Melodic Randomiser Isolation Radio day forty eight.

Hello again, welcome to the whatever-the-hell-day-it-is edition of the Isolation Radio show and our final week of tunes selected by the Melodic Randomiser.

First on the air today is James Yuill and a track from his These Spirits album, this is “Space Race”

Closely followed by the very peculiar Animal Collective and their album Painting With, here’s a song called “FloriDada”

And bringing up the rear, we have something from the original soundtrack of True Blood, this is the theme song by Jace Everett, the low down and dirty “Bad Things”

What a great threesome to add some spring to your…Tuesday(?) step.

See you tomorrow for more.

Let’s be careful out there.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty seven.

Looks like the final week of the strictest lockdown restrictions is now underway, meaning some of you may have returned to work already or are doing so in the next few days.

I shall not be going back until next Monday, as I’m not confident we are over the worst of it yet and I am still concerned about a possible spike in new cases over the coming week. That’s a risk I am just not prepared to take, due to Rhonda and Audrey both having health issues which put them at higher risk of serious complications from infection.

So the Isolation Radio show will continue until at least Sunday, because the Melodic Randomiser is still packed full of top tunes, such as…

…a song by Canadian oddballs, Men Without Hats, from their 1982 Rhythm of Youth album, here’s the quirky “Ideas for Walls”

After that we have a big slab of anthemic goth rock by The Sisters of Mercy, from their epic 1985 Floodland album, this is the excellent “Dominion”

And today’s third and final offering is another incarnation of Bill Nelson, this time with his short lived new wave outfit, Red Noise. This is a song from their only album, Sound on Sound, released in ’79, the slightly manic “Art, Empire, Industry”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank any of you who have tuned in for this journey through my musical memory banks, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the last few days of audio delights if you have the time.

Keep on staying safe and being good to each other, this thing is far from over and we all need to continue to do our part.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty six

Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today, to get through this thing called life.
Electric word life, it means forever and that’s a mighty long time, but I’m here to tell you there’s something else

…and that something else is day forty six of the Isolation Radio show, in the day of our Melodic Randomiser May 10th 2020.

We begin the Sunday service with a song by Ministry, from their 1989 album, The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste; here’s “So What”, which contains lyrical imagery some of the more sensitive congregants may find disturbing.

A distinct change of tone now, as we sample a little New Muzik from 1981 and “They All Run After the Carving Knife”, from their second album, Anywhere

Now please could we all stand for the final hymn by Nine Inch Nails, from the gospel according to Pretty Hate Machine, this is “The Only Time”

A somewhat unconventional trinity, I’ll give you that, but we are a broad church and all musical genres are welcome, (having said that, there is a bowl of water by the door and I’d appreciate it if any Phil Collins, Queen or Sting could be left tied up outside) especially in these trying times.

I hope the rest of your Sunday is peaceful and relaxing, I’ll see you again tomorrow for more tunes and the weekly Cosmic Photo Challenge post.

Stay safe, fix up, look sharp, be kind.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty five.

What a beautiful day to be sitting in the garden with the Melodic Randomiser by my side, ready to provide a trio of tunes for today’s Isolation Radio show, easing you into your Saturday evening with…

Belly and without doubt their most famous song, the single “Feed the Tree” from 1993’s Baby Silvertooth album.

Then we turn to Thomas Dolby for an ’80s pop classic, “Hyperactive”, from his 1984 The Flat Earth album

And we finish today with a 2001 track by Sum-41; “In Too Deep” from the All Killer No Filler album

That’s your lot for this sunny Saturday, I’ll be back for your musical Sunday sermon tomorrow.

Have as good a night as you can and stay safe.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty four.

