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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

I need to get some sleep, I can't get no sleep....

Puzzle missing piece not pictured

I know you are all thoroughly bored of me going on about them, so I'll try to be brief (dodgy photos courtesy of my phone)

In spite of the pissing rain, Coldplay were magnificent last night. Just when I thought they were going to play EXACTLY the same set at they played at Glastonbury, they made my day by playing the two songs from "X&Y" that they missed out there - 'Talk' and 'What If'. I might also have to change my rule about bands playing the same song twice: because they were filming us for the video of their next single, 'Fix You' got played twice in a row. And it was great both times.
singing out aaah aaaaah yeah etc.

A great band at the peak of their powers (and Elbow were pretty handy too)

I tell you what though. Bolton is a bloody anti-social place to hold a gig on a Monday night. I got home at 3am..... although at least I wasn't driving (thanks Lord B).

Flash, Lord B & SwissToni enjoy sunny Bolton

I can hardly speak this morning. I may have been singing.
We listened to Lord B's iPod on shuffle on the way home, and the first track to come up was "Wind of Change" by the Scorpions, and this was followed pretty quickly by some Roxette and then "5, 6, 7, 8" by Steps. Hmmm. Great start out of 4000 tracks, and in some ways entirely representative of his taste in music.

This got me thinking.... what do the first 10 tracks to come up on shuffle on my iPod say about me?
  • Sorrow - David Bowie
  • White Shadows - Coldplay
  • Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles
  • Golden Thing - Throwing Muses
  • Raw Power - Iggy & The Stooges
  • Beautiful Ones - Suede
  • Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett
  • One Step Closer - U2
  • Spiderman - The Ramones
  • Fairfax Scene - The Boo Radleys
On balance, I'm happy with that.

Calling all you iPod owners out there.... take the SwissToni Shuffle Challenge.

What do you get?


  • At 10:28 am, Blogger Mark said…

    Flash is not small. It is they who are large.

  • At 10:35 am, Blogger LB said…

    can I have another go to erase the "Wind of Change" and "5,6,7,8" incident?

    thanks. here goes.

    The Miracle - Queen
    Don't Stop Me Now - Queen (eh? how the f*ck does that work, when there's 3970 songs on it?)
    While You See A Chance - Steve Winwood (genius)
    Daysleeper - REM
    We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard (oh, arse)
    Clocks - Coldplay
    Stop Your Crying - Sleeper
    The River Of Dreams - Billy Joel
    Reason for Living - Aztec Camera
    Lock and Key - Julia Fordham

    part redemption...

  • At 10:50 am, Blogger adem said…

    No i-pod for me.....
    I can do the "truffle shuffle" though.

  • At 11:12 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ok then...(I know I'm going to regret this)

    • Instant Death - the Beastie Boys
    • To Russia My Homeland - ...And you will know us by the Trail of Dead
    • I will be your girlfriend - Dubstar
    • Things Can only get better - D:ream
    • Miranda - The Divine Comedy
    • The Beauty Regime - the Divine Comedy (like Lord B - eh? Out of 3790 songs, how did that happen?)
    • Trusted -Ben folds
    • The Way you Move - Outkast
    • Get up on it like this - The Chemical Brothers
    • Cinema - Yes (oh b*gger)
    • You turn me round - Aqualung (sorry - had to have just one more to make up for number 10)

  • At 11:42 am, Blogger Damo said…

    Aw, you got Elbow too. You lucky, lucky, man. Elbow are fantastic.

  • At 12:29 pm, Blogger John McClure said…

    1) Lounging at the Waldorf - Fats Waller
    2) Zuton Fever - The Zutons
    3) Shadow - Brian Eno
    4) Sympathy for the Devil (live) - The Rolling Stones (wooo woooooo)
    5) You Showed Me - The Byrds
    6) The Ballad of John And Yoko - The Beatles
    7) Some Days Are Better Than Others - U2
    8) Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles
    9) (I'm Gonna) Cry Myself Blind - Primal Scream
    10) Burn Down the Mission (live) Elton John

    Bollocks - was doing alright until the last one. Still, at least I managed to avoid the Cliff Richard land mines.

