Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day twenty three.

Welcome back to the Isolation Radio show, brought to you by the impenetrable machinations of the Melodic Randomiser and its chaotically arranged memory banks.

Bubbling to the surface of the data pool first today is a song called “Cacti”, from 2017’s eponymous first album by space rock merchants, Holy Monitor

…continuing in a similarly out-there vein, with the frankly bonkers afro/prog/jazz fusion of Melt Yourself Down, we have a track from another self-titled debut; here’s “Kingdom of Kush”

And, just to change the mood a little, let’s have a bit of anthemic, new punk, from possibly my favourite of the many similar bands from the ’90/00s, Lit. Despite their adolescent sense of humour, they have a way with clever lyrics and catchy tunes; here’s one from the 2001 Atomic album, “She Comes”.

You’ll have to tune in tomorrow to find out what comes next in the chain, it could be anything so don’t touch that dial.

I hope your weekend has begun safely and in good health, let’s all keep that determination to beat this thing together, by staying apart.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day twenty two.

What a beautiful day to still be alive! And what better excuse do we need than that on the Isolation Radio show, to play a few more unexpectedly selected tunes from the Melodic Randomiser?

Excuses, we don’t need no stinking excuses.

So let’s get on with it; starting with Underworld and a very early song from their 1988 album, Underneath the Radar, here’s the very ’80s “Call Me No.1”

Going back two years to ’86 now, for Talking HeadsTrue Stories album and a typically upbeat, afrobeat-tinged “Hey Now”

Then we head even further down the time tunnel, to 1980 and “The Spy in the Cab”, from BauhausIn the Flat Field album.

Not the cheeriest note to end on, but variety is the spice of life, as Mr Heinz noted, 57 times.

Good to have you with me again today, join me in 24 hours for another spin on the virtual turntables and stay safe out there.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day twenty one.

Shuffling ahead with today’s Isolation Radio show, the Melodic Randomiser‘s first choice for the day is another song from Crystal Fighters, this time from their 2016 Everything is my Family album; here is the official video for the joyous “Good Girls”

Then we have something by another of my long time musical heroes, the very epitome of the English pop music eccentric; Thomas Dolby, and the title track from his 1984 opus, this is “The Flat Earth”

More from Simple Minds now, from possibly their most iconic album, Sparkle in the Rain, let’s end today’s show with “Up on the Catwalk”

A fine selection, I think you have to admit, there has to have been something you liked in that terrific trio, surely…

If not, although I can’t imagine why that would be, you’ll have to join me tomorrow and seek out something that tickles your fancy there instead, won’t you?

Keep on keeping on, feel the love and let music be your anchor in these tempestuous times.



#1linerWeds: Wednesday Weirdness.

For this, One Liner Wednesday‘s journey into Weirdsville, we’re following a route which takes us through both music and art.

As well as making a deliciously gloopy video for my latest musical composition, I have been adding the Melodic Randomiser to my Instagram feed, where I have produced bespoke artwork for each day’s post and here are some of my favourites, along with a peculiar gif.


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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day twenty.

It’s time once again to take a walk down memory lane with the Isolation Radio show, using the always reliable Melodic Randomiser as our map and compass.

Today’s first stop on the musical mystery tour is from an album by a band from Switzerland whose singer used to be their national golf champion. The band is Yello, the album is Stella and the song is the mighty “Domingo”

About as far as you can get from Swiss golfers, the next act is a rocking monster of a band; from Jacksonville, Florida, this is Molly Hatchet and a blistering live version of “Beating the Odds”, from their 1985 album Double Trouble Live.

Another track from New Order now, from the Brotherhood record, here’s the sublime “As It Is When It Was”

That’s it for now, but I’ll be back on the morrow for more random tunage for your ears to devour.

Keep being excellent to each other and stay safe. One day at a time, we’ll get there.



Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day sixteen.

Sweet sixteen and full of joie de vivre, the Isolation Radio show returns with another musical microcosm of mp3 magnificence, ably aided and abetted by the marvellous, mechanical Melodic Randomiser.

Starting today’s trawl through the archives is a band who I owe my interest in to my friend, Chris; a electronic-tinged goth act from Leeds that soundtracked much of my 20s, The March Violets.

Here’s a song from arguably their best album, Natural History, this is 1984’s “Crow Baby”

Now we travel south to London and come comparatively up to date with 2017’s African influenced Uyai album by Ibibio Sound Machine, from which we take the persuasively percussive funk soul tune, “The Pot is on Fire”.

And since I’m feeling generous, I’m giving you the extended live version, recorded at the Norwegian Oya Festival, two years before being included on the album.

Tell me that didn’t get your foot tapping and your body bopping, I dare you.

For our last offering today, we arrive back up north just in time to catch another of my all time favourite bands, New Order; shuffling up a track from their Low-life album, about which frontman Bernard Sumner once said (regarding the band’s herculean drug intake at the time):

Listen to ‘Love Vigilantes.’ Listen to that chordal guitar solo. Listen to how fast it is. Impossible to recreate under normal circumstances.”

Anyway, you can judge for yourselves as you watch the original promo video for the single, here’s the chemically enhanced “Love Vigilantes”.

Which brings us to the end of today’s miniature rundown and all that remains is for me to wish you the happiest of weekends and remind you to keep safe and stay positive.

And remember, to paraphrase the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers; Music will get you through times of no money, better than money will get you through times of no music.

So we’re all rich, Yay!

Until tomorrow,



#1linerWeds: Wednesday Weirdness.

Welcome to the second week of my quarantine-friendly Wednesday Weirdness strand, which is deputising for the alternative dictionary while it’s on coronavirus lockdown in the Library of Contrivance.

Today I have some animation, some music and some homemade art for you, described in my allocated one line, like so:

A friend on Facebook, a fine chap called Tom Tomski, suggested we recreate album covers with stuff we had lying around and I also composed a new musical masterpiece, which I accompanied with a rather spiffing video.

{The first three are mine, then four from Tom and three from Fi J Sanderson. Thanks guys, for letting me share your creative genius)

So, did you get them all?


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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day thirteen.

13 – Unlucky for some, but lucky for you, because you’ve come to the right place at the right time for another edition of the Isolation Radio show!

Yes, once more I’m coming to you live, in every timezone on the planet at the exact same time, and at every time on the planet at the exact same time, all at once, all at the exact time you read this.

And now.

And now.

And now, too.

Isn’t technology wonderful?

Anyway, the Melodic Randomiser is burbling gently away at my side, cooling fans working hard in the afternoon sunshine, so let’s see what pops out of its aural interface first…

Well what do you know, it’s one of the many Twin Peaks related tracks in my collection, the dreamy “Audrey’s Dance” by Angelo Badalamenti, from the Twin Peaks Season One Original Soundtrack album

You might not be able to get to the beach to enjoy the beautiful weather at the moment, but you can close your eyes and listen to the sunny sound of Beth Orton blowing away the grey skies with “How far” from her 1996 Trailer Park album.

And if that doesn’t float your musical boat, how about some Anglo/Spanish indie dance folktronica, with the always joyful and upbeat Crystal Fighters and a song from 2010’s wonderful Star of Love album, here’s “At Home”.

Go on, tell me that didn’t put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. But on the off chance that you’re still not satisfied, we’ll do it all again tomorrow, so don’t touch that dial.

In the meantime be good to each other and be grateful for what you have, because remember; When it comes to life, you can’t have everything. I mean, where would you put it?



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