62 No Fillers 1

For this, we chose albums that we consider to have no weak tracks at all, that is, no fillers, no tracks just to pad out the album to its full length. Naturally enough this is a little bit subjective, so if we haven’t included your favourite, I apologise, but will note that we have several albums left over in our list, enough for more shows on this theme, if you like it. And do please send us your own suggestions for this category.  Tracks were chosen as far as possible to be the less-well known and played ones from each album

The Preshow was made up from the F section of my stash, with Flanders and Swann interjecting some humour between Fairport Convention and Fleetwood Mac.

The Postshow consisted of tracks that didn’t quite make the cut for the main show, given that we restricted ourselves to two tracks from each album.  This was one way to fit those extra tracks in.


Title Artists Album Year
Matty Groves Fairport Convention Liege and Lief 1969
Who Knows Where The Time Goes? Fairport Convention Unhalfbricking 1969
The Gas-Man Cometh Flanders And Swann At The Drop Of Another Hat 1964
A Song Of Patriotic Prejudice Flanders And Swann At The Drop Of Another Hat 1964
The Chain Fleetwood Mac Rumours 1977
Don’t Stop Fleetwood Mac Rumours 1977

The Show

River Song Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue 1977
Dreamer Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue 1977
Happy Song Three Dog Night Cyan 1973
Lay Me Down Easy Three Dog Night Cyan 1973
Miss Judy’s Farm Faces A Nod’s As Good As A Wink… To A Blind Horse 1971
Too Bad Faces A Nod’s As Good As A Wink… To A Blind Horse 1971
Long As I Can See The Light Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory 1970
Up Around The Bend Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory 1970
Clear White Light – Part 2 Lindisfarne Nicely Out Of Tune 1970
Winter Song Lindisfarne Nicely Out Of Tune 1970
Fantasia Lindum – Celestial Light Amazing Blondel Fantasia Lindum 1971
Three Seasons Almaine Amazing Blondel Fantasia Lindum 1971
Need You Lynyrd Skynyrd Second Helping 1973
Swamp Music Lynyrd Skynyrd Second Helping 1973
Breaking Point Eric Clapton Journeyman 1989
No Alibis Eric Clapton Journeyman 1989
Put The Finger On You AC/DC For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) 1981
Breaking The Rules AC/DC For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) 1981
Mihalis David Gilmour David Gilmour 1978
No Way David Gilmour David Gilmour 1978
Talk Of The Town Bruce Hornsby Harbour Lights 1993
Rainbow’s Cadillac Bruce Hornsby Harbour Lights 1993


Stay With Me Faces A Nod Is As Good As A Wink . . To A Blind Horse 1971
Lady Eleanor Lindisfarne Nicely Out Of Tune 1970
Road To Kingdom Come Lindisfarne Nicely Out Of Tune 1970
To Ye Amazing Blondel Fantasia Lindum 1996
Pretending Eric Clapton Journeyman 1989
Bad Love Eric Clapton Journeyman 1989
Before You Accuse Me Eric Clapton Journeyman 1989
Harbor Lights Bruce Hornsby Harbor Lights 1993
What A Time Bruce Hornsby Harbor Lights 1993


61 One-Hit Wonders

As a result of a request from the audience, we produced a set of One-Hit Wonders, always a risky category as you can end up mired in novelty songs, which are generally uninspiring out of their context.  However, not only did we manage to assemble a good set of tracks, we had a large audience as well, with up to fifteen in the cavern and a top number of 33 listeners – the first time I can recall where we had more listeners outside the cavern than on the plaza.  We also had a new recruit to the team, Root Beer, who shared announcements with us.

The preshow was all Mal’s doing, and a right good mixture it was too

Let There Be Drums Sandy Nelson Single  1962
Thomas The Rhymer Steeleye Span & Maddy Prior A Rare Collection 1972-1996 1999
Lights and Thunder White Lion Mane Attraction 1991
Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues) Three Dog Night Hard Labor 1976
That’s The Way That It Is Uriah Heep The Best Of…Part 2 1998
Would the Christians Wait Five Minutes? The Lions Are Having a Draw Man Man 1970

The show itself had more tracks than usual, as one-hit wonders are generally of the 3-minute single format, so we ended up with 30 tracks.  Actually we ran over time a bit, but nobody complained, not even the neighbours.

