Here are all of attacksquid's jams.

Children Of The Stones Theme

Children Of The Stones Theme

by Ambrosia Singers

Apparently a neolithic building has been found at Avebury which is wonderful news. I've always had a soft spot for the place which is largely owing to "Children of the Stones". A bloody terrifying kids TV show from the mid 70's. I still watch it, having bought the DVD set some years ago, One of the things, other than an intelligent plot, Gareth Thomas as the hero, Ian Cuthbertson as the villain and managing to turn the phrase "Happy Day" into something truly horrifying, was the theme tune. Kids would run from it, parents would turn it off because the Theme tune, not the series, would give younger kids nightmares . . . marvellous stuff. Anyway, the article is here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-33686240Children Of The Stones Theme. Happydayhappydayhappyday haaaaaaaaa!

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Jammed: 29th Jul 2015

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Common People

Jammed: 23rd Jul 2015

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Collaborations Don't Work

Jammed: 30th Jun 2015

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Man, It's So Loud in Here

Man, It's So Loud in Here

by They Might Be Giants

So anyway, I'm in Sheffield at the moment and having a brilliant time ating amazing food with amazing friends. For some reason, the conversation switches to Sheffield bands and THe Must Be Russians" crop up. This leads on to the very non-Sheffield band "The ight Be Giants" and dwe discussing what our favourite of their songs are . . . This is mine.

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Jammed: 20th Jun 2015

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Morale... You've Lost That Loving Feeling

Morale... You've Lost That Loving Feeling

by The Human League

Like everyone else of my age and proclivities, this was the go to song for grumping out about a lost love too. Tears optional. Best cover of this song ever. FACT!

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Jammed: 11th Jun 2015

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Bible Of The Beats

Bible Of The Beats

by Age Of Chance

When I worked on ROTT, this lot played at the Leadmill and I was gutted that the interview went to someone more - ahem - "senior" got the gig. I asked if I could tag along and begrudgingly he said yes. He'd never heard the band. He'd failed to do any research and just ended up asking dumb questions like "what sort of girls do you like" and "Do you like AC/DC. AoC were known for being prickly and I could see them getting more and more agitated. He was even pissing me off. When he let slip he hadn't even heard the single, both the band and just started shouting at us, barking at me, too, demanding to know if I'd heard it. I pointed out that I genuinely believed that Bible of the Beats is one of the finest singles ever made. I still believe that. They calmed down and a decent interview ensued. Of course when it was broadcast, my bits were cut out and it was edited in such a way that it made the band look like dicks. We didn't talk much after that. #ageofchance #bibleofthebeats

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Jammed: 26th May 2015

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Mandelay Song

Mandelay Song

by The Flying Lizards

This song turned up on the iPod today and nearly caused an accident. Andy couldn't quite believe what he was hearing and laughed throughout... difficult to be driving up the motorway while losing your shit... anyway, this essentially German Cabaret circa 1942 filtered through The Goon Show. Which may explain the presence of that disturbing hat . . .

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Jammed: 20th May 2015

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Johnny Delusional

Johnny Delusional

by FFS

Coming Soon . . . Franz Ferdinand Sparks ffs.

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Jammed: 13th May 2015

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Drunk Girls

Drunk Girls

by LCD Soundsystem

I bloody love this video. Hilarious and sinister at the same time. Come back LCD Sound System!!

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Jammed: 2nd May 2015

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Tether

Tether

by CHVRCHES

Much CHVRCHES love today. "Tether" was my introduction to the band. It was a live version (not this one) and the guitar was so swathed in reverb, it reminded me of This Mortal Coil's version "Song to the Siren". Never a bad thing. Drifting along nicely to a wonderfully sad song, that euphoric keyboard riff comes in and frankly, I'm hopelessly in love with the band. One track. Lifetime of love. Luckily, the rest of the album is wonderful, too...

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Jammed: 26th Apr 2015

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The Flood

The Flood

by Take That

Boat race day. So why not! I'm an unashamed Take That fan and have always found this video unreasonably moving. In the right mood, it can reduce me to tears. Like this morning, he said, annoyed that his glasses has steamed up . . .

