Summer Singalong 2008

Summer Singlaong 2008

The time has come, baby loves, for the Summer Singalong CD comp. Every year, I make a CD to stick in my car which is as singalongy as possible and usually includes a lot of new tracks as well as some choice oldies. I’m going for pure, silly harmony, groovy grooviness here, not trying to be educational or daring. This is actually the CD in my car now that I yowl along to as I’m bowling along.

The astute viewer might notice the influence of a certain major videogame… 😛

Here we go!

Summer Singalong 2008, 19 songs, 1:14: total time, 142.2 MB

Get Innocuous! – LCD Soundsystem
Perfect for the windows down, the wind in your face, head nodding, prog singing!

Fell In Love Without You – Motion City Soundtrack
Amazingly poppy and admirably concise.

Again & Again – The Bird and the Bee
The one I do my girly vocals to.

Mr Understanding – Pete and The Pirates
You will be humming this all bloody day.

Hot Lips – Pacific!
Dreamy Swedie synthpop – check out the album.

These Fangs – Say Hi to Your Mom
Pure, straight – ahead, damn catchy indierock. Summer!

Future – Cut Copy
Perfect for around 8.50pm when the sun’s just starting to dip.

Glue Girls – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
SSLYBY are stuffed with singalong pop.

Divine – Sébastien Tellier
Eurovision – he was robbed!

Veiled In Grey – Mystery Jets
MJ just get better and better…

This Gift – Sons and Daughters
Very moody, very catchy, sounds a bit like Ladytron on guitars.

Equinoxe Part 5 – Jean-Michel Jarre
You can meow this so it must be pop.

Little Bit – Lykke Li
Another chance for me to camp it up!

I Lust U – Neon Neon
Brilliant, glassy electropop.

Draw In The Reins – Cats on fire
Defiantly summery, crammed with energy. But even better live!

She Can Do What She Wants – Field Music
Soooo singalong! Do the harmonies!

Dancing Queen – Laakso
I can’t sing this but it’s fun trying.

Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

Soviet Connection (Theme from Grand Theft Auto IV) – Michael Hunter
Beautifully melancholic and yet still quite bippy. I’m in the game every time I hear this.

There you have it. If you assemble the above playlist and stick it in your car, I guarantee it’ll make you happy. But be careful, some of these are definitely drive-faster tracks. Don’t drive mad now!

Random Thoughts From No Sleep


How come The Bird And The Bee aren’t megafamous?

Isn’t the light outside lovely right now? It’s warm and clear, like golden syrup poured over the flowers and the trees.

I’ve just downloaded 90 more tracks from Emusic, using up my allowance for this month again. Got to wait aaaages for it to refresh now! Still, I now have some lovely Pete And The Pirates, Motion City Soundtrack, Blitzen Trapper, Neon Neon, James Taylor (live!) and Sebastian Tellier waiting for me… mmmmm…


I feel the world of music is bigger than the physical world. It’s a superposition rather than a simple mapping. I miss DJing because it’s the best chance I have of trying to show people all these new places they haven’t been to. Charming lands filled with romance and drama, chocolates and a dozen flowers.

I bought Cerrone’s ‘Supernature’ as a 7″ single when it came out originally, which I guess was 1977. Since I’ve been hearing it while playing GTA IV too much, I had to re-buy it as a download (from iTunes, it’s sadly not on Emusic). Hearing the proper length album cut, I got lost in the sound. I wonder if I’ll ever manage to make a piece of music so simultaneously innovative and poppy. I doubt it.

I keep getting the stares and when I look around, the negative after-images are looking increasingly like the power effects from ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before.’ This is perhaps not good. Unless I am actually developing fabulous psionic powers. It’d certainly save me on batteries for the remote.

Polarised pics

I wonder if I can use the laser in an optical mouse to try and recreate the quantum mechanics experiment with three polarising filters in series. Is it actually a proper laser, a source of coherent light or is it just a bloody bright LED? Maybe I should get one of those laser pointer thingies from Maplins? Are they real lasers?


I wonder if I should have some breakfast now? If so, should I go for the full English or perhaps have more of a continental whatsit?

I wonder how Cerrone got that lovely, tight kick sound? The whole album makes modern production sound wank.

Will it be sunny later? Will I see it if it is or will I have passed-out by then?

Time for a cup of tea! 😀