Relax Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome 1984
The Rockford Files Mike Post 100 Greatest TV Themes 1995
Fire The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown The Crazy World of Arthur Brown 1968
Float On Floaters Floaters 1977
My Sharona The Knack Get The Knack 1979
Take On Me A-Ha Hunting High and Low 1985
Woodstock Matthews’ Southern Comfort Later That Same Year 1970
Echo Beach Martha and the Muffins Metro Music 1980
Tainted Love Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret 1981
Standing in the Road Blackfoot Sue Nothing to Hide 1973
She Blinded Me With Science Thomas Dolby single 1982
Blinded by the Light Manfred Mann’s Earth Band The Roaring Silence 1976
The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades Timbuk3 Greetings From Timbuk3 1983
Safety dance Men Without Hats Rhythm of Youth 1983
Doctorin’ The Tardis (7″ Edit) The Timelords single 1988
Cotton Eye Joe Rednex Sex & Violins 1994
Mickey Toni Basil Word of Mouth 1981
Resurrection Shuffle Ashton, Gardner & Dyke single 1971
Nut Rocker B. Bumble & The Stingers single 1962
Muleskinner Blues The Fendermen Muleskinner Blues 1960
Je t’aime … moi non plus Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg Single 1969
In The Summertime Mungo Jerry single 1970
Walking on Sunshine Katrina & The Waves Walking on Sunshine 1983
It’s Raining Men The Weather Girls Success 1983
Ca plane pour moi Plastic Bertrand single 1977
I’m Gonna Be The Proclaimers Sunshine on Leith 1988
Stuck In The Middle With You Stealers Wheel Stealers Wheel 1972
Come On Eileen Dexy’s Midnight Runners Too-Rye-Ay 1982
Down Under Men At Work Business as Usual 1981
Sunshine Reggae Laid Back Keep Smiling 1983

The postshow had another Man track – I think Mal may be heading towards a Man show

C’mon Man Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day 1972
Drums A Go-Go Sandy Nelson Single 1965
Hanging By a Moment Life House  No Name Face 2000
Great Day Paul McCartney Flaming Pie 1997

60 Playing The Game

Radio Free D’ni’s 60th show coincided with the 7th anniversary of MOULa’s revival, and in honour of that we had a selection inspired by playing the game – adventure games mostly, and the various Uru incarnations especially.

The preshow was selections from the end of the ‘D’ section and the start of ‘E’ from my CD stash.  The Nightfly is on later than we are and has to deal with much wierder callers.

Track Artists Album Year
The Nightfly Donald Fagen The Nightfly 1982
Trans-Island Skyway Donald Fagen Kamakiriad 1993
Take the ‘A’ Train Duke Ellington Ain’t Misbehavin’ 2000
Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression, Part 2) Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery 1973
Knife-Edge Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake and Palmer 1970
No Alibis Eric Clapton Journeyman 1989

The show reveals my like of jazz, prog and guitarists.  This should be no surprise by now.

Track Artists Album Year
Expresso Gong  Gazeuse! 1976
Age of information Bill Bruford  Gradually Going Tornado 1980
One of These Days I’ll Get an Early Night Camel  Rain Dances 1977
Playing The Game Gentle Giant  The Power and The Glory 1974
Walking Shoes Gerry Mulligan  The Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker 1952
Gonna Buy A Hat Chris Rea  Dancing With Strangers 1987
The Road She Walked Before Colosseum  Those Who are About to Die Salute You 1969
Panic Station Allan Holdsworth  Metal Fatigue 1985
The Sliding floor Bill Bruford  Gradually Going Tornado 1980
Equinoxe Part 4 Jean Michel Jarre  Équinoxe 1978
Slow Walker Béla Fleck & the Flecktones  Left of Cool 1998
Slightly Dirty Larry Carlton  Sapphire Blue 2003
Fun In The Dark Lee Ritenour  Larry & Lee 1995
Unorthodox Behaviour Brand X  Unorthodox Behaviour 1976
Night Illusion Gong  Gazeuse! 1976
Curse Of The Traveller Chris Rea  Dancing With Strangers 1987
The Road Less Traveled Joe Sample  Ashes to Ashes 1990
Turn It Up Robert Plant  Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar 2014
Far From The Beaten Paths Jean-Luc Ponty  Individual Choice 1983
Dancing Decameron  Tomorrow’s Pantomime 1976
Let’s Dance Chris Rea  Dancing With Strangers 1987

The postshow had some of the tracks that almost made it into the show.  Rush’s Farewell to Kings is obvious, Places to Go is what we all have, the Cannonball is found in Teledahn (in the gun) and could also be the imitation stone of Sisyphus in the Path of the Shell.  Several places could be a Temple of the Winds.  Running on Three is what it feels like when you can’t quite solve a puzzle and Available Light is needed in Kadish Tolesa, in the moon room and the pyramid.

Track Artists Album Year
A Farewell To Kings Rush  A Farewell To Kings 1977
Places to Go Tony Levin  Resonator 2006
Cannonball Sky  Sky 1979
Temple Of The Winds Bill Bruford’s Earthworks  All Heaven Broke Loose 1991
Running on Three Brand X  Unorthodox Behaviour 1976
Available Light Rush  Presto 1989

Up to 33 listeners for this show, boosted by the Anniversary events.  Do come and listen again.

MOULa 7th Anniversary: the D’ni Music Show

This is the playlist for the show I ran on Saturday 4th February, the start of the celebrations.  It’s theme was a journey through the ages of MOUL through the eyes of a player, in musical form.