All the fours, 44, as they probably say in bingo, but here on the Isolation Radio show we only take three suggestions a day from the Melodic Randomiser and today’s first cut out of the box is…

Hawkwind again, (the law of averages alone means they should pop up at least once a week) with a fantastic, shiny, chrome-plated space rock beast of a song from Sonic Attack, here’s “Living on a Knife Edge” from 1981

We follow them with a song from Tunng‘s 2010 folktronica album, …And Then We Saw Land; this is the official video for their rather lovely, hippity-hoppity, plinkity-plonkity, “Hustle”

And if they weren’t different enough from each other, how about rounding off this eclectic selection with some La Roux and Major Lazer‘s dancehall reworking of her “Bulletproof” single, from their 2010 collaboration, LazerProof

Nice mix, huh?

Yeah, I thought so, too.

Anyway, back with more tomorrow, now I think there’s a photo prompt for me to come up with.

Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe and be patient, we’ll get through this.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty three.

Good day to you, wherever you may be and welcome to another session with the Melodic Randomiser, surfing the waves of the ether via the Isolation Radio show for the forty third day running.

I have cheated slightly today, in that I have picked the first track myself as a tribute to Florian Schneider, co-founder of Kraftwerk, who sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 73. This is “Antenna” from their 1975 Radioactivity album

Then a band who I suspect don’t find themselves listed next to German techno pioneers very often; Blue Öyster Cult, with a song from their excellent 1980 album Cultösaurus Erectus, here’s “The Marshall Plan”

Taking us to the end of this listicle is a lady with a unique sound called Zsuzsanna Eva Ward. She goes simply by ZZ Ward and this is the title song from her 2017 Storm album

I hope you have a good evening, I’ll see you tomorrow for another wander through the memory banks.

Stay safe, stay strong.



#1linerWeds: Wednesday Weirdness.

I’m running a bit late today with my Wednesday Weirdness post, I just don’t know where the time has gone today.

I have once again stitched together some of the micro-videos which have been accompany the Melodic Randomiser posts on Instagram and added some more new music.


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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty two.

What do you get when you multiply six by nine?

42, of course.

And we have reached that momentous milestone today on the Isolation Radio show, ably assisted by our very own Deep Thought, the Melodic Randomiser.

If none of this makes sense to you, fear not; Ignore my ramblings and listen to the music instead.

First up, Voodoo Trombone Quartet and a track called “The Phantom” from 2007

Which isn’t something you’d usually find next to “Bomber”, the title track of the 1979 album by Motorhead

…nor, for that matter, do you generally find them back to back with Depeche Mode, but here they are anyway, with “Never Let Me Down Again” from the 1987 album, Music for the Masses

More tomorrow.

Be good, look after your towel, be froody to one another.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty one.

If it’s Tuesday, it must be…the couch.

Yes, the rain has returned and the Isolation Radio show has moved back indoors for the day, accompanied by the dulcet tones of the Melodic Randomiser‘s first choice.

Which is almost another great tune…

I’m sorry, I’ll read that again.

Which is “Almost”, another great tune by OMD, from their 1980 debut album, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Then we jump ahead 14 years, to an album from Hootie and the Blowfish called Cracked Rear View and the song “Hannah Jane”

Before fast forwarding to Lunar Lane, the 2015 album from French electro-popsters Jabberwocky and the track “Dizzy Youth”, which features Irish contemporaries Young Wonder

And that’s your lot for today, hopefully tomorrow’s selection will be from the sunnier climes of the back garden.

Stay safe, live long and prosper.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty.

They say that life begins at 40 but the Isolation Radio show has been full of life all along, today being no exception, thanks to the efforts of the Melodic Randomiser.

Bibio is our first act today, providing us with a taste of his unique blend of experimental folktronica, in the form of “Take Off Your Shirt”, from the Mind Bokeh album

Then we have something by Moby and the Void Pacific Choir; a track from their debut album, These Systems are Failing, this is the official video for “Are You Lost in the World Like Me?”

And we finish up with an old classic from Vangelis; here he is with the timeless “Spiral”, from the album of the same name.

More tomorrow, I hope you can join me. In the meantime, keep up the good fight and keep looking out for each other.



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