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Jammed: 11th Apr 2015

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Five Ten Fiftyfold

Five Ten Fiftyfold

by Cocteau Twins

Rediscovered this album last week. Huge of of the Cocteau Twins, but for some inexplicable reason, this album has been neglected by me for some time. I play all of the others with alarming regularity but Head Over Heels hasn't had a spin probably for about twenty years. Perhaps longer. Big mistake. It's a magnificent album!

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Jammed: 25th Mar 2015

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The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

by Leonard Nimoy

So the last Jam was The Firm's "Star Trekkin'" Almost prophetic given the news today that Leonard Nimoy has died. Gutted. Lets get this to Number One as a Tribute to the man. LLAP. x

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Jammed: 27th Feb 2015

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Star Trekkin'

Star Trekkin'

by The Firm

I've been earworming this bloody song for the last three days. Time to share the misery.

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Jammed: 23rd Feb 2015

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The Overload

The Overload

by Talking Heads

I was a bit late to the party with Talking Heads, only discovering them with "Once In A Lifetime". I rushed out and got the album and was absolutely blown away by it. It was very, very different to the 'weird noise' stuff I was listening to at the time. Until it came to the final track. My understanding was that that Talking Heads wrote this based on descriptions of Joy Division from reviews, never having heard them. I would have loved to hear Curtis sing this. Still my favourite Talking Heads tracks. Utterly bleak and stunning.

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Jammed: 16th Feb 2015

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A Day (Remix)

A Day (Remix)

by Clan of Xymox

One of the few songs I prefer as the remix to the original. There's a sound in this that make my fillings vibrate. While that's hardly the mark of classic songwriting, it's a bloody good tune none the less.

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Jammed: 10th Feb 2015

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Vote Elvis

Vote Elvis

by Popinjays

More Radio Sheffield reminiscing, I'm afraid. I used to plug pretty much everything that came out of One Little Indian, especially Sugarcubes, They Might Be Giants, Kitchens of Distinction, Heartthrobs,Threnody, Finitribe, Anna Palm but especially The Popinjays. I absolutely adored them! Perfect pop songs by some of the loveliest people I'd met. When I had my own show (briefly between Listen Up and Prick Up your Ears) This was the first track I played. I saw them live an awful lot, often with KoDs (even when they played as The Jollypops and the Toilets of Destruction) and have many photos. So sad that we - and the lovely Pat Naylor - lost touch. I was always particularly fond of this video as it full of knowing nods to other One Little Indian acts of the time. Thrilled that after years of inactivity (splitting up will do that for you) they've reformed for a couple of gigs this year. Hurrah! #popinjays

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Jammed: 4th Feb 2015

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Clothes Shop

Clothes Shop

by Terry & Gerry

I am genuinely excited about the return of Terry & Gerry. You know how excited I was when Kate Bush announced her tour? How I was until weeks after the gig? That. Terry & Gerry were such a huge part of my life in the 80's. They came into the Radio show I worked on several times; I saw them god knows how many times! The Leadmill Gig is one of the happiest times I can recall. Two friends and I were sitting on the stage, singing along! Fantastic night. There is a tinge of sadness, of course, there always will be Radio Sheffield stories, but Terry & Gerry, Violent Femmes, Ella Fitzgerald, Japan and The Man Upstairs were probably the only bands that Jane and I agreed on as being truly great. I think that's what made our show interesting, we had such different tastes and would often have huge arguments on air! And I can't believe it's been a year since her funeral. But, let's not get maudlin. Skifflefest approaches and agoraphobia and valium availability permitting, I'll be there! Yeah!

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Jammed: 29th Jan 2015

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Yes

Yes

by Bernard Butler & McAlmont

I am absolutely stunned to discover that this song was released twenty years ago. Still one of my all time favourites; still one of the better songs ever written. The best story I have about this has already been blogged here https://formlessspawn.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/yes-i-do-feel-better/ so I'll not repeat it here. #davidmcalmont #bernardbutler #yes #genius

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Jammed: 23rd Jan 2015

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Out of This World

Out of This World

by The Rezillos

Along with X-Ray Spex, this lot were the finest that post-punk had to offer. Both had one studio album out before splitting up. Sadly Poly of X-Ray Spex died recently, so we're not going to get another album from X-Ray Spex (although her recent solo album was magnificent stuff) but the Rezillos reformed a few of years back and after two stunning singles, today I got news that a new album is due this year. First album 1978, second album 2015. Lazy buggers :-)

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Jammed: 9th Jan 2015

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This Is My House

This Is My House

by Gary Numan

No real reason for this track. I forgot to change my Jam over Christmas and when I finally remembered (all of 30 seconds ago) the 'Bup bup booooo' bit was rattling round my head...so have a track from the wonderful Gary Numan. An artist who meant more to me in my late teens that I could possibly express in such a small word count as given by This is My Jam. Hey ho... Love the Numan!