    11) [because 10 was so bad] Eternal Life (live) - Jeff Buckley
    12) [because this is fun] One I Love - Coldplay
    13) [because it's my lucky number] Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
    14) [because now I'm addicted] A Day in the Life - The Beatles
    15) [beacuse the lady loves Milk Tray] Maggie M'Gill - The Doors
    16) [because I'm hijacking the damn post] 1969 - The Vines

    Sorry. I'll stop now.

    But I bet you're all dying to know what number 17 was...

  • At 12:32 pm, Blogger Damo said…

  • At 1:32 pm, Blogger Statue John said…

    Random tune factor from the Statue Pod...

    1. No.13 Baby - Pixies
    2. Amgel Of My Soul - The Egg
    3. Gone - David Holmes (Kruder and Dorfmeister Sessions)
    4. The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie
    5. Average Man - Turin Brakes
    6. Somerset House Mix - Lemon Jelly
    7. Go - Moby
    8. Are We Here? - Orbital
    9. The Crow - DJ Food
    10. DJ Kicks - Thievery Corporation

    Erm, Ray Von.....

  • At 3:33 pm, Blogger Flash said…

    Ok here's hoping for no ARSE moments!

    1.Dracula's castle - New Order
    2.Enola gay - OMD
    3.Bonedigger - The Pale
    4.The circle (accoustic) - ocean colour scene
    5.Red rain - The white stripes
    6.Jingle Jangle - Hot hot heat
    7.Seconds - U2
    8.Making history - Adam & the ants
    9.To the sea - Razorlight
    10.The end has no end - The strokes

    Phew, looks like that little chat I had with Humbert sank in!

    Also want to point out that in the trial run held last night, 2 Divine Comedy tunes came out back to back! and there was nothing embarrasing either.Hurrah!

    My thoughts on Bolton & the dreadful turn my night took after leaving you guys later.

    I look like a chuffing gnome!

  • At 4:41 pm, Blogger swisslet said…

    it got worse than sitting in the car listening to Def Leppard?

    Oh dear.

    As I seem to have neglected to say it above, it was an absolute pleasure meeting you yesterday mate. You're a legend.

    And as Mark says - we are very tall.


  • At 5:40 pm, Blogger the urban fox said…

    Don't Stop Me Now is one of the best pop songs ever made.

    I will have to add my shuffle later, as I'm listening to something too good to interrupt.

  • At 6:05 pm, Blogger the urban fox said…

    Right then, mine:

    1 - If There's Such A Thing As Love - Magnetic Fields
    2 - Stripsearch - Faith No More
    3 - La Foule - Edith Piaf
    4 - Making Progress - Blackalicious
    5 - Heart Of Glass - Blondie
    6 - Glamorous Glue - Morrissey
    7 - Aspirations - New Flesh
    8 - The Robots - Kraftwerk
    9 - Make Believe - Pixies
    10 - From Now On - Pavement

    Hmm. Not what I'd call a floorfiller playlist.

  • At 6:15 pm, Blogger the urban fox said…

    No. 11 is Everybody by Backstreet Boys. That's more like it!

  • At 11:09 pm, Blogger Charlie said…

    Agents of Good Roots- What I Need
    David Gray- Freedom
    DMX- Fuckin' Wit D (ha!)
    Mike Doughty- The Pink Life (Live at XM Radio)
    Elton John- Weight of the World
    Pete Yorn- For Nancy
    Blur- There's No Other Way
    The Switch- Move
    Ben Harper- Excuse Me, Mr.
    Fountains of Wayne- Everything's Ruined

  • At 11:15 pm, Blogger Mark said…

    1. The Unforgetabble Fire, U2
    2. Solarised, Ian Brown
    3. Grebo Guru, Pop Will Eat Itself
    4. Everybody Knows, Leonard Cohen
    5. Is That All?, U2
    6. Meeting In The Aisle, Radiohead
    7. By The Sea (demo), Suede
    8. Heroes, Oasis
    9. Breathe (demo), Pink Floyd
    10. Unloved Symphony, Moby

  • At 11:16 pm, Blogger Ali said…

    Oooh, it' sonyl me from next door. I just popped in to say hi and came across all these fellas shuffling...

