Thirty Songs Two

Days Eleven To Twenty

I’ll fess up here to having written all three entries on the tenth and scheduling parts two and three.

Day Eleven – A Song I’ll Never Tire Of

Play For Today – The Cure (Live)

This is the version from Paris. I’m pretty much happy with any version of this song but the crowd makes this version that little bit extra special. I was tempted to go for Charlotte Sometimes, it was a close call. Seventeen Seconds/Faith era Cure is, to my mind, the best work Smith has ever and will ever produce.

Day Twelve – From My Preteens

Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

Along with Ultravox’s Vienna, The Specials Ghost town and that one by Madness I can never remember the name of, this song creeped me out when I was wee. It still does, if I’m honest.

Day Thirteen – Something From The Seventies

Leaving Green Sleeves – Leonard Cohen

It’s from the Seventies and I like it. I’m also guessing not many of you have heard it.

Day Fourteen – Play At My Wedding

If You’ll Be Mine – Babybird

I’m terminally single and, to be honest, I’m not sure how well I’d react if someone were to try changing the status quo. I’ve got my issues and now I’ve got my routines, I’m content on my own. Which isn’t to say that I don’t daydream, just that my sudden crushes these days are more abstract than they used to be. Any which way, I love Babybird and this song in particular.

Day Fifteen – A Cover Version

Flesh – …and Oceans covering GGFH

All I was asked for was a cover version I like. This qualifies.

Day Sixteen – Classic Favourite

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

It makes me feel old choosing this one here but it is also a statement of fact. This song is a classic, by any standard, and it is a favourite. Catch me in the pub sometime and I’ll tell you about the first time I heard it – a tale that involves landmines and Martinis. Sounds like bullshit, and I was only fourteen, but both were involved that night in Belgium, February 1992.

Day Seventeen – Karaoke Duet

Wig – The B-52s

It’s an ensemble, not a duet. If you’ve ever heard me sing then you know I need the protection of a group, and this is also an excellent song from one of my all time favourite bands.

Day Eighteen – A Song From 1977

Cantina Band – Ash.

Sometimes I think I’m clever.

Day Nineteen – Make Me Think About Life

PlasterChrist – GGFH

This band are the sonic equivalent of King and Barker when they’re on form, still making my flesh crawl every time. I’m not going to apologise for the fact that, when I think about life, I tend to think about the darker aspects. I’m a chronic depressive, horror writing bratty goth from the nineteen-nineties.

This could have been my choice for the drugs and alcohol entry as well. My advice, based on experience, don’t listen to GGFH on LSD. I don’t regret that I did but…that was an interesting few days.

Day Twenty – Has Many Meanings

Star Spangled Banner – Jimi Hendrix (Woodstock)

Sometimes I’m as subtle as a brick.

I hope you liked some of them, back at the end of the month with the final ten.


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