For Pete’s Sake Playlist #1
To start this post off I’ve got to given credit for the inspiration to Drowned in Sound who produce a Spotify playlist every Friday. I doubt I’d follow the same schedule but it’s inspired me to share my musical favourites in a less than regular feature. Now I appreciate not everyone can get a hold of this playlist as Spotify isn’t available everywhere so I’ve created a mirror on last.fm. So without further ado I present to you, playlist #1:
#1 The Chemical Brothers – Where Do I Begin
If there’s one thing I’m a fan of when it comes to this genre of music is a tune where I can just sit back and just chill out. This is one of my favourite such tracks. It’s not completely mellow and it’s mostly down to the intro but despite the big beats that come into the track I really relax when listening to it.
#2 Orbital – Halcyon And On And On
Carrying on the chill out theme this is, in my opinion, one of the best tunes ever. I first heard it while watching the title sequence of Hackers which featured music of the time and once the movie was over watched all the credits to find the name. The intro is epic and it just gets better and better.
#3 Röyksopp – So Easy
One of the many songs I’ve discovered by Googling TV advert music this one was used for T-Mobile here in the UK. It’s a very recognizable tune now and it’s easy to listen to.
#4 Super Furry Animals – Ice Hockey Hair
Apparently ice hockey hair is another name for a mullet hairstyle but in this instance it’s the name of a song with a beautiful guitar intro.
#5 Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Running for Cover
The Fun Lovin’ Criminals are the unfortunate victims of their own success. After the release of the iconic song Scooby Snacks and début album the FLC suffered a perpetual 2nd album syndrome. I don’t buy into this and would say Welcome to Poppy’s is up there with Come Find Yourself
#6 Jack Johnson – Breakdown
Has to be my favourite track from his excellent Inbetween Dreams album.
#7 Chemical Brothers – The Private Psychedelic Reel
Another track from the Chemical Brothers album Dig Your Own Hole which made an appearance on Sony’s Gran Turismo.
#8 Feist – 1234
Another advert song but this time for Apple and their iPod but don’t let that detract you from a wonderfully simple song and an impressive album The Reminder.
#9 Nils Frahm – Ambre
Well as I mentioned above this playlist thing was inspired by Drowned in Sound and one playlist had this beautiful piano piece by Nils Frahm. Rest assured I’ll be listening to more of his music if this is anything to go by.
#10 Crowded House – Distant Sun
While I’m not a massive fan of Crowded House I do like this track a lot and would probably say it’s my favourite Crowded House track.
#11 Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
For the longest time I believed this track was title Don’t Worry, anyway, it’s a cheer up tune that I never tire of listening to.
#12 Feist – My Moon My Man
Feist’s second appearance and mostly because this track is one that just stays in your head a while once you’ve listened to it because it’s that catchy. Again it’s a simple tune with nothing overly complicated; probably why I like it so much.
#13 Counting Crows – Colorblind
Another song I first heard on a movie (Cruel Intentions) and got a hold of it as soon as I knew what it was. Simple lyrics that to me convey rather vivid scenes.
#14 Seasick Steve – Fallen Off a Rock
I first saw Seasick Steve perform on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny and instantly bought his album Dog House Music the next day. He’s one of the best guitarists I’ve heard and just love a bit of blues.