    Anyways - Swiss - no Birmingham Bookcrossing Unconvention for you last weekend then? I am most disappointed. Three hours in the car, and no one taller than 5'8" turned up.

    Coldplay looked pretty in your photos. Nice.

  • At 11:49 pm, Blogger HistoryGeek said…

    No Ipod here....so sad. I really want to know what my shuffle would me.

  • At 11:59 pm, Blogger Damo said…

    I can probably now just about afford an iPod but don't know if I'd have enough time to use it, to in turn justify the purchase.

    And I want them to sort out this battery issue - the fact that it's not removable (hence replaceable) and recyclable, yet degrades over time. Apple are doing themselves no favours on the PR front with the way they've handled this.

    At least that was my understanding of the situation as of a couple of months ago. I don't tend to keep up to date on gadget stuff - have they relented?

  • At 12:20 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't have an iPod, but I do have 55 albums on my computer in MP3 form and a shuffle function on Winamp. So here goes:-

    1. FourPlay - On the Road Again
    2. The Whitlams - End of your World
    3. george - Dublin Song
    4. The Pogues - London Girl
    5. speedstar - Crying
    6. george - She Smiles (Live)
    7. The Whitlams - Gough
    8. The Gin Club - Drunk with You
    9. Kieran Waters & the Young Casuals - Numbers
    10. The Whitlams - Your Daddy's Car

    You've probably never heard of most of them - actually, probably most Aussies have never heard of most of them - but I couldn't help but share anyway. ;o)

    I'm surprised that I had so many repeat bands (3 Whitlams songs?), since I don't actually have that many repeated albums (31 artists, 55 albums) on Winamp, but I guess that's the way it sometimes happens when you go on shuffle.

    - OLS

  • At 4:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Des'ree - You Gotta Be (Love Will Save The Day) - auspicous start..
    Queen - We are the Champions (man...i havnt heard this since ManU last won the PShip...sob)
    Thievery Corporation - Idra
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Savior
    Public Enemy - Is Your God A Dog
    Nightmares on Wax - Humble
    Lemon Jelly - Kneel Before Your God
    Ronie Size - Heroes (Kruder & Dorfmeister Sessions)
    Cypress Hill - Tres Equis
    Manic Street Preachers - Born To End
    ..Whats going on? Not a single Def Leppard...


  • At 8:26 am, Blogger Tom said…

    No iPod. I am very poor.

    Yeah, right..

  • At 9:45 am, Blogger John McClure said…

    Big respect to Des for not just sneakily starting again when his female namesake came out first.

  • At 11:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    dont think i wasnt tempted, but as it seemed that most ppl were 'reasonably' honest, i felt honour bound to play by the rules. Still it was 'squeaky bum' time by about song 8 as i feared another clanger would surely have pushed me to start over again.
    Nice challange Swiss...now, i throw the gaunlet back in your face....by asking you what is the LAST song that shuffles out of your ipod..and no cheating on the old 2gb shuffle...i mean your 60gb photopod....


  • At 12:55 pm, Blogger swisslet said…

    bloody hell des. There's 5030 songs on the thing (it's only a 30Gb iPod, for reference)

    The last song on alphabetical is "Zongamin" from 2 Many DJs

    Last song alphabetically by artist is "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top

    The last song on the last album by alphabetical order of Title is "Holy Roller Novacaine" by the Kings of Leon from "Youth & Young Manhood"

    The last song on shuffle? are you trying to get me RSI?


  • At 2:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oooo new game. Excellent.

    But also a bit dull as I've got the same Artist (Zongamin 'Serious Trouble' from 2 Many DJs) and Album track as Swiss Toni.

    My last song, however, is Zenophile by Mylo from Destroy Rock and Roll...

    I tried to click the 'back' button from track number 1 on shuffle but it just took me straight back to the menu. Although I'm having a slow afternoon at work-it's not quite slow enough to trawl through 3790 tracks....

  • At 2:50 pm, Blogger John McClure said…

    I tried that too RF - most disappointed with the result.

    Mine's all about the Zutons - Zuton Fever is the last song, Don't Ever Think (by the Zutons), is the last song of the last artist.

