Eclectic Playlist Vol. 9

We begin with an idiosyncratic ode to meditation from the outset of the so-called “Me Decade” and we finish with a beautifully bombastic, regret-saturated song that inadvertently celebrates the over-the-top violence that laces 21st-century entertainment without much second thought. Are we civilized or are we falling down or are we just plain crazy? And why does love got to be so sad? Full of hope and wretchedness we are, we humans, with our electric friends and persistent enemies, with pistols in our suitcases and our eyes forever on the TV. And yet as long as some of us can write these achingly gorgeous melodies—Jenny Lewis can sing “Late Bloomer” to me all day long and I will just about burst with pleasure—we are somehow okay. We sit. The sky falls. Life goes on.

As noted the last couple of times, Mixcloud no longer gives you a song list on its site, but as if by magic, here it is just below the widget:

Somewhere not too far from here (Eclectic Playlist Series, Vol. 9 by Fingertipsmusic on Mixcloud

“Sitting” – Cat Stevens (Catch Bull at Four, 1972)
“Come Monday Night” – God Help the Girl (God Help the Girl, 2009)
“Thieves in the Temple” – Prince (Graffiti Bridge, 1990)
“Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?” – Derek and the Dominos (Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970)
“Late Bloomer” – Jenny Lewis (The Voyager, 2014)
“Times Square” – Marianne Faithfull (A Child’s Adventure, 1983)
“Elouise” – Maps (We Can Create, 2007)
“You Showed Me” – The Turtles (The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, 1968)
“Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” – Gary Numan and Tubeway Army (Replicas, 1979)
“Enemy” – Kacey Johnansing (Grand Ghosts, 2013)
“Falling Down” – Tears for Fears (Raoul and the Kings of Spain, 1995)
“You Didn’t Say a Word” – Yvonne Baker (single, 1966)
“Crazy” – Pylon (single, 1981; Chomp, 1983)
“Spin-O-Rama” – The Primitives (Spin-O-Rama, 2014)
“Cold Cold Ground” – Tom Waits (Frank’s Wild Years, 1987)
“By Your Side” – Sade (Lovers Rock, 2000)
“Living in the Past” – Jethro Tull (single, 1969; Living in the Past, 1972)
“Get Civilised” – Fingerprintz (Beat Noir, 1981)
“Freereggaehibop” – James Carter (Conversin’ With the Elders, 1996)
“Skyfall” – Adele (single, 2012)

As for crazy old Spotify, this time I really thought I was going to have an error-free list, having entered the first 19 songs without anything missing in action. But then, go figure, Spotify doesn’t have “Skyfall.” The good thing is that missing the last song doesn’t create an awkward segue, but I will note that those who must for whatever reason listen via Spotify will be denied the rather awesome segue between the Carter instrumental and the Bond theme. Come to think of it, Spotify listeners are denied all actual segues, since over there you can’t hear the often cool radio-style blends that I get to construct on Mixcloud. But, as previously noted, life will go on.



  1. Sean Campbell on Thursday October 16, 2014

    Hey Jeremy,

    You can at least turn on crossfade on Spotify, although I’ve never used it since I regularly listen to full albums on there for the most part. I’ll try it on your playlists, though, for the radio effect.


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