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  • Castaway Tunes

    So the BBC is asking members of the public to nominate their own 8 choices for Desert Island Discs, no doubt so they can see how the tastes of we plebs differ from those of the celebrity guests. It seems like the perfect excuse to list my choices here as well. In no particular order beyond as I think of them, here are mine-

    1. Echobelly – I Can’t Imagine The World Without Me

    1994 belonged to Oasis but, though I do have a soft spot for the mono-browed brothers, it should have been Echobelly’s year. Better songs, more interesting sound and vastly more attractive and interesting singer. I Can’t Imagine The World Without Me is a perfect piece of ego and joy, it can’t fail to make me happy.

    2. Inspiral Carpets – Saturn 5

    I could have chosen the raw blast of Joe, my introduction to the band, or Sackville, which has the added interest of being about the street I used to study on. But there’s a power to this one. And apart from Sleeping Satellite, how many other pop songs have been about the lapsed glories of the space race?

    Bonus Sackville and Joe videos-

    3. Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Say It With Flowers

    I used to have After The Watershed as my Carter song because I pulled to it once and there’s something so wrong about the juxtaposition of the song’s subject and memories of getting laid. And Only Living Boy In New Cross was one of the songs which kept me going in 2001. But Say It With Flowers gave me the title to Sounds of Soldiers, and every radio show needs a plug.

    Bonus videos-

    4. James – Sit Down

    James made many damn fine records. But, really, there was only ever going to be one choice from them wasn’t there? It’s an anthem and it’s beautiful.

    5. Camper Van Beethoven – Life Is Grand

    Because it is. If I ever make a film I want this song over the closing credits.

    6. 10cc – I’m Not In Love

    It gives you shivers. Glorious.

    7. The Wonder Stuff – Ruby Horse

    Another song that gave me a book title (Ruby Red, I’m not mercenary, it really is an excellent song.

    8. Frank Sinatra – New York, New York

    Many many great nights have wound down to Ol’ Blue Eyes’ anthem. It seems appropriate for it to be the last song on the list.


  • It's just a silly phase I'm going through

    I’m not in love, so don’t forget it
    It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
    And just because I call you up
    Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
    I’m not in love, no-no
    (It’s because…)

    I like to see you, but then again
    That doesn’t mean you mean that much to me
    So if I call you, don’t make a fuss
    Don’t tell your friends about the two of us
    I’m not in love, no-no
    (It’s because…)

    (Be quiet, big boys don’t cry)
    (Big boys don’t cry)
    (Big boys don’t cry)
    (Big boys don’t cry)
    (Big boys don’t cry)
    (Big boys don’t cry)
    (Big boys don’t cry)

    I keep your picture upon the wall
    It hides a nasty stain that’s lyin’ there
    So don’t you ask me to give it back
    I know you know it doesn’t mean that much to me
    I’m not in love, no-no
    (It’s because…)

    Ooh, you’ll wait a long time for me
    Ooh, you’ll wait a long time

    Ooh, you’ll wait a long time for me
    Ooh, you’ll wait a long time

    I’m not in love, so don’t forget it
    It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
    And just because I call you up
    Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made, ooh

    I’m not in love, I’m not in love…

    I’m Not In Love – 10CC