Sunday, December 7, 2014

Totally unofficial Friends of the Earth playlist

So, after our staff away-day - well, technically all-staff-in-our-London-office-day, but who's quibbling - when some of us had adjourned to a nearby pub, I asked my colleagues two questions:

What have you been listening to a lot lately?
Or, what's the last thing you listened to?

The results have been added to a Spotify playlist, but here's a breakdown of what we get down to when we're resting and celebrating after fighting the good fight. Nearly all of musical life is here - from top ten hits present and past tense to treasured obscurities, from soul and funk to punk and metal. Names have been omitted to protect the guilty and preserve the innocent,

Idina Menzel - Let It Go (the only song to be nominated twice, by fathers of young children)
Gillian Welch - Scarlet Town
Metallica - Battery
Offspring - Come Out And Play
FKA Twigs - Video Girl

Anais Mitchell - Young Man In America
AC/DC - Skies on Fire (sadly Spotify not rock and roll enough for AC/DC, so not on playlist)
L'Orchestra Cinematique - The Theme From True Detective
Lau - Far From Portland
We Shall Not Be Moved (no version specified, we went with the marvellous Mavis Staples for the civil rights connection)

Jay Electronica - Better In Tune With The Infinite (available here but not on Spotify)
Radio 4 or Radio 3 when annoyed by Radio 4 (not Spotifiable - Radio 4 the band not deemed suitable replacement)
Salt n Pepa - Push It
Cat Power - Lived In Bars
Ed Sheeran - Sing

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Three Little Birds
Saint Motel - My Type
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
Squeeze - Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)
St Lucia - Elevate

Jamie T - Limits Lie
Chris Malinchak - So Good To Me
George Ezra - Did You Hear The Rain
Dan Croll - Compliment Your Soul
Two White Cranes, Walls

Baba Yetu - aka the theme from Civilisation IV (a version by Peter Hollens and Malukah Fenix was the one we ended up using)
Le Tigre - Deceptacon
Jason Isbell - Elephant
Mae gen i dipyn o dŷ bach twt (a Welsh children's song - was worried we wouldn't find this one but Dafydd Ian and Edward came up with the goods)
Frankie Valli - December '63 (Oh What A Night)

And last, but by no means least - Elvis Presley - All Shook Up

NB Where albums or artists were mentioned, I exercised editorial fiat and picked particular tracks. Where a song wasn't available, I went for something from the same artist. 

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