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Playlist: Listen, my friends! ~ January 2013

January 3, 2013


In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or have never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, listen away and enjoy…


CLICK on the song titles to hear them


The Glenn Miller Orchestra ~ Auld Lang Syne

Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats ~ Rocket 881

Michel Legrand ~ The Boston Wrangler2

Serge Gainsbourg ~ La Horse3

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ~ Our House4

Buddy Rich ~ Norwegian Wood5

Brotherhood Of Man ~ Angelo

Shirley Bassey ~ I Was Born To Be Bad6

Cheap Trick ~ I Want You To Want Me

Peter Howell ~ Theme from The Shock Of The New7

Rod Stewart ~ Young Turks

Su Pollard ~ Back In The USSR

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan ~ New Year’s Eve party from 1989’s When Harry Met Sally… (backed by Auld Lang Syne)


1 Recorded in 1951 and considered by many to be the very first rock ‘n’ roll song, its performers’ name was actually a pseudonym for Ike Turner and his backing band Kings Of Rhythm; months later it was covered by rock ‘n’ roll legend-to-be Bill Haley

2 From the Oscar-nominated score to The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

3 From the Gainsbourg-written and -performed score to the film La Horse (1970)

4 Memorably featured in both a 1990s advert for UK building society Halifax and ‘Time On Our Hands’ (1996)the record audience-achieving episode of classic sitcom Only Fools And Horses

5 As performed on a 1973 edition of the Beeb’s legendary Parkinson (1971-82) chat show

As featured on a 1979 edition of the BBC’s The Shirley Bassey Show (1976 and ’79)

Composed by original BBC Radiophonic Workshop member and Doctor Who scorer Peter Howell, this was the title theme to Robert Hughes’ classic  BBC series on the history of modern art The Shock Of The New (1979-80)


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