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Jammed: 3rd Jan 2015

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Tongue Dance

Tongue Dance

by Les Rita Mitsouko

My first encounter with Les Rita Mitsouko was via Sparks and the single "Singing in the Shower". I tried finding out more about the band, but had little success, what with it being the pre-internet age. I managed to track down "Marc et Robert" and then nothing until RE: two years later. I plugged the shit out of "Tongue Dance" which had been remix by Mark Moore of S'Express. I picked up "Rita Mitsouko" and "The No Comprendo" and just assumed that they had vanished. I visited a friend in Paris a few years later. He was a record company exec and during my visit he mentioned he had to attend a company party that I was also invited to. He said it would be fun as there's "a band you'll never have heard of" playing. Guess who? And, after the excitement, I forgot about them. Shocking behaviour. I went back to Paris around the time of Variety and, ecstatic, picked up their back catalogue. Pretty much a one off, they should have been huge. You let them down. Damn you!

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Jammed: 14th Dec 2014

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Tether

Tether

by CHVRCHES

The album probably came out last year, but the first I heard of this band was at Glastonbury this year. Sat at home, channel hopping and suddenly . . . BAM! It's my album of the year... just an astonishing performance and stunning songs. I cant help thinking that some of them sound like electro-Cocteau TWins songs and have from time to time idly speculated what they would sound like Cocteau-ised . . . but why when they sound this perfect? Start at 1:38 if you want to skip the audience chat, but that final euphoric peel of keys....wow.

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Jammed: 9th Dec 2014

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Bela Lugosi's Dead

Bela Lugosi's Dead

by CHVRCHES

More Sacred Cows . . . "You can't cover this!" I hear people of a certain age cry . . . "You bloody can!", I counter. It took a couple of listens, I'll be honest, but it is rather brilliant . . . and Chvrches are bloody magnificent anyway . . . .

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Jammed: 22nd Nov 2014

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Myriam and Esther

Myriam and Esther

by Phranc

I went to see Gavin Friday play live in Sheffield. He and the support act, Phranc, were naturally very disappointed that only about 10 people showed up and to be honest, I only knew it was taking place because I'd been scheduled to interview them - the posters advertising the "Each Man Kills..." tour actually went up the day after they played in Sheffield. SOmeone seriously screwed up the advertising. It could have been disastrous, but Phranc just stepped off stage and dragged us all to one of the booths in the club and we sat round in what amounted to a 'personal theatre'. We ended up charging around the empty venue laughing, shouting, singing and having an amazing time. Not a dry eye when she did "Myriam and Esther". In terms of 'intimate' and 'memorable', it doesn't get better than that. Gavin Friday didn't have the intimate option with so much equipment, but, we sat on the stage and watched up close. Amazing gig. Amazing performances. Magical night.

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Jammed: 16th Nov 2014

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Eighth Day

Eighth Day

by Hazel O'Connor

Oh, you know what... after last week's Jam, I've hardly had the Breaking Glass OST off my iPod. I'm astonished that it had been at least two decades since I even thought about this album as it's bloody amazing! I remember hearing this track on the radio and (block your ears) taping it - it's okay I bought copies later ;-) . I don't think it was on Peel, but it might have been on Kid Jensen or Annie Nightingale, either way, before it had charted. I took my ghetto blaster to college, played this and was told I was weird. I liked weird music. I was odd. Of course it was an enormous hit, everyone bought it, but I remained - and remain - weird. But I think what really gets me about this tune is the cold iciness of the vocal at turns going from questioning to sarcastic until it absolutely explodes with bewildered passion and betrayal. Those final "Amen"s still make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Bloody marvellous.

