A Sunny Saturday Afternoon


This shot is of the meadows in Edinburgh. It’s a Saturday in May and today the Meadows were full of people! Enjoying the hot weather! And playing cricket!!

We’d been invited to a Bar-B-Q round at Mr and Mrs. Toad’s, which we couldn’t go to, unfortunately, but it’s time for a few upbeat summery numbers here, I think.

Apart from the whinging about the taxman taking all his money (The Beatles spoil Revolver ever so slightly by whining about this, although otherwise it’s the greatest album ever), this is a classic summer tune:

The Kinks -‘Sunny Afternoon.’ mp3

You gotta have a bit of reggae for the summer…

Bob Marley -‘Waiting In Vain.’ mp3

…and some good quality American R’n’B. Apparently there are people in the world who do NOT like this song?! I pity the fools.

Beyonce -‘Crazy In Love.’ mp3

I don’t own a convertible, but if I did (ha!), this is exactly what I’d want to be playing on the stereo in hot weather.

Rockers Revenge -‘Walking On Sunshine (Extended 12″ mix).’ mp3

…and for a bit of contrast:

Miles Davis -‘So What.’ mp3

Other perfect summer sunshine tracks I’d have: Primal Scream ‘Higher Than the Sun;’ The Cure ‘Close To Me;’ The Orb -‘Little Fluffy Clouds;’ Saint Etienne ‘Only Love Can break Your Heart; Aztec camera ‘Somewhere In My Heart’; ‘Shanice -‘I Love Your Smile’ and ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’ by Roy Ayers. Obviously

Ten for a summer’s day

Hallelujah. It’s a summer’s day, it’s nice and warm and i’m not back in the classroom for several weeks. Yeees!

So, why not a playlist for a summer’s day? An eclectic mix of indie, dance, jazz and whatever takes my fancy.

Jamie Lidell -‘Another Day.’ mp3

Nina Simone -‘Feeling Good.’ mp3

Sigur Ros – Staralfur.’ mp3

Rockers’ Revenge -‘Walking On Sunshine 12″.’ mp3

Primitives -‘Through The Flowers.’ mp3

Aphex Twin -‘Girl/Boy Song.’ mp3

Donna Summer -‘I feel Love 12″ version.’ mp3

Moloko -‘Sing It Back (Boris musical mix).’ mp3

Chic -‘I Want Your Love 12″ version.’ mp3

The Streets -‘Your Song (Elton John cover).’ mp3

Melys -‘Chinese Whispers.’ mp3

Three from the 1994 Festive Fifty

My Mission to complete the Festive Fifty continues…

Orbital – ‘Are We Here? (Industry Standard Mix).’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.31)

R.O.C. -‘Girl With A Crooked Eye.’ mp3 (1994 Festive fifty no.46)

That Dog -‘One Summer Night.’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.26)

Thanks for help with completing these is due to Max for That Dog and R.O.C. and Tom for Orbital. Bless you, guys.

Meanwhile – if you enjoy the eclecticism of the Festive Fifties, check out Teenage Kicks. Deepest sympathies to Steve, whose computer is down and he can’t post stuff at the moment.

Hope you’re having a good weekend wherever you are…

It’s a lovely spring here in Scotland, and so it’s time to make cliches while the sun shines.

What better than this, while even my hayfever hasn’t yet kicked in to annoy me?

Rockers Delight -‘Walking On Sunshine (Extended 12″).’ mp3