Track Artist Album Year Age
Myst Theme Robyn Miller  Myst – Soundtrack 1998 Myst
Winds On The Mountain Incantation  On The Wing of a Condor 1982 Cleft
Burn You Up, Burn You Down Peter Gabriel  Single 2003 Cleft
Home Allan Holdsworth  Metal Fatigue 1985 Relto
Convergance Tim Larkin  Uru – Ages Beyond Myst OST 2003 Gahreesen
Bridge of Sighs Robin Trower  Bridge of Sighs 1974 Gahreesen
Derelict Station CIALYN  The Descent Unseen 2015 Gahreesen
Spore Me Tim Larkin  Uru – Ages Beyond Myst OST 2003 Teledahn
Pipeline The Alan Parson Project  Ammonia Avenue 1983 Teledahn
Pipeline Dave Pegg & PJ Wright  Galileo’s Apology 2007 Teledahn
Hole In The Wall Béla Fleck & The Flecktones  Flight of the Cosmic Hippo 1991 Teledahn
Gravel Road CIALYN  A Night Of A Short Wave Listener 2016 Eder Gira/Kemo
Rainmaker Michael Chapman  Rainmaker 1969 Eder Gira/Kemo
After The Rain Lee Ritenour  Larry & Lee 1995 Eder Gira/Kemo
The Gold Bug The Alan Parsons Project  The Turn of a Friendly Card 1979 Eder Gira/Kemo
Swarm CIALYN  E.P. “The Dew Garden” 2015 Eder Gira/Kemo
Labyrinth Béla Fleck & The Flecktones  The Hidden Land 2006 Kadish Tolesa
Pyramid David Sanborn  Close-Up 1988 Kadish Tolesa
Dancing On A High Wire The Alan Parson Project  Ammonia Avenue 1983 Kadish Tolesa
Kadish Vault 2/Great Tree Tim Larkin  Uru Soundtrack 2003 Kadish Tolesa
Abandoned Hall Iain Ballamy  MirrorMask 2005 Ae’gura ‘City’
Local Transmitter CIALYN  A Night Of A Short Wave Listener 2016 Ae’gura ‘City’
Er’cana Harvester Tim Larkin  Uru Soundtrack 2003 Er’cana
Windmill Lee Ritenour  Portrait 1987 Er’cana
Silicia Turjan Aylahn  Prolepsis 2011 Minkata
Soline et le desert de Minkata Olivier Maurey  L’Age des Sons 2010 Minkata
I’ll Find My Way Home Jon And Vangelis  The Friends of Mr Cairo 1981 Minkata
Elyme et les spheres d’Ahnonay Olivier Maurey  L’Age des Sons 2010 Ahnonay
Sphere Of Innocence Allan Holdsworth  Wardenclyffe Tower 1992 Ahnonay
Secret Garden The Alan Parsons Project  Eve 1979 Eder Delin/Tsogal
Le projet d’UglyDog a Tsogal Olivier Maurey  L’Age des Sons 2010 Eder Delin/Tsogal
Back in Secret Garden CIALYN  A Night Of A Short Wave Listener 2016 Eder Delin//Tsogal
Dance on a Volcano Genesis  A Trick of the Tail 1976 Cleft

After the main event, people wanted to dance, and why not?  So, a further selection from the stash was played, selected as we went, including some Madness for Max 🙂

Track Artists Album Year
Take the Money and Run Steve Miller Band  Fly Like An Eagle 1976
The Lone Ranger Quantum Jump  Quantum Jump 1977
To Cut A Long Story Short Spandau Ballet  Journeys to Glory 1981
Heart To Heart Kenny Loggins  High Adventure 1982
One Step Beyond Madness  One Step Beyond 1979
Mustang Sally The Commitments  The Commitments OST 1991
Love Like A Man Ten Years After  Cricklewood Green 1970
Baggy Trousers Madness  Absolutely 1980
Waiting For An Alibi Thin Lizzy  Black Rose 1979
House of Fun Madness  Madstock! 1992
Standing In The Road Blackfoot Sue  single 1972
Can’t Get Enough Bad Company  Bad Company 1974
The Riddle Nik Kershaw  The Riddle 1984
Walking On Sunshine Katrina and the Waves  Walking On Sunshine 1983
My Sharona The Knack  Get The Knack 1979
Roxanne The Police  Outlandos d’Amour 1978
Billie Jean Michael Jackson  Thriller 1983
Big Time Peter Gabriel  So 1987
Slip Kid The Who  The Who By Numbers 1975
Chinatown Thin Lizzy  Chinatown 1980
Whatever You Want Status Quo  Whatever You Want 1979
Superstition Stevie Wonder  Talking Book 1972
I Love To Boogie T. Rex  Dandy In The Underworld 1977
Dancing In The Moonlight Thin Lizzy  Bad Reputation 1977

And a good time was had by all.  29 listeners on the Aegura server plus up to seven on Ez’s relay which I will interpret as maybe 36 in all 🙂

59 Connections pt. 2: The Edmunds Empire

Our second set of Connections showing the often complex interactions in world of Rock, this time centred on Dave Edmunds. Pre- and post-show are tracks by artists we also see during the show proper. And I will post a follow-up of the track of connections we followed this time. We topped out at 25 listeners, so that was not too bad.

