9 songs, 36 min, 6 min read time.
I’ve loved reading Jake’s updates over the last few weeks so I decided to pull my finger out and submit a playlist of my own.
1) “Landslide” – The Chicks
In 2003, while performing at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the then Dixie Chicks said they were ashamed that the US president was, like them, from Texas. For a country band, who until that time had held America in the palm of its hand, it was career suicide. After more than a decade in the musical wilderness, they’ve just come out with a new album, but it was their older stuff, like this cover of the classic Fleetwood Mac title, which kept me listening. In characteristically political fashion, they’ve dropped the first part of their name in recognition of Black Lives Matter.
Album: “Home” (2002)
Label: Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
2) “Gorgeous” – Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Raekwon
I don’t think I ever appreciated how ridiculously good Kanye was in the late 00s. (Re)discovering “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” was a joyful yet conflicting experience given what a moron he has turned into…
Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (2010)
Label: UMG Recordings, Inc.
3) “Desobeissance Civile” – Keny Arkana
Keny Arkana is a French-Argentine alter-globalisation activist and her track is classic French antisystem rap.
Album: “Désobéissance” (2008)
Label: Because Music
4) “Gooey (Gilligan Moss Remix)” – Glass Animals
One of my housemates decided she was going to learn how to mix, which gave the rest of us an excellent excuse to dance despite the pesky virus. Watching her elation as she nailed the transition to this banger reminded me of brilliant flat parties with RunPip’s Jake and Sam at the decks.
Single: “Gooey” (2014)
Label: Wolf Tone Limited
5) “Coffee” – Sylvan Esso
This is my chance to express appreciation for my RunPip buddies’ commitment to getting me to listen to new music. My life is greatly improved by the likes of Sylvan Esso (as Alfie promised it would be…)
6) “Which Side are You On?” – Pete Seeger
My revolutionary sister sent me this lovely rallying cry for the labour movement in 1930s America. It’s been the perfect soundtrack to my musings about rebuilding unions and whether class consciousness is the left’s only chance of success. Insights welcome.
Album: “If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope and Struggle” (1998)
Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
7) “Hard Times Come Again No More” – The Chieftains, Paolo Nutini
Paolo Nutini had mostly escaped my notice until now, but my housemate played this while we were giving the living room a deep scrub and I recognised it from a compilation of US Civil War songs we used to listen to when I was growing up. As apt as ever in 2020.
8) “In My Life” – The Beatles
I’ve been blessed with a housemate – another one! – who might be even more of a Beatles fan than I am. Did you know they sang in German while they were in Hamburg? Google it!
Album: “Rubber Soul (Remastered)” (1965)
Label: Apple Corps Ltd
9) “The Power of Prayer” – Bruce Springsteen
The Boss released a new album just in time for the election and I think it’s his best in a while. This is an absolute stonker, the only downside to which is that the name reminds me of the unhinged faith group of now Supreme-Court Justice Amy Coney Barett, People of Praise. I’m clearly still carrying some post-traumatic stress from the confirmation process. Anyway! I’m particularly excited to feel an entire stadium shake to this in the not-too-distant future.
Album: “Letter To You” (2020)
Label: Bruce Springsteen