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Jammed: 7th Nov 2014

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Big Brother

Big Brother

by Hazel O'Connor

Unreliable witness time. I recall this song happening around the time of Thatcher getting into power. This song, post punk in general, the "Breaking Glass" movie and a whole bunch of other stuff all conspired to give a me a very left-wing bias in my thinking. I never really got seriously into political theory, but my heart is definitely on the left. 30 years on, is song is hilariously naive, but at the same time oddly pertinent given my currently propensity to go into a political rage at the drop of a hat. I think it must be an age thing.

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Jammed: 1st Nov 2014

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Beehive Queen

Beehive Queen

by Wytches

Only found out about this bands about 2 days ago. Bloody awesome.

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Jammed: 25th Oct 2014

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Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

by Carpenters

A friend asks me what I'm listening to these days. I say "all sorts!" "What's on your iPod now?" he sighs. "The Carpenters 20 Golden Greats". "God", he says, "Do you ever do anything non-ironically?" Um. What? I don't listen to *anything* ironically. I listen to stuff because I like it. With this it's a mix of nostalgia, Karen's glorious vocal and the utterly batshit notion that a squeaky clean, utterly square, mom's apple pie all american brother/sister light entertainment combo can decide to do something as utterly mental as cover Klaatu's love and peace anthem. And then have the audacity to do it with such effortless style and wit. IT. IS. MAGNIFICENT! I've been listening to the Carpenters 'acapella' versions on youtube recently and marvelling at the richness of her voice. It is. a thing. of wonder. Maybe it's because I know she was an excellent drummer, but I always got the impression that given half a chance, she'd rock out like a mutha!

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Jammed: 19th Oct 2014

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Baby Pop

Baby Pop

by France Gall

My love of French Pop music defies both logic and taste. This, however, is bloody awesome. I excited because I'm going to Paris soon and I haven't been to my favourite City for 7 years. Just be grateful I didn't put this as my jam... which I also love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjkqciwP034

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Jammed: 13th Oct 2014

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Magic Fly

Magic Fly

by Space

More classic electro . . . back in 1977, this was the sound of the Future. Now it's the sound of Daft Punk. Lovely.

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Jammed: 7th Oct 2014

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Oxygene Part 4

Oxygene Part 4

by Jean Michel Jarre

Classic electronica.

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Jammed: 29th Sep 2014

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Joey's On The Streets Again

Joey's On The Streets Again

by The Boomtown Rats

Early Boomtown Rats was far more Springsteen than Sex Pistols. THey were never a comfortable shoe in for Punk and never really post-punk enough to be truly new wave. I'm not going to make grandiose claims about 'transcending both genres'. They didn't. They were what they were and they were bloody good at it! I'm not sure they were ever 'cool' as such - although they were popular, obviously, but when you come up with balladry this fine, it hardly matters about cool. There is glorious, tragic romance to it. A much under-rated and rather wonderful band.

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Jammed: 22nd Sep 2014

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Hold Me Now

Hold Me Now

by The Polyphonic Spree

This song saved my life. No shit. One day, I might blog about how. In the mean time . . . revel.

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Jammed: 15th Sep 2014

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Thriftshoppin'

Thriftshoppin'

by Pianosaurus

A band that plays entirely on toy instruments? What's not to love!

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Jammed: 8th Sep 2014

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The Dreaming

The Dreaming

by Kate Bush

I'm going to see Kate Bush tonight. Here . . . have a video or her most barking single and my favourite Bush song (which basically means it won't be played tonight).

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Jammed: 3rd Sep 2014

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Birdbrain

Birdbrain

by Buffalo Tom

Another band that slipped off my radar . . . used to love this band, but after the Birdbrain album, kind of lost them... lots to catch up of though. There's been another 7 albums since this one and they're still going! Whoo!

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Jammed: 21st Aug 2014

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Pull Up To The Bumper - UK 12" Version / 2014 Remaster

Pull Up To The Bumper - UK 12" Version / 2014 Remaster

by Grace Jones

So, I've been enjoy the Facebook page about The Limit, and someone mentioned Grace Jones' "Pull Up To The Bumper". I've not heard it since hanging out at the Limit, and not heard the album since about a year after it came out. I downloaded the re-mastered album. Bloody hell, it's travelled well! Anyone noticed how this Jam page has become mostly about what we listened to at The Limit? Maybe I should try some more of that modern shit...

