Party Shuffle Friday 2

A quick iTunes party shuffle gave me this list. Some eclectic tracks this time.

Love and Regret, by Deacon Blue, from When the World Knows Your Name. Starts with a little tinkling piano, then in come the drums in a nice slow beat. Deacon Blue is one of my favorite 80s bands, and even my wife has the best of CD permanently in her car's CD changer.

Maybe Our Days Are Numbered, by Orzabal, Roland, from Tomcats Screaming Outside. Orzabal is one of the Tears for Fears duo, and this was, in theory anyway, his first solo effort (as it happened, the previous Tears for Fears album was just Orzabal on his own, having split with Curt Smith). He had the remarkable misfortune to release this on the 11th September 2001, which is a shame because it's a much better album that the aforementioned TfF one. A slow haunting track.

It's All in the Game, by Four Tops, from The Ultimate Collection. 'Nuff said. You can imagine them sync dancing in your mind's eye as this plays.

It's Time, by Connick, Harry Jr., from Blue Light, Red Light. I don't know what's up with me, but after a while of liking Harry Connick, Jr, I now can't stand to listen to him. The album's not bad, with a slow side (the Blue) and a fast side (the Red), but I can't remember which one this track is on.

You Turn Me Round, by Aqualung, from Strange and Beautiful. A spur of the moment purchase, not entirely successful for me in my view.

Will We Find Love?, by Swing Out Sister, from Somewhere Deep in the Night. Brill track from a brill band, now pretty well ensconced in Japan where they have a huge following (the majority of my Japanese CDs with the obi strip are SOS albums). A nice ballad with Corrine Drewery's voice soaring.

ghetto of the world, by Roachford, Andrew, from Heart of the matter. Not a great success, this album, but it's good to listen to. Good beat, bit of spoken voice (not rap though), bit of singing, with a chorus ominously singing "ghetto" in the background. Roachford is perhaps most well-known for Family Man.

Les Chants Magnetiques part 1, by Jarre, Jean Michel, from Les Chants Magnetiques. The famous French pun album (Chants is pronounced the same as Champs, the former meaning songs and the latter fields, thereby giving the English title Magnetic Fields which misses the pun). Yer typical Jarre of the period, good these days as background music for when I'm working.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, by Mike + the Mechanics, from Word of Mouth. The Mike here being Mike Rutherford, the tall one in Genesis. Not the Mechanics' best album, nor the best track.

American Squirm, by Lowe, Nick, from Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe. Absolutely friggin' hilarious track from Nick Lowe: "I made an American squirm and it felt so right." He's the master of the parodic or comedic song that's a hit in its own right (think I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass that riffs off on Bowie's Breaking Glass) but that requires a bit of attention to enjoy. Certainly not a Weird Al Yankovic, more subtle than that.

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