The Saturday Shuffle – Week 9

Hello Saturday! And Saturday means Shuffle time.

  1. Sorrow – David Bowie. What can I say about David Bowie that you don’t already know? Nothing…
  2. By My Side – Kasabian. One of the less well-known Kasabian songs off their second album – ‘Empire’. I think you can call it an ‘album filler’. Some think the band are overrated, others disagree. I would say I’m comfortably on the fence.
  3. Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash. The Man in Black. A legend. One from the end of the fifties with, well, rhythm!
  4. Way Into Your Heart – The Hummingbirds. I’m biased here, but this band from Liverpool are pretty damned good. This track is off their album ‘Pieces of You’ and is quite low-key and has a Country-style twang to it. Highly recommended listening.
  5. Black Or White – Michael Jackson. A bit of Jacko to finish, then. Maybe they should play this song to all the American cops before they go out on patrol to teach them a bit of racial harmony!!

And that’s your five for today. Before you know it, it’ll be Saturday again! Although it’s not just any Saturday next time – it’s my 1st Wedding Anniversary. Time flies, huh?!

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The Saturday Shuffle – Week 8

As if by magic (bad magic at that), we are at the end of another week. Half way through the month already, which means two things – firstly it’ll soon be the kids’ summer holidays, and secondly it’s my birthday. Whoop! Whoop! Right, on with the business of shuffling…

  1. Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson. Remember when it was uncool to like Jacko because of the court cases and rumours? I admit I stopped listening to him, but only after ‘Earth Song’ – he went a bit shit. This is a cool song, from the ‘Bad’ album, of that there is no doubt.
  2. Always On My Mind – Elvis Presley. Ah, the King. A song with such random cover versions as The Pet Shop Boys and Mike Reid (yes, he of Frank Butcher fame), this is by far the best. A tidy love song.
  3. Where Ya Going? – Gomez. A band I lost touch with, but recently re-connected with and discovered a treasure trove of awesomeness. This features Ben Ottewell’s distinctive gravelly voice (he’s had the same voice for, like, nearly twenty years) and a dirty guitar sound.
  4. Thriller – Michael Jackson. The song that defined his career. It’s got funk, it’s got soul, and it’s got horror icon Vincent Price’s macabre spoken ending. And that video!! *insert evil laugh*
  5. Message In A Bottle – The Police. We finish off with a sting in the tail. See what I did there?! Yeah, okay, it’s a bit of a ‘dad joke’. I once got a message in a bottle – it was a beer bottle, and the message said “drink responsibly”…

And that’s the end for today. Until next week!

The Saturday Shuffle – Week 7

Here we go again, dear readers.

  1. Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon. Bond themes. Some are memorable, some less so. This one from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ possibly falls into the latter category. Maybe because the song isn’t named after the film, so you forget about it compared to, say, ‘Goldfinger’, or more recently, ‘Skyfall’. In spite of this, it’s not a bad song!
  2. Something – The Beatles. The greatest love song ever written? It would certainly be in the top three. But that’s just my opinion. Even Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, said it was the greatest Lennon and McCartney song. Something that George Harrison found funny, considering he actually wrote it!
  3. Let Them Talk – Hugh Laurie. Another bit of Laurie (minus the Fry – see what I did there?!) The only slight niggle is the American accent that now seems second nature to him as a result of his lengthy stint on US television. You’re English, Hugh, dammit!
  4. Dark Horse – George Harrison. Speaking of George Harrison, here’s one from his solo career post-Beatles. It’s a cool song, and quite clever, because if you think about it, he was the dark horse of the Beatles.
  5. Sound Of Drums – Kula Shaker. Some mock-Indian nineties indie rock to finish the week. Remember Kula Shaker? This is from the second album which may not be a well known a their debut which featured the likes of ‘Hey Dude’ and ‘Govinda’. I have the best of album, and let me tell you, they produced some bloody good songs. This is one of them.

And that’s the end of another shuffle. See you next week for more.

The Saturday Shuffle – Week 6

You know that feeling you get when you suddenly remember something you’re supposed to do, while you’re in the middle of something else you probably could do without doing? No? Me neither… Anyway, on with today’s shuffle!

  1. Fitter Happier – Radiohead. Well, there’s been a bit of a Radiohead renaissance in the Moore household thanks to their Glastonbury appearance and the 20th anniversary re-release of OK Computer. This is from the aforementioned masterpiece. The Stephen Hawking-esque spoken word track serves as a quick breather before the album continues to blow your socks off.
  2. She Belongs To Me – Bob Dylan. Another track from Bob’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ album. It’s short and sweet.
  3. I Shall Be Free, No 10 – Bob Dylan. Mr Dylan, again. This is from ‘Another Side of Bob Dylan’, probably one of his less acclaimed albums that falls in between his ‘The Times They Are A-Changing’ record and the much more well-known ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ release. It’s just Bob, his guitar and harmonica and what you would hope is an un-rehearsed stream of nonsense lyric!
  4. Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner. A bit of a foot stomper to get the blood pumping in case the previous two sent you to sleep! According to Wikipedia (you always have to be careful) Nutbush is the birthplace of Tina Turner. I’ve learned something today…
  5. The Death Of You And Me – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The first single released by Noel in his new ‘solo’ guise. It’s very much like ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’ from the Oasis album ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’, which isn’t a bad thing, because that’s quite a good song, as is this. You’ve got Noel, guitars, and brass. It’s a heady mix, but it bloody well works.

And that is that. I hope you enjoyed this latest musical journey, and will be back next week for more??!!

300 Days of Beer – Day 300

Day 300 – 30th June 2017

300beersIt’s the end. Two and a half years on from the start, I have finally completed the 300 Days of Beer. It’s been a rollercoaster of booze and emotions. Well, more booze than emotions actually. As I sipped at the final beer today, the realisation hit me that from now on, I can drink whatever beer I like, and not have to write about it!! Enough of all that, let’s talk about the final beer. Discovered in a nice little pub in Chester called The Victoria, comes ‘The Victoria Ale’. It was delightfully flavoursome and enjoyable and a pleasant way to bring the curtain down on the grand challenge.

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300 Days of Beer – Day 299

Day 299 – 29th June 2017

300beersIf you can believe it, this is the penultimate day of beer in my rather extended challenge. Two hundred and ninety eight beers have gone before today, and only one is going to follow. This evening’s beer is from the Titanic Brewery in Stoke-on-Trent, and it’s a tasty little number in black. ‘Chocolate and Vanilla Stout’ is exactly that, and by jove it’s fantastic! For more information, head over to their website  https://www.titanicbrewery.co.uk

Day 299 - Chocolate & Vanilla Stout

300 Days of Beer – Day 298

Day 298 – 25th June 2017

300beersIt’s been a funny old day, weather-wise. A bit of sun, lots of rain, and then a bit more sun. So, in between the showers, the permanent members of the Moore household decided to nip out for a bit. After a little bit of shopping, we headed off to Fordhall Farm just outside Market Drayton. The weather was shitty when we got there, so a quick dash into the shop yielded unexpected beer paydirt, more of which shortly. Following coffee in the cafe, we had a brief wander to visit the pigs and say hello before beating a hasty retreat when it looked like a piggy orgy was about to break out! On to the beer, then. From the Corvedale Brewery based near Craven Arms, ‘Pax Ale’ is a fresh, crisp golden ale that was a delightful accompaniment to the enchiladas that Mrs M served up for tea. If you want to know more about the beer, head over to http://home.btconnect.com/thesuninncorfton and you can read all about them. If you want to know more about the enchiladas, ask Mrs M!!

Day 298 - Pax Ale