# Name Total Time Artist Album Year
101 A Woman In Love 04:24 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers A Woman in Love
102 Lookin’ for the Heart of Saturday Night 03:56 Dion Return of the Wanderer 1992
103 Deja Vu (All Over Again) 04:13 John Fogerty Deja Vu All Over Again 2004
104 Gulliver Gentle and Rosemary 04:44 Steeleye Span Dodgy Bastards 2016
105 Raising Steam 04:07 Jethro Tull Crest Of A Knave 1987
106 Many Are Called but Few Get Up 07:29 Man Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In? 1971
107 Wish You Were Here 05:40 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 1975
108 Come All Ye 05:03 Fairport Convention Liege and Lief 2002
The Show
201 Sultans Of Swing 10:58 Dire Straits Alchemy – Live Part One 1984
202 When I Write the Book 03:20 Rockpile Seconds of Pleasure 1980
203 I Got The Will 04:37 Dave Edmunds Plugged In 1994
204 Rock Steady Woman 04:11 Mark Knopfler & Dave Edmunds Rock Masters: Roller Coaster 2005
205 Nobody’s Here Anymore 04:03 John Fogerty Deja Vu All Over Again 2004
206 Lowlands of Holland 05:58 Steeleye Span Hark! The Village Wait 1970
207 Whatever Happened To Benny Santini? 04:19 Chris Rea Whatever Happened To Benny Santini? 1978
208 If You Were Me 04:23 Chris Rea & Elton John Espresso Logic 1993
209 The Rumour 03:58 Olivia Newton-John The Rumour 1988
210 Xanadu 03:31 ELO with ONJ Original Soundtrack 1980
211 Showdown 04:09 Electric Light Orchestra On The Third Day 1973
212 Heading for the Light 03:37 Traveling Wilburys Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 1988
213 Yet Another Movie 07:28 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse Of Reason 1987
214 King Of The New York Streets 04:52 Dion Yo Frankie 1989
215 Bananas (Live in London 1976) 11:55 Man All’s Well That Ends Well Re-release 1976
216 Matty Groves 08:09 Fairport Convention Liege and Lief 1970
217 Hokey Pokey (The Ice Cream Song) 03:23 Richard & Linda Thompson Hokey Pokey 1974
218 The Victory 08:34 Steeleye Span Storm Force 10 1977
219 Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die! 05:43 Jethro Tull Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die! 1976
301 Don’t Bring Me Down 04:03 Electric Light Orchestra Discovery 1979
302 Angel Easy 05:03 Man Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In? 1971
303 Dodgy Bastards 03:04 Steeleye Span Dodgy Bastards 2016
304 Hollywood 04:42 Dion Fire in the Night 1997
305 Farewell, Farewell 02:39 Fairport Convention Liege and Lief 1970

See you in the Cavern,

58 A Bad Year for Good Music, part 1

Yes, 2016 was notably bad for the passing of many fine musicians who have enthralled and entertained us as we grew.  So many, in fact, that it will take several shows to mention even a few of them.

In this show we concentrated on just five: Bernie Worrell (P-Funk and Talking Heads amongst many others), Keith Gemmell (Audience and Stackridge, amongst others). Leon Russel (too many to mention), Greg Lake (ELP mostly) and Rick Parfitt (Status Quo).

Preshow was put together by Ed from earlier shows – I didn’t have time to do it myself, for reasons that are clear to those who listened to the show.

