Party Shuffle Friday

I was messing around with iTunes just now and I clicked on Party Shuffle for the first time. Heh, it generates a constantly generating playlist of random songs, and that gave me an idea for a regular blog post: Party Shuffle Friday. Mark Chu-Carroll on Good Math, Bad Math does a similar thing, so I'm going to shamelessly plagiarize his idea and give it a new name.

  1. 8 easy steps, by Morissette, Alanis, from the collection. This was one of those CDs that my wife buys for a single track and then never listens to ever again. I don't mind her — Morissette, that is — but, to be honest, I can't remember how this goes at all.
  2. I Wish, by Wonder, Stevie, from Definitive Collection. Classic and classy Stevie Wonder, with that great bass line. From his best album Songs in the Key of Life. Wow, this is from 1976, the year I left school before going to University.
  3. Pinta, Nina, Santa Maria (Into Eternity), by Vangelis, from 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Magic soundtrack, never seen the film though, with Gerard Depardieu as Columbus.
  4. Hole in My Life, by the Police, from Outlandos d'Amour. The lesser of the two early Police albums, in my view (Reggatta de Blanc is better), and this track is a bit ho-hum. Better ones precede (the sublime Roxanne) and follow it on the album.
  5. Nothing has been proved, by Springfield, Dusty, from Nothing has been proved. Pet Shop Boys penned and produced main title song for a typically British movie called Scandal. Since the film was about the Profumo affair in the early 1960s, it was a stroke of genius for the PSBs to get Dusty to sing it. Great song, Neil Tennant on backing vocals.
  6. the mercy beat, by The The, from Infected. I'd have to say this is possibly my most favorite The The album, but, man, is it ever full of despair and angst. This track is about the singer wrestling with inner demons, especially religious ones, although it's never quite made plain why. 
  7. Beside, by Jon & Vangelis, from Friends of Mr. Cairo. The only Jon and Vangelis album I can really listen to. This track isn't too bad, quiet and slow.
  8. There's a Place in the World for a Gambler, by Fogelberg, Dan, from FM. Yer typical American rock, not too bad.
  9. The Space Between, by Roxy Music, from Avalon. Soppy Roxy Music album. iTunes reckons I've listened to this track 4 times, must have left the room each time. Gimme Country Life any day.
  10. Just One of Those Things, Ferry, Bryan, from As Time Goes By. Brilliant rendition of a Cole Porter song, suits Ferry down to the ground. Wonderful album too: Ferry takes on the classics from the 30s and 40s.
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#1 Paul St. Amant said...
30-Jan-09 11:56 PM


For a second I thought you were going to rearrange your blog so the posts would be in random order. It would probably have the same effect. Anyway, I'm a big fan of your Delphi book.


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#2 julian m bucknall said...
31-Jan-09 4:42 PM

Paul: Now there's an idea, shuffle the posts. Or even better click on a post and show another one... :)

Glad you liked the book.

Cheers, Julian

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