Algernon’s Indulgence

Playlist by Algernon

Well you only turn 60 once, so I thought I’d put together a list of songs that might have some sort of meaning to me along the journey. They aren’t necessarily favourites with this list being longer than my usual lists. I could have easily done three of these at this length.

Started receiving mail in recent weeks congratulating me on reaching my seniority and some of the discounts that are now available to me. Given that I’m “trialing” retirement at the moment one might just take advantage of some.

Volare – Dean Martin

Number 1 60 years ago

Downtown – Petula Clarke

Always an earworm don’t know why

You don’t have to say you love me – Dusty Springfield

No list is complete without something by Dusty

River Deep Mountain High – Ike and Tina Turner

Love the Ikettes in this version. Had a love of girl bands and singers in the 60’s.

Yellow river – Autumn

First single I bought. This was the Sydney version, other states had other bands record it.

I can see clearly now – Johnny Nash

I already had developed a love of soul music, this married reggae into the music as well.

Money – Pink Floyd

Parents bought be Dark side of the Moon for Christmas in 1973, Money stuck out for the language which somehow “shocked” my father.

Funeral for a friend/Love lies bleeding – Elton John

A fan of Elton John for his earlier albums up to Caribou. Could have picked at least a dozen, this though the opening tunes from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

We were in England when this was released and this was number 1 for the entire time were there, then came home where it became number 1 here for a period. In the end I got sick of hearing it.

Love is the drug – Roxy Music

What can I say, what a band. Phil Manzanera always a favouriteguitarist.

Girls on the avenue – Richard Clapton

One of the many enduring Australian performers, It was a toss up between this or Deep Water.

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

It was the jangling guitar work in this song that I liked when I first heard it.

I’m stranded – The Saints

Sixth Form (my year were never Year 12 even though it was the first year it was called that), and there was talk of this punk band called The Sex Pistols. The Saints beat them to it really.

Aloha Steve and Danno – Radio Birdman

See above, so did Radio Birdman.

Eton Rifles – The Jam

Could have picked any Jam song really, this one stuck it up the nose of the establishment. I saw Paul Weller earlier this year one of the best concerts I’ve seen.

London Calling – The Clash

The only band that mattered, saw them at the Capitol in 1981. London Calling well it did on a few occasions between 1975 and 1986. The Clash were more than a Punk band.

Exodus – Bob Marley and the Wailers

See above, arguably the best known reggae singer.

Rio – Duran Duran

Not really a fan but Simon Le Bon and I share a birthdate, I’m older though.

Long hot summer – The Style Council

Probably summed up the 80’s for me.

Two Tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

So did this.

West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

This song came out when Mrs A and I were in London and we lived in the West End.

Everybody wants to rule the world – Tears for Fears

Another tune of Mrs A and my time in London

To her Door – Paul Kelly

I think Australia’s best song writer. Could have picked plenty

Blue Sky Mine – Midnight Oil

One of many I saw in pubs. Once again could have picked plenty

Always the sun – The Stranglers

40 years and still going strong, this is Power Pop more than Punk.

Man on the moon – R.E.M.

My favourite alt Rock band

Johnny Appleseed – Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

Joe Strummer after leaving The Clash took him in many directions, The Mescaleros was one of the many before he died.

Valerie – Amy Winehouse

What a voice and music that harked back to the soul of the 60’s

100 days 100 nights – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

More old school R&B, another great voice

Coming home – Leon Bridges

Thought I was listening to Sam Cooke the first time I heard him, similar to Sharon Jones.

Cedar Lane – First Aid Kit

These girls are a similar age to Junior. Mostly indie and Americana, Klara has an amazing four octave voice