Title Artists Album Year in memoriam
201 Flash Light Parliament Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome 1978 Bernie Worrell
202 Juicy Fruit Mtume Juicy Fruit 1983 Bernie Worrell
203 Burning Down The House Talking Heads Stop Making Sense (DVD) 1984 Bernie Worrell
204 Eye To Eye Audience The House on the Hill 1971 Keith Gemmell
205 The House On The Hill Audience The House on the Hill 1971 Keith Gemmell
206 Rufus T Firefly Stackridge Extravaganza 1975 Keith Gemmell
207 Delta Lady Leon Russell Leon Russell 1970 Leon Russell
208 Tight Rope Leon Russell Carny 1972 Leon Russell
209 Bluebird Leon Russell Will o’ the Wisp 1975 Leon Russell
210 Lonesome And A Long Way From Home Eric Clapton Eric Clapton 1970 Leon Russell
211 Love Shy Limbs single 1969 Greg Lake
212 The Court of the Crimson King (including The Return of the Fire Witch & The Dance of the Puppets) King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King 1969 Greg Lake
213 Lucky Man Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970 Greg Lake
214 The Endless Enigma (Part One) Emerson Lake & Palmer Trilogy 1973 Greg Lake
215 From The Beginning Emerson Lake & Palmer Trilogy 1973 Greg Lake
216 I Believe in Father Christmas Greg Lake Single 1975 Greg Lake
217 Nuclear Attack Greg Lake and Gary Moore Greg Lake 1981 Greg Lake
218 Touch and Go Emerson, Lake & Powell Emerson, Lake & Powell 1987 Greg Lake
219 Affairs Of The Heart Emerson, Lake & Palmer Black Moon 1992 Greg Lake
220 Ice In The Sun Status Quo Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo 1968 Rick Parfitt
221 Caroline Status Quo Hello 1973 Rick Parfitt
222 Rockin’ All Over The World Status Quo Rockin’ All Over The World 1977 Rick Parfitt
223 Whatever You Want Status Quo Whatever You Want 1979 Rick Parfitt
224 Paper Plane Status Quo Aquostic (Stripped Bare) 2014 Rick Parfitt


301 Jackdaw Audience The House on the Hill 1971 Keith Gemmell
302 Hummingbird Leon Russell Leon Russell 1970 Leon Russell
303 Girlfriend is Better Talking Heads Stop Making Sense (DVD) 1984 Bernie Worrell
304 21st Century Schizoid Man (including Mirrors) King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King 1969 Greg Lake
305 The Only Way (Hymn) Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tarkus 1971 Greg Lake
306 Still… You Turn Me On Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery (RM) 1973 Greg Lake


57 Not Your Average Christmas Music

I put the Heavy Metal tracks into the preshow, only to find that my colleagues disagreed with the labelling of Danish group Pretty Maids as Heavy. Apparently they are Hair Metal, despite what their website and Wikipedia (I know…) says. I think we can compromise on Glam Metal. I never knew there were so many different Metals out there.

Apart from them, we had two tracks from We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year, on which each track is played by a combination of metallic musicians. I simply could not resist including Silent Night.

Also in the preshow was The Kings and Shepherds Arise from The Home Service’s soundtrack to the Royal National Theatre’s 1985 cycle of Mystery Plays, with John Tams and Linda Thompson providing memorable vocals.

The postshow contained a proper French language version of Patapan and Herderkenslied, the Shepherds Song from Flemish group ‘t Kliekske, keeping our international credentials intact. The Death or Glory Wassail from Sid Kipper could almost have been another language, heavy Norfolk accent laid on thick. Some Early English music from The Sixteen and Polyphony followed and we closed with the Wintersmith from Steeleye Span, in memory of Terry Pratchett. Steeleye Span were one of his favourite groups, and he was thrilled to bits that they had take his book and set it to music, as well as asking him to provide some spoken word parts.

The final show for 2016 went down well, even though the hosts all forgot their Santa Hats. We had 27 listeners at one stage and over 20 for nearly the whole show.


Title Artist Album Year
Angels From The Realms of Glory Rick Wakeman Christmas Variations 2000
Solstice Mary Jane Solstice 2014
The Nativity III: The Kings / Shepherd’s Arise The Home Service The Mysteries 1997
Run Rudolph Run Billy Gibbons, Dave Grohl & Lemmy Kilmister; We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year 2009
Silent Night Chris Wyse, Chuck Billy, John Tempesta, Jon Donais & Scott Ian We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year 2009
In Santa’s Claws Pretty Maids In Santa’s Claws 1990

The Show

Gloria In Excelsis Al Jarreau Christmas 2008
Carol of the Bells Pentatonix That’s Christmas to Me 2014
White Winter Hymnal Pentatonix That’s Christmas To Me 2014
Pat a Pan Mannheim Steamroller Christmas in the Aire 1995
Gower Wassail Steeleye Span First Steps 2002
Joy to the World Kate Rusby While Mortals Sleep 2011
Yorkshire Merry Christmas Kate Rusby The Frost Is All Over 2015
Huron Carol Heather Dale This Endris Night 2002
The Boar’s Head Carol Steeleye Span & Maddy Prior A Rare Collection 1972-1996 1999
Drive the Cold Winter Away Johnny Coppin A Country Christmas 1995
O Come, O Come, Immanuel Annie Haslam It Snows in Heaven Too 2000
Tune for a Blythsome Turkey The Albion Band Christmas Album 1999
Personent Hodie The Albion Band Another Christmas Present From The Albion Band 2010
Silent Night Bela Fleck And The Flecktones Jingle All The Way 2008
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Manhattan Transfer The Christmas Album 1992
Another Christmas Song Jethro Tull The Jethro Tull Christmas Album 2003
I Believe in Father Christmas ELP I Believe in Father Christmas 1995
Feliz Navidad Chicago Chicago Christmas: What’s It Going To Be, Santa 2003
Bouree Jethro Tull The Jethro Tull Christmas Album 2003
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town The Supremes Merry Christmas 1965
Merry Christmas Everybody Slade single 1973
A Christmas Carol Tom Lehrer The Remains Of Tom Lehrer 2000
Suddenly It’s Christmas Loudon Wainwright III Career Moves 1993
Stille Nacht Carreras, Cole, Domingo Celebration Of Christmas 1996
1 Gloria in excelsis Deo’; 2- ‘Et in Terra pax’; 3 – ‘Gratias agimus tibi’; 4 – ‘Propter magnam gloriam’ Kings College Choir, Academy of Ancient Music Vivaldi: Gloria 2002
For unto us a child is born Tavener Choir & Players Andrew Parrott / Handel / Messiah 1996
Up On The Housetop Al Jarreau Christmas 2008


