearwater Revival Down on the Corner
26 299 Groundhogs Soldier
27 300 Townes Van Zandt Kathleen
28 301 Lou Reed Sad Song
29 302 Tindersticks Jism
30 303 Martha Wainwright Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole
31 304 Canned Heat Going Up the Country
Nov 1 305 Echo & The Bunnymen Read it in Books
2 306 Richard Thompson 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
3 307 Birthday Party Release the Bats
4 308 Kinks People Take Pictures of Each Other
5 309 Joy Division New Dawn Fades
6 310 Fairport Convention Sloth
7 311 Specials Ghost Town
8 312 Elvis Costello & the Attractions Watching the Detectives
9 313 Rolling Stones Jig-Saw Puzzle
10 314 Pete Seeger Where Have all the Flowers Gone?
11 315 Comsat Angels Independence Day
12 316 Animals We’ve Gotta Get Out of this Place
13 317 Status Quo Pictures of Matchstick Men
14 318 Wreckless Eric It’ll Soon be the Weekend
15 319 Members Solitary Confinement
16 320 Cracker It Ain’t Gonna Suck Itself
17 321 Jefferson Airplane White Rabbit
18 322 Television Torn Curtain
19 323 Magazine Feed the Enemy
20 324 Billie Holiday Strange Fruit
21 325 Remy Zero Motorcycle
22 326 Family Strange Band
23 327 Alexis Korner I’m Tore Down
24 328 Snow Patrol Chasing Cars
25 329 Decemberists The Rake’s Song
26 330 Loving Spoonful Darling Be Home Soon
27 331 Leonard Cohen Hallelujah
28 332 Kevin Ayers Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
29 333 Julian Cope S.P.A.C.E.R.O.C.K. With Me
30 334 Siouxsie & The Banshees Arabian Nights
Dec 1 335 David Bowie The Cygnet Committee
2 336 Sham 69 Hurry Up Harry
3 337 Edwyn Collins A Girl Like You
4 338 Captain Beefheart Tarotplane
5 339 White Stripes Seven Nation Army
6 340 Beatles Hey Jude
7 341 Replacements All He Wants to Do Is Fish
8 342 Strawbs The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
9 343 Altered Images Happy Birthday
10 344 Band The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
11 345 Only Ones Don’t Feel Too Good
12 346 Tea & Sympathy Maybe My Mind (With Egg)
13 347 T Rex The Wizard
14 348 Editors Lullaby
15 349 Fuzztones Skeleton Farm
16 350 Small Faces All Or Nothing
17 351 Rheostatics Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
18 352 John Lee Hooker Boom Boom
19 353 Clearlake Wonder if the Snow Will Settle
20 354 Mike Oldfield Portsmouth
21 355 Omnia I Don’t Speak Human
22 356 Steeleye Span The Dark Morris Song
23 357 Psychedelic Furs Sister Europe
24 358 Pogues & Kirtsy MacColl Fairy Tale of New York
25 359 John Lennon Happy Xmas (War is Over)
26 360 Jimi Hendrix All Along the Watchtower
27 361 Faces Stay With Me
28 362 Bonzo Dog Band The Intro and the Outro
29 363 VCs Lobster Boy
30 364 Buzzcocks Sixteen Again
31 365 Fairport Convention Meet on the Ledge
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