Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day seven.

Looks like we’re all still here, so let’s fire up the Melodic Randomiser and see what today’s Isolation Radio show has to offer.

First up, an enormously talented musician, singer, actor and filmmaker, of Armenian descent, from Devon; (via America) Cosmo Jarvis, or Harrison Cosmo Krikoryan Jarvis to give him his full name, and a song from 2012’s Think Bigger album, “Train Downtown”.

Second on our seventh playlist is a track from the eponymous debut by androgynous indie rock stalwarts, Placebo, here is the characteristically angtsy “Come Home”.

And for number three, by complete coincidence, my makeshift jukebox has provided us with some more amusing musical narrative from Cosmo Jarvis, this time from the interestingly titled Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch. So sit back and enjoy the romantic tale of Cosmo and Melanie, with “Mel’s Song”

I hope this small collection of spontaneous vibes goes some way to cheer your day, and I’ll see you again when I’m next back this way.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day six.

Welcome back to the Isolation Radio show, after those important messages from our sponsors, War, Pestilence, Famine and Death; broadcasting live on the Melodic Randomiser network from a secret quarantine unit in the sunny but eerily silent South West of England.

Time to bring you three more batches of boredom-busting beats, via the unpredictable shuffle function of my Poweramp music player.
Let’s spin the wheel and get this world party started.

Round and round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows, until…

…it comes to rest on “The Feeling” by Ellie Jackson, aka the driving force of La Roux, from their second album, Trouble in Paradise.

After which, things get a little noisier, with this clattering, riffing, runaway train of a song by the (now sadly semi-late and therefore defunct) Japanese duo, Boom Boom Satellites, here’s “Pill”

And to with continue the theme of abrasive electronica for our final tune today, here is one of the godfathers of the UK synth music scene, John Foxx, teaming up with Louis Gordon on the Impossible album to bring you “Dislocation”

I’ll be back tomorrow with another dose of antidote for apathy, reinvigorating your enthusiasm for life via the medium of music, but now I have four hungry horses to feed…

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day five.

Hello again, I hope the beginning of a new week in this surreal new existence finds you all healthy and relatively unaffected by the craziness of our collective situation.

But just in case the cabin fever is starting to bite and you’re in the mood for musical respite, the Melodic Randomiser is here to distract you from reality for a few harmonious moments. So sit back and take in today’s triumphant triumvirate of top tunage, courtesy of the Isolation radio show.

A good honest slab of rock ‘n’ roll to start you off with, from George Thorogood and the DestroyersAnthology album, here’s a live recording of “Who Do You Love?”

Difficult to think of a way to get further away from that, stylistically speaking, other than by playing the next randomly selected song; everyone’s favourite pasty-faced, robotic electro-goth, Gary Numan and 1980’s “We Are Glass”, from a remastered edition of his third consecutive UK number one album, Telekon.

And for the last in today’s grab bag of audio excellence, we go even further back in time, to a 1974 record from a band led by Wakefield’s finest guitarist, Bill Nelson. His gratifyingly eclectic career is one I have followed with growing interest, ever since first hearing this band as a teenager; the continuously reinventing prog/glam/new wave experiment that was Be-bop Deluxe.

So lay back, close your eyes and experience the grandiose theatrical sweep of “Darkness (L’Immoraliste)”

That’s it for today, more tomorrow. Until then, look after yourselves and each other and keep the faith, we’ll get through this.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day four.

Ok, I think you’ve got the idea now, so without further ado here are the next three offerings from the Melodic Randomiser to soundtrack your secluded Sunday.

Firstly, Cage the Elephant, with “Black Widow” from their Melophobia album…

…after which we are treated to the sample-pilfering delights of The Avalanches and the lead single from Wildflower, the joyously upbeat “Frankie Sinatra”.

And we round the fourth foray into the playback pick ‘n’ mix which is the Isolation radio show, with the late, great Tom Petty.

Here’s a song from an album which is high up on my list of all time favourites, Full Moon Fever, “A Mind With a Heart of its Own”.

Keep on keeping on and I’ll return tomorrow with more random choices from the next jukebox shuffle session.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day three.

The third trio of tunes on the reinvigorated Melodic Randomiser kicks off with some space rock/jazz fusion and the title track from Mercury Prize nominated album, Channel the Spirits, by The Comet is Coming

…dovetailing rather nicely with a song from a solo album called Fun in Space, by Queen drummer Roger Taylor; here’s “Good Times are Now”.

I can’t think of even a tenuous connection to the final tune today, so I’ll just tell you that it’s “Crocodile” by UK dance music heavyweights, Underworld, from the album Oblivion With Bells.

Until tomorrow, stay safe, stay home and be excellent to each other.

Peace.

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day two.

It’s the second day of musical seclusion and the Melodic Randomiser has already given me a chance to play you one of my recent remixes; (an honest shuffle, I assure you) comprising the unlikely pairing of “Hits from the bong” by Cyprus Hill and “Pump up the Volume” by M.A.R.R.S.

Here is “Pump up the Bong”, I hope you enjoy it.

{Note: I know there are copyright issues with the YouTube link in some regions, if this affects your ability to view it, go HERE to listen or download for free}

Song two for today’s mini mixtape is one from my youth you almost certainly haven’t heard of; the title track of “Walking Into Mirrors” by the hugely unappreciated Johnny Warman. If you haven’t previously been aware of Mr Warman, I urge you to seek out his work, he has made some top tunes.

Thirdly, a fine example of electro goth rock from Danse Society and their 1983 hit “Heaven is Waiting”. Here’s a rare live video of them performing the song the year after release.

That’s it for today, join me again tomorrow for another brief glimpse into my musical history.
In the meantime, I’ll give Bill and Ted the final word…

Peace

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Return of the Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio.

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.

Here goes…

…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.

Peace
dalecooper57

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Melodic Randomiser goes virtual.

I had to sell my vinyl collection some time ago, I’ve finally surrendered to the inevitable and disposed of thirty years worth of cassettes and I have already showcased a fair number of my CD collection in the original Melodic Randomiser posts, so it’s time for another medium to take over.

As I have thousands of songs stored on the memory cards and internal drives of several mobile devices, it seemed the obvious next step to start making some blind playlists from these and see what I came up with.

So I hereby inaugurate the first in an occasional series of posts; Melodic Randomiser mp3, in which I shall scroll through the songs on my music player with my eyes closed, jab my finger on the screen to pick the first song and use that as a starting point, from where I shall shuffle twice more to pick the others.

This is what applying that technique gave me today, I hope you find something to tickle your musical tastebuds.

First up, James Yuill, a modern folk troubadour with a chilled electronica twist. Here is The Rush, from his These Spirits album…

…which we follow with some classic David Bowie and Time, from the era-defining Aladdin Sane

…and to complete this initial installment, we have one of the greatest English pop acts of recent(ish) times; The Smiths and the original single version of William It Was Really Nothing, taken from 1984’s utterly faultless Hatful Of Hollow album.

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