Patapan Heather Dale This Endris Night 2002
Winter Wonderland Dave Brubeck A Dave Brubeck Christmas 1996
Santa Claus is Coming to Town Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan
Death Or Glory Wassail Sid Kipper Boiled In The Bag 1997
Herderkenslied ‘t Kliekske ‘t Is Met Dees Koude Winterse Dagen 2000
Salutation Carol (15th century MS) Sixteen Harry Christophers An Early English Christmas Collection 2004
Nowell sing we, both all and some (c.1450 Seldon MS) Sixteen Harry Christophers An Early English Christmas Collection 2004
Sing Lullaby Polyphony, Stephen Layton A Christmas Present from Polyphony 2004
Wintersmith Steeleye Span Wintersmith 2013


56 Difficult Times

Difficult Times had 26 listeners at one point, and 20 for most of the show.

Here’s the playlist, and a link to the lyrics for Rush’s Losing It, as requested (click on the track title)


Unsquare Dance is possibly the second most famous Dave Brubeck track after Take Five. Klaus Doldinger’s Timesignature is the sleeper here – it is in common time, but has the relevant title…

Title Artists Album Year Time signature
Subdivisions Rush Signals 1982 7/8
Unsquare Dance The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 7/8
The Tango King Bruce Hornsby Hot House 1995 4/4 + 5/4
Kid Gloves Rush Grace Under Pressure 1984 5/4 alternating 4/4
Timesignature Klaus Doldinger Constellation 1983 4/4
In The Dead Of The Night UK UK 1978 7/4
Take Five Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out 1959 5/4

The Show

I Say A Little Prayer Dionne Warwick The Windows of the World 1967 4/4, 10/4, 11/4
Far More Blue The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 5/4
Far More Drums The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 5/4
Living in the Past Jethro Tull Living in the Past 1972 5/4
Here Comes The Sun The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 Chorus 3/4 5/4 2/4
Good Morning Good Morning The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 5/4, 4/4, 3/4
Happiness Is a Warm Gun The Beatles The White Album 1968 complicated
Nothing Else Matters Metallica single 1992 6/8
Heart of Lothian Marillion Misplaced Childhood 1985 7/4 + 5/4
Dance of the Little Fairies Sky Sky 2 1980 7/4
Solsbury Hill Peter Gabriel Car (Remaster) 1977 7/4
Money Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon 1973 7/4 + 4/4
Superconductor Rush Presto 1989 7/4 alternating 4/4
Rubylove Cat Stevens Teaser And The Firecat 1971 7/8
Wade In The Water CCS Whole Lotta Love 1970 7/4 then 13/8
Blue Rondo a la Turk Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out 1959 9/8
Blue Shadows in the Street The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 9/8
Losing It Rush Signals 1982 11/8
Golden Brown Stranglers La folie 1981 13/8
Schism Tool Lateralus 2001 12/8 as 5/8+7/8
Turn It On Again Genesis Duke 1980 13/4 – 4/4 – 9/4 – 13/4 – 4/4 – 9/4
Happy Jack The Who A Quick One 1966 13/4
Tubular bells – Intro Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells 1973 15/8
Discipline King Crimson Discipline 1974 Drums 17/16, everyone else all over the place.
Hell’s Bells Bill Bruford One of a Kind 1979 19/16 then 7/4


Aretha’s version of Say A Little Prayer is the second best, after the Dionne Warwick original.

Vix 9 is by Bela Fleck and the Wooten brothers, Victor on bass and Roy “Futureman” Wooten on drumitar, his own drum controller made in roughly the shape of a guitar.   Bela Fleck is playing an electric banjo and synth pedals, and the live video of them playing this on Youtube is very impressive to watch.

I Say A Little Prayer Franklin, Aretha The Very Best Of Vol.1 1994 4/4, 10/4, 11/4
Caesar’s Palace Blues UK Danger Money 1979 5/4
The Fish (Shindleria Praematurus) Yes Fragile 1971 7/4
Vix 9 Bela Fleck & The Flecktones Three Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest 1993 9/8
Kashmir Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti 1975 Drums 4/4, all else 3/4 + 9/8
Experience Gentle Giant In A Glass House 1973 9/8
Modern Love Peter Gabriel Car (Remaster) 1977 11/8, 4/4
Night Illusion Gong Gazeuse! 1976 13/8, 17/8

55 Covered Up

We had a great show with a very appreciative audience for our first Covered Up set, where we played well-known songs and their covers – in some cases the covers being more well known than the originals.

