If you have had the
misfortune dedication and good taste to have been following my eclectic scribblings for a few years, you might remember a recurring strand called The Melodic Randomiser. This was a feature wherein I shuffled my extensive music collection to bring you unplanned playlists with, whenever possible, their accompanying videos.
Since we all have so much extra time on our hands at the moment, I thought it a good time to resurrect the Randomiser once more.
This time the medium is digital, the jukebox is my old phone with 3,419 tracks on its memory card and I am picking the first track by blind scrolling, followed by whatever the next two tracks Poweramp’s shuffle throws up each day.
…the first tune to stop under my prodding fingertip is a song from the self-titled 2019 album by International Teachers of Pop, (which owes no small debt to Trans Europe Express by Kraftwerk); here is “Age of the Train”.
Now, as Monty Python once memorably said, for something completely different, swapping electropop for the emo punk of My Chemical Romance and the short and to the point “Teenagers”, from their excellent album, The Black Parade.
Last, equally brief but most definitely not least, we have cultural magpie and all round musical genius, David Byrne and Talking Heads, with a track from their debut, Talking Heads ’77, an album I have owned on vinyl, cassette, CD and now mp3; “Who is it?”
I’ll be back tomorrow with more tunes to help soundtrack our communal enforced staycation, so until then, look after yourselves and each other.