    The last album is Zooropa - the last track from which is the joint venture with the man in black that is The Wanderer.

    I haven't even managed to put 3000 songs on mine yet, but I'm still not going to do it for you, Des.

  • At 2:51 pm, Blogger red one said…

    Also iPodless...

    I did think about throwing all my CDs on the floor and physically shuffling them, but it's just not the same really.

    *sniffles sadly*


  • At 4:22 pm, Blogger soulcrusher said…

    Hmmm I only have 1578 songs taking up 14.10 GB of my 20GB iPod. This leads me to ask, what kbps do all of you have your mp3s converted at to get so many songs?

    As for the games

    1. White Trash - Southern Culture On The Skids

    2. Bring The Noise - Anthrax and Public Enemy

    3. Knockin' On Heavens Door - Guns & Roses

    4. Ramble On - Led Zepplin

    5. Comalies - Lacuna Coil

    6. Be My Druidess - Type O Negative

    7. Back In Black - Ac/Dc

    8. Power Trip - Monster Magnet

    9. Overkill - MetallicA

    10. Loco - Coal Chamber

    Last song alphabeticaly - Zwitter by Rammstein

    Last song of last band - La Grange ZZtop

    Last Album - World Coming Down by Type O Negative

  • At 5:40 pm, Blogger Statue John said…

    Not very orginal here:

    Last song by last band: Sharp Dressed Man by the Top.

    Last Album: Ziggy Stardust

    Last Song: Zuton Fever

  • At 7:16 pm, Blogger the urban fox said…

    Last song by artist: Zhane - Hey Mr DJ
    Last song by title: Zurich Is Stained - Pavement (them again)
    Last album: Your Arsenal - Morrissey

    Are we really doing this? It's so Nick Hornby, it's embarrassing.

    Oh go on then:

    1st song by artist: Intensify - !!!
    1st song by title: 'Till I Collapse - Eminem
    1st album: ... So Addictive - Missy Elliott

    That was just all about punctuation, how boring. Sorry, as you were.

  • At 7:18 pm, Blogger the urban fox said…

    (I would've had Ziggy Stardust as my last one too but for the fact that all my Bowie albums are vinyl. Tsk.)

  • At 7:25 pm, Blogger Charlie said…

    First by artist: !!!: Feel Good Hit of the Fall

    First by title: 'Deed I Do: Diana Krall

    First by Album: (What's the Story?) Morning Glory

    Last by Artist: Zwan: Honestly

    Last by Title: Zak and Sara: Ben Folds

    Last by Album: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots: Flaming Lips

  • At 11:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ST - you should have got my earworms last night, but I realised when I read my comments this morning that I forgot to give you a lyric from #1 for the title.

    Can you switch around #2 and #1 and make the title "Don't let me fall" - it's explained in my notes for #2 (which will now be #1).


  • At 11:26 pm, Blogger swisslet said…

    OK, this is now getting silly (and frankly I'm blaming Fox....)

    1st song by title: '97 Bonnie & Clyde (the Tori Amos cover of the eminem song

    1st song by artist: up, up & away by the 5th Dimension (nice)

    1st by album: ruined in a day by New Order, from "(The Rest Of) The Remixes"

    as you say, it's all down to punctuation in iPod world.

    And Fox, if we're going to be all Nick Hornby, we may as well take this seriously: Ziggy Stardust is of course filed under "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" so wouldn't be last.



    (and most embarassing song on my iPod? Hm. Very subjective, of course, but I think probably the Ricky Martin stuff -- the perils of sharing iTunes with your girlfriend)

  • At 11:27 pm, Blogger swisslet said…

    and by the way - Soulcrusher --- bring the noise is a fantastic record!

    Good call!

  • At 4:35 pm, Blogger LB said…

    for more entertainment value...

    first song by title: 'S Wonderful (again, by punctuation)

    first song by artist: No Limits

    first album: also What's The Story) Morning Glory

    last song by title: Zoo Station (U2)

    last song by artist: Gimme All Your Lovin' by the Top

    last album: Yesterday Once More

    ooh. the Carpenters and 2 Unlimited. i'm so down wit it.


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