Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day fifty two.

Enough Isolation Radio shows to air one a week for a year!

Another milestone made possible by the musical oracle that is the Melodic Randomiser, which today brings you a trilogy of tunage that starts with…

The Cure and a song originally from their 1982 Pornography album, but shuffled to you here from the ’86 singles collection, Standing on a Beach; this is Laughing Bob and boys with “The Hanging Garden”

I doubt it’s every day that the world’s favourite goth cheerleaders find themselves in the company of upbeat New Orleans jazz, but today is that day. Because the next track is another from the soundtrack of Treme; this time the show’s main theme song by John Boutte (with the bonus of getting DoMaJe‘s theme from the wire, “Way Down in the Hole” thrown in for good measure)

Last in this week’s Saturday listicle is Mrs Musk, or Grimes to her fans (or possibly “X Æ A-12’s mum”) and a song from 2012’s Visions album; this is “Oblivion”

Join me tomorrow for the final Sunday Service in this current run, before the march towards the New Normal continues.

Have a lovely rest of the day, live long and spritzer.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day fifty one.

Time to ease yourselves into the weekend with the Isolation Radio show, bringing you all the crucial tunes the Melodic Randomiser has to spare on this sunny, Summer Friday afternoon.

We begin today’s micro countdown with more from Molly Hatchet and their blistering version of the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic, “Freebird”, from 1985’s “Double Trouble Live” album.

After which extreme riffery we have a touch of serenity from Beth Orton and the opening track to her Central Reservation album; this is “Stolen Car”

Where can we go from that unlikely segue? Well, into a song by the equally mis-matched, latex-clad, 80’s Swiss hair metal screamers, Krokus, that’s where. This is a track from their 1980 Metal Rendezvous album called “Heatstrokes”

That should set the tone for a decent Friday night so, whatever you’re up to this weekend, have a great time and stay safe, my friends.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day fifty.

The Isolation Radio show hits the half century in style, as the Melodic Randomiser takes us one day closer to something approaching normality with today’s top three.

Starting with a fantastic track from Patti Smith‘s 1978 Easter album, this is the anthemic call to arms “Till Victory”

Thursday’s second tune is by David Bowie and comes from his album Heroes, released the year previously, this is “Joe the Lion”

We end this unlikely trio with a song from prog’s Mr Grumpy himself, Roger Waters; this is from his 2017 dystopian treatise on modern day civilisation, Is This the Life we Really Want? and it’s called “Wait for Her”

And on that cheery note, I’ll leave you until tomorrow, when I’ll bring you three more slices of musical ephemera to sort through.

Keep safe, stay happy, be good to each other.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty nine.

Day 49 of our audio odyssey with the Melodic Randomiser and we’re on the downhill run of the Isolation Radio show.

Just a quick one, as I have two posts to fill today.

The first tune to grace your ears is by The Black Angels and comes from their Clear Lake Forest album. Here’s “An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street”

Next up, another bona fide pop classic from the ’80s and Soft Cell; this is their huge hit single “Tainted Love”, from the Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret album

And we end with a bit of minimal techno from Lindstrom and “Gentle as a Giant”, from It’s a Feedelity Affair

Ok, gotta run, back tomorrow.

Do good, be good, stay safe.



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 thirty eight.

Happy Saturday, everyone, I hope you’re all having a successful weekend so far. The weather has been considerably more cooperative today, so the Isolation Radio show is once again coming to you from the birdsong filled garden, the peace otherwise only troubled by the soft murmuring of the Melodic Randomiser as it cogitates on its first selection.

And what a selection! {Possible trigger warning for sensitive souls, concerning outdated gender stereotypes} It’s the mischievous magician of manic melodies himself, Frank Zappa and “Catholic Girls”, from the completely gonzo triple concept album, Joe’s Garage.

Then we have a change of genre, with some soothing Kiwi electropop from Ladyhawke and the title track from her Wild Things album.

And to end on today, back to 1975 for a band who have already popped up once, Be Bop Deluxe, with this track from their Futurama album, “Between the Worlds”

Another trawl through my collection looms large for tomorrow, but until then enjoy your evening and make the most of what you have.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day thirty seven.

It is allegedly the end of one of those things we used to call “weeks” but are just now meaningless collections of similar days, but every day is a music day on the Isolation Radio show, thanks to the indispensable if ineffable talents of the Melodic Randomiser.

The first of our eclectic selection today is from the 1982 self-titled debut album by A Flock of Seagulls, this is “DNA”

Which we follow with a track called “The Forgotten People”, by electronic dance music magpies, Thievery Corporation, from their 2008 Radio Retaliation album.

And complete the set with a true classic, and a twofer, from David Bowie‘s sublime 1971 Hunky Dory album; here are “Fill Your Heart” and “Andy Warhol”

What a great start to what I guess we’ll have to call “the weekend”, it even brought the sun back out.

Keep being lovely to each other, the beginning of the end is in sight.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day thirty six.

We find ourselves once more at the mercy of the Melodic Randomiser, as its arbitrary control over the Isolation Radio show continues with…

“Are You Ready to be Heartbroken” by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, from their utterly perfect 1984 Rattlesnakes album

…rather incongruously followed by some industrial goth strumming from a year earlier; here’s Clan Of Xymox and “Moscoviet Mosquito” from their Subsequent Pleasures album.

And after that somewhat abrasive offering, what better way to sooth your senses than The Art of Noise and the full original video for their sweeping sample-fest “Moments in Love” from 1983’s Into Battle With The Art of Noise album.

There, you can’t say I don’t give you a good variety of tunes.

May your evening be all you wish it to be and may you wake up happy tomorrow, when you can join me for some more unusual combinations.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day thirty five.

Who’d have thought we’d still be locked down, 35 days into the Isolation Radio show?

Fortunately the Melodic Randomiser never tires of providing us with our daily ration of musical passion, today being no exception.

Number one on the set list is “Running out of Luck” by Bad Lieutenant, side project of Bernard Sumner of New Order, from their debut album, Never Cry Another Tear

The middle slot is filled by Muse and a song from their blistering Absolution album, here’s the official video for “Hysteria”

And the show closer is from Harvey Danger‘s 1997 album Where Have all the Merrymakers Gone? This is “Jack the Lion”

Not a bad threesome, I think you’ll agree.

Have a lovely Tuesday evening and let’s all cross our fingers for more nice weather.



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