Do you ever mash-up songs in your head involuntarily?

FM Alarm Clock Radio

In the morning we have Radio 2 on our FM radio in the bedroom [see above image] and 6 Music in the kitchen on our Digital Radio.

As I walk in and out of each room — making tea; cereal; pack lunch etc. — I hear snippets of songs and links from each respective DJ.

Chris Evans is effervescent, but sometimes painfully so. It forces me to get out of bed and leave the room so that I can listen to Shaun Keaveny have a mental breakdown. I’m enamoured by his arbitrary soundbites and sprinklings of impersonation — Paul McCartney / Britney Spears / Terry Wogan.

This morning, Radio 2 were sticking to their remit of playing a hefty quota of derivative pop. Today it was a track that I enjoyed when I was fourteen — Are You Gonna be my Girl? by Jet.

Then a little bit later on, on 6 Music, as I was wrestling my Bible to the ground, hoping for the semblance of a QT, I heard Lust for Life by Mr Pop.

It wasn’t until I was walking back from town after getting some morning conveniences that I found myself singing both songs… at the same time.

Here’s how it went:

Opening riffs

[The same]

So one, two, three, take my hand and come with me
Because you look so fine
That I really wanna make you mine.


More guitar


Here comes Johnny Yen again
With the liquor and drugs and the flesh machine


More guitars and drums


Big black boots,
Long brown hair,
She’s so sweet
With her get back stare.


I got a lust for life, got a lust for life
Oh, a lust for life, oh, a lust for life
A lust for life, I got a lust for life
I got a lust for life

[Repeat to fade]

Just a little window into my head when there are songs stuck in it.

A Confession.

This may come as a shock to you.

This may come as a bit of a shock to you.

I have made the ever worrying and frightening switch.

This is the decision which isn’t meant to come to fruition until you are at least in your late thirties. It is a choice every person must make that ultimately confirms that you are no longer young but old.

It is with profound sorrow that I must announce this awful news:

I have stopped listening to Radio 1 and now listen to Radio 2.

What is he thinking? A young man in his prime, so much of life ahead of him, just throws away his dreams away like that.

I just got to a point where I thought I can’t deal with this:

(Yes that is an Elton John sample)

And decided that I’d actually prefer this:

March 23rd, 2009: Albums Out Today.

  • ‘Yes’ – Pet Shop Boys

Featuring none other than Johnny Marr and Owen Pallett, oh and Tchaikovsky.

  • ‘Scream’ – Chris Cornell

Timbaland and Justin Timberlake are on board. Is it just me or were Soundgarden and Audioslave generally regarded as quite cool? This seems slightly ‘sell-out’-ish.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails certainly didn’t hesistate to make his feelings known on Twitter:

“You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell’s record?”

Oh dear.

  • ‘Ten’ – Pearl Jam (Legacy Edition)

This was their debut album, originally released back in August ’91. It’s got Jeremy on it, which everyone raves about.

I have this album on my iTunes and have never touched it. Maybe I’ll have a go today.


  • ‘Junior’ – Röyksopp

As a general rule, any band with two dots on one of their letters is instantly cool. I haven’t really paid any attention to Röyksopp since Melody A.M. which looked like a classical music album on the face of it, but was packed with some pretty classic electronica.

I really liked a remix they did of Coldplay’s Clocks.

I’ve heard good things from this current album.

  • ‘Hazards Of Love’ – Decemberists

Cool band name, cool album cover. This is their fifth(!) record. I heard they’re on BBC Radio 2 tonight with Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconie.

BTW: they’re nothing to do with the 1825 Russian uprising.

This post can also be found on the arts blog Moo.