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Jammed: 14th Aug 2014

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3 Small Words

3 Small Words

by Josie and the Pussycats

Best Comic to Movie ever, with the best soundtracks. Blistering satire on the music industry and manufactured trends. Hilarious boy-band pastiches and a completely wonderful cast. Extremely self aware and all the better for it. You might complain abut the product placement, but bear this is mind, they didn't receive a penny for product placement as no one would give money to a movie that took a side swipe about the power of advertising. Bloody wonderful movie!

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Jammed: 31st Jul 2014

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Hello Dad, I'm In Jail

Hello Dad, I'm In Jail

by Was (Not Was)

I miss Liquid TV. Lee Press On Limbs, Thomas and Nardo, and so, so much other awesomeness.... Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh!

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Jammed: 24th Jul 2014

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Temple Of Love

Temple Of Love

by The Sisters of Mercy

The is no tune than makes me yearn more for stomping up and down, looking incredibly serious and waving my arms around in a random fashion. God bless the Limit!

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Jammed: 18th Jul 2014

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The Dreaming

The Dreaming

by Kate Bush

My Favourite track from my Favourite Kate Bush album. Off the chart creativity and poorly received by a baffled music buying public. The album has been retrospectively rehabilitated and now seems to be considered the "Second Best Kate Album" after "Hounds of Love". Marvellous, marvellous stuff. By the way, in case you don't ono. I GOT TICKETS!! WOOOO!!!!!

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Jammed: 3rd Jul 2014

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Destroy Everything You Touch

Destroy Everything You Touch

by Ladytron

I don't know whether it's coincidence or whether this happens all the time, but I've be to see Ladytron play live 3 times and each time, there has been massive equipment failure . The gigs have either been significantly delayed or abandoned. Shame really. I love Ladytron to bits. I'm a relative late comer, only discovering them on the soundtrack to "Party Monster" (along with the as then unknown Scissor Sisters) which is about Michael Alig. Look him up. Amazing story, tragic end. He was released from prison a couple of weeks ago. But, I digress. The Witching Hour saw Ladytron's sound augmented by a pretty solid rhythm section but that didn't, unfortunately, stop the tech. failures. I gave up trying to see them live, but still love them. This track is stunning. Great Video, too.

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Jammed: 26th Jun 2014

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Moustache

Moustache

by Sparks

Best band in the universe yadda yadda yadda Most influential band in the universe yadda yadda yadda Hilarious, wonderful, stupid, brilliant, bands band all the usual hyperbole. But I'm not wrong. You are. And your mother. Moustache. On my mind as I'm about to make some moustache wax. And beard oil.

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Jammed: 22nd Jun 2014

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Scooby Doo, Where Are You?

Scooby Doo, Where Are You?

by OST

I cannot tell you how much I love Scooby Doo, at least the first two seasons, the season with the guests artists (Mama Cass and Scooby having an "eat off" is sublime TV) and "The 13 Ghosts of..." series. Really seriously, seriously love them. Hearing the news of Casey Kasem's death yesterday is, therefore, a hell of a blow. He's one of the few people that I always wanted to meet and never got to. I almost got to interview him many years ago, but it was cancelled at the last minute. Gutted doesn't cover it, although in some respect, I'd probably been a quivering wreck and just garbled utter nonsense at him, so with probably both escaped embarrassment that day! Still, saddened beyond belief. Poor Scooby. Love you Shaggy x

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Jammed: 16th Jun 2014

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Cum On Feel The Noize

Cum On Feel The Noize

by Slade

So, I've just spent a weekend in Birmingham with my good friends Jim and Craig and was thrilled to see a "Hollywood walk of Fame style pavement featuring Noddy Holder, Roy Wood, Tony Iommi and um...Jasper Carrot among others... was a bit disappointed that I didn't see one for Jeff Lynne, but I guess there must be one somewhere. After putting the phot up on Facebook, my friend Guillaume mentioned that he only knew the song "Cum on Feel the Noize" via a cover by Quiet Riot. I'd never heard it before, so looked it up on youtube. Oh my bleeding ears, it's horrible! I fear PTSD is a real possibility. The only thing I can do to save the day is play the real thing repeatedly and eat many, many pot noodles. And maybe watch "Flame" . . .

