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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

but don't forget the songs that made you cry, and the songs that saved your life...

Shuffleathon update:

Ok - first and foremost, we have our first review! Go check out what Tina makes of Adem's CD here. It looks like it went pretty well to me (although I have to confess that I think "Welcome to the Jungle" is a stone cold classic, but it's Tina's opinion that matters most here).

Reviews are good. I'm really curious to know what was on everyone's CDs and also to know what the recipient makes of it all. Be sure to let me know when you've done yours, and I'll add a link onto the table.

I think this table is going to rule my blog for the next week or so. I've started so I'll finish. I'm afraid it's going to keep on appearing here until we're all done and all of the reviews are in.

Oh look! Here it is again now:

[oh no - moved again...]

I've also now received both of the CDs that I'm going to forward on to their final recipients. I should get them out into the post tomorrow.

This is a pretty labour intensive process, y'know? (but so worth it!)


Oh - and for the record, I tend to wear a smart shirt (open collared, and sometimes with cufflinks) and smart black trousers (but not suit trousers) to work.

I am a chino free zone.

Just so we're clear.


  • At 11:12 pm, Blogger swisslet said…

    ...oh, and I should mention too that Stef sent me a copy of his CD. It's a good one too. Cheers mate!


  • At 11:30 pm, Blogger Jenni said…

    So, I am glad to see I am not the only one slacking at posting out the CD. Apologies to my recipient!

  • At 7:19 am, Blogger Stef said…

    I hope mine arrives soon otherwise your table could be knocking around for a bit. I'm off on holiday in a day and a bit!

    Glad you liked the CD. I tried to pick 12 songs that made a nice flowing whole rather than necessarily my top 12 songs. Hopefully it works.

  • At 9:27 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mine has arrived and I'm lovin' the tracklist already. Review to follow over the next few days.

  • At 5:28 pm, Blogger Statue John said…

    Wot Steff said. Have done a similar thing with my CD...

    Review to come shortly, although shall probably post as a comment given the lack of statues.


  • At 6:34 pm, Blogger Michael said…

    I have received my CD today. I shall review it over the next few days.

    Amazing how quickly it takes a CD to come to me out here from England.

    I'm now probably a high priority on terror alert, what with my leftist views and correspondance from overseas...

  • At 10:19 pm, Blogger Statue John said…

    Hello - I can't really review my CD on the blog as it isn't quite with the theme hence this lengthy comment. Huge thanks to Pete for sending me his CD. This really is a fun game and thanks also to Swiss for hosting. And so to my prognosis…

    Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers. I’m not really a fan of The Killers it has to be said. The singer is a bit too egotistical for my liking, in particular since they’ve only released the one album. However, I can see how this is a great track to open up any compilation CD…

    Clover Over Dover – Blur. Hmmmm, I like all a lot of Blur, but not really the Parklife era stuff. Preferred it when Graham Coxon was allowed to rock a bit more. Having said that, I hadn’t heard this song before and it’s far more acceptable to me than Girls and Boys and a few others from that album.

    Chico’s Groove – Chemical Brothers. Oooooh this is a blast from the past. Is it really 11 years since the Chemical Brothers released Exit Planet Dust?! Crikey, how time flies. One of my favourite tracks from the album too, and brings back very messy memories of four hours of the Chemical Brothers and Underworld in a tent at the Phoenix Festival waaaaay back in 1995. I’m just a sad old ex raver these days really!

    The Fountainhead - The Bluetones.
    This is pretty good. Never heard them before. Most agreeable. Reminds me of Gomez a bit.

    One Night Is Not Enough – Snow Patrol. I’ve only really listened to Final Straw, and a little bit of research uncovers that this is one of their earlier songs. I really like this actually, far more so than the snips I’ve heard from the new album.

    Firesuite – The Doves. Aye this song is a cracker! I love it when the Doves go a little bit psychedelic. Big thumbs up for this one.

    Bruxellisation – The Electric Soft Parade. Never heard of them. Sounded okay – not hugely my cuppa char I have to admit, and bruxellisation sounds painful.

    Step On – Happy Mondays. Aaaaaah really should have put this one on to my CD as well! It’s brilliant, mainly due to another fine contribution from Bez. This song should be on everyone’s CDs really. I wonder which song is the most popular from all of the 30 participants? This should be right up there when talking about life changing songs…

    Nes Sous La Meme Etoile – IAM. Ooooh I likes this one, and shall have to investigate a bit further. The only French hip-hop I have in my collection is MC Solaar, and this sounds better. Rapping sounds far more sophisticated when sung in French, IMO, although I haven’t got much clue what they’re actually singing about. Have never been much of a lyrics man though.

    Enemies/Friends – Hope Of The States. Am not the hugest of indie fans these days, and this sound likes bog standard indie to me (prepares to be throttled given that this is ST’s site I am writing on!). Have listened to it a couple of times, but I’m still not too keen. Humble apologies (especially if this song is a real definitive moment for Pete!).

    Behind The Clouds – Mantaray.
    Not heard of this lot either and it is okay, reminds me of the Beta Band in bits on the verse, and then turns into the Pixies on the chorus, which is no bad thing at all.

    Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve. Am sure this’ll be on a few other folk’s CDs as well. Another classic. Urban Hymns is a classic album still isn’t it. A fine ending to a compilation CD also.

    All in all not bad at all, and shall certainly listen again, perhaps after a few ales next time. Will certainly check out a bit more IAM and maybe the Bluetones & earlier Snow Patrol, which is what this Shufflethon is all about in my books really….spreading the word innit. Cheers Pete!

  • At 10:30 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Glad you liked it Statue John..well most of it...I was just listening to Stef's cd earlier and realised there were a couple of tracks on mine that I could've substituted, because they simply didn't mean quite some much to me as some others. Might have made the cd flow a bit better. Oh well.

    Btw, the IAM album I have is called 'L'Ecole Du Micro D'Argent'. And no, I don't have a clue what they're all rapping about, but it does sound superb.

  • At 11:20 pm, Blogger bytheseashore said…

    I've reviewed Ben's CD which is a cracking selection. Much better than mine...

  • At 5:50 am, Blogger Stef said…

    By the looks of it Bittersweet Symphony is in the lead at the moment being on both Adem's and Pete's CD.

    IAM sounds really good, I'm totally with you on hip-hop sounding good in French even though I can't speak a word!

    Pete, can't wait to read what you made of my CD!

  • At 11:18 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    CD arrived today, review to follow over weekend. Could be interesting/fun as I have never heard of any of the the artists on the CD.

  • At 12:51 pm, Blogger red one said…

    Nés Sous La Même Étoile (born under the same star) is about inequality. Like a lot of french rap it's very political. I like this stuff.

    A rough idea of the chorus (my french is a bit approximate I'm afraid)

    Life is beautiful, destiny diverges
    No-one plays with the same cards
    The cradle lifts the veil: many are the paths it reveals
    Too bad, we're not born under the same star

    The lyrics go on to ask: why fortune and misfortune? why do I have empty pockets when his are full of cash? why did I see my dad go to work by bike, just before his went in a grey three-piece suit and a BMW?

    I'm not going to do the lot because it will take ages - you too can struggle with limited vocabulary and an enormous dictionary! But it's worth it.

    (Swissie - you might be able to recruit C for better translation...)

  • At 1:57 pm, Blogger Statue John said…

    Thanks red :)

    And Him, it was kind of intentional to put a bunch of stuff that people may have not heard of on my CD! To be played in the sun..



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