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How Many Tunes Make Volume Five?
April 10, 2011, 10:00 am
Filed under: Tune Of The Day

So I do this thing, Tune Of The Day.

Every day I post a link to a tune on Facebook and on Twitter*, with a brief comment. I’ve been doing it since November 2009 and I’ve only missed a few (mainly when I was out on a roadtrip round the south west last summer). It’s up to nearly 500 tunes now, and looking back it’s quite a list. Tunes get picked for all sorts of reasons, compelling or otherwise. Might be the death of a musician or the birthday of a friend; a tune I’d just heard or an old favourite that just came to mind.

And all in all, literally tens of thousands of downloads have resulted, which makes me happy (not in an egotistical way, but because my slightly over-evangelical approach to music is getting some great songs to people who might not have heard them otherwise).

I try and remember to post a religion-themed tune on Sundays – be it gospel or reggae or country, although sometimes it might be anti-theist. And every year I finish up with tracks from my top albums of the year.

So anyway, I’ve just come to the end of Volume 5 and thought I’d list the tunes out for my own curiosity – here it is:

  1. Adem  – To Cure A Weakling Chile / Boy Girl Song
  2. African  Headcharge – Somebody Touch I
  3. Alabama 3 – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  4. Amanda Palmer – Map Of Tasmania
  5. Aretha Franklin – How I Got Over
  6. Asher Senator – Asher In Court
  7. Balam Acab – Big Boy
  8. Barracudas – Summer Fun
  9. Baxter Dury – Oscar Brown
  10. Betty Davis – Love Song
  11. Big Youth – Mosiah Garvey (extended)
  12. Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl
  13. Bobbie Gentry – Hushabye Mountain
  14. Butthole Surfers – Pepper
  15. Cannonball Jane – Hey! Hey! Alright!
  16. Chain & The Gang – Music’s Not For Everyone
  17. Clarence Williams – Old Time Religion
  18. Cornell Campbell & The Eternals – Why Do Birds Follow Spring?
  19. Cornershop – Motion The 11
  20. Creatures – Right Now
  21. Dan Sartain – Besame Mucho
  22. David Soul – Silver Lady
  23. Ding Dong – Badman Forward, Badman Pull Up!
  24. Diplo Vs Cutty Ranks Vs Black Flag – Dutty Six Pack
  25. DJ Rupture ft Sister Nancy – Little More Oil
  26. Dolly Parton – Don’t Drop Out
  27. Dub Narcotic Sound System – Run Silent, Run Deep
  28. El Vez – Lust For Christ
  29. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan – Stone Cold Dead In The Market
  30. Elvis Presley – Run On
  31. Errors – A Rumour In Africa
  32. Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield – My Drug Buddy (acoustic)
  33. Fall – Lost In Music
  34. Faust – It’s A Rainy Day Sunshine Girl
  35. Fight Like Apes – Captain A-Bomb
  36. Flaming Lips – If I Only Had A Brain
  37. Florida – Hacker (The Underground Years)
  38. Frankie Ford – Roberta
  39. Fugs – Nothing
  40. Gene Clarke – Strength of Strings
  41. George Jones & Tammy Wynette – God’s Gonna Getcha For That
  42. Goblin – Suspiria
  43. Grinderman – Evil (Factory Floor Remix)
  44. Gustav Temple & The Blades – Puddings & Pies
  45. Harold Jackson & The Jackson Brothers – The Freedom Riders
  46. Hoagy Carmichael – Lazy River
  47. Honkeyfinger – Running On Empty (Weatherall Vox Mix)
  48. Husker Du – Sorry Somehow
  49. Iron & Wine – Walking Far From Home
  50. Jackie Mittoo – Rocksteady Wedding
  51. Jah Division – Transmission Dub
  52. Jeffrey Lewis – Systematic Death
  53. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Our Hearts Are Wrong
  54. Johnny Clarke – Declaration Of Rights
  55. Judee Sill – Jesus Was A Crossmaker
  56. Keith Poppin – Hold Not Thy peace
  57. Killing Joke – Love Like Blood
  58. KLF ft Tammy Wynette – Justified & Ancient
  59. Loo & Placido – Kids Rock
  60. Lotus Eaters – The First Picture Of You
  61. Louis Jordan – What’s The Use Of Getting Sober?
  62. Low – Something’s Turning Over
  63. Low – Transmission
  64. Lykke Li – Get Some
  65. Mae West – Shakin’ All Over
  66. Marvin Pontiac – Small Car
  67. Matta Vs Pablo Gad – When I Was A Yout
  68. Merry Clayton – Gimme Shelter
  69. Millie & Jackie – Ooh Ooh
  70. Mississippi John Hurt – Stack O Lee Blues
  71. Mississippi Sheikhs – Sitting On Top Of The World
  72. Nai Bonet – Jelly Belly
  73. Nicolette – Beautiful Day (Island Mix)
  74. Nomeansno – Everyday I Start to Ooze
  75. Parting Gifts – Sleepy City
  76. Penny & The Quarters – You & Me
  77. Pop Will Eat Itself – Can U Dig It?
  78. Prince Jammy – Riots In The Streets
  79. Randy Newman – Short People
  80. Redskins – Keep On Keepin’ On
  81. Robyn – Dancing On My Own (Jakwob Club Mix)
  82. Robyn Hitchcock – Airscape
  83. Roy Orbison – It’s Over
  84. Ruthless Rap Assassins – Justice (Just Us)
  85. Screaming Jay Hawkins – Heart Attack & Vine
  86. Shirley & Lee – Let The Good Times Roll
  87. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – A Smashing Indictment Of Character
  88. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – Down By The Riverside
  89. Sparklehorse – Cow
  90. Staple Singers – Slippery People (12”)
  91. Tallis Scholars – Spem In Alium
  92. Tippa Irie – It’s Good To Have The Feeling You’re The Best
  93. Tom Waits – Blue Valentines
  94. Townes Van Zandt – Kathleen
  95. U Roy & Francois Kevorkian – Rootsman
  96. Violent Femmes – Jesus Walking On The Water
  97. Wendell Austin – LSD
  98. West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Suppose They Give A War
  99. XTC – The Mayor Of Simpleton
  100. ZZ Top – La Grange

And while I’m at it, the Penny & The Quarters song You & Me is easily the most downloaded from this list (which I’m so glad about because it’s probably the loveliest thing I’ve heard in years), but I remembered that I’d blogged about it too, so that’ll skew the figures. In which case, it’s Cornershop‘s gorgeous little disco-reggae tune Motion The 11 taking the lead (with a 3-way tie for last between The Fugs, The Redskins and Chain & The Gang, which shows a distaste for polemic or something). I *think* the most downloaded track of all is the Nick Cave cover of Pulp‘s Disco 2000 but it’s complicated (there’s no doubt about the least popular though, with Tragic Roundabout really not striking a chord).

Right then, onto to the next 100…

* If you don’t use facebook or twitter but are curious about the Tune of The Day, my twitter feed appears on the top left of the blog so you can usually find it there unless I’ve been twatting a lot that day.


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Not much to argue with there – some favourites, some I don’t know, but will find and listen to (one of the great things about such lists – finding new music), and like any other music obsessive, my list would be different – equal, but different, equal but different …

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