Earworms of the Week
10. "Love Machine" - Girls Aloud
Stupidly catchy song. I found myself singing in the office about "lovestruck kittie cats" and knew that resistance was futile. I may live to regret this when it inevitably comes up on shuffle at a party or something, but this song now lives on my iPod.
9. "England's Glory" - Max Wall
This is song that I discovered via Sweeping the Nation's second covermount - a playlist of songs that are all lists (which also includes things like "Reasons to be Cheerful, part III" by Ian Dury and the Blockheads, "The Booklovers" by the Divine Comedy, "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel and the absolutely ace "His Indie World" by Mary Lou Lord.)
It's a list, of course. It's very music hall, and the lyrics are a slightly bonkers name-check of all things English. "Winkles, Woodbines, Walnut Whips, Vera Lynn and Stafford Cripps."
8. "I Love It When You Call" - The Feeling
Do I have to go into details? He loves it when you call.
7. "Waiting for the Moving Van" - David Ackles
Another one discovered on Sweeping the Nation. This one was the first entry in the "Songs to Learn and Sing" series, where every day in November, a different writer recommends an essential song that you might have missed. I'd never heard of this guy, but the song is **brilliant**.
It's beautiful and it's heartbreaking. Go and check it out.
6. "Red War" - Probot feat. Max Cavelera
A very different kettle of fish to David Ackles. Probot is Dave Grohl's heavy metal side-project. An album of songs done in an old school 80s metal stylee, each track sung by a different guest vocalist. This one features Sepultura's Max Cavalera.
"RED WAR WILL FOLLOW MY ENEMIES!"
5. "Enter Sandman" - Metallica
4. "In The Sun (Gulf Coast Relief)" - Michael Stipe feat. Coldplay
I was taping "Grey's Anatomy" for C. the other night and was pottering about with the telly on in the background. My attention was suddenly grabbed by the soundtrack when I heard a voice that sounded distinctly like Chris Martin's. I checked on the website, and there it was: a track recorded to raise funds for those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the Gulf Coast. Somehow I managed to miss Stipe's contribution to the song entirely, only picking it up when I watched the video with C. a bit later on.
Nice song. Good cause.
3. "Rehab" - Amy Winehouse
Bargs hates this, but I think it's brilliant. What an amazing voice *and* her band dress in the coolest outfits.
I wonder where she got the inspiration, eh?
2. "Make Your Own Kind of Music" - Mama Cass
It's not hard to see where this one came from: the third series of "Lost" begins on UK tv on Sunday night. Unlike "Lost", this song is short, simple and sweet.
Yes, obviously I'll be watching.
1. "You Know My Name" - Chris Cornell
The theme to Casino Royale. Others may disagree, but I think it's a great record.
Look. I've written about it on ace music blog, The Auditorium!
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Don't worry if you don't get me at first: I'm there until 2am, so just keep trying!
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