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Jammed: 9th Jun 2014

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My Favourite Game

My Favourite Game

by The Cardigans

I don't really have a story about The Cardigans. I saw them on daytime TV around the time of Emmerdale. The sound was down as I was on the phone and the only thing that caught my eye was a cute bloke in dungarees. The next I heard of them was that they'd just split up! It's Bis all over again! It constantly astounds me that I can forget about stuff. I'd not heard this tracks for years, and now I'm on a mad Cardigans tip again. I woke up to this track on the radio this morning. Minor synchronicity. That's about as interesting as it gets, I'm afraid.

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Jammed: 2nd Jun 2014

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1, 2, 3 Beep Beep

1, 2, 3 Beep Beep

by Colin Newman

Back in the day, I screwed up my 2nd year of chef school for a simple reason. I met a guy. I was completely transfixed by him and I still gets flashes of that beautiful crooked smile. But he was straight. I was not. It would never work. One afternoon, he put this on the record player. We loved this tune and were dancing round getting very silly and...he kissed me. Totally freaked me out. I don't like being experimented on but we got passed that, I moved to Sheffield and we lost touch. Fast forward 15 years and I'm visiting the old haunts. Quite co-incidentally, bump into his brother. I ask after him and I'm told that shortly after I left for Sheffield, he became very depressed, started hanging out with the wrong crowd and within 18 months had OD'd on heroin. He had a girlfriend, a kid , had sold all of his beloved guitars for junk and never stopped talking about me. I wish I'd known. Bittersweet, but I always think of him when I hear this. Downer much?

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Jammed: 26th May 2014

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Lolly Lolly

Lolly Lolly

by Wendy & Lisa

I used to have endless arguments with my ex about Wendy and Lisa. He was a massive Prince fan, as was I, and when Prince disbanded The Revolution Wendy and Lisa, et al, were dead to him. When "Fruit at the Bottom" came out, he was outraged that the songs sounded like Prince. He could quite get his head round the fact the W&L used to co-write Prince's song so it wasn't exactly unexpected that they'd sound similar. He would go into an apoplectic rage and denounce them as "ripping Prince off". Coincidentally or not, we split up shortly after the album came out. Still a brilliant track, still a fantastic album. They should have been bigger and probably the only time I'd want to see Prince live again was if the Revolution got back together full and properly with Wendy and Lisa being given the full credit they deserved.

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Jammed: 20th May 2014

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Moustache

Moustache

by Twin Twin

However much Conchita deserved to win, and she bloody did, this was my favourite tune of the night. Yes it's stupid, but it was by far to catchiest tune and I can never say no to exuberant French pop. The video is.....um...

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Jammed: 11th May 2014

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Eurodisco

Eurodisco

by Bis

After "Kandy Pop", BIs sort of passed me by until the frankly magnificent "Eurodisco" arrived. Even then, I didn't hear it until about a week before they announced their split. I was gutted. I'd found this amazing band and they bloody split up! Anyway, I got all their back catalogue and it baffles me as to how they weren't massive. This is amazing pop stuff! Pop music as it should be. So I'm absolutely stoked that they have reformed and will be putting a new album out in the next week or so. it's already up on soundcloud and is sounding wonderful. Welcome back #Bis #Welovebis #datapaniketcetera

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Jammed: 4th May 2014

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Boots For Dancing

Boots For Dancing

by Boots For Dancing

Boots For Dancing were one of those bands that didn't seem to exist outside of John Peel. Listening back to some of their stuff now, I can kind of see why. A bit spiky and angular and doggedly *different*... just in the same way as a lot of bands of the time. If you catch my drift. That said, I really enjoyed hearing it again. The two songs I wanted to put here, of course, aren't on youtube or veto - "Rain Song" which feature the mighty Jo Callis - ex- of the even mightier Rezillos - on guitar. He left to join The Human League. The other is from a Peel session that to my knowledge was never officially released. Boot for Dancing did several Peel sessions and, would you believe it, the only one that isn't up there is the one with the track "Bend and Elbow (And Lend An Ear)" in it.... of course that's the one I wanted to play here! if anyone has it... get in touch, please ;-)