Edison put the preshow together and I didn’t make a note of what was played – it was taken from earlier shows though. I put the postshow together so I can give you the extra info for those tracks below – beginning with a rather impressive cover of The Sounds of Silence from heavy-metallers Disturbed.

An internet outage caused me to go offline and lose the channel for several minutes, which caused an unexpected and unannounced end to the show.  Apologies – Technical Issues Beyond our Control.

Call Me The Breeze J.J. Cale  Naturally 1972
Call Me The Breeze Lynyrd Skynyrd  Second Helping 1973
Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins  single 1956
Blue Suede Shoes Link Wray  Live at the Paradiso 1979
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye  In The Groove 1968
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Gladys Knight and the Pips  single 1967
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Creedence Clearwater Revival  Cosmo’s Factory 1970
After Midnight Eric Clapton  Eric Clapton 1970
After Midnight J.J. Cale  Naturally 1972
Rockin’ All Over The World Status Quo  Rockin’ All Over The World 1977
Rockin’ All Over The World John Fogerty  John Fogerty 1975
Rockin’ All Over the World Carl Wilson  Youngblood 1984
Shapes Of Things Yardbirds  single 1967
Shapes Of Things Jeff Beck  Truth 1968
I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis  single 1955
I Hear You Knockin’ Dave Edmunds  single 1970
Batman Theme  The Ron Hicklin Singers  TV theme 1966
Batman Theme Link Wray  single 1967
Before You Accuse Me Bo Diddley  Bo Diddley 1958
Before You Accuse Me Creedence Clearwater Revival  Cosmo’s Factory 1970
California Girls The Beach Boys  Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) 1965
California Girls David Lee Roth  Crazy from the Heat 1985
The Wind Cries Mary Jimi Hendrix  single 1967
De Wind secht Maria Torfrock  …dat matscht so schön 1977
Born Under A Bad Sign Albert King  Born Under A Bad Sign 1967
Born Under A Bad Sign Passport  Blues Roots  1991
Give Peace A Chance The Plastic Ono Band  single 1969
Give Peace a Chance Louis Armstrong  What a Wonderful World 1970
Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones  Forty Licks 1969
Honky Tonk Woman Jerry Lee Lewis  Last Man Standing 2006
Live and Let Die Wings  Live and Let Die OST 1973
Live And Let Die Guns N’ Roses  Use Your Illusion I 1991


The Sound Of Silence Disturbed Immortalized 2015
The Sound Of Silence Simon & Garfunkel Sounds Of Silence 1966
Money For Nothing Dire Straits Brothers in Arms 1985
Perfect Fairground Attraction First of a Million Kisses 1988
Bad Michael Jackson Bad 1987
Werewolves of London Warren Zevon Stand in the Fire 1980
Money for Nothing Dire Straits Brothers In Arms 1985
Take The Money And Run Steve Miller Band Fly Like An Eagle 1976
Abandon City Utopia Oops! Wrong Planet 1977
Blind Eye Wishbone Ash Wishbone Ash 1970
Bodhisattva Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy 1973
Feelin’ Alright Dave Mason Headkeeper 1972
Destination Anywhere The Commitments The Commitments OST 1991
China Grove The Doobie Brothers The Captain and Me 1973
Heartlight Kenny Loggins High Adventure 1982
Put It Where You Want It The Crusaders  Crusaders 1 1972
Black Cat Moan Beck, Bogert & Appice Beck Bogert & Appice 1973
Scratch The Crusaders Scratch 1974
In The Midnight Hour The Commitments The Commitments OST 1991
Standing in the Light Level 42 Standing in the Light 2002
Perfect Timing Kiki Dee Perfect Timing 1981
Pick Up The Pieces Average White Band Volume 8 1980
Peg Steely Dan Aja 1977
Peg (featuring Robben Ford) VA The Royal Dan – A Tribute 2006
Stomp And Buck Dance The Crusaders Southern Comfort 1974
Sock Puppets Iain Ballamy MirrorMask 2005
The Boys Are Back In Town Thin Lizzy Jailbreak 1976
Walking CCS A’s, B’s & Rarities 2005
You’re Made That Way The Doobie Brothers Livin’ On The Fault Line 1977
Little Favours KT Tunstall Drastic Fantastic 2007

54 By The Book

After missing one show slot, we returned to a great audience who stayed with us for a long show.  As it was the DST shift for Europe, we started an hour later than usual for the US listeners, but I was able to get into the cavern early and let folks know what was going on, and also have some music playing during what would have been the preshow period.  There was also an extended postshow, as there was so much material and I wanted to chat about that too.  A long list below…   A peak of 24 listeners, which is at the top end of what we usually have, and even better as we were competing with an event in SL that drew the refugee crowd away.

