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Far from my usual fare, but this is the Sixth Doctor singing about being the very model of a Gallifreyan buccaneer, and not only should everyone hear this, but everyone should know about Big Finish and the fact that they make amazing audio dramas (for Doctor Who, of course, but also for companions, spin-offs, and independent properties).  I could tell you about all of the things they make (pro tip: The Confessions of Dorian Gray is incredible), but once you hear this, you shouldn’t need any more convincing.

(This particular clip comes from “Doctor Who and the Pirates,” which continues in the same vein for some time.)

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I was tagged by carolsusanjanedanvers to do this music meme:

Put your music player on shuffle.  Write down the first 15 songs that come up, and then write down your favorite lyrics from that song.  No skipping.  Then tag 15 other people!

Caveat: I had to cheat a little, because quite a bit of my dance music (and other random stuff) doesn’t actually have lyrics, so I had to keep skipping through until I found fifteen songs with words.  And, given the following list, I’m not entirely sure my shuffle mechanism works very well.

Songs, lyrics and tags under the cut!

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I love the unabashed dichotomy of this song.  It spends so much time building up hope

I believe in the shape of things to come
And I believe I’m not the only one

only to spend an equal amount of time tearing it down

I’m reaching my nadir and I haven’t an idea of what to do
I’m painting by numbers but can’t find the colours that fill you in

to reach a conclusion that I’d say is a bit grimmer than the Buzzcocks’ usual fare

There is no love in this world anymore

though I suppose anyone who’s spent much time listening to their lyrics will recognize that the upbeat music with the fairly serious and insightful commentary is actually not uncommon for them.

Long story short, I love this song.

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I’m sorry I haven’t been around much in the past little while.  I’m getting back to it, honestly I am; there’s been a lot going on between science, writing, editing, lettering, listening to a lot of music – you get the idea – living.  The sort of thing that gets in the way of music blogging and mixtape-making a bit.

I shall be back to it soon, but in the meantime, this song pretty much sums things up.  Also, Crispy Ambulance are brilliant.  (And they’re playing a gig with Section 25 in September at a pub in downtown London that I’ve got to say is a perfect environment, or was the last time I was in there.  Live nearby?  You’ll not want to miss it.)

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Gordon is a moron.

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I’ve been listening to a lot of the Buzzcocks lately.  Not only were they the architects of a scene that changed the landscape of musical subcultures, not only do they sound fantastic even forty years on (how is it forty years?), but they’re a lot cleverer than they’re given credit for, and they always have been.

I’m in love with somebody
I wish somebody loved me too
You may wonder how this concerns you
Well, perhaps the somebody is you

This song’s thirty-six years old, but their most recent release was in 2006, and they’ve got another – frankly, I think, one of their best – coming out this summer.  And they’re touring in both America and Europe, so, y’know… if you can see ‘em, do it.  It’ll be worth it, I promise.

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A mixtape for my friend Kat, only a shameful three months late.  With thanks to Giles for advising.
Who died and made you king of rock’n’roll?
Forty-two tracks (of course).  Two and a half hours long.  Ska, punk, post-punk, classic, modern, melodic, hardcore, angry, energizing, weird, familiar, uncommon.  Tracklist here.

A mixtape for my friend Kat, only a shameful three months late.  With thanks to Giles for advising.

Who died and made you king of rock’n’roll?

Forty-two tracks (of course).  Two and a half hours long.  Ska, punk, post-punk, classic, modern, melodic, hardcore, angry, energizing, weird, familiar, uncommon.  Tracklist here.

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I like this song for a lot of reasons, but I’m becoming more and more impressed with the use of percussion.  Not just drums, but listen to the other things that are going on - the triangle, the güiro, all kinds of awesome sounds that people don’t hear often enough, or don’t take enough notice of in the soundscapes of songs.

(I know that what is effectively a pop song is an odd choice for talking about things like “soundscapes,” but really, I think The Divine Comedy sort of transcend pop, and genre classification in general, a bit.)

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All right, lads, we’re on the air!  Tune in anytime you like over the next fourteen or so hours for punk, post-punk, house, dance, groove, Madchester, baggy, electronica, Britpop, rock, mod, world, Northern soul, and whatever else we end up feeling like.  Good music, (intermittent) good conversation, and a half-decent consolation prize for not being able to be at the actual Haçienda Good Friday party.

Update: we’ve played the Three Before Eight and Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” so that calls an end to this all-nighter.  It was a brilliant time and we’re definitely going to have to do this again one day, but for now, thanks for dropping by, and we’ll let you know next time we do a DJ set over at the Festival of the Twenty-Eighth Summer.