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Jammed: 28th Apr 2014

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Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder

by The Monochrome Set

The only band I've seen that has walked off mid-way through the set. A friend of mine interview them for the radio show I worked on and the question arose about violence at gigs. The said they were lucky that they'd never had any and, as a joke, maybe they should incite a riot. Perhaps foolishly, they related this story at the gig and as an incitement, as a joke, the guitarist said "You are all fucking bastards". Everyone laughed. Well, all except one person who took exception and threw their pint glass, hitting Bid squarely on the forehead. His confusion and bewilderment were practically a physical presence. He threw his guitar down and walked off. There was a surprising lack of catcalling and jeering, but the guy who threw it was physically picked up and thrown out. The DJ came back and did his thing but none was really interested. The audience broke up and went home, disappointed. Oddly enough, not at the band. Anyway, they'd just played this track.

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Jammed: 22nd Apr 2014

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Let Me Down Slow

Jammed: 16th Apr 2014

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Yashar

Yashar

by Cabaret Voltaire

Probably Cabaret Voltiares finest hour. Post- 2x45, however, Cabaret Voltaire started to sound an awful lot like a lot of other people. They seemed to be bandwagon jumping rather than innovating. I lost interest around the time of 'Microphonies'. I was in Hanrahan's Cocktail Bar for a birthday drink with the crew of ROTT before the show went out . We'd been trailing a live studio interview to support "Microphonies" for weeks. Coincidentally, they turned up at the same bar and sat a couple of tables along from us. We decided to say nothing and just leave them to it. A couple of hours later, we were getting twitchy as they were late. We received a phone call, the conversation going thus: "Sorry, we can't make it as we're stuck in London". "London? " "Yes." "Not Hanrahans?" "Um . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .no." 2x45 is still bloody awesome though.

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Jammed: 9th Apr 2014

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The Story Of The Blues Pt. 1

The Story Of The Blues Pt. 1

by The Mighty Wah!

Well, this is a little annoying. I wanted to put "Hi Dad, I'm In Jail" by Was (Not Was), but there was a copyright issue. I'm going through a bit of a Psychedelic Soul moment and thought I'd put up a white UK interpretation of Psychedelic Soul up on the form of "Papa Crack" by The Mighty Wah! and I can't find that at all! So... by a circuitous route, I'll go with another Mighty Wah Song . . . probably their best known song, but not nearly their best. "A Word To The Wise Guy is a stunning album, though.

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Jammed: 2nd Apr 2014

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Cloudbusting

Jammed: 27th Mar 2014

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Shallow Then Halo

Shallow Then Halo

by Cocteau Twins

As much as I love them, and I really do, to my mind they never bettered their debut album "Garlands". Listening to John Peel play the first EP, Lullabies is probably my only positive memory of living in Southam. I was only there for a few months between move from Grimsby up to Sheffield and it was a pretty miserable time. I knew none, knew I Was only going to be there for a couple of months and was basically just biding my time. The Cocteau Twins got me through that. Listening to them on Peel, in bed, was a dazzling blast of hope. I don't think it's any coincidence that my first couple of bands in Sheffield sounded a lot like this version Cocteaus (musically, anyway, I couldn't manage the voice :-D). Although they paled a little post-4AD, they still take my breath away.

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Jammed: 21st Mar 2014

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Subliminal

Subliminal

by Drinking Electricity

Continuing the Survival Records theme...

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Jammed: 14th Mar 2014

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sordid affair

sordid affair

by Richard Bone

Survival Records used to put out some amazing pro to-synth pop. Human and glacial... Bands like Drinking Electricity, Eddie and Sunshine and the fantastic Richard Bone. I was such a fan of Survival, I used write to the company and got to know one or two of them quite well. Back in the days when people actually wrote letters and all this were fields . . . Almost put a Drinking Electricity track up, almost Eddie and Sunshine.... such a difficult choice... But this is all wrapped up in memories of Sheffield (as are all the best tracks), living in a draughty attic, wearing too much make-up and peculiar clothes, Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode, The Limit (again) and Nik.

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Jammed: 7th Mar 2014

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