Total time on air – about 5 hours

Pre-preshow   With a sub-theme of ‘time’ as it was to fill up time due to the late DST announcement by me.

Timewhys Tonto’s Expanding Head Band  Zero Time 1971
Time Pink Floyd  Dark Side Of The Moon 1973
Time Is Short Robin Trower  Back It Up 1983
Time Machine Tim Larkin  Myst V End of Ages Soundtrack 2005
Static Time Turjan Aylahn  Prolepsis 2011
Big Time Peter Gabriel  So 1987
Difference In Time Wishbone Ash  Bona Fide 2006
Doctorin’ The Tardis The Timelords  Single 1988
Who Knows Where The Time Goes? Fairport Convention  Unhalfbricking 1969
Time Is Tight Booker T & the MG’s  Single 1968
Sign ‘O’ The Times Prince  Sign ‘O’ The Times 1987
The Time Warp Various Artists  The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Chicago  Chicago Transit Authority 1969


Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun Tang dynasty poetry Pink Floyd  A Saucerful Of Secrets 1968
Red Barchetta SF short, Richard Foster Rush  Moving Pictures 1981
Rocket Man Ray Bradbury short Elton John  Honky Chateau 1972
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte Kate Bush  The Kick Inside 1978
Misty Mountain Hop Tolkien Led Zeppelin  IV (Zoso) 1971
The Council of Elrond Tolkien The Lord of the Rings  Enya, Lord of the Rings OST 2001

The Show

Genesis I Verse 20 Genesis  Ralph McTell  You,Well-Meaning, Brought Me Here 1971
Turn!  Turn!  Turn! King Solomon, Ecclesiastes  The Byrds  Turn!  Turn!  Turn! 1965
Benedictus I Ching  Strawbs  Grave New World 1972
Tales Of Brave Ulysses Homer, Odyssey  Cream  Disraeli Gears 1967
Home At Last Homer, Odyssey  Steely Dan  Aja 1977
Xanadu Samuel Taylor Coleridge  Rush  A Farewell To Kings 1977
Don Quixote Cervantes  Gordon Lightfoot  Don Quixote 1972
Ramble On Tolkien  Led Zeppelin  II 1969
Ride A White Swan Tolkien  T.Rex  single 1970
A Trick of the Tail William Golding, The Inheritors  Genesis  A Trick of the Tail 1976
I Am The Walrus Alice Through The Looking Glass  The Beatles  Magical Mystery Tour 1967
Tomahawk Kid Stevenson, Treasure Island  The Sensational Alex Harvey Band  The Impossible Dream 1974
Im Nebel Herman Hesse  PUR  Opus1 1983
Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles  King Crimson  Discipline 1974
End Of The Night Celine,Voyage au bout de la Nuit  The Doors  The Doors 1967
1984 Orwell  David Bowie  Diamond Dogs 1974
Schiller Friedrich Schiller  Wise Guys  Frei 2008
Purple Haze Philip Jose Farmer  Jimi Hendrix  single 1967
To Tame A Land Frank Herbert, Dune  Iron Maiden  Piece Of Mind 1983
Childhood’s End Arthur C Clarke  Pink Floyd  Obscured by Clouds 1972
Sirens Of Titan Kurt Vonnegut  Al Stewart  Modern Times 1975
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress Robert Heinlein  Judy Collins  Judith 1975


Don’t Stand So Close to Me Nabokov, Lolita The Police  Zenyatta Mondatta 1980
Tom Sawyer Mark Twain Rush  Moving Pictures 1981
The Three Fates: Clotho/Lachesis/Atropos Myths Emerson, Lake & Palmer  Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970
Jekyll And Hyde R.L. Stevenson Renaissance  Azure D’or 1979
Sympathy For The Devil Baudelaire, Bulgakov Rolling Stones  Beggar’s Banquet 1967
Brighton Rock Graham Greene Queen  Sheer Heart Attack 1991
Pigs (Three Different Ones) Orwell, Animal Farm Pink Floyd  Animals 1977
Narnia C.S. Lewis Steve Hackett  Please Don’t Touch 1978
Knots R.D. Laing Gentle Giant  Octopus 1972
The Battle Of Evermore Tolkien Led Zeppelin  IV (Zoso) 1971
The Advent Of Panurge Rabelais Gentle Giant  Octopus 1972
Lay Down Bible Strawbs  Bursting At The Seams 1973
A Dream Within A Dream Edgar Allen Poe The Alan Parsons Project  Tales Of Mystery And Imagination 1976
The Ferryman Hesse, Siddhartha Ralph McTell  You, Well-Meaning, Brought Me Here 1971
Peg Steely Dan  Aja 1977